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4:45 AM ET, June 20, 2011

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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Divided on Premier, Palestinians Cancel Meeting  —  GAZA — In a blow to Palestinian unity efforts, a meeting in Cairo planned for this week so that the leaders of the two main factions could announce a new government has been called off for lack of agreement on a prime minister, Palestinian officials said Sunday.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What to Do With Lemons  —  While President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have gotten a lot of things right on foreign policy, they've made quite a mess in Israeli-Palestinian relations, where they've alienated all sides and generated zero progress.
Discussion: Big Peace, Israel Matzav and Daily Kos
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justices Have Been Forced To Resign For Doing What Clarence Thomas Has Done  —  Justice Clarence Thomas is an ethics problem in a black robe.  Just eight months after ThinkProgress broke the story of Thomas' attendance at a Koch-sponsored political fundraiser, we learn that Thomas …
Idaho Statesman:
State Sen. John McGee arrested for drunken driving, grand theft  —  State Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, was arrested overnight by Ada County Sheriff's deputies for misdemeanor drunken driving and felony grand theft.  —  McGee, 38, was being held in the Ada County Jail on Sunday.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘most consistently misinformed media viewers’  —  I'd be remiss if I didn't also flag this gem from Jon Stewart's appearance on “Fox News Sunday” this morning.  He was explaining that he, as a comedian, doesn't deserve credibility in political media, and it's ultimately the result of …
Wall Street Journal:
Texan Perry Sizes Up Roadblocks to GOP Bid  —  Aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry said they are scrambling to determine the logistical challenges he would face in making a late entry to the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, the latest sign he is serious about joining the contest.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
NBC Cuts ‘Under God’ From Pledge of Allegiance  —  NBC on Sunday decided to cut the words “under God” from the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that accompanied the beginning of its coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.  —  In fact, this happened twice during the show's introduction …
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
The greatest gift to the Greeks might be to let them go it alone  —  Bail-outs and austerity measures are only making the country's burden harder to bear, writes Boris Johnson.  —  The Parthenon.  The EU's continued actions over Greece's financial woes have all the makings of a tragedy, says Boris Johnson.
Discussion: Samizdata.net and Guardian
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Companies Push for Tax Break on Foreign Cash  —  Some of the nation's largest corporations have amassed vast profits outside the country and are pressing Congress and the Obama administration for a tax break to bring the money home.  —  Apple has $12 billion waiting offshore, Google has $17 billion and Microsoft, $29 billion.
Eileen F. Toplansky / American Thinker:
The Muslim Brotherhood and Weiner  —  Far more disturbing than the salacious details of Weiner's dalliances is the fact that apparently his mother-in-law is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Furthermore, Huma Abedin's brother, Hassan, “is listed as a fellow and partner with a number of Muslim Brotherhood members.”
Miss Usa / Washington Post:
How states are rigging the 2012 election  —  An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.  If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging.  But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
For 2012 Hopeful, Envoy Job in China Was a Useful Detour  —  As guests including Barbra Streisand and Yo Yo Ma mingled in three resplendent rooms in the White House in January to honor President Hu Jintao of China, David Axelrod, President Obama's senior strategist, needed to take care of some political housekeeping.
 
 
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Lore Croghan / NY Daily News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer demands bus companies should display safety rating to riders
ABCNEWS:
John McCain Chastises 2012 Republican Field for Isolationism
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Only 15 Percent of Virginia House of Delegates Seats Are Being Contested
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Hijab-Wearing ‘Flash Mob’ Invades RightOnline
Discussion: Raw Replay and Weasel Zippers
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America
 Earlier Items: 
Aljazeera:
Missing Iraq cash ‘as high as $18bn’
Discussion: The Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
Ray Rivera / New York Times:
U.S. Ambassador Responds to Karzai's Criticisms
Discussion: Newshoggers.com, ThinkProgress and CNN
Paul Krugman:
Kicking the Eurocan  —  The reaction of European leaders …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jon Stewart says press favors sensationalism
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Backlog of Cases Gives a Reprieve on Foreclosures