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8:10 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.
blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation  —  A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate.
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.
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.
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 …
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
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Mr. President, Don't Waste this Crisis
New York Times:
McChrystal's Fate Is Unclear as Obama Cites Poor Judgment
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  UPDATE: Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Discussion: Guardian and Philly.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tillman mother sought to warn Obama of McChrystal
Discussion: The Hill
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Civilian press aide resigns amid flap over McChrystal's ‘Rolling Stone’ profile
First Read / msnbc.com:
McChrystal's PR man resigns, how Rolling Stone got more access
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Why not Petraeus-Crocker in Afghanistan?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Rep. Alan Grayson / The Huffington Post:
Fire General McChrystal
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker calls for McChrystal's firing
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Did Obama reap what he sowed with McChrystal?
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal's real offense
Discussion: TPMCafe, Telegraph and Vox Popoli
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:   Military Dissent Should Be Private — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Washington Post:
Is Gen. Stanley McChrystal someone the president can afford to fire?
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: Judge rules against Obamatorium on drilling; link …
Discussion: The Politico and OpenMarket.org
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.
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: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
Michael Anton / Weekly Standard:
Remembering Operation Barbarossa  —  Sixty-nine-years ago today, 3.5 million German troops, plus another million from Nazi allies, invaded the USSR.  (Geographically, the land now makes up Lithuania, Belarus, eastern Poland, Ukraine, and Moldavia).  It was the largest army ever assembled …
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.
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Two Faces of the Tea Party  —  Rick Santelli, Glenn Beck, and the future of the populist insurgency.  —  As a student in the exciting new field of Tea Party Studies, I've noticed that no one agrees on what the Tea Party actually is.  Is the anti-Obama, anti-big government movement …
Discussion: Right Now, Hit & Run and Mother Jones
 
 
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