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8:00 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  —  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
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.
Discussion: Gawker, Outside the Beltway and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and Philly.com
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.
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
House panel proposes slapping restrictions on aid to Pakistan
Discussion: americanthinker.com and FrumForum
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 …
Christopher Hitchens / New York Times:
David Mamet's Right-Wing Conversion  —  This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written by one of those people who smugly believe that, having lost their faith, they must ipso facto have found their reason.  In order to be persuaded by it, you would have to be open to propositions like this:
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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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
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
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.
 
 
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Lore Croghan / NY Daily News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer demands bus companies should display safety rating to riders
James A. Baker III / Wall Street Journal:
How to Deal With the Debt Limit
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Huntsman Is Set to Run as Outsider on the Inside
BBC:
Palestinian Fatah-Hamas reconciliation talks ‘on hold’
Discussion: FrumForum
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Only 15 Percent of Virginia House of Delegates Seats Are Being Contested
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Aljazeera:
Missing Iraq cash ‘as high as $18bn’
Discussion: The Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
Paul Krugman:
Kicking the Eurocan  —  The reaction of European leaders …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
CNN:
McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants
Discussion: The Reaction
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
Discussion: Pajamas Media