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10:25 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 …
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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.
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Furious Obama summons McChrystal to explain W.H. slams  —  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.
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 …
Jules Crittenden:
Advanced Petard Hoistmanship  —  With oak leaf cluster.  McChrystal's in hot water for blowing up his boss, again, this time in a Rolling Stone interview, has been called back to explain.  I don't know why he and his advisors thought they could crack wise to a Rolling Stone reporter and not read about it later.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
McChrystal Is Summoned to Washington Over Remarks  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — An angry President Obama summoned his top commander in Afghanistan to Washington on Tuesday after a magazine article portrayed the general and his staff as openly contemptuous of some senior members of the Obama administration.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘RUNAWAY GENERAL,’ INDEED.... As conditions in Afghanistan remain …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McChrystal called to D.C. after article hits Obama, top officials
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Lee Ferran / ABCNEWS:
Obama Recalls Top General After Interview
The Atlantic Online:
The Rolling Stone Article's Juiciest Bits
Discussion: Swampland and Hot Air
Summer Solstice / CBS News:
Obama Summons McChrystal Over Magazine Quotes
Discussion: Reuters and Taegan Goddard's …
Dan De Luce / Agence France Presse:
US general McChrystal apologizes for magazine remarks
Discussion: Informed Comment
Agence France Presse:
White House mocks BP CEO's yacht race, defends Obama golf
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Washington Times:   Obama's Vietnam moment
msnbc.com:
Top general recalled to U.S. over remarks
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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
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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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Gay Workers Will Get Time to Care for Partner's Sick Child  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners, administration officials said Monday.
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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.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Orszag to bail next month; likely successors are inside
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 …
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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 …
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.
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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