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4:45 PM ET, June 23, 2010


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New York Times:
McChrystal Is Removed From Afghan Command  —  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.
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 …
Obama relieves McChrystal of command  —  Gen. David Petraeus replaces him as top Afghan commander  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying that his scathing published remarks about administration …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
McChrystal to Administration Official: 'I've Compromised the Mission'  —  During his round of phone calls to top officials of the Obama administration whom he and his team disparaged to a Rolling Stone reporter, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said, “I've compromised the mission,” a senior administration source tells ABC News.
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Why McChrystal Has to Go  —  It is intolerable for military officers to mock senior political officials, including ambassadors and the vice president.  —  Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a hero—a selfless, fearless and inspiring soldier.  He is also something of a military genius.
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama relieves McChrystal, replaces him with Petraeus: AP  —  President Obama relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his Afghanistan command today and replaced him with former Iraq War top general David Petraeus.  —  Obama said he accepted McChrystal's resignation with “great regret,” …
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Transcript of President Obama's Remarks on Gen. Stanley McChrystal
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.”
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.
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 …
Pat Austin / And So it Goes in Shreveport:
The Feds Latest Attempt to Kill Louisiana: Dredging Stopped
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 …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
A ‘Thankful’ Spitzer Anticipates Some Criticism
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CNN teams Spitzer, Parker at 8
Discussion: New York Observer, Mediaite and The Awl
Vitter Aide Resigns After ABC News Disclosures About Past  —  Drunk Driving, Attack on Girlfriend, Open Warrant Detailed in ABC News Report  —  A trusted aide to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter resigned Wednesday morning after ABC News reported that he had been arrested for attacking his ex-girlfriend …
EXCLUSIVE: Meet Senator Vitter's Trusted Aide …
Associated Press:
More Oil Gushing Into Gulf After Problem With Cap  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says BP has been forced to remove a cap that was containing some of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  —  Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says an underwater robot bumped into the venting system.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Runnin' Scared
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Problem With Cap Causes More Oil to Gush in Gulf
Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform getting more, not less, popular  —  I got an e-mail from the House minority leader's office this morning linking me to their new report, “Obamacare: Three Months of Broken Promises.”  “Three things are abundantly clear about President Obama's new health care law three months …
Ezra Klein:
Affordable Care Act popular among everyone but seniors
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 …
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Nikki Fever  —  In the end, it wasn't even close.  Nikki Haley trounced her opponent by 30 points in the South Carolina Republican gubernatorial primary.  She overcame smears about infidelity — which were never proven and seemed to make her all the more sympathetic.  She weathered nasty attacks on her religion.
John Fritze / ABCNEWS:
First Female Governor Possible in Eight States
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Outside the Beltway
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.
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
Reports: IAF Landed at Saudi Base, US Troops near Iran Border  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  The Israeli Air Force recently unloaded military equipment at a Saudi Arabia base, a semi-official Iranian news agency claimed Wednesday, while a large American force has massed in Azerbaijan, which is on the northwest border of Iran.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Blogcritics
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.
Discussion: Wake up America
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Wall Street Journal:
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