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9:05 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
The Post Shouldn't Have Fired Dave Weigel
Discussion: Guardian
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Culture of Exposure  —  The most interesting part of my job …
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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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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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
House and Senate in Deal on Financial Overhaul
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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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.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Jewish Clergy Group: Elena Kagan Isn't ‘Kosher’ to Serve on Supreme Court  —  (CNSNews.com) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is “not kosher”—meaning she is not fit to serve on the court—according to more than 850 Orthodox members of the Rabbinical Alliance of America.
David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Snowe Urges Stand-Alone Extension of Jobless Benefits  —  After joining with her fellow Republicans to block a bill that would have extended unemployment insurance, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine urged Democrats on Friday to put forward a separate bill to help people who have exhausted their jobless benefits.
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.
Michael Kinsley / The Atlantic Wire:
Why Not Call It ‘Crossfire’?  —  Why can't CNN President Jonathan Klein have the guts just to admit he was wrong and call his new show “Crossfire”?  Or at least to apologize to all the hard-working CNN employees working on Crossfire whom he insulted as he kicked them out the door?  (Not me.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Graham won't negotiate on energy bill while oil spill influences politics  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday that he won't negotiate an energy bill between now and November because the politics of the oil spill does not “favor what [he] wants.”  —  Graham had been the Republican negotiator …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
 
 
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