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6:05 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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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? .............
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Defending Dave Weigel  —  Washington Post reporter/blogger Dave Weigel, who is tasked with covering conservatives, has come under fire in the past several days for derisive comments he's made about some conservatives on the liberal listserv JournoList.  You could read more background on the story here.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Weigel quits & #8211; and a debate begins  —  Blogger David Weigel's resignation from the Washington Post after emails he wrote disparaging conservatives were made public touched off a raging Internet debate about journalistic objectivity and prompted Weigel's fellow Post blogger, Ezra Klein …
Discussion: Big Journalism and alicublog
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:   Second Thoughts on Dave Weigel
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
If Weigel Had to Go, What Other MSM Figures Wrote Terrible Things on Journo-List?
Discussion: Riehl World View
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Another Head for the Right and the Left
Discussion: The Impolitic and Eschaton
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Weigel seen at Huffington Post office
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 …
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.
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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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Endorses Op-Ed Comparing Obama To Hitler, Suggesting …
Washington Examiner:
Democrats: Free speech for me, not for thee  —  In March, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision struck down campaign finance limits on political expression by individuals working through corporations and unions as a violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech.
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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.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why Health Care Repeal Is Doomed  —  Even a purist like Marco Rubio wants to keep some popular provisions: … Ramesh Ponnuru accurately retorts: … Ponnuru is correct.  But this also helps explain why NR's crusade for health care reform repeal is doomed.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Two Parts of Health-Care Reform Marco Rubio Likes
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.
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.
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?
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Graham won't negotiate on energy bill while oil spill influences politics
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Joint Chiefs chair says debt is the greatest threat to national security
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Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
U.S. Economy Grew 2.7% in First Quarter, Less Than Forecast
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John E. Kramer / Institute for Justice:
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Jeff Greene touts business savvy, outsider status in run for U.S. Senate seat
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Jeremy Warner / Telegraph:
Barack Obama is refusing to listen to reason on economic policy
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