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9:45 AM ET, June 22, 2010


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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 …
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.
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Furious Obama summons McChrystal to D.C. to explain slams at superiors  —  The top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has been summoned to the White House to explain biting and unflattering remarks he made to a freelance writer about President Barack Obama and others in the Obama administration.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh boy: “Rolling Stone” to expose McChrystal's feuding with administration officials; Update: WH, Gates phone McChrystal; Update: McChrystal apologizes  —  Via Cuffy Meigs at Perfunction, the RS piece isn't out yet but this story makes it sound ... oh boy.  Reserve judgment until the article …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and RedState
US summons top general over article  —  Gen McChrystal says he felt “betrayed” by ambassador Karl Eikenberry  —  The top US commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington in the wake of a magazine article that quotes him and aides criticising senior Obama administration officials and diplomats.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘RUNAWAY GENERAL,’ INDEED.... As conditions in Afghanistan remain very much in peril, and domestic and international skepticism about the longest war in American history grows more intense, the timing of these inexplicable comments couldn't be much worse.
Jules Crittenden:
Advanced Petard Hoistmanship
Discussion: Instapundit
Summer Solstice / CBS News:
McChrystal Apologizes for Criticizing Obama Team
Discussion: Reuters and Taegan Goddard's …
Top general recalled to U.S. over remarks
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Dan De Luce / Agence France Presse:
US general McChrystal apologizes for magazine remarks
Discussion: Informed Comment
Washington Times:   Obama's Vietnam moment
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Report finds U.S. tax money may be funding Afghan insurgents
Discussion: Shakesville and The AfPak Channel
Paul H. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Disasters  —  Bush was blamed for local failures after Katrina.  Obama got a free ride for weeks as federal failures mounted during the Gulf spill.  —  In many respects, the Deepwater Horizon disaster and Katrina are mirror images of each other.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Commentary
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Orszag to bail next month; likely successors are inside
Discussion: Newsbroke
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Holly Berry /
Discussion: Mediaite and Newsalert
New York Times:
Bloomberg Contributed to Blagojevich's Campaign  —  It turns out that Rod R. Blagojevich, the impeached former governor of Illinois, flamboyant reality television star and billboard for the helmet hairdo, had an unexpected admirer in New York City: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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: normblog and Althouse
David Brooks / New York Times:
Faustus Makes a Deal  —  It was the winter of 2007.  Dr. Faustus, the famous left-wing philologist, was sitting in a coffee shop in despair over the Bush-Cheney regime and the future of his country.  —  Suddenly, Mephistopheles, who happened to be the provost at his college, appeared, sipping a double mocha frappuccino.
Discussion: Commentary and American Spectator
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: L.A. NOW and Weekly Standard
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
Bork to publicly oppose Kagan for Supreme Court