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12:40 AM ET, June 1, 2011


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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Anthony Weiner Is Not Doing Himself Any Favors  —  We won't pretend to know the truth behind Weinergate — whether Weiner was the victim of a hacker or prankster or conservative conspiracy, or whether he was personally responsible for sending a college girl a photo of a man's bulge over Twitter.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Taylor Marsh
Michelle Malkin:
Weighing in on Weiner; Update: Getting testy with MSM reporters, calls one a “jackass”  —  I know many of you have been following every twist, turn, and awful pun related to Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter-gate fiasco.  I'm still catching up after being offline with family over the holiday weekend, but I do know this:
Discussion: Hot Air, The Note and Datechguy's Blog
The Note:
Woman Targeted in Tweet from Rep. Anthony Weiner Account “Tweets Out”  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: The Washington State college student who was the target of a lewd photo posted to Rep. Antony Weiner's Twitter account Friday appears to be defending her electronic ties to the congressman.
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
Weiner's Actual Tweet Stream Disputes His Version, Raises Valid Questions  —  The second image below is an exact duplication, in top-to-bottom chronological order of Rep. Anthony Weiner's actual Twitter timeline on the night of what's now being called Weinergate.
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Rep. Weiner Has Angry Exchange With Capitol Hill Reporters Over Twitter Scandal  —  One of Capitol Hill's most media-friendly people, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, seems to be souring on the subject of his Twitter account, brushing off questions about his Twitter feed and the photo of a man …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
WeinerGate OMFG!  @RepWeiner Gives Worst Press Conference EVAH!  (Video)  —  I'll add commentary and links in a fews minutes.  But it's kinda superfluous after this astoundingly bad performance:  —  UPDATE: Ace of Spades finds the video . . . arousing.  —  The video is from Mediaite.
Aharding / CNN:
Liberal congressman plays down Twitter controversy over lewd photo
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Ingemi / New York Post:
Too many coincidences in Weiner's tale
The Note:
Sarah Palin, Donald Trump Meet In New York City Tuesday Night, Eat Pizza  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  UPDATED Sarah Palin sat down with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday night for just over a half hour at the former Alaska governor continued her roadtrip up the Eastern seaboard.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Sarah Palin's bus tour treats reporters like paparazzi  —  Sarah Palin and her advisers are refusing to tell members of the media where she is going on her current bus tour - and the former Alaska governor seems to be enjoying the cat and mouse game that's resulted.
Alex Fitzsimmons /
Martin Bashir: Sarah Palin's Bus Tour ‘Breach of Federal Law’  —  MSNBC's Martin Bashir on May 31 insisted that Sarah Palin's bus tour amounts to a “breach of a federal law.”  —  Anchoring his eponymous program, Bashir scolded, “In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law …
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: Bus tour 'isn't about me'  —  Sarah Palin's explanation for her One Nation bus tour?  —  “It's not about me,” she told Fox News' Greta Van Sustern on Tuesday.  “It's not a publicity seeking tour.  It's about highlighting the great things about America.”
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
What Palin and Trump Might Say to Each Other
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Palin: I don't owe the media
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Palin and Trump to meet Tuesday night in New York
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer urges House Dems to vote no on clean debt-ceiling hike  —  The House Democrats' top vote-counter is advising rank-and-file members to vote against an unconditional increase in the federal debt limit to avoid political attacks from Republicans.  —  Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fail: House defeats Obama request to raise the debt ceiling, 318-97  —  Why would the GOP bring it to the floor knowing that they had more than enough votes to kill it?  Simple: To make the Democrats choke on it, of course.  The public is on the GOP's side of this issue, unambiguously …
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
House rejects debt ceiling increase, 318-97
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   THE HILL POLL: Voters oppose raising the $14.3T debt ceiling
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Dirty Secret About Today's “Clean” Debt Ceiling Vote
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   House rejects debt increase
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Dems 6.  Wisconsin Republicans 0.  —  Conservatives and some political observers are making a big deal out of the fact that the Dem candidate in the closely watched state Supreme Court race in Wisconsin finally conceded defeat today, as had long been expected.
Panel OKs recall elections against 3 more Republicans  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - State election officials on Tuesday approved recall elections against three Republican senators but put off decisions on certifying recall petitions against three Democrats.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul, Supposed Defender Of Civil Liberties, Calls For Jailing People Who Attend ‘Radical Political Speeches’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made headlines last week for single-handedly obstructing the renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the law an unconstitutional infringement on civil liberties.
Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Rand Paul calls for putting himself in jail. Or his own deportation.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama Commerce Nominee in 2009: U.S. Must Pass Cap and Trade Now  —  ( - John Bryson, nominated by President Barack Obama today to head the Department of Commerce, once said it was “incredibly important” that the United States pass cap and trade legislation and that America needed …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
44 GOP Senators Already Have Pledged To Filibuster John Bryson's Commerce Department Nomination
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan To Offer Much Lower Premiums
Discussion: Daily Kos and USA Today
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newt Gingrich's Image Slides Among Republicans  —  Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann continue to lead in positive intensity  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's Positive Intensity Score dropped to 6 in the two weeks spanning May 16-29, down from 11 for May 9-22.
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