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1:45 PM ET, June 23, 2010


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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.
New York Times:
McChrystal's Fate Unclear After Brief Meeting With Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal left the White House after meeting with President Obama for about 20 minutes, departing ahead of a meeting on the war in Afghanistan later Wednesday morning, but there was no immediate word …
Obama to relieve McChrystal of command  —  AP reports Gen. David Petraeus to be named as top Afghan commander  —  General Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has decided to relieve Gen. Stanley McChrystal …
McChrystal's Fate Remains Uncertain After Obama Meeting
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What's Second Prize?
Discussion: Ezra Klein and ABCNEWS
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and
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.”
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Barton will keep top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce panel
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Boehner report claims health reform failed on promises after three months
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.
Associated Press:
Vitter aide resigns amid report of run-in with law
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Mediaite
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Nikki Haley wins South Carolina primary, Rep. Bob Inglis loses  —  South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley cruised to the Republican nomination for governor tonight, a victory that makes her not just the frontrunner for the office this fall but a likely national GOP star.
David Freddoso / Beltway Confidential:
Last night's elections: A good night for conservatives
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Nikki Fever
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and sisu
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Palin racks up two more wins
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
CNN teams Spitzer, Parker at 8  —  CNN announced Wednesday that Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor, and Kathleen Parker, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in April for her conservative newspaper columns, are teaming up in September for a newsy conversation show at 8 p.m., replacing “Campbell Brown.”
Michelle Malkin:
The threat of illegal alien amnesty-by-executive order  —  NumbersUSA posted a letter on Monday from GOP Sen. Grassley and seven other Republican Senators challenging the White House on rumors of illegal alien-amnesty-by-executive order.  The gist of it:
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 …
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
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: Runnin' Scared and The Page
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Arizona Democrats urge Obama not to sue over controversial immigration law  —  Arizona Democrats facing tough reelection races are distancing themselves from the Obama administration as it prepares to file a lawsuit against the state over its controversial immigration law.
Matt Bai / New York Times:
For Jeb Bush, Life Defending the Family Name  —  CORAL GABLES, Fla. — For months now, Jeb Bush has been listening as President Obama blasts his older brother's administration for the battered economy, budget deficits and even the lax oversight of oil wells.
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Centrist and clueless  —  Liberal Democrats know what they're for: a second stimulus to create more investment and jobs at a time when the economy is still dangerously weak.  Republicans ("conservative Republicans" is redundant) know what they're against: anything the Democrats are for.
Discussion: Open Left and Grasping Reality …
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Thomas Sowell / Investor's Business Daily:
Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Right Now
Yeganeh June Torbati / New York Times:
Bookstore in Capital Seeks Its Next Chapter
Discussion: Tablet Magazine
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Graphic Sex Ed Class Under Fire
Karen Davis / The Commonwealth Fund:
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health …
Wall Street Journal:
Orszag Adieu  —  The ‘cost curve’ bent the budget director.
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Another rhetorical strikeout from Al Franken
Discussion: The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
Sebastian Mallaby / The Atlantic Online:
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty
Discussion: Global Guerrillas
Megan Carpentier / TPM LiveWire:
Spirit Airlines Launches New, Offensive Ad Campaign
I'm Beginning to Believe This Obama Fellow Is Unequal to the Task
Reza Kahlili / Forbes:
There Will Be War  —  Last week, Iran's opposition leaders Mir …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Gene Healy / Washington Examiner:
It's time America had a fat president
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Hit & Run

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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

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