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12:10 PM ET, June 19, 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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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
‘Obama’ Stuns Crowd at Republican Event  —  NEW ORLEANS - The Republican Leadership Conference was interrupted on Saturday by a visit from an actor impersonating President Obama, who offered a mocking assessment of the Republican presidential candidates and joked about the real president's biracial heritage.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Texas Leader Calls for Rightward Tilt  —  NEW ORLEANS — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, the latest Republican to muse openly about exploring a Republican presidential candidacy, drew booming applause here on Saturday for not only assailing President Obama but also lecturing some members of his own party …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
‘Obama’ pushes the limit at GOP leadership conference
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Ron Paul wins RLC straw poll
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Kimberly Dozier / Associated Press:
AP sources: Pakistanis tip off militants again  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say Pakistan has apparently tipped off militants at two more bomb-building factories in its tribal areas, giving the terror suspects time to flee, after U.S. intelligence shared the locations with the Pakistani government.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FrumForum
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
House panel proposes slapping restrictions on aid to Pakistan  —  House appropriators have proposed slapping new restrictions on the aid that Washington will send to Pakistan next year amid a chill in relations following the killing of Osama bin Laden.  —  A provision in the 2012 Pentagon …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and FrumForum
New York Times:
Qaeda Woes Fuel Talk of Speeding Afghan Pullback
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Clarence Clemons, Springsteen's Soulful Sideman, Dies at 69  —  Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, whose jovial onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Mr. Springsteen made him one of rock's most beloved sidemen, died Saturday at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69.
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Christians are more militant than Muslims, says Government's equalities boss  —  Muslims are integrating into British society better than many Christians, according to the head of the Government's equality watchdog.  —  Trevor Phillips, Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama's Views on Gay Marriage ‘Evolving’  —  WASHINGTON — Driving across the flatlands of Illinois with Barack Obama during the Senate race of 2004, Kevin Thompson sometimes found himself tutoring the candidate on gay rights.  —  Mr. Thompson, then a traveling aide, recalls long conversations …
Signorile / The Gist:
Breaking: GLAAD President Resigns  —  Jarrett Barrios, the president of GLAAD, has just sent the board of GLAAD his resignation letter.  A statement will be going out from GLAAD tonight, but GLAAD confirmed in an email that Barrios did resign.  This comes following the report earlier today …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay group chief under pressure over AT&T issues
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Jon Stewart says press favors sensationalism  —  Comedian and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on Sunday defended the mainstream media against charges of liberal bias, but chided reporters for focusing on sensationalism and conflict.  —  “The bias of the mainstream media is towards sensationalism …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Backlog of Cases Gives a Reprieve on Foreclosures  —  Millions of homeowners in distress are getting some unexpected breathing room — lots of it in some places.  —  In New York State, it would take lenders 62 years at their current pace, the longest time frame in the nation …
CNN:
McCain blames some Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants  —  (CNN) — U.S. Sen. John McCain is blaming illegal immigrants for starting some of the wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in Arizona.  —  “There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused …
Discussion: The Reaction
Paul Krugman:
Kicking the Eurocan  —  The reaction of European leaders and institutions to the Greek crisis is a sight to behold.  Essentially, it boils down to the fact that default would be very inconvenient, both as a practical matter and in terms of prestige.  Therefore default must not be considered a possibility …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
With Weiner gone, Democrats waste no time trying to move on
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Weasel Meister / Weasel Zippers:
Hold Your Nose: Islamic Holy Warriors at Gitmo Embody the Essence of Their Religion
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Even the Russians Have Figured It Out  —  Russia's President …
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Jsimoncnn / CNN:
Pawlenty takes another jab at Romney
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