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2:00 PM ET, June 22, 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.
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 …
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.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
The Rolling Stone Article's Juiciest Bits  —  Read the full Rolling Stone article here.  —  Here are the most interesting paragraphs:
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Obama Has to Fire McChrystal  —  It is not about Afghanistan policy — although, of course it's about that too, with McChrystal as the face and mind of the strategy Obama bought into at the end of last year.  —  It's about civilian control of the military, respect for the chain of command …
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Editor: McChrystal didn't push back  —  Rolling Stone's executive editor on Tuesday said that Gen. Stanley McChrystal did not raise any objections to a new article that repeatedly quotes him criticizing the administration.  —  Eric Bates, the magazine's editor, said during an interview on MSNBC's …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Rolling Stone editor: There was more we didn't publish  —  A top editor at Rolling Stone said Tuesday morning that his reporters gathered even more anecdotes and quotes from Gen. Stanley McChrystal that couldn't be published because they were off the record.
Discussion: The Politico
Jackson Diehl / PostPartisan:
Don't blame McChrystal, blame Obama
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Military Law Expert: McChrystal Wasn't Insubordinate.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal: An accident waiting to happen
First Read /   McChrystal's PR man resigns, how Rolling Stone got more access
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
McChrystal's real offense
Discussion: TPMCafe and Vox Popoli
Max Boot / Commentary:
McChrystal's Media Woes
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:   Military Dissent Should Be Private — By: Victor Davis Hanson
Jules Crittenden:
Advanced Petard Hoistmanship
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 …
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.
Paul H. Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Disasters  —  Bush was blamed for local failures after Katrina.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Commentary
Joel S. Gehrke Jr / Beltway Confidential:
Pelosi's lame blame game: No ‘burrowed-in’ Bush appointees oversaw Deepwater Horizon
Byron York / Associated Press:
Amid crises, Obama declares war — on Arizona  —  The Obama administration has a lot of fights on its hands.  Putting aside real wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there's the battle against leaking oil in the Gulf, the struggle against 9.7 percent unemployment across the country, and clashes over the president's agenda on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOPfacing dilemma on Arizona law
Discussion: 24Ahead
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Dems won't pass budget in 2010  —  House Democrats will not pass a budget blueprint in 2010, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will confirm in a speech on Tuesday.  —  But Hoyer will vow to crack down on government spending, saying Democrats will enforce spending limits that are lower than what President Barack Obama has called for.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Rep. Steny Hoyer says middle-class tax breaks may not be affordable long-term
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘I SAID NO CAP-AND-TRADE’.... There aren't enough votes in the Senate to pass an ambitious cap-and-trade proposal, and Republicans won't let the Senate vote on a more scaled-back version, put together with tri-partisan backing, called the American Power Act.  The new compromise offer is a …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House suggestion of narrow climate bill hits political headwinds
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
As Law Takes Effect, Obama Gives Insurers a Warning  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, whose vilification of insurers helped push a landmark health care overhaul through Congress, plans to sternly warn industry executives at a White House meeting on Tuesday against imposing hefty rate increases …
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Pondering Orszag's Legacy  —  The news that Peter Orszag will leave the OMB in July is not surprising; he was set to leave in April but was persuaded to stay on a bit longer.  Orszag will be remembered chiefly for two things: his key role in designing the stimulus and the new health care law …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
Orszag Leaving as Budget Director
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.
OFFICIALLY OUR BEST-EVER CEASE AND DESIST  —  Recently we got the best-ever cease and desist letter.  We're no stranger to the genre, so what could possibly make this one stand out from the rest?  —  First, it's 12 pages long and very well-researched (except on one point); …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Americans to Congress: Give Us Jobs, Not Deficit Dance  —  It is very impressive that the deficit fear-mongers, led by people like Peter Peterson, David Walker and Alan Simpson, have managed to get all of Washington worked into a self-destructive frenzy over the issue of the federal debt.
Rasmussen Reports:
Voters Say Hillary More Qualified To Be President Than Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Palin  —  U.S. voters think Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama, but most believe that both Democrats are more fit for the White House than three top Republicans interested in the job.
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Whopping 31% of Americans still Not Angry yet at the nation's news media
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
GOP may boycott Kagan hearings
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Discussion: Commentary
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
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