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2:40 AM ET, June 22, 2010

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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: What the Heck Was McChrystal Thinking?  —  Good evening.  —  ROLLING STAN: What in the heck was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking?  I mean, I know what he was thinking: he was tired of being the victim of what he believes is a concerted effort on behalf of Ambassador …
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Associated Press:
McChrystal Says U.S. Ambassador ‘Betrayed’ Him With Criticism of Afghan War Strategy  —  May 10: Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry brief reporters ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit at the White House.
Peter Spiegel / Washington Wire:
McChrystal's Next Offensive?
Discussion: Joshua S. Treviñ and Danger Room
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Orszag Leaving as Budget Director  —  Peter R. Orszag will leave his job as the White House budget director in July, according to someone familiar with his plans, making him perhaps the first official to leave the Obama Cabinet and removing a major player from President Obama's economic team.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House dismisses critics, defends Obama's golf outings during Gulf crisis  —  The White House is dismissing criticism that President Barack Obama shouldn't play golf during the Gulf oil spill.  —  The White House is dismissing criticism that President Barack Obama shouldn't play golf during the Gulf oil spill.
Arizona Republic:
Hayworth pitched ‘free money’ seminars in 2007 infomercial  —  Republican Senate challenger J.D. Hayworth appeared in a 2007 television infomercial in which he helped convince viewers that they could rake in big bucks by attending seminars that would teach them how to apply for federal grants that they wouldn't have to pay back.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Hayworth Starred In Infomercial 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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
The End of the J.D. Hayworth Campaign?
Discussion: TPMDC, Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Robert Bluey / Fox News:
Why Won't Obama Waive the Jones Act?  —  Five years ago, in the midst of another crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bush administration waived the Jones Act, easing the way for foreign vessels to move in U.S. waters and between ports.  The decision came with the administration under duress for its handling of Hurricane Katrina.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Florida senator: Obama told me we can't deploy oil skimmers because they might be needed elsewhere  —  A quickie but goodie courtesy of The Shark Tank, which wrangled this interview with LeMieux after a meeting of the Florida GOP.  I'd be curious to know when, precisely …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Senator LeMieux Pans Obama's Oil Spill Clean-Up Efforts(VIDEO)
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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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.
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court upholds controversial part of Patriot Act  —  On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a statute - part of the Patriot Act - that outlaws the provision of ‘material support’ to terror groups.  Such support includes assistance that might nudge a group toward nonviolence.  —  Washington
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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.
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ABCNEWS:
NYC Car Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty, Calls It ‘War’  —  Times Square car bomb suspect pleads guilty in NYC, says ‘we will be attacking US’  —  Calling himself a Muslim soldier, a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Page and The Hill
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Say Obama Lacks Clear Plans on the Oil Spill, Energy or Jobs  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Most Americans do not believe President Obama has a clear plan to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf …
Discussion: RedState and NewsBusters.org
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New York Times:
Poll Finds Deep Concern About Energy and Economy
Discussion: Commentary
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.
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Deep in the Heart of Texas  —  A number of responses to my column about the education I received at Classical High (a public school in Providence, RI) rehearsed a story of late-flowering gratitude after an earlier period of frustration and resentment.  “I had a high school (or a college) …
Discussion: Althouse
The Huffington Post:
Swipe Fee Deal: Merchants Beat Wall Street  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Wall Street reform negotiators struck a deal Monday to regulate the swipe fees that major banks and credit card companies can charge to merchants — costs that are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.
Discussion: The Hill, Open Left and Daily Kos
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Link Between Grayson, Tea Party Questioned  —  One of Rep. Alan Grayson's pollsters is running for the state House in Florida as a Tea Party candidate, fueling Republican suspicions that the Democratic Congressman is using a newly formed third party to boost his own re-election bid.
Fox News:
Saudi Arabia Beheads and Nails Murderer's Body to Cross  —  Saudi Arabia executed two murderers including a Yemeni whose body was nailed to a cross after he was convicted of killing a fellow countryman and his daughter, the interior ministry said on Monday.  —  Shaaban al-Nasheri was beheaded …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
DutchNews.nl:
Amsterdam mayor considers using ‘decoy Jews’ to combat anti-semitism  —  Acting Amsterdam mayor Lodewijk Asscher is considering using police offcers posing as Jews in an attempt to stamp out anti-semitic violence, the Parool reports on Monday.  —  A spokesman said the suggestion …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Yahoo! News:
Mystery deepens around alleged Bush poisoning incident  —  Did former First Lady Laura Bush hype a stomach flu, or some other viral disorder, into a mythical assassination attempt in order to sell books?  When Bush's memoir, Spoken From the Heart, was released last month …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Jane McGrath / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Climate Change Legislation is a ‘Moral Issue’—'We Have a Moral Responsibility' to Preserve 'God's Beautiful Creation'  —  (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week that passing energy and climate change legislation is a “moral issue”—although, at the same time …
Rich Connell / Los Angeles Times:
Red light camera pact would need exemption from Arizona boycott  —  LAPD seeks to extend its agreement with American Traffic Solutions.  A new contract with another Arizona-based firm is also in consideration.  —  The council's Public Safety Committee says red light cameras provide a “significant benefit to public safety.”
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Weekly Standard
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.
The FOX Nation:
Obama Labor Chief: Illegals Have a Right to Fair Wages  —  DEPORT OHBUMMER'S SECRETARY OF LABOR HILDA L SOLIS.  —  I Captain Kerry  —  The idiocy just keeps flowing doesn't it?  We know who the enemy of America is and it is all on the left and in the White House.
 
 
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Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
Energy Pipedreams
Discussion: Hot Air
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Deal Reached on Iran Sanctions Bill
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Governor
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Salazar Renames MMS, Adding ‘Regulation and Enforcement’
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Cares How Tony Hayward Spends His Free Time?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Nader blasts Obama, won't rule out 2012 run
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
WH moves ahead on IL prison purchase
ABCNEWS:
Top Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angela Merkel Lucky the Bar for “Worst German Leader” is Very High
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Bloomberg
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama's thuggery is useless in fighting spill
Discussion: Flopping Aces, Hullabaloo and Telegraph
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Crist's edge over Rubio appears to be growing