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2:40 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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.
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).
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
When A Blogger Vents  —  Comments Dave Weigel made on a listserv have been made public.  The most eye-catching one: … He apologizes to his readers and Matt Drudge here.  James Joyner weighs in: … John Cole lays into whoever released the emails.  Liz Mair goes to bat for Dave:
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 …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
David Weigel quits the Post  —  David Weigel, the Washington Post blogger assigned to cover the conservative beat, resigned Friday following the leak of e-mails he wrote disparaging conservatives.  —  “Dave offered his resignation and we accepted it,” said Kris Coratti, director of communications for the Washington Post.
Discussion: alicublog
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 to reconcile competing versions of legislation that would transform financial regulation.
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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 …
Victoria McGrane / Wall Street Journal:
Major Provisions in the Financial Overhaul Bill
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
The Dodd-Frank Bill.  —  The House-Senate conference committee …
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.
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
Discussion: RedState
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:
Who's exempted from ‘fix’ for Supreme Court campaign finance ruling?
Fox News:
Petraeus to Modify Afghanistan Rules of Engagement, Source Says  —  June 16: U.S. Central Commander Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.  (AP)  —  A military source close to Gen. David Petraeus told Fox News …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Afghanistan: The 7/11 problem  —  President Obama was fully justified …
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weigel resigns  —  YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  Notch Another VICTORY to DRUDGE!!!!!!!  —  Posted By: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!  Notch Another VICTORY to DRUDGE!!!!!!!  June 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM  —  Report Abuse  —  Was this a “firing” guised as a Resignation like WaPo alleged about McChrystal? .............
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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Another Head for the Right and the Left
Discussion: Eschaton
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.
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.
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 and CBS News
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
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Palin encourages followers to read column warning that the BP escrow fund could lead to a Nazi-like dictatorship.  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) lashed out at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Twitter earlier this week, telling him “u lie” for saying that many Republicans agree …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Philosopher disclaims ‘ick factor,’ demands Huckabee apology  —  Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum has rejected former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's claim that she's the source of a controversial phrase he used in discussing opposition to same-sex marriage.
Jacqui Swift / The Sun:
I like Obama... and he's right to have a go at us for polluting his country  —  THE shocking images of oil-covered wildlife and ruined beaches across the Gulf of Mexico have horrified millions.  —  But passionate green campaigner Sir Paul McCartney believes the environmental disaster …
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jeff Greene touts business savvy, outsider status in run for U.S. Senate seat  —  PALM BEACH, FLA. — After a morning of stumping and schmoozing, U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene kicked off his loafers and fastened a gold-plated seat-belt buckle over his belly.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Wonkette and The Awl
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Dem county supervisor: Arizona's law might have been justifiable if it was a border state  —  Via Innocent Bystanders, high drama from today's board hearing in Milwaukee about whether to boycott the new reich in Phoenix.  Meet Peggy West: … Yeah, that's a gallant try at damage control …
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Two Parts of Health-Care Reform Marco Rubio Likes  —  I'm with a small group of reporters in a D.C. coffee shop, chatting with Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio.  He just mentioned that there are two parts within the Obamacare legislation that he doesn't want repealed.
 
 
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Discussion: National Review and Right Now
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