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8:30 AM ET, June 25, 2010


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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).
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congress Fails to Pass an Extension of Jobless Aid  —  WASHINGTON — Legislation to extend unemployment subsidies for hundreds of thousands of Americans who have exhausted their jobless benefits teetered on the edge of collapse on Thursday, as Senate Democrats and Republicans traded bitter accusations …
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Senate Dems fail to advance tax extenders bill for the third time  —  Senate Democrats on Thursday failed for a third time to advance legislation to extend unemployment benefits through November.  —  In a 57-41 vote, the Senate failed to end debate on the legislation.
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Third time not a charm: Extenders fails
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 …
Fox News:
Arizona Dem: Federal Agencies Nixing Conventions Over State's Immigration Law  —  Demonstrators gather in front of the White House June 3 during a protest against the Arizona immigration law.  (AP Photo)  —  Two federal agencies have joined the “boycott Arizona” trend and nixed conferences …
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Iranian aid flotilla cancelled, won't sail to Gaza  —  Organizers cite ‘Israeli threats’ as the reason for canceling the flotilla; separate Iranian ship heads to Gaza via Caspian Sea.  —  One of the organizers of an Iranian aid flotilla that was to said to Gaza in efforts to break Israel's naval blockade …
CNN:   Iran will not send aid ship to Gaza
‘Complex’ task for Afghan force  —  The US military's top officer has warned that the months ahead in Afghanistan will be challenging.  —  Adm Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Afghan war strategy would remain unchanged under the new head of multinational forces, Gen David Petraeus.
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama: No hasty Afghan exit
Richard Socarides / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Missing in Action on Gay Rights  —  Ted Olson is on the right side of history.  When will the president step up?  —  President Obama celebrated Gay Pride Month earlier this week by telling guests at a White House reception that he still favors full equality for gays and lesbians.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Key Job Changing Hands at Justice
Discussion: Emptywheel
Justin Elliott / TPMDC:
Sharron Angle's Fringe Third Party Sponsored Virulently Anti-Gay Flier In '90s  —  The far-right third party that Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle called home in the 1990s supported abolishing “the debt money system” and ran a vitriolic anti-gay insert in state newspapers that portrays LGBT people …
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.
Discussion: CNN and AMERICAblog News
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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Associated Press
The Smoking Gun:
Al Gore A “Crazed Sex Poodle?”
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.
Discussion: Marbury and Balloon Juice
Jill Stewart / The Informer:
UPDATE Exclusive: Antonio Villaraigosa free tickets are worth $50,000 to $100,000.  Full list here of 80 free events; corruption laws ignored  —  By Tibby Rothman and Jill Stewart  —  L.A. Weekly is publishing below its exclusive ticket price list for the 80 events to which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted free seats.
Discussion: and LA Observed
LA Weekly:
Villaraigosa's Five-Year Free Ticket Spree
The Politico:
House passes campaign finance bill  —  Overcoming opposition from within their own ranks, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Democratic leaders pushed through a controversial campaign finance reform bill on Thursday on a 219 to 206 vote.  —  The DISCLOSE Act - Democracy is Strengthened …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner chides NRA for backing campaign finance bill
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
White House Picks Critic of Local Immigration Enforcement for Key Role at ICE  —  Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of State and Local Coordination.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ParaPundit
Michael Memoli / The Swamp:
Senate Dems vow action on energy bill  —  Moved by photos of the devastation from the Gulf oil spill, Democratic senators emerged this afternoon from a caucus-wide meeting determined to tackle a comprehensive energy bill this summer — regardless of legislation's ability to win the 60 votes needed to pass.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Dems short on details but pledge unity on energy ahead of White House meeting
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New York Times:
Pakistan Is Said to Pursue an Afghan Foothold
Discussion: Commentary and Informed Comment
Stephen Schwartz / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Islamic Envoy: Obama Is America's “Educator-in-Chief on Islam”
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weasel Zippers
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Navy exaggerations damage Ill. Senate candidate
Discussion: Nitpicker
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rand Paul supports amendment to deny citizenship to children of illegals
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
A Closer Look at the Second Leg Down in Housing
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Court Ruling Upholds Columbia University's Expansion Plan
Discussion: Law Blog and Commentary
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Kate Alexander / Austin American-Statesman:
Former Perry aide paid for aborted Green Party petition effort
Elisabeth Goodridge / The Caucus:
Just a Couple of Guys Grabbing Burgers
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul speaks on McChrystal and BP
Anill / Think Progress:
Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Says Media Should Be Used To Push …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
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Chicago Sun Times:
Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot