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7:40 AM ET, June 22, 2010


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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.
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 …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. indirectly paying Afghan warlords as part of security contract  —  The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan, indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys throughout …
Summer Solstice / CBS News:
McChrystal Apologizes for Criticizing Obama Team  —  Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Issues “Sincerest Apology” for “Poor Judgment” in Rolling Stone Interview  —  (CBS/AP) Updated at 2:21 a.m. Eastern.  —  The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has apologized for a magazine profile in which he criticizes the U.S. administration.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House dismisses critics, defends Obama's golf outings during Gulf crisis  —  The White House is dismissing criticism that President Barack Obama shouldn't play golf during the Gulf oil spill.  —  The White House is dismissing criticism that President Barack Obama shouldn't play golf during the Gulf oil spill.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Orszag plans to leave in July  —  White House budget director Peter Orszag plans to leave government in July, becoming the first member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet to depart, administration officials said Monday.  Orszag is likely to join a think tank, colleagues said.
Discussion: Newsbroke
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Florida senator: Obama told me we can't deploy oil skimmers because they might be needed elsewhere  —  A quickie but goodie courtesy of The Shark Tank, which wrangled this interview with LeMieux after a meeting of the Florida GOP.  I'd be curious to know when, precisely …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Senator LeMieux Pans Obama's Oil Spill Clean-Up Efforts(VIDEO)
Discussion: Right Wing News
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most Say Obama Lacks Clear Plans on the Oil Spill, Energy or Jobs  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Most Americans do not believe President Obama has a clear plan to deal with the oil spill in the Gulf …
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and
New York Times:
Poll Finds Deep Concern About Energy and Economy  —  By JOHN M. BRODER and MARJORIE CONNELLY  —  Overwhelmingly, Americans think the nation needs a fundamental overhaul of its energy policies, and most expect alternative forms to replace oil as a major source within 25 years.
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Feinberg Says Faster Claim Payment Is Needed  —  BP said on Monday that it had so far spent about $2 billion in its response to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, including containment efforts, economic and environmental claims and state and federal costs.
Arizona Republic:
Hayworth pitched ‘free money’ seminars in 2007 infomercial  —  Republican Senate challenger J.D. Hayworth appeared in a 2007 television infomercial in which he helped convince viewers that they could rake in big bucks by attending seminars that would teach them how to apply for federal grants that they wouldn't have to pay back.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
The End of the J.D. Hayworth Campaign?
Discussion: TPMDC, Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court upholds controversial part of Patriot Act  —  On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a statute - part of the Patriot Act - that outlaws the provision of ‘material support’ to terror groups.  Such support includes assistance that might nudge a group toward nonviolence.  —  Washington
Discussion: The Confluence
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Bork to publicly oppose Kagan for Supreme Court
Shahzad Pleads Guilty, Warns Of More Attacks  —  Times Square Bombing Suspect Said He Planted 3 Bombs In SUV, Would ‘Plead Guilty And 100 Times More’  —  Shahzad: If U.S. Doesn't Leave Muslim Lands, More Attacks In U.S. To Come  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
NYC Car Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty, Calls It ‘War’
Discussion: Raw Story, The Page and The Hill
Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Deep in the Heart of Texas  —  A number of responses to my column about the education I received at Classical High (a public school in Providence, RI) rehearsed a story of late-flowering gratitude after an earlier period of frustration and resentment.  “I had a high school (or a college) …
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
W.H. bends truth on Joe Barton  —  The pitch: BP-apologist Joe Barton would head the Energy and Commerce Committee if Republicans win the House.  —  The salesmen: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  —  The truth: Not so much.
Associated Press:
Emanuel defended Blagojevich, then sought grant  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — President Barack Obama's chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.
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: Power Line and PrawfsBlawg
Jane McGrath / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Climate Change Legislation is a ‘Moral Issue’—'We Have a Moral Responsibility' to Preserve 'God's Beautiful Creation'  —  ( - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week that passing energy and climate change legislation is a “moral issue”—although, at the same time …
The Huffington Post:
Swipe Fee Deal: Merchants Beat Wall Street  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Wall Street reform negotiators struck a deal Monday to regulate the swipe fees that major banks and credit card companies can charge to merchants — costs that are passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.
Discussion: The Hill, Open Left and Daily Kos
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Deal Reached on Iran Sanctions Bill  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers said Monday they had reached a deal on a bill levying sanctions on firms that do business with Iran's financial and energy sectors, taking the legislation one further crucial step toward completion.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Thomas Sowell / Investor's Business Daily:
Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?
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Rich Connell / Los Angeles Times:
Red light camera pact would need exemption from Arizona boycott
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Weekly Standard
Amsterdam mayor considers using ‘decoy Jews’ to combat anti-semitism
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Governor
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Who Cares How Tony Hayward Spends His Free Time?
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
WH moves ahead on IL prison purchase
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The Daily Dish
Fox News:
Saudi Arabia Beheads and Nails Murderer's Body to Cross
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Simon Johnson / The Atlantic Online:
The Quiet Coup  —  The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Angela Merkel Lucky the Bar for “Worst German Leader” is Very High
The FOX Nation:
Obama Labor Chief: Illegals Have a Right to Fair Wages
Discussion: Hot Air, American Power and Solomonia
Paul Krugman:
Zombies Have Already Killed The Deficit Commission