Stories You Should Know (6/23/10)

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
The Republican Party stepped away from its long and uncomfortable history of racial and ethnic politics in South Carolina on Tuesday, nominating Nikki Haley, an Indian American woman for governor and Tim Scott, an African American man for the House.

The Associated Press (Washington, D.C.)
Themes of the November midterm elections popped up in the handful of primaries and runoffs held yesterday in four states, the latest cluster of contests to determine match ups for the midterm congressional elections just over four months away.  It’s shaping up to be an anti-establishment year, with angry voters casting ballots against candidates with ties to Washington and the national political parties.

The New York Times (New York, NY)
A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Citing potential economic harm to businesses and workers, Judge Feldman wrote that the Obama administration had failed to justify the need for such “a blanket, generic, indeed punitive, moratorium” on deep-water oil and gas drilling.

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT)
After weeks of bitter sparring, attorney Mike Lee won a hard-fought victory over businessman Tim Bridgewater, clinching the Republican nomination and likely a spot as Utah’s next U.S. Senator.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
Meg Whitman will begin airing a new 60-second television ad Wednesday that takes aim squarely at Democratic nominee Jerry Brown. If the ad is any indication, it looks like Californians can brace themselves for a long season of campaign ads.

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s belittling critique of some of the Obama administration’s top officials left the president with a stark choice on Tuesday: overlook comments that border on insubordination, or fire his top commander at a critical moment in Afghanistan.

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