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1:55 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: CNN
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.”
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Obama's Choice  —  He did the right thing, picking Petraeus and committing to success.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Eat Up... Joe Biden Gets Custard in Face When Business Owner Tells Him: “Lower Our Taxes” (Video)  —  Joe “Bite-Me” Biden traveled to Wisconsin yesterday to campaign with far left Progressive Russ Feingold (D-WI).  Smokin Joe ordered a custard at a popular custard stand in Glendale during one of their stops.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Biden Calls Manager Who Told Him To Lower Taxes A “Smartass”  —  Joe Biden calls a custard store manager a “smartass” after he asks the Vice President to lower taxes.
John / Power Line:
Kopp the Custard Man
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama and Roberts Will Cast Shadows Over Kagan Hearings
Discussion: The Caucus
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Huckabee says polling shows he's best Republican to take on Obama in 2012  —  Mike Huckabee said Sunday he's the strongest Republican to take on President Obama in 2012.  —  “I end up leading a lot of the polls,” the former Arkansas governor told “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: The Page
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Patrick leads, but Baker surging  —  Support slumps for Cahill in poll; tighter race reflects uneasy electorate  —  Governor Deval Patrick has improved his political standing in recent months but still faces major hurdles in his bid for reelection, according to a new Boston Globe poll …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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