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12:45 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 …
Meena Hartenstein / NY Daily News:
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff to quit White House in six …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
As midterm elections loom, Democrats zero in on a GOP apology to BP
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’
Discussion: Guardian and The Consumerist
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
BP, Transocean tap a well of Washington lobbyists and consultants
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court upholds anti-terror law
Discussion: The Hill, TalkLeft and How Appealing
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Backs Antiterror Law
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.
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.
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.
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Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Israel and the Surrender of the West
Discussion: protein wisdom and Elder of Ziyon
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: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
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
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: North Dakota House of Representatives
MarketWatch:
Andy Stern Joins SIGA's Board of Directors  —  SIGA Technologies, Inc. (SIGA 6.77, -0.03, -0.44%) , a company specializing in the development of pharmaceutical agents to combat bio-warfare pathogens, announced today that Andy Stern, labor leader and prominent advocate for reform, joined SIGA's board of directors.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
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Charles Babington / The Huffington Post:
New Republican Agenda, Or Lack Of One, Divides Party
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BARBOUR: MORATORIUM WORSE THAN SPILL.... As part of the federal response …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
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The Politico:
Colleagues cool to Kerry on energy
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ColdWarrior / RedState:
Obama tells Kyl in private Oval Office meeting: I won't secure …