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Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Palin: don't bother dropping by  —  Allies of former prime minister regard darling of Tea Party movement as a frivolous figure unworthy of an audience  —  Sarah Palin wants to show to the Republican right that she is the true keeper of the Ronald Reagan flame …
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The Note:
Congressman Launches Inquiry into Cost of Sarah Palin's Tour  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM)reports:  —  Sarah Palin is set to tour national monuments around the country this summer, and one congressman wants to know how that will affect everyone else.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann strategist blasts Palin: ‘Not serious’  —  Michele Bachmann's new top consultant, Ed Rollins, began his tenure with scathing criticism of potential Bachmann rival Sarah Palin.  —  “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” Rollins told Brian Kilmeade on his radio show, Kilmeade and Friends.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem needles Park Service over Palin tour
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy McSmith / The Independent:
Sarah Palin unlikely to get an audience with Margaret Thatcher
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Dem asks Park Service about Sarah Palin treatment
Discussion: Fox Nation and Conservatives4Palin
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Bachmann campaign manager rips Palin: She ‘has not been serious’
New York Post:
Marriage headed for a crotch-photo finish  —  She is so out of here.  —  On the day Anthony Weiner needed his wife the most, she vanished — poof! — like his harem of feisty Twitter chippies during a power outage.  —  The gorgeous and furious Internet cuckold Huma Abedin refused yesterday to stand by her man.
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
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Lachlan Markay / NewsBusters.org:
Recap: The Most Ridiculous Leftist Defenses of Anthony Weiner  —  UPDATE: Check out reaction from some of the chief Weiner-defenders below the break.  —  The so-called Weinergate scandal provided a true spectacle of media bias and conspiracy theorizing.  While there was certainly plenty …
New York Post:
Erections have consequences  —  Let us declare with certitude …
Hendrik Hertzberg / News Desk:
Anthony Weiner Comes Clean
TMZ.com:
Weiner Told Porn Star to Lie, Offered PR Help  —  Congressman Anthony Weiner instructed one of his Internet women how to lie about their relationship ... and even offered PR help from his team, which could create major legal issues for him ... TMZ has learned.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Reid to Weiner: ‘Call somebody else’  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid gave embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner no love on Capitol Hill Tuesday.  —  “I know Congressman Weiner and I wish there was some way I can defend him, but I can't.  OK?”  Reid said.
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Graham Moomaw / Daily Progress:
In Louisa stop, Eric Cantor calls on Anthony Weiner to resign  —  LOUISA — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today called on embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York to resign.  —  “I don't condone his activity.  And I think he should resign,” Cantor said after a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Louisa.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
John Boehner stays silent on Weiner scandal
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Krugman:
Flim-Flammed  —  I've been getting requests that I respond to my colleague David Brooks's column today.  Actually, I'll just outsource it.  Read Ezra Klein, Jonathan Chait, and Jonathan Cohn.  The bottom line is, sorry, the evidence is indeed dispositive: decentralized, “consumer-based” …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Wisdom Lives  —  Sometimes life presents you with a basic philosophical choice.  Americans are going to have to confront a giant one over the next several years.  —  It starts in the wonky world of Medicare.  As presently constructed, Medicare is based on an open-ended fee-for-service system.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Obama's phony accounting on the auto industry bailout  —  “Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency.”  —  With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders  —  The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans' disapproval of how he is handling the nation's economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Poll: Romney Even Against Obama In Match-Up
ACutaia / RADAR:
Rep. Weiner's Cyber Sex Chat With Las Vegas Mistress — Word For Word  —  It's the full monty.  —  RadarOnline.com is publishing for the first time the entire transcript of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner's nine-month cyber sex relationship with a 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer.  —  Word for word.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Herman Cain Pledges Not To Sign Any Bill Longer Than Three Pages  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa.  —  GOP presidential contender and former pizza executive Herman Cain roused conservative audience members yesterday at his appearance in Pella, Iowa.
