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2:20 PM 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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Adventures in British Newspapering  —  Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan each had four chiefs of staff during the course of their eight years in office, and George H.W. Bush had three in a single term, so consequently I wouldn't find it shocking if Rahm Emanuel steps down sometime after the midterms …
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 …
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.
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Hilary Andersson / BBC:
BP ‘was told of fault on oil rig’
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 …
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 …
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Radicals, Islamists and Longshoremen blockade Israeli ship in Oakland
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Large majorities on Hill back Israel's flotilla raid  —  Even as Israel shows signs of loosening its blockade of Gaze, large majorities in the House and Senate have signed off on letters supporting the blockade and defending Israel's enforcement of it against a Turkish vessel.
Discussion: Wake up America
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Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israeli Easing of Blockade of Gaza Draws Praise of U.S.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Israel and the Surrender of the West
Discussion: protein wisdom and Elder of Ziyon
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID, CONT'D.... Another day, another piece …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Pundit
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
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.
Paul Krugman:
Zombies Have Already Killed The Deficit Commission  —  It must have sounded like a good idea (although not to me): establish a bipartisan commission of Serious People to develop plans to bring the federal budget under control.  —  But the commission is already dead — and zombies did it.
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John M. Berry / The Fiscal Times:
Simpson's Comments Undermine Commission Efforts
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.
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.
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: FITSNews, Hot Air and YID With LID
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Election 2010: North Dakota House of Representatives
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
O'Reilly Grills Bachmann On BP's $20B Gulf Spill Fund: 'You're Dodging My Question' (VIDEO)  —  You know Rep. Michele Bachmann has crossed a line when Bill O'Reilly grills her, and even says: “You're dodging my question.”  —  That's what happened on O'Reilly's Fox News show Friday when Bachmann …
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court upholds anti-terror law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that bars “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, rejecting a free speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups.  —  The court ruled 6-3 Monday that the government may prohibit …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Bork to publicly oppose Kagan for Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Failed conservative Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork is joining anti-abortion activists to publicly oppose confirming Elena Kagan as a justice.  —  Bork plans to detail his criticisms of Kagan during …
Discussion: Main Justice
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
House Dems prepare alternative to budget that would avoid deficit vote  —  House Democrats are readying an alternative budget measure that would set next year's spending levels without requiring a vote on deficits.  —  House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) said the alternative would be the …
Telegraph:
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 …
Bianca Davis / Denver Post:
Colorado crowd stands united behind immigration law, Iowa lawmaker  —  LOVELAND — Northern Colorado residents gathered in support of Arizona's new immigration law at a 9-12 Movement rally Saturday afternoon.  —  Iowa Congressman Steve King and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado headlined the …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
W.H. says Kyl story not true  —  The White House on Monday denied Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl's claim that President Barack Obama told him privately that he would not work to secure the border unless it was part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.  —  In a video that started circulating …
 
 
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