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8:35 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.
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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 few minutes.  But it's kinda superfluous after this astoundingly bad performance:  —  UPDATE: Ace of Spades finds the video . . . arousing.  —  The video is from Mediaite.
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.
The Note:
Woman Targeted in Tweet from Rep. Anthony Weiner Account “Tweets Out”
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.
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Alex Fitzsimmons / NewsBusters.org:
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 …
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.
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.”
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin plays the media like a violin: Her turn now
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
What Palin and Trump Might Say to Each Other
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 …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:   THE HILL POLL: Voters oppose raising the $14.3T debt ceiling
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
House rejects debt ceiling increase, 318-97
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   House rejects debt increase
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.
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Media Czech / Barefoot and Progressive:
Rand Paul calls for putting himself in jail. Or his own deportation.
The White House:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION  —  The story of America's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union.
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Robert Dreyfuss / American Prospect:
Get Off the Warpath
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:   Obama Issues Pride Proclamation — With No Mention of Relationship Recognition
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.
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HealthCare.gov:
Changes to the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan in Your State  —  The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) was created under the Affordable Care Act to ensure more Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health insurance and serves as a bridge to 2014 …
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Sarah Anne Hughes / Washington Post:
Ku Klux Klan protests Westboro Baptist Church (Video)  —  Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. (Michael S. Williamson - THE WASHINGTON POST) As President Obama honored fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
DeMint mulls White House bid  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he is considering running for president after frustrated conservative activists have pleaded with him to run.  —  DeMint told The Hill that he has discussed a White House bid with his wife and will pray on the question out of respect for his supporters across the country.
Discussion: GOP 12
Jon Huntsman / Wall Street Journal:
Our Current Time for Choosing  —  Anyone who disagrees with Paul Ryan's Medicare reforms has a moral obligation to propose an alternative.  —  This year marks the centennial anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth—and America finds itself at a crossroads that brings to mind the title …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
State prepares to release Palin emails  —  24,000 PAGES: Some will be withheld or partly blacked out.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  The state is about to release more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her time as governor.  But officials are also going to withhold another 2,415 pages …
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Airplane annoyance leads to brouhaha in the skies over D.C.  —  Before things got out of hand, it was a typical annoyance that happens once a flight gets airborne: A passenger hit the recline button and sent his seat intimately close to the lap of the guy sitting behind him.
 
 
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