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10:10 AM ET, June 21, 2011

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Los Angeles Times:
Obama expected to announce major Afghan drawdown  —  Pentagon and White House officials say about 10,000 troops will probably come home this year, a bigger number than Gen. David Petraeus wanted.  —  U.S. troops examine confiscated weapons and ammunition during a raid in Sabari, in eastern Afghanistan, on Sunday.
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CBS News:
Changing of the guard in Afghan war leadership  —  CBSNews.Com Special Coverage: Afghanistan  —  President Barack Obama's long-awaited decision on how many troops to bring home from Afghanistan this summer coincides with a changing of the guard in Washington and Kabul …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Obama's negation of ‘hostilities’ in Libya draws criticism  —  The White House has officially declared that what's happening in Libya is not “hostilities.”  —  But at the Pentagon, officials have decided it's unsafe enough there to give troops extra pay for serving in “imminent danger.”
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Did Obama Really Prevent A Second Great Depression?
Discussion: Power Line
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Report: Obama to announce troop drawdown
Discussion: CNN
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Jon Stewart: “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ...  Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”  —  “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ...  Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”  —  “President Obama and liberal former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine's $787 billion stimulus failed to create jobs.”
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Daily Mail:
‘You are insane!’  The moment comedian Jon Stewart lost his cool with Fox News host Chris Wallace  —  It was pitched as a classic grudge match between the left and right of network television.  —  And when Daily Show host Jon Stewart entered the ‘lions den’ of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the results did not disappoint.
Richard Black / BBC:
World's oceans in ‘shocking’ decline  —  Coral reefs are subject to “multiple stressors” that could destroy many within a human generation  —  The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.  —  In a new report, they warn that ocean life is …
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Louise Gray / Telegraph:   World's oceans move into ‘extinction phase’
Travis Donovan / The Huffington Post:
State Of The Ocean: ‘Shocking’ Report Warns Of Mass Extinction From Current Rate Of Marine Distress
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Rise of Uncompassionate Conservatism  —  The Republican noncandidate flavor of the week is Texas governor Rick Perry.  If you squint just right, you could mistake him at a podium for his predecessor, George W. Bush.  Except for his message.  —  There might be no more powerful symbol …
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Eli Lehrer / FrumForum:
What Huntsman Brings to the Table
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sheila Marikar / ABCNEWS:
Bristol Palin Reveals True Feelings About the McCains, ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Levi Johnston and More  —  From Levi Johnston to Meghan McCain, Bristol Palin has been put off by a lot of people.  —  In her upcoming memoir, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,” the 20-year-old daughter …
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The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin® Trademarks Her Name
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate Magazine:
Class Dismissed … Like This Story … - Can Airlines Really Insist That You Pull Your Pants Up?  - How Your Relationship To Debt Changes Completely When You Turn 28- Holy Gamoly!  TV Chefs Reacting to the Taste of Their Own Food- Shafer: Why Synthetic Pot Is Worse …
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The Hill:
Supreme Court rejects climate lawsuit against power companies  —  The Supreme Court rejected a climate change lawsuit against major power companies Monday, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts, should impose curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman to warn of ‘un-American’ future in speech  —  Liberty State Park, New Jersey (CNN) - Not known for throwing out red meat to conservative audiences, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is expected to warn voters the country is facing an “un-American” future in his campaign kick-off speech Tuesday.
Discussion: Reuters and Ben Smith's Blog
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The Politico:
Jon Huntsman's venue, Liberty State Park, has storied history
Discussion: GOP 12
Katie Moisse / ABCNEWS:
N.C. Man Allegedly Robs Bank of $1 to Get Health Care in Jail  —  A 59-year-old man has been jailed in Gastonia, N.C., on charges of larceny after allegedly robbing an RBC Bank for $1 so he could get health care in prison.  Richard James Verone handed a female teller a note demanding the money …
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Audrey Hudson / Human Events:
Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids  —  Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration's food police.
fda.gov:
Cigarette Health Warnings  —  Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.  These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Smart Power Setback  —  So far, few politicians have embraced my plan for a Marshall Plan Tax.  The idea is that every time a think-tanker, op-ed writer or retired senator calls for a new Marshall Plan or a moonshot-type initiative to solve a social problem, they would have to pay a tax of $50.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Vox Popoli
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Is Obama secretly the greatest Republican ever?  —  (J Pat Carter - AP) On Friday evening, the Republican primary took a turn I hadn't expected.  Michele Bachmann, speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, accused the president of being insufficiently committed to socialism — or at least to single-payer health care.
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McKinsey & Company:
Employer Survey on US Healthcare Reform
Patrik Jonsson / msnbc.com:
Actions in Alabama and New York highlight opposite directions  —  Below:  —  Christian Science Monitor  —  ATLANTA — America's red and blue states are increasingly going in exactly opposite directions on the issue of illegal immigration - a testament to how difficult finding middle ground has become on the federal level.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann's (sort of) silent strategy  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign has gone quiet since her stand-out performance at the New Hampshire presidential debate last week.  (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jim Gehrz) In the wake of her surprisingly strong debate performance a week ago …
Discussion: Flap's Blog
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: Bachmann ordered Ed Rollins to apologize to Palin's team
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Poll Finds a Shift Toward More Libertarian Views  —  Libertarianism has been touted as the wave of America's political future for many years, generally with more enthusiasm than evidence.  But there are some tangible signs that Americans' attitudes are in fact moving in that direction.
Stephen Metcalf / Slate Magazine:
The Liberty Scam  —  Why even Robert Nozick, the philosophical father of libertarianism, gave up on the movement he inspired.  —  1.  —  Recently, I overheard a fellow Amtraker back off a conversation on politics.  “You know, it's because I'm a libertarian,” he said, sounding like a vegetarian politely declining offal.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
White House, lawmakers speed up debt-reduction talks  —  The White House and congressional leaders are accelerating negotiations over the biggest debt-reduction package in at least two decades amid mounting concern that the effort is running out of time.  —  Over the next six weeks …
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
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