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Recap: Barack Obama repurposed his language from health-care reform for his speech on oil; it's hard to solve problems you don't feel comfortable naming; and the Senate seems to have decided that unemployment is pretty much okay at 9.7 percent.

Here's what else:

1) A more positive take on Obama's speech.

2) Keith Hennessey goes for some close textual analysis.

3) Jay Rosen on the ideology of the American press.

4) NASA data show the past decade was by far the warmest on record.

5) "Top Chef D.C." begins tonight!

Recipe of the day: grilled lemon and herb flat bread.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 16, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
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re: "a more positive take on obama's speech"
"Still, I can't argue too much: Obama has never seemed less in command, less confident, less the master of his moment."

i am sick of reading statements like this.
only a complete simpleton, would feel "in command, confident and the master of the moment, in regard to this crisis.
what the heck does that mean...."master of the moment?" when talking about this catastrophe.
what is david roberts talking about....that obama seemed less in command, less confident?
it is a sign of his intelligence and integrity as a person, to look at this and not feel a master of the moment.
i am tired of reading these kinds of dumb statements about president obama's reactions to what is happening.
only a simpleton, would feel they were in control, in the midst of this chaotic and completely out of control catastrophe.
and i am sick of people mocking him for praying.
there are a lot of intelligent and wise people who pray when they are at their wit's end, and cannot humanly solve a problem, or find a way to fix something terrible.
it is a sign of his intelligence and humility, to admit to the american people that there are few good ideas out there now, for solving this problem. and people are expecting him to have answers for them, when it is not humanly possible at this moment in time.
david roberts is not sitting in the white house tonight....or trying to deal with this problem as president of the united states. a little humility and perspicacity is in order at this time, for everyone sitting in their armchairs, wringing their hands.
people pray when they cant find answers for things in their heads and hearts. i dont think it is decent to mock him, for expressing that honestly and courageously to the american people.

Posted by: jkaren | June 17, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Top Chef, the end of the 120 day period following enactment of the PPACA is almost here! On or before that date, most of the new regulations (including Section 2572, the menu labeling section) have to be made available for public inspection and comment.

Regulatory definitions are interesting things. In the case of the PPACA, for example, some "chain"s may not even realize that they're chains and therefore subject to the new regulations.

Posted by: rmgregory | June 17, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

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