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11:15 PM ET, June 25, 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DAVE WEIGEL GOT SCREWED.... I don't know Dave Weigel especially well.  We've never met in person or talked on the phone, but we occasionally trade emails and tweets.  And so when I express my deep, visceral disgust for what's happened to him this week, I approach this with a degree of detachment.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Pajamas Media
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Second Thoughts on Dave Weigel  —  A couple of people I know and respect have told me that my criticism of Dave Weigel is misplaced; that he tries harder than I thought to be a fair reporter; that he makes mistakes, but everyone makes mistakes.  And they've provided me with examples of his good reporting.
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.
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 …
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The Post Shouldn't Have Fired Dave Weigel
Discussion: Guardian
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Weigel quits & #8211; and a debate begins
Discussion: Big Journalism and alicublog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel resigns  —  YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  Notch Another VICTORY to DRUDGE!!!!!!!
Discussion: Hot Air
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If Weigel Had to Go, What Other MSM Figures Wrote Terrible Things on Journo-List?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Weigel seen at Huffington Post office
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Another Head for the Right and the Left
Discussion: The Impolitic and Eschaton
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 …
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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: CNN
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 …
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New York Times:
Finance Deal Brings New Authority Over Wall Street
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” …
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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
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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.
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
 
 
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