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8:20 AM ET, June 20, 2011

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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.
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Divided on Premier, Palestinians Cancel Meeting
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: GOP 12
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Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Aide: Perry Still “Weeks Away” From Big Decision
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.
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 …
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.
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: Guardian and Samizdata.net
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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Majority says military involved in too many places  —  An overwhelming number of voters believe the United States is involved in too many foreign conflicts and should pull back its troops, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  —  Seventy-two percent of those polled …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Feifei Sun / The Page:
The Bush Brand  —  First on The Page: Blue-chip C. Boyden Gray backs Utahan's bid, poised to become chair of policy team.  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE  —  This is the first, but by no means the last, of eye-catching endorsements Huntsman will get from the GOP Establishment, including many with ties to Ronald Reagan and Bushes 41 and 43.
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Poll: Time for Senator Orrin Hatch to go  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A majority of Utah voters believe Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been in office too long and should be replaced, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.  —  The poll by Dan Jones & Associates found only 38 percent of registered voters agree …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
For Giffords, a Brief Taste of Her Old Life in Tucson
Discussion: The Politico
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
The Big Man, Much More Than Springsteen's Sideman
Discussion: Washington Post
Eileen F. Toplansky / American Thinker:
The Muslim Brotherhood and Weiner
Lore Croghan / NY Daily News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer demands bus companies should display safety rating to riders
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
For 2012 Hopeful, Envoy Job in China Was a Useful Detour
Discussion: The Caucus
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
 Earlier Items: 
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Hijab-Wearing ‘Flash Mob’ Invades RightOnline
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America
Aljazeera:
Missing Iraq cash ‘as high as $18bn’
Discussion: The Raw Story and AMERICAblog News
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jon Stewart says press favors sensationalism