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3:15 PM ET, June 23, 2010


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New York Times:
McChrystal's 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, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the architect of the 2007 surge in Iraq.
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,” …
Fox News:
McChrystal Resigns Over Critical Remarks, Obama Names Petraeus as Replacement  —  President Obama announced Wednesday that he has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan following a scathing article in which McChrystal and his aides …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McChrystal out; Gen. Petraeus to take the reins in Afghanistan
Discussion: CNN
McChrystal's Fate Remains Uncertain After Obama Meeting
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.
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.
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:
Vitter aide resigns amid report of run-in with law
Discussion: Mediaite and TPMMuckraker
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 …
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
Reza Kahlili / Forbes:
There Will Be War  —  Last week, Iran's opposition leaders Mir …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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:
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What's Second Prize?  —  Gen. Stanley McChrystal's trashing of his civilian colleagues was unprofessional and may cost him his job.  If so, it will be a sad end to a fine career.  But no general is indispensable.  What is indispensable is that when taking America surging deeper into war in Afghanistan …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Commentary and The New Republic
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Discussion: Open Left and Grasping Reality …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Global Guerrillas
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