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11:20 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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Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Senate Dems fail to advance tax extenders bill for the third time  —  Senate Democrats on Thursday failed for a third time to advance legislation to extend unemployment benefits through November.  —  In a 57-41 vote, the Senate failed to end debate on the legislation.
Ezra Klein:
The Senate unemployment bill founders  —  Before talking about what's happened to the Senate jobs bill, it's worth first talking about what's in the Senate jobs bill.  —  The biggest and most important item is the extension of unemployment insurance.  This comes in a few different parts …
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Fails to Pass an Extension of Jobless Aid  —  WASHINGTON — Legislation to extend unemployment subsidies for hundreds of thousands of Americans who have exhausted their jobless benefits teetered on the edge of collapse on Thursday, as Senate Democrats and Republicans traded bitter accusations …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Third time not a charm: Extenders fails
The Note:
Strike Three for the Senate On Doc Fix/Unemployment Bill?
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Stabenow: Republicans in ‘Cynical Game’ to Crater Economy by Stopping Jobs Bill
David Weigel / Right Now:
An apology to my readers  —  I'm a member of an off-the-record list-serv called “Journolist,” founded by my colleague Ezra Klein.  Last Monday, I was deluged with angry e-mail after posting a story about Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) that was linked by the Drudge Report with a headline intimating …
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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WaPo's Weigel Lets Loose With Scathing E-mails on Liberal Listserv  —  FishbowlDC has obtained e-mails written by WaPo's conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel, that the scribe sent to JournoList, a listserv for liberal journalists.  (Read up on JournoList with Yahoo! News's Michael Calderone's 2009 story that he wrote for Politico).
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, Petraeus will have difficulty replicating his Iraq success  —  This week's confrontation between a senior Army general and the president of the United States may have signaled the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan.  In a year or two, President Obama will be able …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
McChrystal's Social Liberalism and the Integration of Gays in the Military
Discussion: Wonk Room
BBC:
‘Complex’ task for Afghan force
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: ‘Will not miss a beat in Afghanistan’ after leadership change
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 …
BayouBuzz:
Judge Faces Death Threats After BP Gulf Oil Drilling Moratorium Ruling  —  New Orleans—While many Americans undoubtedly agree with the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman to overturn the Obama administration's moratorium on deep water drilling, not everyone is happy.
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Reuters:
Government loses bid to keep oil drilling ban
Discussion: Hot Air
Haaretz:
Iranian aid flotilla cancelled, won't sail to Gaza  —  Organizers cite ‘Israeli threats’ as the reason for canceling the flotilla; separate Iranian ship heads to Gaza via Caspian Sea.  —  One of the organizers of an Iranian aid flotilla that was to said to Gaza in efforts to break Israel's naval blockade …
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CNN:
Iran will not send aid ship to Gaza
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Limit Use of ‘Honest Services’ Law Against Fraud  —  WASHINGTON — Ruling for two prominent corporate executives in prison for fraud, the Supreme Court on Thursday dramatically narrowed the scope of a law often used by federal prosecutors in corruption cases.
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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 …
Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
Sharron Angle's Fringe Third Party Sponsored Virulently Anti-Gay Flier In '90s  —  The far-right third party that Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle called home in the 1990s supported abolishing “the debt money system” and ran a vitriolic anti-gay insert in state newspapers that portrays LGBT people …
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” …
The Politico:
House passes campaign finance bill  —  Overcoming opposition from within their own ranks, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic leaders pushed through a controversial campaign finance reform bill on Thursday on a 219 to 206 vote.  —  The DISCLOSE Act - Democracy is Strengthened …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner chides NRA for backing campaign finance bill
Discussion: CNN
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul speaks on McChrystal and BP  —  I got a chance to talk to Rand Paul after his low-dollar D.C. fundraiser Wednesday, and asked him about the McChrystal kerfuffle and the controversy over his take on the BP spill.  —  RN: Do you agree with the president's decision to accept Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation?
Fox News:
Arizona Dem: Federal Agencies Nixing Conventions Over State's Immigration Law  —  Demonstrators gather in front of the White House June 3 during a protest against the Arizona immigration law.  (AP Photo)  —  Two federal agencies have joined the “boycott Arizona” trend and nixed conferences …
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Senate Dems vow action on energy bill  —  Moved by photos of the devastation from the Gulf oil spill, Democratic senators emerged this afternoon from a caucus-wide meeting determined to tackle a comprehensive energy bill this summer — regardless of legislation's ability to win the 60 votes needed to pass.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Dems short on details but pledge unity on energy ahead of White House meeting
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.
Guardian:
Longest match ever comes to an end  —  • Isner wins 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68  —  • First-round match lasted 11 hours five minutes  —  John Isner finally brought an end to the longest match in tennis history today as he broke the serve of Nicolas Mahut to secure a 70-68 victory …
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 …
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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