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9:45 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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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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Night Beat: Obama Borrows the Military Back
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain, Graham, Lieberman call for changes to civilian Afghanistan team
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Republicans use Obama's selection of Petraeus to jab Democrats
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2012 Power Play
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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National Enquirer:
EXCLUSIVE: GORE SEX SCANDAL  —  ENQUIRER WORLD EXCLUSIVE: AL GORE has been accused of sexually attacking a masseuse in Portland, Oregon - and is named in the official police report about the alleged assault, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively!  —  The bombshell story will appear …
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  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Vice President Al Gore was accused of repeated, unwanted sexual contact with a massage therapist at a Portland hotel room in 2006, according to police reports.  —  The woman told police she was “repeatedly subjected …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Oregon investigated sex-assault accusation against Al Gore; case was closed
National Enquirer:
PORTLAND DA: CRIMINAL PROSECUTION POSSIBLE IN THE AL GORE SEX SCANDAL
Discussion: Wonkette and Politics Daily
Emily Miller / Big Journalism:   National Enquirer's Al Gore Sexual Assault Allegations Ignored …
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  —  A silver lining for Obama is that his personal scores are still strong  —  President Obama's favorable/unfavorable rating is now at 47 percent to 40 percent, down from 49 percent to 38 percent in early May and 52 percent to 35 percent in January.
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Voters Support GOP Takeover of Congress
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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?
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?
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The Huffington Post:
Raining Oil In Louisiana? (VIDEO)
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
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
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 …
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 and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and RedState
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.
 
 
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Shane Goldmacher / PolitiCal:
Memo: Schwarzenegger ready to slash workers to minimum wage
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Balloon Juice
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Peter Orszag's Early Exit
Rasmussen Reports:
42% Oppose Kagan's Confirmation, 35% Favor
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Leander Schaerlaeckens / ESPN:
Can the U.S. keep winning?
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
“Let's Not Call Them Anything, Let's Just Ignore Them”
Andy Roddick / Guardian:
Wimbledon 2010 live blog: 23 June
Discussion: The Awl
 Earlier Items: 
Sandra Jontz / Stars & Stripes:
USS John L. Hall skipper relieved of command after hitting pier
Discussion: New York Times and Foreign Policy
Tim Blair:
THE VOTE  —  It's on at 9am.  Judgment day for Kevni.  —  UPDATE.
Discussion: ABC News, Jay Currie and Macleans.ca
Washington Wire:
Rep. Paul Casts Sole ‘No’ Vote on Oil Spill Subpoena Power
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Last Ironing Board to Die for a Mistake