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6:50 PM ET, June 22, 2010

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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.
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Jkavcnn / This Just In:
Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Latest developments  —  Here are the latest developments involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal, America's top commander in Afghanistan.  He and his staff made comments in a Rolling Stone article that appear to mock top civilian officials, including Vice President Joe Biden.
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 …
Jackson Diehl / PostPartisan:
Don't blame McChrystal, blame Obama  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal should not lose his job because of the article about him in Rolling Stone magazine.  If anyone deserves blame for the latest airing of the administration's internal feuds over Afghanistan, it is President Obama.
Discussion: Washington Post and Maggie's Farm
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Has to Fire McChrystal  —  It is not about Afghanistan policy — although, of course it's about that too, with McChrystal as the face and mind of the strategy Obama bought into at the end of last year.  —  It's about civilian control of the military, respect for the chain of command …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
McCain on McChrystal  —  In a phone interview this afternoon, Senator John McCain expanded on his statement from this morning on General Stanley McChrystal and the general's comments to Rolling Stone:  —  “If the president fires McChrystal, we need a new ambassador and we need an entire new team over there.
The Politico:
W.H. hints McChrystal's job in doubt  —  The White House made it clear Tuesday that Gen. Stanley McChrystal's job is very much in doubt.  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, looking grim, called McChrystal's conduct an “enormous mistake” that angered the president.
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 …
New York Times:
McChrystal's Fate Is Unclear as Obama Aides Assail Remarks  —  WASHINGTON—President Obama's top commander in Afghanistan flew to Washington Tuesday to find out whether he will be fired, after a magazine article quoted him and his staff as speaking critically of top members of President Obama's team.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Rolling Stone editor: There was more we didn't publish
Discussion: The Politico
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  UPDATE: Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Discussion: Guardian and Philly.com
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker calls for McChrystal's firing
Discussion: The Politico
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Special Editorial: Mr. President, Don't Waste this Crisis
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Doug Ross
CNN:
Leading Senate Dem suggests McChrystal should resign
Discussion: The Politico, The Swamp and ABCNEWS
First Read / msnbc.com:
McChrystal's PR man resigns, how Rolling Stone got more access
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tillman mother sought to warn Obama of McChrystal
Discussion: The Hill
Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:
Fire General McChrystal
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC and Washington Post
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal: An accident waiting to happen
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal's real offense
Discussion: TPMCafe, Telegraph and Vox Popoli
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Obama reap what he sowed with McChrystal?
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Signs point to McChrystal ouster
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:   Military Dissent Should Be Private — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   How We Know What McChrystal Really Thinks
Bloomberg:
Deepwater Drilling Ban Lifted by New Orleans Federal Judge  —  A New Orleans federal judge lifted the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by President Barack Obama following the largest oil spill in U.S. history.  —  Obama temporarily halted all drilling in waters deeper …
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Yahoo! News:
Judge who overturned drilling moratorium reported owning stock in drilling companies  —  The federal judge who overturned Barack Obama's offshore drilling moratorium appears to own stock in numerous companies involved in the offshore oil industry—including Transocean, which leased …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Obama's Moratorium on Deep-Water Drilling  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration had imposed in response to the vast oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Administration to appeal strikedown of offshore drilling ban  —  The Obama administration will immediately appeal a federal judge's decision to strike down its six-month moratorium on offshore drilling.  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration would appeal …
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Judge Who Struck Down Moratorium Has Owned Transocean Stock
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 …
Jon Voight / Washington Times:
Dear Mr. President ... from Jon Voight  —  An open letter from actor Jon Voight to President Obama:  —  Dear President Obama:  —  You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Phil Jacobs / Baltimore Jewish Times:
Abramoff To Work At Tov Pizza  —  Jack Abramoff was serving time in Western Maryland.  —  Now, he'll be serving pizza in Baltimore.  —  Well, sort of.  —  Abramoff, 51, is a Capitol Hill lobbyist and businessman who pled guilty in 2006 to felony counts related to his lobbying and political activities.
Discussion: Washington Wire and USA Today
Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP  —  Everyone knows by now that BP is stil blocking press access to oil-spill sites even though they're not supposed to anymore.  I've been blathering about it for weeks, and it's been all of three days since four contractors wouldn't let me through …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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NY Daily News:
Defaced image of President Obama placed next to picture of Unabomber …
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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Amid crises, Obama declares war — on Arizona
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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