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5:40 PM ET, June 24, 2010

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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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Senate Republicans Team Up With Ben Nelson to Strangle Economic Recovery  —  Arthur Delaney reports that “Democratic leaders in the Senate have apparently failed to win enough support to overcome a Republican filibuster of a bill to help the poor, the old and the jobless …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STABENOW: REPUBLICANS ‘WANT THIS ECONOMY TO FAIL’.... With Senate Republicans poised to kill the tax-extenders/jobs bill today — it has 58 supporters, who will be denied a chance to vote, up or down, on the legislation — Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) participated in a conference call this afternoon …
The Note:
Strike Three for the Senate On Doc Fix/Unemployment Bill?
The Huffington Post:
Sheldon Whitehouse: Thank ‘Republican Debt Orgy’ For Current Deficit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ezra Klein:
The Senate unemployment bill founders
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Unemployment-benefits bill stalls in Senate as GOP rejects revised plan
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 …
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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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
For Obama, Decision to Remove General Came Quickly
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
McChrystal's Social Liberalism and the Integration of Gays in the Military
Discussion: Wonk Room
CNN:
Petraeus backs July 2011 Afghan withdrawal deadline
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Supreme Court, 8-1, upholds petition disclosure  —  The Supreme Court, by a vote of 8 to 1 and with nearly as many opinions as there are justices, has upheld a Washington state law that requires the public disclosure of the names and addresses of referendum petition signers.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Limit Use of ‘Honest Services’ Law Against Fraud
Discussion: Prairie Weather and First Draft
Rep. Lamar Smith / Congress Blog:
Rule of law, not rule of judges
Discussion: The Note
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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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 …
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dem Rep says “minorities, defective[s]” not “average, good American people”
Discussion: National Review
Chicago Sun Times:
Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot  —  A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.  —  John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Scarborough: “Why is Joe Barton being allowed to keep his job?”  —  “Why is Joe Barton being allowed to keep his job, when Joe Barton apologized to a corporation that is destroying my home town's economy, and is destroying the environment across the Gulf Coast?”
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama says ‘drifting’ relationship with Russia has been reset  —  President Barack Obama welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the White House on Thursday, boasting that the two men have reset their countries' relationship in a way unthinkable when Obama took office.
Discussion: CNN
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: ‘Will not miss a beat in Afghanistan’ after leadership change
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.
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 …
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
Anill / Think Progress:
Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Says Media Should Be Used To Push For Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants  —  This morning, on Fox & Friends, anchor Steve Doocy interviewed Fox News Channel owner Rupert Murdoch and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on immigration.
Ben Gruber / Reuters:
Oil sludge washes in Florida, dolphin stranded  —  Fla., June 23 (Reuters) - Florida saw its worst impact yet from the BP (BP.L) (BP.N) oil spill as thick oily sludge washed ashore on Pensacola Beach on Wednesday and emergency workers found an oil-covered dolphin stranded on the shore.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
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.
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela to nationalize U.S. firm's oil rigs  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will nationalize a fleet of oil rigs belonging to U.S. company Helmerich and Payne, the latest takeover in a push to socialism as President Hugo Chavez struggles with lower oil output and a recession.
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Texas Republicans' Idea of “Small Government”: Criminalizing Homosexuality, Blow Jobs  —  I keep hearing that the Teabaggers lean libertarian and are supposedly the future of the GOP - but apparently no one's told the Republican Party of the nation's second-largest state. … Nice.
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.
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.
 
 
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David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul speaks on McChrystal and BP
Discussion: The New Republic
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Generals International on Israel, The Oil Spill, And Demonic Vortexes
William P. Marshall / The Huffington Post:
Why Michael Gerson Misunderstands Originalism
Brad / Think Progress:
Rubio: Offshore Drilling Is ‘Being Done Safely All Over The World’
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
BP Based Spill Plans on Faulty U.S. Data
Discussion: The Foundry
Guardian:
Longest match ever comes to an end
insideBayArea:
One slain, five wounded at Oakland vigil for gunshot victim
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Jawa Report
CNN:
Judge denies administration request to maintain drilling ban
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Praise for the military
Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
It's official: Kim Reynolds of Osceola is Republican Terry …
Discussion: The Fix, Hotline On Call and The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Mandatory Bar Parking
Discussion: Grist and Eschaton
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Woes of the Democrats
Discussion: The New Republic and The Eye
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Focus U.S.A. / ‘The U.S. will have to confront Iran or give up the Middle East’
Discussion: TPMCafe and Israpundit