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3:15 PM ET, June 22, 2011

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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Bus Tour Takes Extended Pit Stop  —  Less than a month after she appeared poised to shake up the Republican presidential campaign, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has once again receded from the 2012 limelight.  —  When Palin launched her “One Nation” bus tour on Memorial Day amid …
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
No Joke: Sarah Palin Reportedly Quits One Nation Bus Tour Halfway Through  —  Real Clear Politics is reporting that Sarah Palin has taken an “extended hiatus” from her much ballyhooed One Nation Bus Tour.  While the tour was never clearly defined with specific stops (especially to the media) …
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Sarah Palin Reportedly Quits Bus Tour Halfway Through
Tomoneil / Awards Tracker:
Sarah Palin is definitely a candidate ... for an Emmy
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and GOP 12
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Huntsman Finishes Opening Day with Big Money Haul  —  Jon M. Huntsman Jr. opened his day on Tuesday by formally declaring his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.  He closed it by accomplishing an equally important task: collecting $1.2 million for his campaign.
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The Note:
Mr. Nice Guy Takes a Shot at Romney
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Jon Huntsman at Liberty Park: The Next Wesley Clark?
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty says he won't let up on ‘Robamacare’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Proof Positive
Rolling Stone:
Climate of Denial  —  Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?  —  AL GORE  —  The first time I remember hearing the question “is it real?” was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by “professional wrestlers” one summer evening in the gym …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Gore: Obama has ‘failed’
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
CBO'S 2011 LONG-TERM BUDGET OUTLOOK  —  ABSTRACT  —  This Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report presents the agency's projections of federal spending and revenues over the coming decades.  Under current law, an aging population and rapidly rising health care costs will sharply increase federal spending …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
CBO: We'll only have giant deficits if Congress wants giant deficits
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Rogers / The Politico:
CBO warns debt could double GDP
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO outlook on long-term debt worsens
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Americans Worse Now Than When Obama Inaugurated by 44%-34% Margin in Poll  —  Two years after the official start of the recovery, the American people remain pessimistic about their current economic circumstances and longer-term prospects.  —  Fewer than a quarter of people see signs …
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Jose Antonio Vargas / New York Times:
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant  —  One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab.  She handed me a jacket.  “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said.  ("It might be cold there.")  When I arrived at the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino International Airport …
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Michele Bachmann's Holy War  —  The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter  —  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and, as you consider the career and future presidential prospects of an incredible American phenomenon named Michele Bachmann, do one more thing.
David Beasley / Reuters:
Staff quit because “I'm different,” Gingrich says  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday attributed the mass resignations among his campaign staff to the fact that he is “very different” from mainstream politicians.  —  “Philosophically …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich had second line of credit at Tiffany and Co.
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
John Boehner not swayed by John McCain  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn't swayed by movement in the Senate to back U.S. military involvement in Libya, saying Wednesday that the House is leaning against authorizing President Barack Obama's actions in the North African dictatorship.
Discussion: The Note and Outside the Beltway
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The Atlantic Online:
Congress Divides on Libya, Moves Toward Key Votes
Discussion: Boston Globe and The Agonist
Dylan Howard / RADAR:
Tobey Maguire Sued Over Multi-Million Dollar Illegal Poker Game; DiCaprio, Affleck & Damon Involved  —  Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire is among more than a dozen high-profile Hollywood celebrities being sued in connection with a mega-millions illegal gambling ring that ran high-stakes underground poker games …
New York Post:
NBC gives Donald a Trump-sized raise to $160M  —  Playing the presidential card has paid off for Donald Trump.  —  The real-estate mogul and reality-TV host — who kept viewers and the NBC network guessing until the last minute whether he would make a serious run at the Oval Office …
Wall Street Journal:
Florida Lawmaker Faces Ethics Review  —  WASHINGTON—A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The investigation of Mr. Hastings is being conducted …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April indicates that the economic recovery is continuing at a moderate pace, though somewhat more slowly than the Committee had expected.  Also, recent labor market indicators have been weaker than anticipated.
Spiegel Online:
Left Party  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.  —  A Map without Israel  —  Germany's Left Party Faces Charges of Anti-Semitism  —  Left Party floor leader Gregor Gysi is concerned that the term “anti-Semitism” is used too often.
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Scott / Power Line:
God and damage control at Yale
Discussion: NY Post and JTA
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Six GLAAD board members resign amid AT&T flap  —  Six board members of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have resigned amid the fallout over the organization's letter in support of AT&T's proposed bid for wireless rival T-Mobile, a person familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Feds crack down on campus flirting and sex jokes  — TAGS: - 1950s - colleges - Department of Education - Duke lacrosse team - foundation for individual rights in education - greg lukianoff - Iowa State University - Kangaroo courts - Kentucky - Marsupial justice - Michael Barone …
Marta H. Mossburg / Baltimore Sun:
Reverend Wright brings his anti-American crusade to Baltimore  —  Marta Mossburg writes that Obama's former pastor urges blacks to disavow their country  —  Forget hope and change; victimization is in.  Dropped by the president and dismissed as a racist by many Americans …
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Approve of Job Congress Is Doing  —  Voter approval of Congress' job performance has now fallen to a near five-year low.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only eight percent (8%) of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress is doing a good or excellent job.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems lost the argument over the deficit, because they never engaged it
Ella Ide / Agence France Presse:
Italy breaks ranks over NATO's Libya mission
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
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Russell Roberts / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: EconLog
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