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6:25 PM ET, June 21, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House dismisses critics, defends Obama's golf outings  —  The White House is dismissing criticism that President Barack Obama shouldn't play golf during the Gulf oil spill.  —  White House spokesman Bill Burton on Monday said the president deserves some time to relax, and he doesn't …
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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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's thuggery is useless in fighting spill
Discussion: Flopping Aces
The Hill:
White House jabs Hayward on attendance at yacht race
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Tom Hays / Associated Press:
Times Square Car Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty in NYC  —  Times Square car bomb suspect pleads guilty in NYC, says ‘we will be attacking US’  —  A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he wanted it known that unless …
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New York Times:
Times Square Bomb Plotter Pleads Guilty in Terror Case  —  The defendant in the Times Square bomb plot pleaded guilty on Monday for his role in the aborted attack, an abrupt and expedited end to a terror plot that extended into Pakistan and an Islamic militant group there.
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
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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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
W.H. bends truth on Joe Barton  —  The pitch: BP-apologist Joe Barton would head the Energy and Commerce Committee if Republicans win the House.  —  The salesmen: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  —  The truth: Not so much.
Discussion: CNN
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Tanya Somanader / Think Progress:
Fact Checking Sarah Palin: Joe Barton Reflects The Philosophy …
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.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Hayworth Starred In Infomercial Touting ‘Free’ Gov't Grant Money (VIDEO)
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Emanuel defended Blagojevich, then sought grant  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — President Barack Obama's chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.
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: Right Now and Main Justice
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror  —  WASHINGTON — In a case pitting free speech against national security, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes …
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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 …
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Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House
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.
Breitbart.tv:
EXCLUSIVE: KAGAN: Bork Hearings ‘Best Thing to Ever Happen to Constitutional Democracy’  —  Dateline:  —  From speech at Case Western Reserve, 1997: “And I, like Professor Toulouse, I loved what happened in the Bork hearings.  I wrote a review of Stephen Carter's book recently where I said, “no, he has it all wrong.
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 …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
WH moves ahead on IL prison purchase  —  The Obama administration will purchase the Thomson prison in rural western Illinois even if Congress doesn't approve the president's plan to lock up terror suspects there, a key official at the Justice Department said Monday.
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.
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.
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.  One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
ABCNEWS:
Top Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons  —  Lawsuit Claims Pope, Vatican Covered Up Sordid Life of Legion of Christ Founder  —  A prominent Catholic priest, praised by Pope John Paul II as “an efficacious guide to youth,” Father Marcial Maciel, sexually abused …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Salazar Renames MMS, Adding ‘Regulation and Enforcement’  —  How do you toughen a regulatory agency under fire for laxness and coziness with the industry it regulates?  If you're Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, you rename it.  —  The Mineral Management Service is no more.
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 …
 
 
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Greg H. / Chicago Business:
Mark Kirk makes like bunny, flees from press
Yahoo! News:
Mystery deepens around alleged Bush poisoning incident
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Cares How Tony Hayward Spends His Free Time?
Discussion: Hot Air, Balloon Juice and First Draft
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Nader blasts Obama, won't rule out 2012 run
Fox News:
Saudi Arabia Beheads and Nails Murderer's Body to Cross
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angela Merkel Lucky the Bar for “Worst German Leader” is Very High
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Jindal steps up battle against Obama's deepwater drilling ban
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Regrettably Impossible Alternative to Shrinking Detroit
MarketWatch:
Andy Stern Joins SIGA's Board of Directors
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Republican: Blow up the well
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rasmussen Reports:
62% Say Politicians Want Government to Have More Power and Money
Discussion: FITSNews, Hot Air and YID With LID
Telegraph:
French prisoner ‘killed cellmate and ate his lung’
Discussion: National Post