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2:35 AM ET, June 25, 2010


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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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The Senate unemployment bill founders  —  Before talking about what's happened to the Senate jobs bill, it's worth first talking about what's in the Senate jobs bill.  —  The biggest and most important item is the extension of unemployment insurance.  This comes in a few different parts …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP POISED TO KILL TAX-EXTENDERS BILL.... For weeks, Senate Democrats have tried to pass what's called the “tax-extenders bill” — a key economic package that extends unemployment benefits, maintains popular tax breaks, protects doctors from Medicare cuts, and boosts state aid to prevent massive job layoffs in the states.
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Third time not a charm: Extenders fails
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).
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 …
Judge Faces Death Threats After BP Gulf Oil Drilling Moratorium Ruling  —  New Orleans—While many Americans undoubtedly agree with the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman to overturn the Obama administration's moratorium on deep water drilling, not everyone is happy.
Reuters:   Government loses bid to keep oil drilling ban
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
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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
Harris: Obama knew of Blagojevich plot  —  A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.  —  John Harris, Blagojevich's former chief of staff …
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
In Afghanistan, Petraeus will have difficulty replicating his Iraq success  —  This week's confrontation between a senior Army general and the president of the United States may have signaled the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan.  In a year or two, President Obama will be able …
‘Complex’ task for Afghan force
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
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
Discussion: The Informer and Big Hollywood
David Weigel / Right Now:
Rand Paul speaks on McChrystal and BP  —  I got a chance to talk to Rand Paul after his low-dollar D.C. fundraiser Wednesday, and asked him about the McChrystal kerfuffle and the controversy over his take on the BP spill.  —  RN: Do you agree with the president's decision to accept Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation?
Nathan Koppel / Law Blog:
What Does Future Hold For Honest Services Fraud?  —  The Skilling ruling, we can say comfortably, was a win for defense lawyers and a blow to prosecutors.  —  For a deeper level of sophistication, we interviewed Robert Plotkin (pictured), the head of McGuireWood's SEC Enforcement group.
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
The Smoking Gun:
Al Gore A “Crazed Sex Poodle?”  —  Masseuse's claims read like R-rated vice presidential fan fiction  —  In a bizarre statement to police, the Oregon woman who claims that Al Gore fondled and groped her during a massage session described the former Vice President as a giggling “crazed sex poodle” …
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
Christopher Wills / Associated Press:
Navy exaggerations damage Ill. Senate candidate  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Republican Mark Kirk has stepped on a political landmine of his own creation, leaving him as damaged as his Democratic opponent in the race for an Illinois Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Nitpicker
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way  —  So, we just spoke with Apple and got the straight dirt on the reception issues that have been plaguing users today... and it's a little surprising.  In essence, Apple cops to the fact there are reception issues …
Jimmy Orr / Top of the Ticket:
Massachusetts town opts for unlimited, free condoms for all children, starting in elementary school  —  What the world needs now are condoms, sweet condoms...  No, not a new song by Dionne Warwick.  But it could be the theme song for one Massachusetts school system.
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Key Job Changing Hands at Justice  —  David J. Barron, the acting head of the Justice Department's powerful Office of Legal Counsel, will step down next month and be replaced by one of his current deputies, Jonathan G. Cedarbaum, the department said Thursday.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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Kate Alexander / Austin American-Statesman:
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Elisabeth Goodridge / The Caucus:
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
McChrystal's Social Liberalism and the Integration of Gays in the Military
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Venezuela to nationalize U.S. firm's oil rigs
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Ben Gruber / Reuters:
Oil sludge washes in Florida, dolphin stranded
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Harkin hints ‘card-check’ bill could move during lame-duck session of Congress
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