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11:00 AM ET, June 24, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
MoveOn Scrubs “General Betray Us” Page From Website . . . Update: Flashback to 2007, Obama Skipped Senate Vote to Condemn MoveOn . . . Update 2: Rationale Page Also Flushed. . .  It was there the last time Google cache took a screen shot of it (June 18th), so it was scrubbed sometime between then and today.
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.
Bing West / NY Daily News:
Gen. David Petraeus' 3 keys to victory: How to win in Afghanistan …
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Prosecutor: Al Gore was focus of sex crime inquiry in Portland  —  The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office confirmed today that a woman who alleged unwanted sexual contact by Al Gore reported it to police in 2006, and the prosecutor's office was briefed by the Portland Police Bureau in late 2006 and January 2007.
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Associated Press:
Gore Was Accused of Sexual Advances  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A massage therapist accused former Vice President Al Gore of “unwanted sexual contact” at a hotel in October 2006, but no charges were filed because of lack of evidence, law officials said Wednesday.
KGW-TV:
Gore implicated in sex assault on Portland masseuse
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Oregon investigated sex-assault accusation against Al Gore; case was closed
Emily Miller / Big Journalism:   National Enquirer's Al Gore Sexual Assault Allegations Ignored …
National Enquirer:
PORTLAND DA: CRIMINAL PROSECUTION POSSIBLE IN THE AL GORE SEX SCANDAL
Discussion: Wonkette and Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
Confidence Wanes in Obama, U.S. Outlook  —  Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama's leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Poll: Spill drags Obama's rating down
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 …
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Molly Ball / American Prospect:   Reid's Angle  —  Sen. Harry Reid spent years engineering …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Sheldon Whitehouse: Thank ‘Republican Debt Orgy’ For Current Deficit  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A trio of Senate Democrats took the floor Tuesday evening to denounce the Republican party for its unwillingness to add the cost of extended unemployment benefits to the deficit.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
G.O.P. Bears Down on Kagan as Hearings Near  —  WASHINGTON — After weeks of lying low, Republicans on Wednesday began stepping up their attacks on Elena Kagan, and are laying the groundwork to oppose her confirmation to the Supreme Court by casting her as a partisan Democrat who has spent more time practicing politics than law.
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:   Critics, supporters step up their efforts on Kagan
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
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.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
BP Is Pursuing Alaska Drilling Some Call Risky  —  The future of BP's offshore oil operations in the Gulf of Mexico has been thrown into doubt by the recent drilling disaster and court wrangling over a moratorium.  —  But about three miles off the coast of Alaska, BP is moving ahead …
Discussion: Think Progress and The Page
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Jawa Report
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mandatory Bar Parking  —  I've complained often about the scourge of mandatory parking minimums and the damage they wreak on our economy, our communities, our public health, and our environment.  Jonathan Hiskes raises the particularly absurd example of mandatory parking at bars:
Discussion: Grist and Eschaton
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
Chicken Little-ing Lieberman's ‘Kill Switch.’  —  If you track tech politics closely, there's a good chance you can spot a Declan McCullagh column before you glance at the byline.  McCullagh, a reporter and commentator for CNET, has a tendency to hang any tech news of the day on an anti-government framework …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Cops arrest Christians for handing out gospel at Dearborn Arab festival?  Update: Pushback  —  Via Powerline, so insane is this that I'm paranoid there's a key detail missing somewhere that might explain the whole thing.  Could the Christians have been trespassing on private property, maybe?
Tom Schaller / FiveThirtyEight:
The Emerging Republican Minority  —  The Center for American Politics' Ruy Teixeira, one of the top political demographers in the country, has a new paper out in which he examines the two major party coalitions, with a focus on the current and future prospects of the Republican Party.
Ariel Schwartztoday / Fast Company:
Raining Oil in Louisiana?  Not Likely [Updated]  —  The Internet is swirling with rumors today that a gloppy mixture of oil and Corexit (the primary dispersant used in the BP disaster) is raining down on Louisiana.  Evidence is thin, and based almost entirely on the video below, but we have to wonder—is this even possible?
Shane Goldmacher / PolitiCal:
Memo: Schwarzenegger ready to slash workers to minimum wage  —  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to cut the pay of state workers to minimum wage if a timely budget accord is not reached, according to a memo sent Wednesday from the director of the governor's Department of Personnel Administration to state agency and department heads.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Balloon Juice
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Low Approval of Congress Points to High Seat Change in Nov.  —  President's party on average loses 29 seats when Congress approval is below 40%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans continue to give Congress low approval ratings this year, with 20% approving in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll.
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key House Republican: If gaffes were reason to resign, Biden would be gone
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
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The Onion:
Obama's Weekly Video Addresses Becoming Increasingly Avant-Garde
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Gillard takes up PM role in Parliament
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The Hill:
Business groups make push for House to vote against Disclose Act
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Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin / White House …:
Finish Line in Sight on Wall Street Reform
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Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Video-Rep. Kanjorski: 'Finance bill will help good Americans …
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Can the U.S. keep winning?
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
“Let's Not Call Them Anything, Let's Just Ignore Them”
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