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11:30 PM ET, June 23, 2010

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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 …
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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
ABCNEWS:
Gen. Petraeus Will Replace Embattled Gen. McChrystal in Afghanistan
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2012 Power Play
New York Times:
Obama Says Afghan Policy Won't Change After Dismissal
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Republicans use Obama's selection of Petraeus to jab Democrats
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
McChrystal to Administration Official: 'I've Compromised the Mission'
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 …
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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Prosecutor: Al Gore was focus of sex crime inquiry in Portland  —  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office confirmed today that a woman who alleged unwanted sexual contact by Al Gore reported it to police in 2006, and the prosecutor's office was briefed by the Portland Police Bureau in late 2006 and January 2007.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
National Enquirer:
PORTLAND DA: CRIMINAL PROSECUTION POSSIBLE IN THE AL GORE SEX SCANDAL  —  LATEST: In a bombshell new development in the AL GORE sex scandal — broken EXCLUSIVELY earlier today by The ENQUIRER — the Oregon District Attorney says there's “the possibility of a criminal prosecution.”
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.”
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Cops arrest Christians for handing out gospel at Dearborn Arab festival?  Update: Pushback  —  Via Powerline, so insane is this that I'm paranoid there's a key detail missing somewhere that might explain the whole thing.  Could the Christians have been trespassing on private property, maybe?
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Gateway Pundit
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Confidence Waning in Obama, U.S. Outlook  —  Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama's leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Poll: Spill drags Obama's rating down
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:   WSJ/NBC Poll: Voters Support GOP Takeover of Congress
Ariel Schwartztoday / Fast Company:
Raining Oil in Louisiana?  Not Likely [Updated]  —  The Internet is swirling with rumors today that a gloppy mixture of oil and Corexit (the primary dispersant used in the BP disaster) is raining down on Louisiana.  Evidence is thin, and based almost entirely on the video below, but we have to wonder—is this even possible?
Discussion: Raw Story and Hot Air
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The Huffington Post:
Raining Oil In Louisiana?  (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  This shocking video shows what appears to be the aftermath of oily rain, filmed in River Ridge — just outside New Orleans.  The filmmaker captures the clearly visible sheen in the gathering puddles, and describes the remaining substance as …
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide  —  William Allen Kruse, 55, a charter boat captain recently hired by BP as a vessel of opportunity out of Gulf Shores, Ala., died Wednesday morning before 7:30 a.m. of a gunshot to the head, likely self-inflicted, authorities said.
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Guy Busby / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Coroner: Charter captain working oil spill killed himself …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Nation
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
The Emerging Republican Minority  —  The Center for American Politics' Ruy Teixeira, one of the top political demographers in the country, has a new paper out in which he examines the two major party coalitions, with a focus on the current and future prospects of the Republican Party.
Telegraph:
Remains of 72 people found at World Trade Center site  —  New York City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Center site has recovered 72 human remains.  —  The sifting of more than 800 cubic yards (612 cubic meters) of debris recovered from ground zero …
CNN:
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 …
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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.
WDSU-TV:
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.
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 …
Reuters:
Gillard becomes Australia's first female PM  —  (Reuters) - Julia Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister on Thursday when Kevin Rudd stepped down, as the Labor government sought to avoid election defeat later this year by changing leaders.  —  Gillard is expected to present …
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Washington Times Features Doctored Photo Of Kagan In A Turban To Claim She's Subservient To Shariah Law  —  Six days ago, after Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) absurdly tried to link Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to “oppressive tenets of Shari'a-type law,” The Wonk Room's Matt Duss jokingly predicted …
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 …
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
 
 
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Harry Reid's son leaves last name out of first campaign ad
Washington Wire:
Rep. Paul Casts Sole ‘No’ Vote on Oil Spill Subpoena Power
ABCNEWS:
Fired Generals  —  Gen. David McKiernan was the NATO commander …
Discussion: Marbury
John Fritze / ABCNEWS:
First Female Governor Possible in Eight States
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How Is It That We Have Lost the Argument?
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Guardian:
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Discussion: Israel Matzav and Blogcritics
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
It's time America had a fat president