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6:50 PM ET, June 26, 2010


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Sister Toldjah:
Fox40, Multiple journo-dudes slam Palin after CA speech (UPDATE 8: FOX40 RESPONDS TO ST)  —  **Note - 12:56 AM: Please scroll to the bottom of this post for (ongoing) important updates.  Just got done watching the speech Sarah Palin gave at California State University, Stanislaus …
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
G-20: Obama Gives Press the Slip  —  Holed up with seven other global leaders in the woods of Muskoka, Canada, President Barack Obama gave the White House press corps the slip last night.  —  The president is attending the G-8 and G-20 summits with his global counterparts this weekend.
Discussion: The Hill and JammieWearingFool
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:   Kyl Puts Border Remarks in New Context
Wall Street Journal:
Business's Buyer's Remorse
Discussion: The New Ledger
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Age of Nancy  —  Let us sing a song about the wonderfulness of Nancy Pelosi.  —  What a run she's been on.  This week — with the big financial reform package edging toward completion, and the House approving a major campaign finance reform bill — was a reminder of what an incredibly productive speaker she's become.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
National Post:
G8: Obama interested in Huntsville's golf courses: Clement  —  Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan (top, R), Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (top, L), U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom, R), and French President Nicolas Sarkozy pose for a group picture after a working session …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Is Hidden and What Is Revealed  —  Something that pops up every time old/new media tensions emerge is the view—which I find, frankly, bizarre—common in the newspaper world that pretending to not have opinions makes your work better.  One underlying presumption here is the odd notion …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
Blue America Welcomes Tarryl Clark in Her Race Against Michele Bachmann  —  Hard to say who the worst member of Congress is.  But there are few short lists that would exclude narrow-minded and extremist Minnesota religious fanatic Michele Bachmann.  However, today isn't about Bachmann.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Election clock ticks for campaign finance bill written for midterms  —  Despite a hard-fought victory in the House, supporters of the Democratic campaign finance bill are now confronting a more dispiriting reality: the dwindling chances the legislation will affect the fall elections.
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Right Scoop:
Gov. Jan Brewer sends a message to Obama  —  Obama said he would call and never did.  Gov. Brewer says this is what she got instead of the phone call:  —  This is really getting old.  Obama says he'll do his job, lies about it, and then we are left with a job undone while the American people …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Conservative Law Professor (and Former Tenth Circuit Judge) Michael McConnell Writes in Support of Elena Kagan's Nomination  —  The letter is here.  Among other things, McConnell argues in some detail that conservatives will likely be pretty happy about Elena Kagan on the freedom of religious …
Discussion: The Hill
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Eleanor Clift / Politics Daily:
Al Gore: A Joke on Late-Night Talk Shows Once Again
Discussion: Don Surber
Daniel J. Weiss / Center for American Progress:
The “Energy-Only Bill” Mirage
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner to press bill to enforce Obama's order on abortion funding
Mercury News:
June 26 Readers' letters
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Economic recovery threatens to run sideways
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
GOP disinvites Lt. Gen. from Kagan hearing
Discussion: Daily Kos, SENATUS and PrawfsBlawg
NBC: Cheney did not suffer a heart attack