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1:45 PM 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 …
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
How Obama took command
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Beast
Joe Klein / Time:
The Afghanistan Reboot: Can Obama and Petraeus Work Together?
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” …
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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.
Associated Press:
Gore Was Accused of Sexual Advances
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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The Huffington Post:
Sheldon Whitehouse: Thank ‘Republican Debt Orgy’ For Current Deficit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Senate Republicans Team Up With Ben Nelson to Strangle Economic Recovery
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Unemployment-benefits bill stalls in Senate as GOP rejects revised plan
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Supreme Court, 8-1, upholds petition disclosure
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court casts doubt on ex-Enron CEO Skilling's conviction
Discussion: TalkLeft and ACS Blog
Erin Miller / SCOTUSblog:
Today's opinions  —  The Court released seven opinions this morning …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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Connie Hair / Human Events:
Democratic Congressman: 'Finance Bill will Help Good Americans …
Discussion: Washington Post
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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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Climate advocates plan $11 million ad campaign targeting ‘key senators’
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Politico
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
U.S. isolated on spending at G-20  —  The U.S. will be isolated at the G-20 summit on the subject of stimulus spending.  —  In the days ahead of this weekend's summit, President Barack Obama and his economic team have pressed Europe and Congress alike on the need for more spending to drive economic growth.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Germany and the International Austerity Debate.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key House Republican: If gaffes were reason to resign, Biden would be gone  —  If gaffes were a legitimate reason to resign, Vice President Joe Biden would already be out of office, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor said Thursday.  —  The second-ranking House Republican appeared on MSNBC's …
Discussion: New York Times
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Cantor Tries To Brush Off Barton's Defense Of BP: ‘He Is Not The Issue’
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 …
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Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Democrats, Republicans Spar Over Fannie, Freddie Costs
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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: The Reaction, TPMMuckraker and The Page
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.
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
Joan McCarter / Daily Kos:
Senate ready to hang states, the unemployed, the economy out to dry  —  Harry Reid is going to try one more stab at passing the tax extenders/unemployment/aid to states bill.  He filed for cloture last night and the vote will be Friday.  A Democratic Senate aide tells me that “the outlook is grim” …
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
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
Jack Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs  —  Times review finds that in more than half of the state's casinos and gaming rooms, welfare recipients can get cash from state-issued EBT cards.  Officials say they're moving to block such transactions.
 
 
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Chicago Sun Times:
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Associated Press:
Businesses spend more on durable goods in May
Michael Senatore / Congress Blog:
A ruling on the side of wrong
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Fox News:
Los Angeles City Council Makes Exemption to Arizona Boycott …
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Praise for the military
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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
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Kirsten Grieshaber / Associated Press:
Group of youths attack Jewish dance group
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Woes of the Democrats
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
General McChrystal's Twitters
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Low Approval of Congress Points to High Seat Change in Nov.
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