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9:35 PM ET, June 18, 2011

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Washington Post:
Obama impersonator pulled offstage after making racial, gay jokes at GOP gathering  —  NEW ORLEANS — A President Obama impersonator was pulled off the stage Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference, after telling a string of racially themed jokes about the president.
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Jsimoncnn / CNN:
Perry wows at Republican conference amid 2012 buzz  —  New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - As speculation mounts about his presidential ambitions, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a rousing and unapologetic defense of conservative principles on Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
‘Obama’ pushes the limit at GOP leadership conference  —  An Obama impersonator addressed the Republican Leadership Conference and made some edgy jokes.  —  A fake President Obama addressed the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans Saturday, courtesy of impersonator Reggie Brown.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ron Paul wins RLC straw poll  —  NEW ORLEANS — As has become typical at GOP cattle calls, Ron Paul captured the presidential straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference here, easily besting his nearest competitor, Jon Huntsman.  —  Paul won 612 votes to Huntsman's 382.
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:   Ron Paul wins Republican Leadership Conference straw poll by wide margin
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Perry aides fact-finding on Iowa
Brian Bolduc / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Know Much About History  —  The popular historian David McCullough says textbooks have become ‘so politically correct as to be comic.’ Meanwhile, the likes of Thomas Edison get little attention.  —  Boston  —  'We're raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate …
Mitt Romney / National Review:
My Pro-Life Pledge  —  I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.  —  I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine.  Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama rejects top lawyers' legal views on Libya  —  (updated below)  —  The growing controversy over President Obama's illegal waging of war in Libya got much bigger last night with Charlie Savage's New York Times scoop.  He reveals that top administration lawyers — Attorney General Eric Holder …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Ignored Advice of Top Legal Advisors, OLC in Waging War in Libya
Olivia Katrandjian / ABCNEWS:
Golf Summit: President Obama and Speaker Boehner Tee Off  —  President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner may be at odds over taxes, the debt ceiling and the conflict in Libya, but for today at least, they are putting aside their differences for a round of golf.
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Julie Pace / WTOP.com:
Obama and Boehner balance putting and policy
Discussion: CNN, Michelle Malkin and FrumForum
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:   A Good Day to Play Golf and Talk Politics
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay group chief under pressure over AT&T issues  —  The president of the group Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is under pressure to resign from within his own organization after aligning his group with AT&T's regulatory issues.  —  POLITICO's Eliza Krigman reported recently …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
For Want of a Word, Arizona's Jobless Lose Checks  —  One word, just one little word.  —  That's all that Frank Ballesteros, a 62-year-old desperate for work, needs to stay afloat.  The word is not “hope” or “God” or “patience.”  It is, improbably, “three.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and JSOnline
John / Power Line:
Even the Russians Have Figured It Out  —  Russia's President, Dmitri Medvedev, addressed the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum yesterday.  He pledged a new course for Russia: … Medvedev's political future is very much in doubt, as is Russia's ability to realize his free-enterprise vision.
Discussion: That Mr. G Guy's Blog
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Andrew Breitbart's Effort To Convert Me  —  Speaking at the Right Online banquet in Minnesota Friday night, Andrew Breitbart read an email I sent him and announced his mission to convert America to conservatism, “one Alan Colmes at a time.”  —  Gateway Pundit posted Breitbart's mission statement …
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Looking Back, Gates Says He's Grown Wary of ‘Wars of Choice’  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, as he prepared to depart the government for the second time, said in an interview on Friday that the human costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had made him far more wary …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and FrumForum
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Friendship of Justice and Magnate Puts Focus on Ethics  —  PIN POINT, Ga. — Clarence Thomas was here promoting his memoir a few years ago when he bumped into Algernon Varn, whose grandfather once ran a seafood cannery that employed Justice Thomas's mother as a crab picker.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Marc Thiessen / The Enterprise Blog:
The New York Post Outdoes Itself  —  The New York Post is famous for its page one headlines, such as the classic “Headless Body in Topless Bar” and the understated “UN Meets” (with a photo of weasels sitting in the French and German chairs of the UN Security Council before the Iraq war).
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Laura / barackobama.com:
A NEW APPROACH TO FACEBOOK AND TWITTER  —  Starting today, you'll notice something new about President Obama's Facebook page and his Twitter account, @BarackObama.  —  Obama for America staff will now be managing both accounts, posting daily updates from the campaign trail, from Washington, and everywhere in between.
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Barack Obama to Start Tweeting From @BarackObama Account
 
 
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Jsimoncnn / CNN:
Pawlenty takes another jab at Romney
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Hillary Clinton / US Department of State:
Secretary Clinton Supports Syrian People in Op-Ed
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Mayors See End to Wars as Fix for Struggling Cities
New York Times:
A Watchdog Professor, Now Defending Himself
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Boeing  —  Uncharacteristically, the President is silent in a key labor dispute.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Pressing Its Crackdown Against Leaks
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Joe Lieberman joining Glenn Beck: a shanda
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 Earlier Items: 
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: We've offered ‘a little extra support’ for fathers
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
WVLT-TV:
Judge has harsh words for Mom before sentencing her for spanking her kid
MRC TV:
Petition to Ban Job Killing ATM Machines
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
BBC:
Afghanistan's Karzai: US ‘in peace talks with Taliban’
Discussion: The Page and FrumForum