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1:10 AM ET, June 23, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Hot Air, BLACKFIVE and Commentary
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Special Editorial: Mr. President, Don't Waste this Crisis
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Signs point to McChrystal ouster
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Rolling Stone editor: There was more we didn't publish
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker calls for McChrystal's firing
Discussion: The Politico and JOSHUAPUNDIT
The Huffington Post:
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  UPDATE: Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tillman mother sought to warn Obama of McChrystal
Discussion: The Hill and PostPartisan
Jason Rosenbaum / Firedoglake:
Breaking: Gen. McChrystal Has [update: Offered to] Resign, Say Reports
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Editor: McChrystal didn't push back
First Read /
McChrystal's PR man resigns, how Rolling Stone got more access
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and TPMDC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Obama reap what he sowed with McChrystal?
Michael Cohen /
The Four Reasons Why Obama HAS to Fire Stan McChrystal
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 …
Yahoo! News:
Judge who overturned drilling moratorium reported owning stock in drilling companies  —  The federal judge who overturned Barack Obama's offshore drilling moratorium appears to own stock in numerous companies involved in the offshore oil industry—including Transocean, which leased …
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Salazar seeks to reimpose drilling moratorium
Discussion: The Right Scoop and
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
Judge Who Struck Down Moratorium Has Owned Transocean Stock
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Judge halts Obama's oil-drilling ban
Discussion: The Foundry, Wizbang and
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Palin racks up two more wins  —  Two South Carolina Republicans who received the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin emerged victorious in their run-off elections Tuesday.  —  Palin had endorsed gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and publicly stuck with her amidst allegations of an extra-marital affair.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Haley, Scott victorious as Inglis ousted  —  South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley clinched the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday night, sending an Indian-American politician into the general election campaign as a favorite to become her state's first female governor.
Discussion: CNN
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Haley wins SC runoff against Rep. Barrett
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Nikki Haley Wins G.O.P. Nomination for South Carolina Governor
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: We're not bound by president's tax vow  —  Democrats are looking at the possibility of raising taxes on families below the $250,000-a-year threshold promised by President Barack Obama during the election.  —  The majority party on Capitol Hill does not feel bound by that pledge …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems won't pass budget in 2010
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems confident on campaign finance bill, plan to bring to floor Thurs.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Comprehensive Amnesty Threat  —  Often referred to as Comprehensive Immigration Reform, pro-amnesty groups seek to offer legal permanent residence to illegal aliens.  Comprehensive Immigration Reform bills were introduced in Congress in both 2006 and 2007.  —  In 2006, separate versions …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Marshall has a strong chance  —  Democrats got their more electable candidate for the fall by nominating Elaine Marshall to run against Richard Burr tonight.  Qualitative arguments were made over the last six months that Cal Cunningham would be the stronger nominee but polling data …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
For Jeb Bush, Life at Ease Out of Office (for Now), Defending 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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story:
TX GOP platform: Re-criminalize sodomy, make gay marriage a felony
Israel And Gaza: A Crack In The Stalemate
Discussion: protein wisdom, Time and Mondoweiss
The Huffington Post:
Insurance Industry Poised To Tear Loophole In Wall Street Reform
Ezra Klein:
Do the news media spend too much time on news?
The Huffington Post:
Let's Have an Honest Debate About the Role of Parties
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Good News: Mexican Govt. to Join Lawsuit of Arizona
Michael Anton / Weekly Standard:
Remembering Operation Barbarossa
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Verdict on Healthcare Reform Bill Still Divided
Discussion: Washington Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Music Service Tied to Search Engine
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Two Faces of the Tea Party
Discussion: Right Now, Hit & Run and Mother Jones
NY Daily News:
Defaced image of President Obama placed next to picture of Unabomber …
Discussion: In The Agora and JammieWearingFool
Mother Jones:
Louisiana Police Pull Over Activist at Behest of BP
Discussion: The Impolitic
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texas Governor: Tied