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
On College Campuses, Obama's Not Cool Anymore  —  President Obama poll numbers are nearing the levels he enjoyed in 2008, with one glaring exception: young people.  Especially young white people.  His approval rating is at 56 percent approval rating among people ages 18 to 29.
Discussion: Moonbattery
ThinkProgress:
ANALYSIS: Pawlenty's Tax Plan Would Cost $7.8 Trillion Over Ten Years, Triple The Size Of Bush Tax Cuts  —  Our guest blogger is Michael Linden, Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Earlier today, presidential candidate and former governor Tim Pawlenty …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
The $2.5 Trillion Tragedy: What America Has Given Up For 10 Years Of Bush Tax Cuts
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RedState sells ‘endorsement’ [UPDATED]  —  The endorsement of Erick Erickson, the founder of the conservative blog RedState and a CNN contributor is for sale as part of an advertising package, according to an email circulated by an account executive for The Human Events Group -Eagle Publishing, which recently purchased the site.
Detroit Free Press:
Conservative group: Fake eviction notices were ‘meant to startle people’  —  / MIKE BROOKBANK / Detroit Free Press 6/7/2011  —  The state director of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity offered no apologies today for papering homes in Detroit's Delray district Monday with fake eviction notices.
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
The U.S. Economic Outlook  —  I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to participate once again in the International Monetary Conference.  I will begin with a brief update on the outlook for the U.S. economy, then discuss recent developments in global commodity markets …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP attacks Dems from the left, accuses them of shredding ‘social safety net’  —  So it's come to this: Now Republicans are accusing Democrats of wanting to “shred the social safety net.”  —  As I've noted here before, Republicans have again taken to attacking Dems from the left on Medicare …
Economics Policies for the 21st Century:
Revisiting Unemployment Predictions  —  Back in January 2009, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein produced a report estimating future unemployment rates with and without a stimulus plan.  Their estimates, which were widely circulated, projected that unemployment would approach 9% without a stimulus …
Jim Burroway / Box Turtle Bulletin:
BTB Original Investigation: The True Story of George Rekers And “Kraig”  —  In the summer of 1970, just before Kirk's fifth birthday, his parents learned about a new federally funded research program at UCLA for young boys who were showing early signs of being effeminate.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Adventures in 18th Century Health Care  —  From Robert Middlekauf's The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789: … I think discussions of health care economics pay far too little attention to the question of pre-modern health care.  People have been earning a living as medical professionals for a long time.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Comic Chris Titus hints at assassinating Palin ‘if she gets elected president’  —  Sometimes there is a line that is crossed between what appropriate for comedy and what's likely off limits.  But did comic Christopher Titus cross that line?  —  In an appearance on Monday's “The Adam Carolla Show” …
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
What Your Taxes Do (and Don't) Buy for You  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served  —  on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  —  Last week I showed that total taxes at the federal level …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 10-Word Question That Could Cost Obama the Election  —  The year 1980 was one in which economic forecasting models were in agreement that the economy had slumped too significantly to allow President Jimmy Carter to win re-election.  Unemployment was at 7.5 percent and inflation was at 9.7 percent.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown continues to do well  —  There's good news and bad news for Democratic hopes of taking down Scott Brown in our newest Massachusetts poll.  The good news is that Brown's approval numbers are starting to decline.  What was a +24 approval spread in December at 53/29 has now been cut in half to +12 at 48/36.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Pain at the Gas Pump?  Blame the Kochs.  —  Lee Fang has been on a roll lately with his expose' of the Koch empire and the various tentacles of the Kochtopus.  But his latest may be the one with the most pain attached.  It seems that not only does Koch Industries avail itself …
The Atlantic Online:
Settlers of Catan: How a German Board Game Went Mainstream  —  Two decades after it was invented, this game is about to become a household name.  How did it happen?  —  gadl/flickr  —  Last Christmas, I tore the wrapping paper off a rectangular box, expecting at best I'd see an iPad, at worst a Kindle.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 
 
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