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11:45 AM ET, June 22, 2010

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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Gen. Stanley McChrystal summoned to Washington following magazine profile  —  KABUL — The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was headed to Washington early Tuesday for an impromptu White House meeting, after apologizing for an upcoming magazine article that portrays him and his staff as flippant …
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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 …
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.
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Furious Obama summons McChrystal to explain W.H. slams  —  The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been summoned to the White House to explain biting and unflattering remarks he made to a freelance writer about President Barack Obama and others in the Obama administration.
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
The Runaway General  —  Stanley McChrystal, Obama's top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House  —  'How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
The Atlantic Online:
The Rolling Stone Article's Juiciest Bits  —  Read the full Rolling Stone article here.  —  Here are the most interesting paragraphs:
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Editor: McChrystal didn't push back  —  Rolling Stone's executive editor on Tuesday said that Gen. Stanley McChrystal did not raise any objections to a new article that repeatedly quotes him criticizing the administration.  —  Eric Bates, the magazine's editor, said during an interview on MSNBC's …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
McChrystal Is Summoned to Washington Over Remarks  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An angry President Obama summoned his top commander in Afghanistan to Washington on Tuesday after a magazine article portrayed the general and his staff as openly contemptuous of some senior members of the Obama administration.
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
McChrystal Apologizes, But The Question Remains: Defrock The Pope?  —  You can read Gen. McChrystal's apology in full here at the Washington Independent.  No “clarification” that I expected last night after seeing the AP writeup of McChrystal's Rolling Stone interview disrespecting the Obama administration.
Peter Spiegel / Washington Wire:
McChrystal on Defensive for Remarks  —  Relations between the U.S. military and civilians in the Obama administration have been tense since last year's three-month review of Afghan war strategy, a state of affairs unlikely to be helped by a new profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh boy: “Rolling Stone” to expose McChrystal's feuding with administration officials; Update: WH, Gates phone McChrystal; Update: McChrystal apologizes  —  Via Cuffy Meigs at Perfunction, the RS piece isn't out yet but this story makes it sound ... oh boy.  Reserve judgment until the article …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘RUNAWAY GENERAL,’ INDEED.... As conditions in Afghanistan remain …
BBC:
US summons general over article
Jules Crittenden:
Advanced Petard Hoistmanship
Discussion: Instapundit
Reuters:
White House summons McChrystal
Associated Press:
White House summons US general to explain himself
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
HeraldSun:
General McChrystal summoned to White House over Rolling Stone interview
Discussion: Townhall.com and Open Left
Lee Ferran / ABCNEWS:   Obama Recalls Top General After Interview
msnbc.com:
Top general recalled to U.S. over remarks
Summer Solstice / CBS News:
Obama Summons McChrystal Over Magazine Quotes
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Guardian
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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Paul H. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Disasters  —  Bush was blamed for local failures after Katrina.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Commentary
Joel S. Gehrke Jr / Beltway Confidential:
Pelosi's lame blame game: No ‘burrowed-in’ Bush appointees oversaw Deepwater Horizon
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Florida senator: Obama told me we can't deploy oil skimmers …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Receives 44% Approval on Oil Spill While BP Gets 16%
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Thomas Sowell / Investor's Business Daily:
Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?  —  When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.  —  Such people were a valuable addition …
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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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That  —  One day next month every student at Loyola Law School Los Angeles will awake to a higher grade point average.  —  But it's not because they are all working harder.  —  The school is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years.
New York Times:
As Law Takes Effect, Obama Gives Insurers a Warning  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, whose vilification of insurers helped push a landmark health care overhaul through Congress, plans to sternly warn industry executives at a White House meeting on Tuesday against imposing hefty rate increases …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Sources: Justice Department to File Lawsuit Against Arizona Immigration Law, Likely Next Week  —  Obama administration sources tell ABC News that Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for its immigration law, likely next week.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   GOPfacing dilemma on Arizona law
Blurgh:
OFFICIALLY OUR BEST-EVER CEASE AND DESIST  —  Recently we got the best-ever cease and desist letter.  We're no stranger to the genre, so what could possibly make this one stand out from the rest?  —  First, it's 12 pages long and very well-researched (except on one point); …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
President Obama's enigmatic intellectualism  —  It can seem that at the heart of Barack Obama's foreign policy is no heart at all.  It consists instead of a series of challenges — of problems that need fixing, not wrongs that need to be righted.  As Winston Churchill once said of a certain pudding …
 
 
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