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8:50 PM ET, June 23, 2010


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New York Times:
Obama Says Afghan Policy Won't Change  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama removed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of American forces in Afghanistan on Wednesday, and tapped as his replacement the general's boss and the architect of the 2007 surge in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus.
Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President in the Rose Garden  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.  Today I accepted General Stanley McChrystal's resignation as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.  I did so with considerable regret, but also with certainty …
Gen. Petraeus Will Replace Embattled Gen. McChrystal in Afghanistan  —  The Embattled General Will No Longer Be Leading U.S. Counterinsurgency Efforts  —  President Obama today relieved embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his position as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan …
Thomas E. Ricks / Foreign Policy:
Dave's back  —  So, for the second time in three years, Gen. David Petraeus is bailing out a president.  —  Afghanistan 2010 may be an even tougher nut than Iraq 2007.  Sure, Iraq looked like a mess back then, but the Americans hadn't tried a lot of good ideas.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain, Graham, Lieberman call for changes to civilian Afghanistan team  —  The resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal should lead the Obama administration to re-evaluate their civilian Afghanistan team as well, three members of the Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Weekly Standard
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
McChrystal: Gone and Soon Forgotten  —  Naming Petraeus in his place is a stroke of personnel genius.  —  President Barack Obama has accomplished what many might have thought impossible just a few hours earlier.  He has fired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, his combat commander in Afghanistan …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
McChrystal to Administration Official: 'I've Compromised the Mission'
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Republicans use Obama's selection of Petraeus to jab Democrats
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
The Politico:
Obama doubles down on war strategy
David Weigel / Right Now:
‘Joe Barton was right,’ Joe Barton tweets  —  Hours after getting a respite from House Republicans, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) has cheekily responded to criticism over his “apology to BP” by tweeting a link to an American Spectator article titled “Joe Barton was right.”
Peter Hannaford / American Spectator:
Joe Barton Was Right  —  Rep. Joe Barton of Texas broke an iron law of Washington last week.  He described the elephant in the room that no one was supposed to see.  In this case, it was the strong-arming Obama & Co. applied to BP to get it to “voluntarily” set up a $20 billion fund …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texans Down on Barton  —  Texans think that Barack Obama's right …
National Enquirer:
EXCLUSIVE: GORE SEX SCANDAL  —  ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE: AL GORE has been accused of sexually attacking a masseuse in Portland, Oregon - and is named in the official police report about the alleged assault, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively!  —  The bombshell story will appear …
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.
John Fritze / ABCNEWS:
First Female Governor Possible in Eight States  —  Numerous Female Candidates Seek Statewide Office  —  As she begins her general election race for South Carolina's top statehouse job, Republican Nikki Haley is part of a group of candidates this year who are simultaneously pursuing another goal …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Nikki Fever
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April suggests that the economic recovery is proceeding and that the labor market is improving gradually.  Household spending is increasing but remains constrained by high unemployment …
John / Power Line:
Sharia Comes to Michigan  —  Under Sharia law, it is forbidden to proselytize to Muslims, and no Muslim can leave the faith.  Dearborn, Michigan, is home to a substantial Muslim population, and there is strong evidence that local authorities now enforce sharia in preference to the Constitution of the United States.
Guy Busby / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Coroner: Charter captain working oil spill killed himself; former co-worker 'surprised something like this hasn't already happened'  —  FORT MORGAN, Ala. — An Orange Beach, Ala., charter boat captain shot and killed himself this morning just before his vessel was scheduled to set out to take part …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Nation
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide
Discussion: Firedoglake
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Problem With Cap Causes More Oil to Gush in Gulf  —  BP suffered another setback in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, when a discharge of liquid and gases forced the company to remove the containment cap that for three weeks had been able to capture a large portion of the oil gushing from its damaged well.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Graphic Sex Ed Class Under Fire  —  Parents are outraged after young teenagers were instructed on graphic sexual acts during a Planned Parenthood sex education class at the local high school in Shenandoah, Iowa.  —  “It was horribly inappropriate,” Colleen Dostal told Fox News Radio.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Moonbattery
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
MoveOn Scrubs “General Betray Us” Page From Website . . . Update: Flashback to 2007, Obama Skipped Senate Vote to Condemn MoveOn . . . Update 2: Rationale Page Also Flushed. . .  It was there the last time Google cache took a screen shot of it (June 18th), so it was scrubbed sometime between then and today.
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Last Ironing Board to Die for a Mistake  —  Yesterday, The Washington Post told the sad story of the last ironing board factory in the United States.  To protect the jobs of 200 workers, imported Chinese ironing boards are hit with tariffs from 70 to 150 percent.
Discussion: Managerial Econ
Nurse being kissed in iconic wartime picture dies, aged 91  —  Edith Shain was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square in 1945 being kissed by a sailor  —  Edith Shain is kissed by an American sailor while thousands jam Times Square, New York, to celebrate victory over Japan in 1945.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Pelosi asks for donations to fend off potential GOP investigations  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is asking supporters for contributions to help prevent the “subpoenas and investigations” that would result from a GOP majority.  —  In a fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
How Is It That We Have Lost the Argument?  —  Martin Wolf: … That fiscal contraction is expansionary when it is part of a package including substantial real exchange rate depreciation and substantail interest rate reductions by the central banks is something I have believed ever since I first started thinking about these issues.
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
THE ICK FACTOR...  The reaction over a reported quote from my most recent interview with the New Yorker has gained a lot of attention on the blogs and Internet.  —  Let me set the record straight.  —  My exact quote was this:  —  “I do believe that God created male and female and intended …
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Wall Street Journal:
Confidence Waning in Obama, U.S. Outlook
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Voters Support GOP Takeover of Congress
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
The Emerging Republican Minority
Fired Generals  —  Gen. David McKiernan was the NATO commander …
Greenville News:
(2 of 2)  —  Inglis, 50, said he has no further political ambitions …
Discussion: TPMDC and Right Now
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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Blogcritics
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Centrist and clueless
Discussion: Open Left and Grasping Reality …
I'm Beginning to Believe This Obama Fellow Is Unequal to the Task