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3:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Civilian press aide resigns amid flap over McChrystal's ‘Rolling Stone’ profile  —  KABUL — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's civilian press aide resigned Tuesday over an upcoming magazine story that portrayed the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and some of his aides as derisive toward Obama administration officials.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tillman mother sought to warn Obama of McChrystal  —  The mother of the slain football player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman sought to warn President Obama against making General Stanley McChrystal his commander in Afghanistan.  —  Mary Tillman said in an unpublished interview this year …
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Rolling Stone editor: There was more we didn't publish
Discussion: The Politico
Associated Press:
McChrystal Says U.S. Ambassador ‘Betrayed’ Him With Criticism of Afghan War Strategy
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Special Editorial: Mr. President, Don't Waste this Crisis
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal: An accident waiting to happen
Discussion: Hot Air and The Nation
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal's real offense
Discussion: TPMCafe, Vox Popoli and TPMDC
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:   Military Dissent Should Be Private — By: Victor Davis Hanson
First Read /
McChrystal's PR man resigns, how Rolling Stone got more access
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Sydelle Moore / Congress Blog:   The Big Question: Should Gen. Stanley McChrystal be fired?
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Military Law Expert: McChrystal Wasn't Insubordinate.
Max Boot / Commentary:
McChrystal's Media Woes
Michael Cohen /
The Four Reasons Why Obama HAS to Fire Stan McChrystal
Discussion: Danger Room and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
CNN:   Judge blocks offshore drilling moratorium
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 …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems won't pass budget in 2010  —  House Democrats will not pass a budget blueprint in 2010, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will confirm in a speech on Tuesday.  —  But Hoyer will vow to crack down on government spending, saying Democrats will enforce spending limits that are lower than what President Barack Obama has called for.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Hoyer: Permanent middle class tax cuts too costly
Byron York / Associated Press:
Amid crises, Obama declares war — on Arizona  —  The Obama administration has a lot of fights on its hands.  Putting aside real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there's the battle against leaking oil in the Gulf, the struggle against 9.7 percent unemployment across the country, and clashes over the president's agenda on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Say Hillary More Qualified To Be President Than Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin  —  U.S. voters think Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama, but most believe that both Democrats are more fit for the White House than three top Republicans interested in the job.
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); …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Whopping 31% of Americans still Not Angry yet at the nation's news media  —  Some very disturbing poll news out the other day.  Shocking too.  It seems that some professional polling outfit named Rasmussen Reports surveyed a whole bunch of obviously subversive people.
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