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12:25 PM ET, June 26, 2010

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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.
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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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
On Weigel v WaPo, Today's Inside-the-Beltway Journalism News
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Toilet Training.  —  Dave Weigel is leaving The Washington Post …
The Huffington Post:
Dave Weigel's Resignation: The Backstory And Meaning
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:   Second Thoughts on Dave Weigel
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
An Unhappy Day At The Washington Post
The Atlantic Online:
The Post Shouldn't Have Fired Dave Weigel
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DAVE WEIGEL GOT SCREWED.... I don't know Dave Weigel especially well.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Potty Training By Judith Miller and Sally Quinn
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority  —  WASHINGTON — Stymied by political opposition and focused on competing priorities, the Obama administration has sidelined efforts to close the Guantánamo prison, making it unlikely that President Obama will fulfill his promise to close it before his term ends in 2013.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi: Without Jobs Bill ‘We Could Slip Back And Have Another Recession’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that if Congress fails to reauthorize extended unemployment benefits and other domestic aid programs, the economy could head for a double-dip recession.
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David M. Herszenhorn / The Caucus:
Snowe Urges Stand-Alone Extension of Jobless Benefits
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP disinvites Lt. Gen. from Kagan hearing  —  Judiciary Republicans have disinvited a controversial military officer from testifying at the confirmation hearing of Elena Kagan.  —  The minoity staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee had announced earlier Friday that retired Lt. Gen. William …
Discussion: SENATUS
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Mercury News:
June 26 Readers' letters  —  The headline for and essence of Santa Cruz's Dennis Ryman's comments (Letters, June 25) said: “Fact: Republicans should not lead.”  I am not a Republican, nor am I pleased with either major party right now, but I detest simplistic generalizations directed toward diverse groups.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Fox News:
Widow of Houston Officer Killed by Illegal Immigrant ‘Shocked’ at ICE Appointment  —  Shown here are Rodney Johnson, right, a Houston police officer killed in 2006, and his widow Joslyn Johnson.  (MyFoxHouston)  —  The widow of a Houston police officer killed by an illegal immigrant was …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
News Analysis: The President Reasserts His Authority  —  After two months in which an oil gusher seemed to underscore the limits of his powers, President Obama spent the last week trying to reassert control over a triumvirate of forces that almost always test a new president's authority: the military, the markets and the lobbyists.
Yahoo! News:
Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP  —  It was treated as an oddball twist in the otherwise wrenching saga of the BP oil spill when Kevin Costner stepped forward to promote a device he said could work wonders in containing the spill's damage.  But as Henry Fountain explains …
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Moe Lane
Associated Press:
Arizona: Governor Ignites Controversy With Remarks on Drug Mules  —  Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday that most illegal immigrants entering Arizona are being used to transport drugs across the border, an assertion that critics slammed as exaggerated and racist.  Ms. Brewer said the motivation of …
Sally McGrane / New York Times:
Icelander's Campaign Is a Joke, Until He's Elected  —  REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A polar bear display for the zoo.  Free towels at public swimming pools.  A “drug-free Parliament by 2020.”  Iceland's Best Party, founded in December by a comedian, Jon Gnarr, to satirize his country's political system, ran a campaign that was one big joke.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Walid Zafar / Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Gohmert Warns Of Baby Terrorists  —  Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) continued his assault on common sense by making the generally nonsensical claim that terrorists were recruiting pregnant women in order for them to have U.S.-born children who would …
 
 
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Economic recovery threatens to run sideways
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Business's Buyer's Remorse
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Former VP Cheney hospitalized
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Senate unanimously confirms Obama's third nominee to take reins at TSA
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
DeMint's Russia rants cause amusement and concern
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Will The Supreme Court Clean Up the Patent Mess?
Discussion: National Review
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Graham won't negotiate on energy bill while oil spill influences politics
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo