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12:05 PM ET, June 23, 2010


 Top Items: 
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Why McChrystal Has to Go  —  It is intolerable for military officers to mock senior political officials, including ambassadors and the vice president.  —  Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a hero—a selfless, fearless and inspiring soldier.  He is also something of a military genius.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
McChrystal to Administration Official: 'I've Compromised the Mission'  —  During his round of phone calls to top officials of the Obama administration whom he and his team disparaged to a Rolling Stone reporter, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said, “I've compromised the mission,” a senior administration source tells ABC News.
New York Times:
Brief Meeting Between Obama and McChrystal  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal left the White House after meeting with President Obama for about 20 minutes, departing ahead of a meeting on the war in Afghanistan scheduled for later Wednesday morning, but there was no immediate word …
McChrystal leaves White House after meeting  —  General's fate still unclear after 30-minute meeting with Obama  —  General Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON - Afghanistan war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal has completed …
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Gen. McChrystal's Firing Offense
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What's Second Prize?
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Breaking: General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation
Michael O'Hanlon / USA Today:
Another view on ‘runaway general’: Don't fire McChrystal
US chief's fate remains unclear
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Page
Federal Gov't Halts Sand Berm Dredging  —  Nungesser Pleads With President To Allow Work To Continue  —  NEW ORLEANS — The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.  —  The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil.
Pat Austin / And So it Goes in Shreveport:
The Feds Latest Attempt to Kill Louisiana: Dredging Stopped  —  The federal government's latest effort to shut down Louisiana's effort to protect the coast is to halt sand berm dredging near the Chandeleur barrier islands.  —  The feds are requesting that the dredging operation be moved two miles further offshore.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Nikki Haley wins South Carolina primary, Rep. Bob Inglis loses  —  South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley cruised to the Republican nomination for governor tonight, a victory that makes her not just the frontrunner for the office this fall but a likely national GOP star.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Nikki Fever
Discussion: sisu
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Palin racks up two more wins
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Son of one-time segregationist loses to black Republican
Discussion: The Nation and
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
National Republicans get their candidates
Discussion: CNN
Spitzer, Parker to host primetime CNN show  —  CNN announced Wednesday that Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer will host its new 8 p.m. program.  —  Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CNN teams Spitzer, Parker at 8  —  CNN announced Wednesday that Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor, and Kathleen Parker, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in April for her conservative newspaper columns, are teaming up in September for a newsy conversation show at 8 p.m., replacing “Campbell Brown.”
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:   Spitzer gets CNN show
EXCLUSIVE: Meet Senator Vitter's Trusted Aide Drove Drunk, Attacked Girlfriend, Still On the Job  —  Senator Of DC Madam Fame Has Had Aide Working On Women's Issues; Brent Furer's Brushes With Law Go Back to 1990s  —  A longtime aide to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who has been assigned …
Associated Press:
Vitter aide resigns amid report of run-in with law  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Sen. David Vitter accepted the resignation of a longtime aide Wednesday after a news report disclosed repeated brushes with the law dating to the 1990s, the Republican's office said Wednesday.
Discussion: Ballot Box, The Hill and Mediaite
Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform getting more, not less, popular  —  I got an e-mail from the House minority leader's office this morning linking me to their new report, “Obamacare: Three Months of Broken Promises.”  “Three things are abundantly clear about President Obama's new health care law three months …
Discussion: Wonk Room, Gallup and Washington Wire
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner report claims health reform failed on promises after three months
Michelle Malkin:
The threat of illegal alien amnesty-by-executive order  —  NumbersUSA posted a letter on Monday from GOP Sen. Grassley and seven other Republican Senators challenging the White House on rumors of illegal alien-amnesty-by-executive order.  The gist of it:
Matt Bai / New York Times:
For Jeb Bush, Life Defending the Family Name  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — For months now, Jeb Bush has been listening as President Obama blasts his older brother's administration for the battered economy, budget deficits and even the lax oversight of oil wells.
I'm Beginning to Believe This Obama Fellow Is Unequal to the Task  —  by T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII  —  Intellectual Conservative At-Large  —  Summer once again tiptoes in on crepe soles to the eastern extremities of Long Island; affording, as is its wont, fresh opportunities to enjoy …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Arizona Democrats urge Obama not to sue over controversial immigration law  —  Arizona Democrats facing tough reelection races are distancing themselves from the Obama administration as it prepares to file a lawsuit against the state over its controversial immigration law.
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Wall Street Journal:
Orszag Adieu  —  The ‘cost curve’ bent the budget director.
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Lincoln Intervenes for Arkansas Bank
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Centrist and clueless
Discussion: Open Left
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Another rhetorical strikeout from Al Franken
Discussion: The New Republic
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Business leaders say Obama's economic policies stifle growth
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Why it is right for central banks to keep printing
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hoyer: Yeah, we're punting the budget this year
Discussion: The Politico
Obama, Cameron to meet on Gulf oil Saturday
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Sebastian Mallaby / The Atlantic Online:
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty
Discussion: Global Guerrillas
Megan Carpentier / TPM LiveWire:
Spirit Airlines Launches New, Offensive Ad Campaign
Reza Kahlili / Forbes:
There Will Be War  —  Last week, Iran's opposition leaders Mir …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
It's time America had a fat president
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Hit & Run
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: We're not bound by president's tax vow
Discussion: Right Wing News and The Politico
Phil Jacobs / Baltimore Jewish Times:
Abramoff To Work At Tov Pizza