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1:00 AM ET, June 20, 2011


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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, TPMDC and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: FrumForum
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: and The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: FrumForum
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.”
Noel Sheppard / 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 …
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 …
Lore Croghan / NY Daily News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer demands bus companies should display safety rating to riders  —  Discount buses' safety ratings should be easy to understand - and right out there for customers to see at ticket booths and in bus windows, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.  —  He called on the U.S. Department …
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
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.
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
House panel proposes slapping restrictions on aid to Pakistan
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Palestinian Fatah-Hamas reconciliation talks ‘on hold’
Discussion: FrumForum
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
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
Paul Krugman:
Kicking the Eurocan  —  The reaction of European leaders …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jon Stewart says press favors sensationalism
McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Reaction
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Weiner gone, Dems try to move on
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and FrumForum