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11:50 AM ET, June 21, 2010


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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House  —  Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the “idealism” of Barack Obama's inner circle.  —  Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration …
Fox News:
White House Dismisses Emanuel Quitting Report as ‘Ludicrous’  —  File: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, stands with former White House Counsel Greg Craig and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at a White House briefing.  (AFP)  —  The White House Monday dismissed reports that Chief …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Adventures in British Newspapering
Meena Hartenstein / NY Daily News:
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff to quit White House in six …
Discussion: PostPartisan and HotAirPundit
Political Punch:
Emanuel on Barton and the GOP: 'They see the aggrieved party …
New York Times:
Lax Oversight Cited in Failure of Oil Rig's Failsafe Device  —  It was the last line of defense, the final barrier between the rushing volcanic fury of oil and gas and one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history.  —  Its very name — the blind shear ram — suggested its blunt purpose.
Hilary Andersson / BBC:
BP ‘was told of fault on oil rig’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Budget Deficits: Spend Now, Save Later  —  Spend now, while the economy remains depressed; save later, once it has recovered.  How hard is that to understand?  —  Very hard, if the current state of political debate is any indication.  All around the world, politicians seem determined to do the reverse.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID, CONT'D.... Another day, another piece in a major media outlet about Congress deliberately choosing to emphasize the deficit over economic growth and job creation.  Congressional Republicans, not surprisingly, are unanimous in trying to undermine the economy …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Sticker Shock Jeopardizes Obama's Agenda
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israeli Easing of Blockade of Gaza Draws Praise of U.S.  —  JERUSALEM — Bowing to worldwide pressure and condemnation, Israel on Sunday formally announced an eased blockade of Gaza that could significantly expand the flow of goods overland into the impoverished coastal Palestinian enclave, isolated by the Israelis for three years.
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Radicals, Islamists and Longshoremen blockade Israeli ship in Oakland  —  An Israeli cargo ship arriving in Oakland today was forced to sit idle and not offload its containers when longshoremen joined forces with a coalition of communist and Islamist groups who picketed the port in protest …
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Israel and the Surrender of the West
Discussion: protein wisdom and Elder of Ziyon
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans' Midterm Voting Enthusiasm Tops Prior Years  —  Relative enthusiasm advantage for GOP over Democrats largest in Gallup history dating to 1994  —  PRINCETON, NJ — An average of 59% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have said they are more enthusiastic than usual …
Mark Finkelstein /
Mika Admits: I'm ‘Working With White House’ On Oil Spill Talking Points  —  Cut out the middle-woman and install Obama's teleprompter on the Morning Joe set . . .  Give her high marks for candor: on today's show, Mika Brzezinski admitted that she has been “working with the White House” on oil spill talking points.
Gabriel Schoenfeld / Weekly Standard:
Can Obama's Spine Be Stiffened?  —  Iran, moving steadily forward on its march toward nuclear status, has once again brazenly defied the International Atomic Energy Agency, barring two of its inspectors from touring its sites.  How will the West respond?  —  So many previous provocations …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reuters:   Iran Bars Two U.N. Inspectors in Nuclear Row
Associated Press:
Iran bans 2 IAEA inspectors from entering Iran
Discussion: The Foundry
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Doctors limit new Medicare patients  —  WASHINGTON — The number of doctors refusing new Medicare patients because of low government payment rates is setting a new high, just six months before millions of Baby Boomers begin enrolling in the government health care program.
French prisoner ‘killed cellmate and ate his lung’  —  A French prisoner killed his cellmate then sliced open his chest to remove and eat his heart, a court has heard.  —  However, the man removed the wrong organ, and ate his lung by mistake.  —  Nicolas Cocaign, 39 …
Rasmussen Reports:
62% Say Politicians Want Government to Have More Power and Money  —  When it comes to money and power, politicians want the government to have more of it, while voters want the government to have less.  At least that's what most Americans think.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national …
Discussion: Hot Air and YID With LID
Ariel Levy / New Yorker:
PRODIGAL SON  —  Is the wayward Republican Mike Huckabee now his party's best hope?  —  Sun was bouncing off the miles of Jerusalem stone and the black hats of the Hasidim on the afternoon when Mike Huckabee went to visit the Wailing Wall, earlier this year.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Hillel Fendel / Arutz Sheva:
Tried to Boycott Israeli Ship, Blocked Chinese Ship Instead  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Some 500 anti-Israel protestors arrived at the Oakland, California port early Sunday morning, hoping to block an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo.  However, the ship did not arrive …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Banking Lobbyists Make Final Run at Reform Bill  —  As Congress rushes this week to complete the most far-reaching financial reform plan in decades, the banking industry is mounting an 11th-hour end run.  —  Industry lobbyists — and sympathetic members of Congress — are pushing for provisions …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BARBOUR: MORATORIUM WORSE THAN SPILL.... As part of the federal response to the BP oil spill disaster, the administration imposed a six-month moratorium on drilling new deepwater wells.  The point, of course, was to prevent another crisis — Deepwater Horizon had undermined confidence in the industry and its practices.
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist's edge over Rubio appears to be growing  —  Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent for the U.S. Senate, is 11 points ahead of Marco Rubio, a poll says.  —  A new Florida Chamber of Commerce poll suggests Charlie Crist may be widening his lead over Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek in the U.S. Senate race.
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Obama steps up fatherhood advocacy with new mentoring initiative
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Ron Paul says GOP will be more open to libertarian-minded nominee in 2012
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Gina Smith / The State:
Runoff turnout expected to be low
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Charles Babington / The Huffington Post:
New Republican Agenda, Or Lack Of One, Divides Party
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
House Dems prepare alternative to budget that would avoid deficit vote
David Carr / New York Times:
Larry King's Endgame at CNN
Oakland: More than 500 Block Israeli Ship From Unloading~ Video
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Obama tells Kyl in private Oval Office meeting: I won't secure …