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4:35 PM ET, June 24, 2010

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP POISED TO KILL TAX-EXTENDERS BILL.... For weeks, Senate Democrats have tried to pass what's called the “tax-extenders bill” — a key economic package that extends unemployment benefits, maintains popular tax breaks, protects doctors from Medicare cuts, and boosts state aid to prevent massive job layoffs in the states.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Senate Republicans Team Up With Ben Nelson to Strangle Economic Recovery  —  Arthur Delaney reports that “Democratic leaders in the Senate have apparently failed to win enough support to overcome a Republican filibuster of a bill to help the poor, the old and the jobless …
The Note:
Strike Three for the Senate On Doc Fix/Unemployment Bill?  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe and Z. Byron Wolf report:  —  With many Americans still struggling to recover from a severe recession, more than one million long-term unemployed are starting to lose their jobless benefits, and Medicare doctors are dealing with a 21 percent pay cut.
The Huffington Post:
Sheldon Whitehouse: Thank ‘Republican Debt Orgy’ For Current Deficit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Unemployment-benefits bill stalls in Senate as GOP rejects revised plan
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Obama Borrows the Military Back  —  Good evening.  —  THE PRESIDENT'S POINT: Beginning in the early afternoon, a cadre of military and civilian soldiers loyal to Gen. Stanley McChrystal began to spread rumors throughout the capital city: that ground commanders in Afghanistan …
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CNN:
Gates advocated keeping McChrystal, source says  —  Washington (CNN) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed keeping Gen. Stanley McChrystal on the job because he was vital to the war effort in Afghanistan, but Gates was overruled, a senior Pentagon official told CNN's Barbara Starr.
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 …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
McChrystal's Social Liberalism and the Integration of Gays in the Military
Discussion: Wonk Room
Bing West / NY Daily News:
Gen. David Petraeus' 3 keys to victory: How to win in Afghanistan …
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Supreme Court, 8-1, upholds petition disclosure  —  The Supreme Court, by a vote of 8 to 1 and with nearly as many opinions as there are justices, has upheld a Washington state law that requires the public disclosure of the names and addresses of referendum petition signers.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Limit Use of ‘Honest Services’ Law Against Fraud
Discussion: Prairie Weather and First Draft
Rep. Lamar Smith / Congress Blog:
Rule of law, not rule of judges
Discussion: The Note
The Smoking Gun:
Al Gore A “Crazed Sex Poodle?”  —  Masseuse's claims read like R-rated vice presidential fan fiction  —  In a bizarre statement to police, the Oregon woman who claims that Al Gore fondled and groped her during a massage session described the former Vice President as a giggling “crazed sex poodle” …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dem Rep says “minorities, defective[s]” not “average, good American people”
Discussion: National Review
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Scarborough: “Why is Joe Barton being allowed to keep his job?”  —  “Why is Joe Barton being allowed to keep his job, when Joe Barton apologized to a corporation that is destroying my home town's economy, and is destroying the environment across the Gulf Coast?”
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Chicago Sun Times:
Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot  —  A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.  —  John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Harkin hints ‘card-check’ bill could move during lame-duck session of Congress  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) suggested Thursday that Democrats might attempt to move “card-check” legislation this year, perhaps during a lame-duck session.  —  Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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.
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Joint Chiefs chairman reiterates security threat of high debt
Discussion: CNN and Wonkette
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sarah Palin is toxic  —  Commentators keep telling us how influential Sarah Palin's endorsements are, and even if the whole “mama grizzly” meme is clearly overstated, there's no quibbling with the fact that Palin has pull among GOP primary voters.  —  But the more interesting point …
Ben White / The Politico:
Bank execs panic over proposed change to orderly liquidation authority — Dodd unhappy with Brown — Zero hour arrives as derivatives, ‘Volcker rule’ remain unresolved  —  Presented by Merchants Payments Coalition  —  DOUBLE SIREN EXCLUSIVE - Bank executives were panicking last night …
Jack Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs  —  Times review finds that in more than half of the state's casinos and gaming rooms, welfare recipients can get cash from state-issued EBT cards.  Officials say they're moving to block such transactions.
Kirsten Grieshaber / Associated Press:
Group of youths attack Jewish dance group  —  BERLIN - A Jewish dance group was attacked with stones by a group of children and teenagers during a performance at a street festival in the Germany city of Hannover, police said Thursday.  One dancer suffered a leg injury and the group then canceled their performance.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Texas Republicans' Idea of “Small Government”: Criminalizing Homosexuality, Blow Jobs  —  I keep hearing that the Teabaggers lean libertarian and are supposedly the future of the GOP - but apparently no one's told the Republican Party of the nation's second-largest state. … Nice.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
General McChrystal's Twitters  —  Get short, timely messages from Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Twitter:  —  DAY 1  —  In Paris with my Kabul posse — Bluto, Otter, Boon, Pinto, Flounder.  Plus some newbie.  Guys call him Scribbles.  —  ∗  —  Suite's getting pretty crowded.
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Focus U.S.A. / ‘The U.S. will have to confront Iran or give up the Middle East’  —  Amitai Etzioni, professor of International Relations at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., believes the only option available to contain Iran's atomic ambitions is a series of assaults on its non-nuclear facilities.
Discussion: TPMCafe and Israpundit
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 …
CNN:
Judge denies administration request to maintain drilling ban  —  (CNN) - A federal judge has denied the Obama administration's request to stay his ruling lifting a moratorium on offshore drilling moratorium until an appeals court could review the case.  —  In an emergency hearing Thursday …
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Woes of the Democrats
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