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9:10 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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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.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Bloggers under fire: Arizona conservative lawyer/activist targeted by left-wing Arizona State Bar  —  I've turned the lights back on here at MichelleMalkin.com after “going dark” to help raise awareness about attacks on blogger free speech.  Every phone call, e-mail, tweet …
Discussion: American Spectator
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Leaker-in-Chief  —  The Justice Department has launched an investigation into the White House's handling of classified information.  The spur seems to have been the June 1 New York Times article by David Sanger, sourced to current and former U.S. officials, revealing sensitive details …
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe national security leaks
Washington Post:
Attorney General Eric Holder names attorneys to investigate leaks
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.
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New York Times:
Spain to Accept Rescue From Europe for Its Ailing Banks  —  MADRID — Responding to increasingly urgent calls from across Europe and the United States, Spain on Saturday requested assistance for its cash-starved banks.  European finance ministers in turn promised up to $125 billion in aid …
Discussion: Telegraph and Marginal Revolution
BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden Had An Epic Waterfight With Kids Today  —  The Vice President invites the press and their families to his home at the Naval Observatory every year.  My son's excuse for dousing David Brooks: “Biden told me to!”  —  Buzzfeed Politics  —  an hour ago  —  35 responses
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.
CNN:
Biden drenched by children with super-soakers  —  Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's cordial annual media picnic turned into an all-out war between the vice president and children of journalists in attendance.  —  The vice president distributed high-powered water guns …
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: Althouse, CNN and Weasel Zippers
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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Tad DeHaven / Cato @ Liberty:
Republicans Join Democrats to Save Corporate Welfare (Again)
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Sally Quinn announces the end of power in Washington
Discussion: TBogg
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Career Resurrected After McCain and Palin
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Man charged with three felonies for crashing SUV into lobby of D.C. office building
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama ‘Profiling Muslim Males’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Guardian:
Egyptian women protesters sexually assaulted
Discussion: Truthdig and Informed Comment
David Ovalle / MiamiHerald.com:
Causeway attacker had no human flesh in stomach
Discussion: Mediaite and Riehl World View
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Philly.com:
Price tag for Shell deal gets bigger with cleanup
Samuel Brittan / Financial Times:
You don't need to be a lefty to support Krugman
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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