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1:05 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
E-mails reveal Post reporter savaging conservatives, rooting for Democrats  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh famously said he hoped President Obama would “fail” in January, 2009.  Almost a year later, when Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Washington Post reporter David Weigel had a wish of his own.
Discussion: Althouse, Mediaite and FishbowlDC
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David Weigel / Right Now:
An apology to my readers  —  I'm a member of an off-the-record list-serv called “Journolist,” founded by my colleague Ezra Klein.  Last Monday, I was deluged with angry e-mail after posting a story about Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) that was linked by the Drudge Report with a headline intimating …
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WaPo's Weigel Lets Loose With Scathing E-mails on Liberal Listserv  —  FishbowlDC has obtained e-mails written by WaPo's conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel, that the scribe sent to JournoList, a listserv for liberal journalists.  (Read up on JournoList with Yahoo! News's Michael Calderone's 2009 story that he wrote for Politico).
Matt Dornic / FishbowlDC:
BREAKING: Weigel Resigns  —  FIRST ON FBDC: FishbowlDC has confirmed that WaPo conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel has resigned after a slew of his anti-conservative comments and emails surfaced on FishbowlDC and Daily Caller over the past two days.  —  A spokesperson for the Post …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel and the Post  —  The current flap over Washington Post …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
House and Senate in Deal on Financial Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after the American financial system teetered on the verge of collapse, Congressional negotiators reached agreement early Friday morning to reconcile competing versions of the biggest overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression.
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
House, Senate leaders finalize details of sweeping financial overhaul  —  Key House and Senate lawmakers agreed on far-reaching new financial rules early Friday after weeks of division, delay and frantic last-minute deal making.  The dawn compromise set up a potential vote in both houses …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Lawmakers Agree on New Finance Rules
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Culture of Exposure  —  The most interesting part of my job is that I get to observe powerful people at close quarters.  Most people in government, I find, are there because they sincerely want to do good.  But they're also exhausted and frustrated much of the time.
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
House ‘shreds our constitution for raw, ugly, partisan gain’ by vote of 219-206  —  The DISCLOSE Act is the Democrats big legislative “fix” to pushback against the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that eliminated a number of campaign finance restrictions on first amendment grounds.
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Washington Examiner:
Democrats: Free speech for me, not for thee  —  In March, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision struck down campaign finance limits on political expression by individuals working through corporations and unions as a violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.
Discussion: RedState
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:
Who's exempted from ‘fix’ for Supreme Court campaign finance ruling?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Scott Brown: Reid called me four times in 12 mins before extenders vote  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) four times in 12 minutes before a vote Thursday on a package to extend unemployment benefits.  —  Brown, a Republican from a blue state who's …
Discussion: WEEI Online Audio … and SENATUS
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jeff Greene touts business savvy, outsider status in run for U.S. Senate seat
Discussion: The Awl
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In 2010, Conservatives Still Outnumber Moderates, Liberals  —  Last year's increase in conservatism among independents is holding  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Conservatives have maintained their leading position among U.S. ideological groups in the first half of 2010.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Afghanistan: The 7/11 problem  —  President Obama was fully justified in dismissing Gen. Stanley McChrystal.  The firing offense did not rise to the level of insubordination — this was no MacArthur undermining the commander in chief's war strategy — but it was a serious enough show …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
National Enquirer says it decided not to pay for Gore sex story interview  —  The executive editor of the National Enquirer says that the Oregon masseuse who made a sexual assault allegation against Al Gore asked the tabloid for $1 million but that the Enquirer did not pay her or anyone else in reporting the story.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Across From White House, Coffee With Lobbyists  —  WASHINGTON — There are no Secret Service agents posted next to the barista and no presidential seal on the ceiling, but the Caribou Coffee across the street from the White House has become a favorite meeting spot to conduct Obama administration business.
John McArdle / The Eye:
Top Democratic Fundraiser Helping Open D.C. Wallets for Crist  —  National Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson organized a conference call last week to promote Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate bid, providing further evidence of the governor's effort to court support in Democratic circles for his Independent campaign.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Page
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Florida Rep. Meek gets fundraising assist from President Clinton
Discussion: CNN
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Renminbi Runaround  —  Last weekend China announced a change in its currency policy, a move clearly intended to head off pressure from the United States and other countries at this weekend's G-20 summit meeting.  Unfortunately, the new policy doesn't address the real issue …
Jeremy Warner / Telegraph:
Barack Obama is refusing to listen to reason on economic policy  —  President Barack Obama could learn from the old-fashioned German habit of saving money before spending it, argues Jeremy Warner.  —  Rarely has the dismal science of economics inflamed such passions.
Fox News:
10-Year-Old Grand Marshal at Gay Rights Parade Sparks Controversy Across U.S.  —  When the Fayetteville, Ark., Gay Pride Parade steps off on East Street Saturday on its way to the Wal-Mart parking lot, it will be led by a young man who has made a career out of fighting for gay rights.
Abby Phillip / Reuters:
All eyes on Kagan's support of Barak  —  Conservative groups that oppose Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination are hoping that her statement of support for Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak will become a flash point in her confirmation hearings, which start Monday.
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Howard Gleckman / TaxVox:
The Homebuyers Credit: Is It Better to Laugh or Cry?  —  For two years, the homebuyer credit has been in the running for Washington's worst tax policy idea.  Now, new evidence about this bit of legislative bilge suggests it may be time to retire the trophy.
New York Times:
Pakistan Is Said to Pursue an Afghan Foothold  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan is exploiting the troubled United States military effort in Afghanistan to drive home a political settlement with Afghanistan that would give Pakistan important influence there but is likely to undermine United States interests …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul's Underground Electric Border Fence Baffles Cornyn, Libertarians
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Jenna Portnoy / Pennsylvania Ave.:
U.S Rep Kanjorski's comments: racially insensitive or taken out of context?
Democracy in America:
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Discussion: The New Republic
John E. Kramer / Institute for Justice:
New York's High Court Slams Door On Property Owners in the Empire State
Discussion: Hit & Run and Cato @ Liberty
Steven Lonegan / NorthJersey.com:
Not so fast on Christie's budget proposals
Discussion: National Review and Right Now
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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