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4:40 PM ET, June 9, 2012

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New York Post:
Clueless appeal to aid gov't workers  —  A startlingly listless President Obama appeared in the White House press room yesterday morning, spoke some dull preliminaries about the European financial crisis — and then slipped and tumbled headfirst into re-election quicksand from which he will find it very difficult to extricate himself.
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Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Jindal: Obama “most liberal, most incompetent” president since Carter  —  (CBS News) ROSEMONT, Ill. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose star as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney has been rising in recent weeks, delivered a scathing critique of President Obama at the Chicago Conservative …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Gay Trajectory  —  OVER the past year, the main story line in the push for marriage equality has been the ardor and success with which leading Democratic politicians have taken up the fight.  The Democratic governors of New York, Maryland and Washington all promoted …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe national security leaks  —  Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. Attorneys to head an investigation into a recent series of national security leaks.  —  Holder appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen Jr …
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Weasel Zippers:
US Attorney General Eric Holder completely unaware that federal courthouses require visitors …
Discussion: Moe Lane and The PJ Tatler
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Eric Holder unaware that court visitors must show ID
Ross Luippold / The Huffington Post:
Don Rickles Tells Obama Racial Joke At AFI's Shirley MacLaine Tribute … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Polls, Barack Obama , Video, Don Rickles, Shirley MacLaine, Afi, Crossing The Line, Don Rickles Obama, Don Rickles Race, Don Rickles Shirley Maclaine, Obama Don Rickles, Racial Jokes, Comedy News
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Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Don Rickles Shocks Hollywood Crowd With Racial Obama Joke
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama video hits Romney over teacher, firefighter funding  —  President Obama's reelection team released a new web video blasting Republican nominee Mitt Romney for saying Friday that the federal government shouldn't move forward with legislation that would give cash-strapped states money for teachers and emergency responders.
John Rosenthal / National Review:
Report: Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre  —  It was, in the words of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, the “tipping point” in the Syria conflict: a savage massacre of over 90 people, predominantly women and children, for which the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was immediately blamed by virtually the entirety of the Western media.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The sincerest form of negative advertising?  —  Republicans are drawing on an unlikely source of inspiration as they pummel President Obama over his comment that the private sector economy is “fine.”  —  Consider, if you will, the similarity between Obama's 2008 ad targeting John McCain's …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Financial Times:
Berlin is ignoring the lessons of the 1930s  —  Is it one minute to midnight in Europe?  —  We fear that the German government's policy of doing “too little too late” risks a repeat of precisely the crisis of the mid-20th century that European integration was designed to avoid.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
“They aren't fighting the special interests.  They're fighting us.”  —  Following up on David's post below, I think it's refreshing when Presidential candidates say what they really believe.  This comment by Mitt Romney is truly revealing and I appreciate the fact that he said it:
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Man charged with three felonies for crashing SUV into lobby of D.C. office building  —  A Maryland man who drove his SUV into an office building just blocks from the White House was charged with three felonies, including arson and destruction of property, stemming from the incident Friday night.
Discussion: Politico
Philly.com:
Price tag for Shell deal gets bigger with cleanup  —  The $1.65 billion tax deal the Corbett administration is negotiating with Shell Oil Co. to locate an ethane processing plant in western Pennsylvania is shaping up to be the biggest such state investment Pennsylvania history.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Career Resurrected After McCain and Palin  —  A BASEBALL cap perched on his head, his eyes sheathed in sunglasses, Steve Schmidt sipped a Diet Coke and gazed across Lake Tahoe to California.  Even in this most calming of places — the glassine lake ringed by snow-dusted mountains …
 
 
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama ‘Profiling Muslim Males’
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Guardian:
Egyptian women protesters sexually assaulted
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David Ovalle / MiamiHerald.com:
Causeway attacker had no human flesh in stomach
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Samuel Brittan / Financial Times:
You don't need to be a lefty to support Krugman
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Nobody likes a loser
Reuters:
Russia says it is not opposed to Assad's departure from power in Syria
Discussion: The Hill and americanthinker.com
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Absence Makes the Vote Grow Bigger for GOP