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5:20 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  —  Former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took aim at his party for what he called its growing movement towards isolationism, chastising the current GOP presidential field for not supporting U.S. military intervention …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and FrumForum
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
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.
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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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Only 15 Percent of Virginia House of Delegates Seats Are Being Contested
Aljazeera:
Missing Iraq cash ‘as high as $18bn’
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CNN:
McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants
Discussion: The Impolitic
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