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8:25 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Note:
Strike Three for the Senate On Doc Fix/Unemployment Bill?
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:   Congress Fails to Pass an Extension of Jobless Benefits
The Huffington Post:
Sheldon Whitehouse: Thank ‘Republican Debt Orgy’ For Current Deficit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Annie Lowrey / The Washington Independent:
Stabenow: Republicans in ‘Cynical Game’ to Crater Economy by Stopping Jobs Bill
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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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.
Rep. Lamar Smith / Congress Blog:
Rule of law, not rule of judges
Discussion: The Note
Nathan Koppel / Law Blog:
What Does Future Hold For Honest Services Fraud?
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.
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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 …
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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CNN:
Judge denies administration request to maintain drilling ban
Reuters:
Government loses bid to keep oil drilling ban
Discussion: Hot Air
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” …
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 …
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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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Dems short on details but pledge unity on energy ahead of White House meeting  —  Senate Democrats emerged from a caucus meeting Thursday afternoon with a political message that they're jazzed up about moving ahead with an aggressive energy bill, but major questions about the shape of the package remain unanswered.
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Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Senate Dems vow action on energy bill
Discussion: D.C. Now
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 …
Anill / Think Progress:
Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Says Media Should Be Used To Push For Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants  —  This morning, on Fox & Friends, anchor Steve Doocy interviewed Fox News Channel owner Rupert Murdoch and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on immigration.
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.
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 …
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela to nationalize U.S. firm's oil rigs  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will nationalize a fleet of oil rigs belonging to U.S. company Helmerich and Payne, the latest takeover in a push to socialism as President Hugo Chavez struggles with lower oil output and a recession.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fausta's Blog
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
Ben Gruber / Reuters:
Oil sludge washes in Florida, dolphin stranded  —  Fla., June 23 (Reuters) - Florida saw its worst impact yet from the BP (BP.L) (BP.N) oil spill as thick oily sludge washed ashore on Pensacola Beach on Wednesday and emergency workers found an oil-covered dolphin stranded on the shore.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit, Moe Lane and Daily Kos
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Video-Rep. Kanjorski: ‘Finance bill will help good Americans, not minorities or defective people’  —  Connie Hair at Human Events has posted this shocking video of Rep. Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania Democrat, at a Wednesday conference committee hearing to merge the House and Senate versions …
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette and NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Haaretz:
Iranian aid flotilla cancelled, won't sail to Gaza
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Court Upholds Columbia Campus Expansion Plan
Discussion: Law Blog and Commentary
Elisabeth Goodridge / The Caucus:
Just a Couple of Guys Grabbing Burgers
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul speaks on McChrystal and BP
Discussion: The New Republic
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Generals International on Israel, The Oil Spill, And Demonic Vortexes
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
McChrystal's Social Liberalism and the Integration of Gays in the Military
Discussion: Wonk Room
insideBayArea:
One slain, five wounded at Oakland vigil for gunshot victim
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mandatory Bar Parking
Discussion: Grist, pandagon.net and Eschaton
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Woes of the Democrats
Discussion: The Eye and The New Republic
Gail Collins / New York Times:
General McChrystal's Twitters