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2:00 AM ET, June 26, 2010


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Ezra Klein:
On Journolist, and Dave Weigel  —  I began Journolist in February of 2007.  It was an idea born from disagreement.  Weeks, or maybe months, earlier, I had criticized Time's Joe Klein over some comments he made about the Iraq War.  He e-mailed a long and searching reply, and the subsequent conversation was educational for us both.
Andy Alexander / Ombudsman Blog:
Blogger loses job; Post loses standing among conservatives  —  Post blogger Dave Weigel, who wrote about the conservative movement, resigned amid controversy today following disclosure of disparaging e-mails he'd written about some of the very people he was hired to cover.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
An Unhappy Day At The Washington Post  —  But also sort of a happy day at The Washington Post, for the dwindling band of writers and editors there who value such old-fashioned traits as temperance in the expression of personal views; forthrightness; and fairness.
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Toilet Training.  —  Dave Weigel is leaving The Washington Post over private e-mails mocking conservative figures.  I find it really extraordinary that a news organization would let such a talented reporter go not because of any kind of professional misconduct but because someone leaked private correspondence …
The Huffington Post:
Dave Weigel's Resignation: The Backstory And Meaning  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  When he arrived at a party on the Huffington Post's D.C. office roof-deck on Thursday evening, Washington Post reporter/blogger David Weigel felt secure in his job.  Earlier in the day, the media-focused site FishbowlDC …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel and the Post  —  The current flap over Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel has its roots in a fact that suprised me when I learned of it earlier this year: The Post appears to have hired Weigel, a liberal blogger, under the false impression that he's a conservative.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
David Weigel resigns because old media can't have nice things  —  Someone has it in for the libertarian chronicler of the conservative movement  —  Conservative movement journalist and blogger David Weigel just resigned from the Washington Post, following an apparently coordinated campaign …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
The Post Shouldn't Have Fired Dave Weigel  —  The Washington Post should not have fired Dave Weigel for his leaked Journolist comments, period.  —  In hiring Weigel, the Post knew it was bringing on board someone with a style of journalism — and it definitely is journalism …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On Weigel v WaPo, Today's Inside-the-Beltway Journalism News  —  Normally it's not my place to weigh in on an issue lighting up the blog world.  But because this is emerging as an unexpectedly polarizing moment in conceptions of journalism in general, web-based journalism in particular …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:   Second Thoughts on Dave Weigel
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Potty Training By Judith Miller and Sally Quinn
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DAVE WEIGEL GOT SCREWED.... I don't know Dave Weigel especially well.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Pajamas Media
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Weigel quits & #8211; and a debate begins
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel resigns  —  YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  Notch Another VICTORY to DRUDGE!!!!!!!
Discussion: Hot Air and Eschaton
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Weigel seen at Huffington Post office
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
E-mails reveal Post reporter savaging conservatives, rooting for Democrats
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If Weigel Had to Go, What Other MSM Figures Wrote Terrible Things on Journo-List?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Rolling Stone broke interview ground rules with McChrystal, military officials say  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has made no public comment since President Obama relieved him of his Afghan war command Wednesday, silently taking his lumps for disparaging remarks he and his aides …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP disinvites Lt. Gen. from Kagan hearing  —  Judiciary Republicans have disinvited a controversial military officer from testifying at the confirmation hearing of Elena Kagan.  —  The minoity staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee had announced earlier Friday that retired Lt. Gen. William …
Discussion: SENATUS
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn't ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court  —  ( - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is “not kosher”—meaning she is not fit to serve on the court—according to more than 850 Orthodox members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.
Associated Press:
Cheney hospitalized  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney was admitted to the hospital Friday after experiencing discomfort, the latest health scare for the 69-year-old Republican leader who has a long history of heart disease.  —  Cheney was expected to remain at George Washington University Hospital …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CNN and The Page
Robert Costa / The Corner on National Review Online:
Kyl: Obama Did Not Consult on Border Funds — By: Robert Costa  —  Earlier this week, the Obama administration asked Congress for $600 million in emergency funds to help secure the Southwest border.  Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) tells National Review Online that he “appreciates this modest addition” …
Beth Wurtmann / WNYT-TV:
Fallen soldier's parents critical of Obama  —  LAKE GEORGE - The parents of Army soldier Benjamin Osborn said Thursday that U.S. Bill and Beverly Osborn say that new military rules of engagement are making soldiers on the ground more vulnerable to attack, including they say, in the final battle that took their son's life.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
News Analysis: The President Reasserts His Authority  —  After two months in which an oil gusher seemed to underscore the limits of his powers, President Obama spent the last week trying to reassert control over a triumvirate of forces that almost always test a new president's authority: the military, the markets and the lobbyists.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
CBS: Jindal holds up deployment of National Guard to fight spill  —  You know how Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal likes to blame the Federal government for the damage caused by BP's oil spill, arguing that he could have kept all the oil at bay if President Obama had only given him the resources he needed to fight it?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
DeMint's Russia rants cause amusement and concern  —  South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is quickly becoming the leading spokesman arguing against President Obama's reset policy with Russia, but his penchant for extreme rhetoric and loose understanding of the facts is overshadowing his message and …
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Snowe Urges Stand-Alone Extension of Jobless Benefits  —  After joining with her fellow Republicans to block a bill that would have extended unemployment insurance, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine urged Democrats on Friday to put forward a separate bill to help people who have exhausted their jobless benefits.
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