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5:45 PM ET, June 27, 2010

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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
McCain blasts Afghanistan withdrawal date as ‘political decision’ by Obama  —  Sen. John McCain blasted President Barack Obama's stated goal of beginning troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011, saying Obama made a “political decision” not based on military strategy.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Newshoggers.com
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Military disturbed by rapid turnover at top in Afghan, Iraq wars  —  Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. Central Command, which oversees both wars.  Three of those commanders — including the recently dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal …
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
Learning the rules of an unengaged president  —  What do Gen. McChrystal and British Petroleum have in common?  Aside from the fact that they're both Democratic Party supporters.  —  Or they were.  Stanley McChrystal is a liberal who voted for Obama and banned Fox News from his HQ TV.
Discussion: The Politico
Eliot A. Cohen / Washington Post:
Will there be an Afghanistan Syndrome?
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Big Journalism
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Obama's Choice  —  He did the right thing, picking Petraeus and committing to success.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Byrd, 92, ‘seriously ill’ in Washington hospital  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was admitted to a Washington-area hospital in “seriously ill” condition, his office said a news release Sunday.  —  The statement said that Byrd, 92, “was admitted to the hospital late last week suffering …
Doug Palmer / Reuters:
Senator's concern may complicate Wall Street bill vote  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's efforts to win final approval of a historic financial regulatory reform bill looked more complicated on Saturday after a Republican senator threatened to oppose it.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Wire:
‘Seriously Ill’ Byrd Could Spell Delay for Financial Regulation Vote  —  Sen. Robert Byrd (D., W.Va), currently Congress's longest-serving member, has been hospitalized in “serious” condition, diminishing the chances of the Senate putting the financial-overhaul bill to a vote this week.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Reuters:
Court to rule on Sarbanes-Oxley and gun rights  —  (Reuters) - The Supreme Court could strike down a key part of a 2002 corporate reform law and extend gun rights in the United States on Monday when the justices issue their final rulings of the term.  —  In eagerly awaited rulings …
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Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The final four decisions
Discussion: Althouse
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama and Roberts Will Cast Shadows Over Kagan Hearings
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Caucus and CNN
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race
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Karen Nelson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
No skimmers in sight as oil floods into Mississippi waters  —  Scores of similar demonstrations were held around the United States, including one at Anna Maria Island, Fla. |  GULFPORT, Miss. — A morning flight over the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil …
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Obama's race-rant Rev. rages on  —  CHICAGO — He's been keeping such a low profile since nearly derailing Barack Obama's campaign for president in 2008 — is it possible that the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright has mellowed?  —  Hardly.  —  During a five-day seminar Wright taught …
ByJ / Washington Times:
ADAMS: Inside the Black Panther case Anger, ignorance and lies  —  On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia.  They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Transit and Density  —  From an LA Times writeup of a light rail extension into the San Gabriel Valley that's just getting under way: … I don't know the details of these plans, but I certainly hope that when they say “some” of the transit-oriented development will be denser …
 
 
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Genetically Altered Salmon Get Closer to the Table
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Intelligence Committee chairwoman open to delaying Afghan deadline
Discussion: CNN
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Huckabee says polling shows he's best Republican to take on Obama in 2012
Discussion: The Page
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feds won't charge Blackwater in Sudan sanctions case
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Geraldo Rivera Compares Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings to Al Qaeda
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Tea Party Convention moved to October
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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