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9:05 AM ET, June 25, 2010


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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 …
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).
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:   E-mails reveal Post reporter savaging conservatives, rooting for Democrats
Will Collier:   One For The Ignore List  —  A few weeks back, in yet another chapter …
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Dem county supervisor: Arizona's law might have been justifiable if it was a border state  —  Via Innocent Bystanders, high drama from today's board hearing in Milwaukee about whether to boycott the new reich in Phoenix.  Meet Peggy West: … Yeah, that's a gallant try at damage control …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Jon Byman / Today's TMJ4:   County Board Delays Vote on Arizona Boycott
The Politico:
Obama losing Hill liberals on war  —  As President Barack Obama reaffirms his Afghanistan policy, he's also emboldening critics in Congress who think he should use a shakeup in commanding generals to change the course of what they believe is an intractable war.
Discussion: CNN
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, Petraeus will have difficulty replicating his Iraq success
‘Complex’ task for Afghan force
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: No hasty Afghan exit
Iran will not send aid ship to Gaza  —  Tehran, Iran (CNN) — Iran will not send a ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza as it had planned to do on Thursday, according to a report from the official news agency of Iran.  —  The Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Hossein Sheikholeslam …
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 …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
House and Senate in Deal on Financial Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after the American financial system teetered on the verge of collapse, Congressional negotiators reached agreement early Friday morning to reconcile competing versions of the biggest overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression.
Discussion: CNN, Balloon Juice and AMERICAblog News
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Key Job Changing Hands at Justice  —  David J. Barron, the acting head of the Justice Department's powerful Office of Legal Counsel, will step down next month and be replaced by one of his current deputies, Jonathan G. Cedarbaum, the department said Thursday.
Discussion: Commentary and Emptywheel
Richard Socarides / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Missing in Action on Gay Rights
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
House ‘shreds our constitution for raw, ugly, partisan gain’ by vote of 219-206  —  The DISCLOSE Act is the Democrats big legislative “fix” to pushback against the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that eliminated a number of campaign finance restrictions on first amendment grounds.
The Politico:
House passes campaign finance bill
Discussion: Open Left, The Hill and The Hill
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 …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Enquirer says it decided not to pay for Gore sex story interview  —  The executive editor of the National Enquirer says that the Oregon masseuse who made a sexual assault allegation against Al Gore asked the tabloid for $1 million but that the Enquirer did not pay her or anyone else in reporting the story.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Culture of Exposure  —  The most interesting part of my job is that I get to observe powerful people at close quarters.  Most people in government, I find, are there because they sincerely want to do good.  But they're also exhausted and frustrated much of the time.
Discussion: Marbury and Balloon Juice
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 …
Jill Stewart / The Informer:
UPDATE Exclusive: Antonio Villaraigosa free tickets are worth $50,000 to $100,000.  Full list here of 80 free events; corruption laws ignored  —  By Tibby Rothman and Jill Stewart  —  L.A. Weekly is publishing below its exclusive ticket price list for the 80 events to which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted free seats.
Discussion: and LA Observed
LA Weekly:
Villaraigosa's Five-Year Free Ticket Spree
Abby Phillip / Reuters:
All eyes on Kagan's support of Barak  —  Conservative groups that oppose Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination are hoping that her statement of support for Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak will become a flash point in her confirmation hearings, which start Monday.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Liberal Activist Compares US Border Patrol Agents to the KKK (Video)  —  This is community activist Elena Herrada speaking on a panel discussion at the US Social Forum in Detroit, MI yesterday - watch:  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  I had never heard of Herrada but she is not exactly a nobody.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Renminbi Runaround  —  Last weekend China announced a change in its currency policy, a move clearly intended to head off pressure from the United States and other countries at this weekend's G-20 summit meeting.  Unfortunately, the new policy doesn't address the real issue …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Elena Moya / Guardian:
Greece puts island on the market
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
New York Times:
Pakistan Is Said to Pursue an Afghan Foothold
Discussion: Informed Comment and Commentary
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Islamic Envoy: Obama Is America's “Educator-in-Chief on Islam”
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
White House Picks Critic of Local Immigration Enforcement for Key Role at ICE
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ParaPundit
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Navy exaggerations damage Ill. Senate candidate
Discussion: Nitpicker
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rand Paul supports amendment to deny citizenship to children of illegals
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A Closer Look at the Second Leg Down in Housing
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Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Court Ruling Upholds Columbia University's Expansion Plan
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Kate Alexander / Austin American-Statesman:
Former Perry aide paid for aborted Green Party petition effort
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
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Texas Republicans' Idea of “Small Government”: Criminalizing …
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