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4:35 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.
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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 …
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 …
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 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 …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Mr. President, Don't Waste this Crisis  —  If Stan McChrystal has to go—and he probably does—it will be a sad end to a career of great distinction and a low moment in a lifetime devoted to duty, honor, and country.  But the good of the mission and the prospects for victory …
The Atlantic Online:
The Rolling Stone Article's Juiciest Bits  —  Read the full Rolling Stone article here.  —  Here are the most interesting paragraphs:
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.
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Rolling Stone editor: There was more we didn't publish  —  A top editor at Rolling Stone said Tuesday morning that his reporters gathered even more anecdotes and quotes from Gen. Stanley McChrystal that couldn't be published because they were off the record.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Discussion: Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tillman mother sought to warn Obama of McChrystal
Discussion: The Hill
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal: An accident waiting to happen
Discussion: Hot Air and The Nation
First Read / msnbc.com:
McChrystal's PR man resigns, how Rolling Stone got more access
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and TPMDC
Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:
Fire General McChrystal
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC and Washington Post
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal's real offense
Discussion: TPMCafe, Mediaite and Vox Popoli
Associated Press:
McChrystal Says U.S. Ambassador ‘Betrayed’ Him With Criticism of Afghan War Strategy
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:   Military Dissent Should Be Private — By: Victor Davis Hanson
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Why not Petraeus-Crocker in Afghanistan?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   How We Know What McChrystal Really Thinks
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   Military Law Expert: McChrystal Wasn't Insubordinate.
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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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 …
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Obama moratorium on drilling is struck down
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Sources: Justice Department to File Lawsuit Against Arizona …
Discussion: Wake up America, RedState and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: Althouse, Gawker, PrawfsBlawg and Law Blog
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.
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 …
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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