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4:25 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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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 …
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House dismisses critics, defends Obama's golf outings
Discussion: Guardian and Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
W.H. bends truth on Joe Barton
Discussion: CNN
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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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID, CONT'D.... Another day, another piece …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Daily Pundit
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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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
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Hayworth Starred In Informercial Touting ‘Free’ Gov't Grant Money (VIDEO)  —  Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), who is currently challenging Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary on a right-wing platform, had an interesting job for a time in 2007: Appearing as an infomercial pitchman …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
The End of the J.D. Hayworth Campaign?
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Pajamas Media
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Radicals, Islamists and Longshoremen blockade Israeli ship in Oakland
Associated Press:
Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 …
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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.
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angela Merkel Lucky the Bar for “Worst German Leader” is Very High  —  The government of Germany has taken a consistently unhelpful attitude since the outbreak of the financial crisis, and today is no exception: … I would categorically dispute that excessive public debts are one of the main causes of the crisis.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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Rainer Buergin / Bloomberg:
Germany Rejects Obama's Call on Growth, Stoking G-20 Conflict
Discussion: Free exchange
The Hill:
White House jabs Hayward on attendance at yacht race  —  White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton on Monday made a pointed comment about BP CEO Tony Hayward's attendance at a yacht race in Great Britain this weekend.  —  “If Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on his yacht and bring …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's thuggery is useless in fighting spill
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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.
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
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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Fox News:
Saudi Arabia Beheads and Nails Murderer's Body to Cross
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
The FOX Nation:
Obama Labor Chief: Illegals Have a Right to Fair Wages
Discussion: Hot Air and Solomonia
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Departing RNC staff chief got $100K payout
Discussion: CNN
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Great jobs apartheid: Public sector staff spend nine fewer years …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Large majorities on Hill back Israel's flotilla raid
Discussion: New York Times and Wake up America
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama announces fatherhood initiative
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CNN and The Swamp
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’