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11:50 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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Republicans use Obama's selection of Petraeus to jab Democrats
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2012 Power Play
New York Times:
Obama Says Afghan Policy Won't Change After Dismissal
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
Associated Press:
Gore Was Accused of Sexual Advances  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A massage therapist accused former Vice President Al Gore of “unwanted sexual contact” at a hotel in October 2006, but no charges were filed because of lack of evidence, law officials said Wednesday.
Discussion: Althouse
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Texans Down on Barton  —  Texans think that Barack Obama's right and Joe Barton's wrong when it comes to BP's responsibility for cleaning up the oil spill, and a plurality of voters in the state think Barton should lose his leadership post on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
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)
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 …
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 …
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Harry Reid's son leaves last name out of first campaign ad  —  Nevada gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid (D) is on the air with his first campaign ad and it's missing one thing: his last name.  —  Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), doesn't say his name at any point during the ad …
Washington Wire:
Rep. Paul Casts Sole ‘No’ Vote on Oil Spill Subpoena Power  —  When the House agreed to give subpoena powers to President Barack Obama's newly formed oil-spill commission, 420 members voted for the plan and only one voted against it: Texas Republican Ron Paul.
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 …
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.
 
 
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