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2:50 AM ET, June 24, 2010

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
McCain: We'll use Petraeus's confirmation hearing to push back against Obama's withdrawal deadline  —  I'll bet they will.  Remember, in his own terse, diplomatic way, Petraeus has sounded notably cool to The One's plan to start withdrawing next July.  Last week in Senate testimony he warned that …
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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 …
Rose Garden / The White House:
Statement by the President in the Rose Garden  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon.  Today I accepted General Stanley McChrystal's resignation as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.  I did so with considerable regret, but also with certainty …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain, Graham, Lieberman call for changes to civilian Afghanistan team  —  The resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal should lead the Obama administration to re-evaluate their civilian Afghanistan team as well, three members of the Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2012 Power Play
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Republicans use Obama's selection of Petraeus to jab Democrats
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
ABCNEWS:
Gen. Petraeus Will Replace Embattled Gen. McChrystal in Afghanistan
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 …
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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  —  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.
Discussion: Althouse
National Enquirer:
PORTLAND DA: CRIMINAL PROSECUTION POSSIBLE IN THE AL GORE SEX SCANDAL
Discussion: Wonkette and Politics Daily
Wall Street Journal:
Confidence Waning 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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Poll: Spill drags Obama's rating down
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:   WSJ/NBC Poll: Voters Support GOP Takeover of Congress
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?
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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)
David Weigel / Right Now:
‘Joe Barton was right,’ Joe Barton tweets  —  Hours after getting a respite from House Republicans, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) has cheekily responded to criticism over his “apology to BP” by tweeting a link to an American Spectator article titled “Joe Barton was right.”
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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.
Geoff Mohan / LA Times Environment Blog:
Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide  —  William Allen Kruse, 55, a charter boat captain recently hired by BP as a vessel of opportunity out of Gulf Shores, Ala., died Wednesday morning before 7:30 a.m. of a gunshot to the head, likely self-inflicted, authorities said.
Discussion: Firedoglake and msnbc.com
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Guy Busby / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Coroner: Charter captain working oil spill killed himself …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Nation
Tim Blair:
THE VOTE  —  It's on at 9am.  Judgment day for Kevni.  —  UPDATE.  If Gillard wins, she will be our first foreign-born Prime Minister since John Gorton.  Prior to Gorton, all PMs were born in Australia right back until Billy Hughes.  —  UPDATE II.  Peter Garrett backs Rudd: … As usual.
Discussion: Jay Currie and Macleans.ca
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Reuters:
Gillard becomes Australia's first female PM
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.
CNBC:
Inmates Get Homebuyer Tax Credits: Gov't Report  —  Nearly 1,300 prison inmates wrongly received more than $9 million in tax credits for homebuyers despite being locked up when they claimed they bought a home, a government investigator reported Wednesday.  —  The investigator said 241 of the inmates were serving life sentences.
fanniemae.com:
Fannie Mae Increases Penalties for Borrowers Who Walk Away  —  Seven-Year Lockout Policy for Strategic Defaulters  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Fannie Mae (FNM/NYSE) announced today policy changes designed to encourage borrowers to work with their servicers and pursue alternatives to foreclosure.
Andy Roddick / Guardian:
Wimbledon 2010 live blog: 23 June  —  10.45am: Xan will be here from around 11am.  —  In the meantime, read a report on Andy Murray's straight sets victory over Jan Hajek yesterday and why, apart from Murray, have British tennis players done so badly?  —  For the latest live scores and results follow this link.
Discussion: The Awl
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 …
Washington Wire:
Rep. Paul Casts Sole ‘No’ Vote on Oil Spill Subpoena Power  —  When the House agreed to give subpoena powers to President Barack Obama's newly formed oil-spill commission, 420 members voted for the plan and only one voted against it: Texas Republican Ron Paul.
Kent Walker / The Official Google Blog:
YouTube wins case against Viacom  —  Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom's lawsuit with YouTube.  This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.
Telegraph:
Remains of 72 people found at World Trade Center site  —  New York City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Center site has recovered 72 human remains.  —  The sifting of more than 800 cubic yards (612 cubic meters) of debris recovered from ground zero …
 
 
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Discussion: New York Times and Foreign Policy
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Facing health insurance premium hikes, Obama administration eyes price controls
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