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3:35 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 …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
CIA Chief Leon Panetta: In Afghanistan, U.S. Has Committed 1,000 Troops Per Each Al Qaeda Terrorist  —  This week, in announcing his choice of Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal to lead the U.S. war in Afghanistan, President Obama emphasized, “this is a change in personnel but it is not a change in policy.”
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.
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John / Power Line:
Kopp the Custard Man
Discussion: RedState and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
America Speaks in LA - They Want Economic Recovery, No Social Security Cuts  —  The America Speaks meetings held in 19 cities across the country today, funded to the tune of $1 billion dollars by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, were a study in how subtle messaging and deficit hyping can mold …
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Geraldo Rivera Compares Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings to Al Qaeda  —  Geraldo Rivera goes after Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings for his reporting which led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and goes so far as to compare him to al Qaeda.
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 …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race  —  On the eve of Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearings, her record on race in the Clinton White House and at Harvard Law School is producing discomfort among some leading civil rights organizations …
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama and Roberts Will Cast Shadows Over Kagan Hearings
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
Carla Rivera / Los Angeles Times:
Cal State Stanislaus dinner patrons cheer Sarah Palin  —  Protesters chant outside before her arrival.  In her speech, she chides Jerry Brown and jokes about the controversy surrounding her contract.  —  Sarah Palin, left, is escorted to the dinner by Cal State Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani.
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Huckabee says polling shows he's best Republican to take on Obama in 2012
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick leads, but Baker surging
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Tea Party Convention moved to October
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