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8:40 AM ET, June 24, 2010

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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.
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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.
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 …
KGW-TV:
Gore implicated in sex assault on Portland masseuse  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Vice President Al Gore was accused of repeated, unwanted sexual contact with a massage therapist at a Portland hotel room in 2006, according to police reports.  —  The woman told police she was “repeatedly subjected …
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: Wonkette and Politics Daily
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Oregon investigated sex-assault accusation against Al Gore; case was closed
Mark Landler / New York Times:
For Obama, Decision to Remove General Came Quickly  —  WASHINGTON — By the time he woke up Wednesday morning, President Obama had made up his mind.  —  During the 36 frenetic hours since he had been handed an article from the coming issue of Rolling Stone ominously headlined “The Runaway General …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
McCain: We'll use Petraeus's confirmation hearing to push back against Obama's withdrawal deadline  —  I'll bet they will.  Remember, in his own terse, diplomatic way, Petraeus has sounded notably cool to The One's plan to start withdrawing next July.  Last week in Senate testimony he warned that …
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain, Graham, Lieberman call for changes to civilian Afghanistan team
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
Wall Street Journal:
Confidence Wanes 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.
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Poll: Spill drags Obama's rating down
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Voters Support GOP Takeover of Congress
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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?
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The Huffington Post:
Raining Oil In Louisiana? (VIDEO)
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?
The Hill:
Liberal Dems' battle to cut defense spending reaches a turning point  —  A growing number of centrist Democrats say they're open to trimming Pentagon spending in the face of record budget deficits and mounting public debt.  —  Liberal Democrats for years have called for cuts to the massive defense budget to no avail.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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 …
Tim Blair:
THE VOTE  —  It's on at 9am.  Judgment day for Kevni.  —  UPDATE.  If Gillard wins, she will be our first foreign-born Prime Minister since John Gorton.  Prior to Gorton, all PMs were born in Australia right back until Billy Hughes.  —  UPDATE II.  Peter Garrett backs Rudd: … As usual.
Discussion: ABC News, Jay Currie and Macleans.ca
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Reuters:
Gillard becomes Australia's first female PM
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
BP Is Pursuing Alaska Drilling Some Call Risky  —  The future of BP's offshore oil operations in the Gulf of Mexico has been thrown into doubt by the recent drilling disaster and court wrangling over a moratorium.  —  But about three miles off the coast of Alaska, BP is moving ahead …
Discussion: The Page
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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CNBC:
Inmates Get Homebuyer Tax Credits: Gov't Report  —  Nearly 1,300 prison inmates wrongly received more than $9 million in tax credits for homebuyers despite being locked up when they claimed they bought a home, a government investigator reported Wednesday.  —  The investigator said 241 of the inmates were serving life sentences.
fanniemae.com:
Fannie Mae Increases Penalties for Borrowers Who Walk Away  —  Seven-Year Lockout Policy for Strategic Defaulters  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Fannie Mae (FNM/NYSE) announced today policy changes designed to encourage borrowers to work with their servicers and pursue alternatives to foreclosure.
Andy Roddick / Guardian:
Wimbledon 2010 live blog: 23 June  —  10.45am: Xan will be here from around 11am.  —  In the meantime, read a report on Andy Murray's straight sets victory over Jan Hajek yesterday and why, apart from Murray, have British tennis players done so badly?  —  For the latest live scores and results follow this link.
Discussion: The Awl
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.
 
 
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Fundraising event turns ugly
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Video-Rep. Kanjorski: 'Finance bill will help good Americans …
Discussion: RedState and Pajamas Media
Rasmussen Reports:
42% Oppose Kagan's Confirmation, 35% Favor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Leander Schaerlaeckens / ESPN:
Can the U.S. keep winning?
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
“Let's Not Call Them Anything, Let's Just Ignore Them”
Sandra Jontz / Stars & Stripes:
USS John L. Hall skipper relieved of command after hitting pier
Discussion: New York Times and Foreign Policy
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Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
How Is It That We Have Lost the Argument?