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5:00 PM ET, June 19, 2011

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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
‘Obama’ Stuns Crowd at Republican Event  —  NEW ORLEANS - The Republican Leadership Conference was interrupted on Saturday by a visit from an actor impersonating President Obama, who offered a mocking assessment of the Republican presidential candidates and joked about the real president's biracial heritage.
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ABCNEWS:
John McCain Chastises 2012 Republican Field for Isolationism
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jon Stewart says press favors sensationalism  —  Comedian and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on Sunday defended the mainstream media against charges of liberal bias, but chided reporters for focusing on sensationalism and conflict.  —  “The bias of the mainstream media is towards sensationalism …
Discussion: CNN, Donklephant and Washington Monthly
Mark Warren / Esquire:
The Republicans Pray for Rain — and Rick Perry  —  Lord knows they'd like to water the tree of liberty here in Texas — right now, before it's too dang late — as the Obammunists pillage and seize everything that's not tied down, and hollow out the Constitution and enslave us and subvert our food pyramid.
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Kimberly Dozier / Associated Press:
AP sources: Pakistanis tip off militants again  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say Pakistan has apparently tipped off militants at two more bomb-building factories in its tribal areas, giving the terror suspects time to flee, after U.S. intelligence shared the locations with the Pakistani government.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FrumForum
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
House panel proposes slapping restrictions on aid to Pakistan
Discussion: americanthinker.com and FrumForum
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama's Views on Gay Marriage ‘Evolving’  —  WASHINGTON — Driving across the flatlands of Illinois with Barack Obama during the Senate race of 2004, Kevin Thompson sometimes found himself tutoring the candidate on gay rights.  —  Mr. Thompson, then a traveling aide, recalls long conversations …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America  —  Peter Whoriskey/WASHINGTON POST - Dean Foods chief executive Gregg L. Engles owns this $6 million home in an elite suburb of Dallas  —  It was the 1970s, and the chief executive of a leading U.S. dairy company, Kenneth J. Douglas, lived the good life.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Backlog of Cases Gives a Reprieve on Foreclosures  —  Millions of homeowners in distress are getting some unexpected breathing room — lots of it in some places.  —  In New York State, it would take lenders 62 years at their current pace, the longest time frame in the nation …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Clarence Clemons, Springsteen's Soulful Sideman, Dies at 69  —  Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, whose jovial onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Mr. Springsteen made him one of rock's most beloved sidemen, died Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Christians are more militant than Muslims, says Government's equalities boss  —  Muslims are integrating into British society better than many Christians, according to the head of the Government's equality watchdog.  —  Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Ray Rivera / New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador Responds to Karzai's Criticisms  —  HERAT, Afghanistan — American Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry lashed out at Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday in a carefully calculated and candid response to the president's increasingly inflammatory criticisms against coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Hijab-Wearing ‘Flash Mob’ Invades RightOnline  —  MINNEAPOLIS — A group of around ten women in Muslim headscarves crashed the RightOnline conference for about ten minutes Saturday, protesting what they said was an incident targeting Muslim women Thursday night.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Only 15 Percent of Virginia House of Delegates Seats Are Being Contested  —  Something I should say is that this whole “floors not ceilings” thing with regard to campaign finance reform shouldn't be taken as just something to say in response to calls for contribution limits.
Paul Krugman:
Kicking the Eurocan  —  The reaction of European leaders and institutions to the Greek crisis is a sight to behold.  Essentially, it boils down to the fact that default would be very inconvenient, both as a practical matter and in terms of prestige.  Therefore default must not be considered a possibility …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
 
 
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Aljazeera:
Missing Iraq cash ‘as high as $18bn’
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CNN:
McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants
Discussion: The Impolitic
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Weiner gone, Dems try to move on
Discussion: FrumForum
Lori Ziganto / Human Events:
Lefty Feminists Expose Themselves by Putting Out for Weiner
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Senators warn of a growing border security issue: tunnels
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Weasel Meister / Weasel Zippers:
Hold Your Nose: Islamic Holy Warriors at Gitmo Embody the Essence of Their Religion
John / Power Line:
Even the Russians Have Figured It Out  —  Russia's President …