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8:40 AM ET, May 31, 2011

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iowahawk:
Help Me Bring the Weiner Hacker to Justice  —  I have never been much of a community activist, but I can no longer sit idly while America remains at risk of attack by the most nefarious identity thief in the history of Internet.  And cheap page views are to be had.
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The Politico:
Anthony Weiner hires attorney in Twitter incident  —  'This was a prank, and a silly one.  I'm focused on my work,' said Weiner of the Twitter mishap.  AP Photo  —  New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has retained an attorney to advise him “what civil or criminal actions should be taken” …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Congressman, Sharp Voice on Twitter, Finds It Can Cut 2 Ways  —  For nine months, Representative Anthony D. Weiner has been tweaking others via Twitter, poking fun at Sarah Palin, John A. Boehner and especially Michele Bachmann as he offers his 46,000-plus followers an unusually candid window …
Daily Kos:
In Which Breitbart Breitbarts Breitbart (updated: FBI time)  —  Congressman Anthony Weiner has recently been the target of an intrusion on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  —  The parties involved appear to have spent about six weeks stalking the Congressman online, studying his followers …
NY Daily News:
Rep. Anthony Weiner hires attorney to explore civil, criminal charges in lewd Twitter photo ‘prank’  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner isn't laughing at what he's calling an Internet “prank” - and he's hired an attorney to explore civil or criminal charges.  —  Weiner's office is playing off …
CNN:
Egyptian general admits ‘virginity checks’ conducted on protesters  —  Cairo (CNN) — A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.
Wall Street Journal:
Cyber Combat: Act of War  —  Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military Force  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Bernstein: Obama Economic Team Had “No Appetite” for Direct, Public Job Creation  —  Paul Krugman had a good column today on how America needed to end its “learned helplessness” on the jobs crisis.  He cited multiple options of things the government could do right now to create jobs …
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Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama's approval rating edges up thanks to foreign policy  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to new national poll conducted …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
CNN:
Counterprotesters confront Westboro Baptist Church at Arlington  —  Washington (CNN) — Protesting members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were met with an unlikely group of counterprotesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery.  —  Hours before President Barack Obama led the nation's Memorial …
Guardian:
Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya  —  Five of Gaddafi's generals are among latest defectors to rebels as South African president seeks to broker ceasefire  —  Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation …
Ynetnews:
Iran cleric: Killing Israeli children OK  —  Iranian Ayatollah endorses evil: Radical religious cleric known as President Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor says attacks on Israeli civilians permissible, suicide bombings a Muslim duty  —  Evil words in Islamic Republic: A senior Iranian cleric …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Confusion on Day 2 of Palin bus tour  —  Day 2 of Sarah Palin's bus tour, and the former vice presidential nominee has prompted little more than confusion over exactly what she is up to.  —  Palin started Memorial Day at the National Archives in Washington, but the only reporters …
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