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Obama Prods G-20 On Economic Recovery In a letter to G-20 countries, President Obama sought cooperation on strengthening the economic recovery, with language seemingly aimed at assuaging doubts over public finances while also promoting stimulus goals: "We must act together to strengthen the recovery. We need to commit to restore sustainable public finances in the medium term. And we should complete the work of financial repair and reform."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart from the White House at 10:15 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 10:30 a.m. ET, arriving at 11:40 a.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio. He will tour a Recovery Act Highway Project site at 12:05 p.m. ET, and deliver remarks on the economy at 12:15 p.m. ET. He will depart form Columbus at 12:55 p.m. ET, arriving back at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 p.m. ET, and at the White House at 2:15 p.m. ET. He will meet at 2:45 p.m. ET with senior advisers.

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Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, went out on a limb today to do something maybe no other American would think to do: He apologized to BP for having to put $20 billion into a fund for Gulf spill damages. Only Barton called it a "slush fund" and a "shakedown."

Barton's apology to BP led at first to a delicate dance, as some Republicans tried to move away from the so obviously toxic statements without outright condemning Barton, and later a full court press as Republican leaders publicly called Barton's comments "wrong."

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton let the gato out of the bolsa when she spoke to a reporter in Ecuador last week, telling the world the Obama administration would challenge Arizona's new immigration law.

"The Justice Department, under [Obama's] direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," Clinton said in a June 8 interview with NTN24 that went unnoticed until some conservative blogs posted the video today.

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Today's oil spill hearing ensures Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) will be entertaining YouTube audiences and warming Democratic hearts for weeks and months to come.

But we've been here before!

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These BP executives just can't seem to avoid saying stupid things. While scrambling to deal with the worst oil spill in U.S. history, they keep putting their feet right in their mouths -- making statements that make the oil giant come across as elitist, insensitive and disingenuous. It sure doesn't seem to be helping their PR problem.

Here's a roundup of the seven dumbest things BP executives said over the last two months:

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Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) is as suspicious as the rest of America that BP might have had a small inkling in May that their oil well was spewing slightly more than 5,000 barrels of oil a day. And, having seen internal documents that indicate they had already estimated and then dismissed the worst-case scenario of a 60,000-barrels-a-day gusher -- the current official estimate -- he'd like some answers.

In a sternly-worded letter sent to BP yesterday, Grassley demands answers from BP about when they came up with the 60,000-barrels-a-day estimate and whether they were in compliance with various government safety standards.

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As the Rod Blagojevich trial wears on, defense attorneys are attempting to tie the shady dealings that took place during the former Illinois governor's tenure to donations made to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

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Dino Rossi is keeping his day job while he runs for Senate in Washington. There's nothing inherently wrong with that. But Rossi's day job entails very publicly helping rich people profit off the misfortune of those unlucky enough to have obtained a mortgage in the last four years or so. And that's leaving some in Washington a little confused about his priorities.

Rossi is a former gubernatorial nominee, and national Republicans are stoked about him now that he's decided to run for Senate against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D). Sticking with the job he had before he announced his candidacy, Rossi has decided stay on as the headline speaker for a series of seminars advising real estate speculators on how to profit off the collapsed mortgage market. Today, his spokeperson told Salon that he plans do more before he's done.

It's becoming increasingly clear that Rossi thinks he can win while literally tying himself to America's mortgage crisis on the side of the folks who are making big bucks by buying up houses foreclosed on during the mortgage crisis. It's a strange strategy. But is it as damaging as it looks?

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House Republican leadership has a strong message for Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX): You were wrong.

They also are rather strangely referring to the disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill as the "nation's largest natural disaster." (Emphasis added).

Barton apologized to BP this morning for the "tragedy" of its $20 billion fund to pay damage claims from the Gulf Coast oil spill. Barton has since apologized for apologizing to BP. Nonetheless, Reps. John Boehner (R-OH), Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Mike Pence (R-IN) released a joint statement this afternoon calling Barton's original statements "wrong."

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