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11:45 PM ET, June 1, 2011


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CASE CLOSED!  CONGRESSMAN WEINER WAS FRAMED!  (An important update to “The Weiner affair: Close to solution (but I need your help!)”  —  WARNING — NOW HEAR THIS (added at 10:13, EST): I welcome comments form people who hope to prove me wrong.  Disagreement is fine.
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Case Closed?  Leftblog Claims Definitive Proof Weiner Was Framed.  —  Case closed?  Not so much.  There is a post up at a the blog Cannonfire today titled: CASE CLOSED!  CONGRESSMAN WEINER WAS FRAMED!  Tweets of this article are blowing up on the #p2 hashtag on Twitter …
First Read /
Weiner 'can't say with certitude' that lewd photo isn't of him  —  UPDATED AT 4:30 PM ET WITH A REPORT FROM ANOTHER WEINER PRESS CONFERENCE.  Weiner attempts a joke, saying he regrets being a little “stiff” with reporters yesterday.  —  From NBC's Luke Russert and Carrie Dann
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Weiner's Penis Photo Dispute To Be Settled In Small Claims Court  —  Sometimes I wonder if Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is too nice for his own good.  —  An evil swine hacks into Weiner's Twitter account and posts an embarrassing photo of spindly legs topped by a small erect penis draped …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC is about to come out with what appears to be a terrific interview.  Luke Russert was just asking Rep. Anthony Weiner questions about his controversial Tweet, and Weiner appears to actually be answering.  Unfortunately, the live feed kept going out — so we will have to wait for MSNBC to air the full video in a bit.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. Anthony Weiner 'can't say with certitude' photo isn't him  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner says he “can't say with certitude” that the lewd photo of a man's crotch sent using his Twitter account to one of his followers isn't of him.  —  “I didn't send that picture out,” Weiner said in an interview with NBC News.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Weiner: ‘Picture of a Wiener’ Clearly a Prank  —  A defiant Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York told ABC News he did not post a lewd photograph to his Twitter account Friday — but he could not say whether or not the photograph in question is of him.  —  “I did not send that photo.
Daily Mail:
Revealed: The glamorous Twitter girls followed by Congressman Weiner as he denies sending lewd picture
New York Post:
Weiner's tweet-hearts  —  By S.A. MILLER in Washington …
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Anthony Weiner “Can't Say With Certitude” Whether Picture Is His
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Publius / Big Government:   Did Rep. Weiner Violate House Rules?
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Oh, My: In NBC Interview, Weiner Won't Deny Authenticity of Lewd Photo UPDATE: Interview Video Added
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker rejects White House trip, says he won't be ‘lectured to’ by Obama  —  A freshman GOP lawmaker rejected an invitation to the White House on Wednesday, saying he didn't want to be “lectured” by President Obama.  —  “I have respectfully declined the president's invitation to the White House today …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
A “Frosty” and “Frank” Meeting Between President Obama and House GOP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Note
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority gives thumbs down to Ryan plan  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans don't like what they've heard so far about congressional Republicans' plans to change Medicare.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
The Note:
How is Sarah Palin Paying for Road Trip?  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@sheilaym) reports:  —  So, how's Sarah Palin paying for this grand tour anyway?  —  At the Statue of Liberty today, ABC News asked the former Alaska governor how much her tour has cost so far and how she's paying for it.
Palin meets with Fox News officials
Discussion: Erick's blog and Politics
Michael Potemra / National Review:
RE: Palin and Trump
Discussion: The Daily Dish and alicublog
Margo D. Beller / CNBC:
Wall Street Baffled by Slowing Economy, Low Yields: Trader  —  Wall Street is having a hard time figuring out what to do now that the U.S. economy appears to be sputtering and yields are so low, Peter Yastrow, market strategist for Yastrow Origer, told CNBC.
Stocks Tumble 1%, Led by Banks; VIX Jumps
CNBC:   US Manufacturing Growth Slowest Since Sept 2009
The Official Google Blog:
Ensuring your information is safe online  —  The Internet has been an amazing force for good in the world—opening up communications, boosting economic growth and promoting free expression.  But like all technologies, it can also be used for bad things.  Today, despite the efforts …
Ctucker / Cynthia Tucker:
Voting Rights Act: I was wrong about racial gerrymandering  —  WASHINGTON — I won't procrastinate.  I'll get the most difficult part of this column over right now: I was wrong.  I was shortsighted, naïve and narrow-minded to endorse the concept of drawing Congressional districts to take racial demographics into account.
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: HHS rejects Indiana Medicaid plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services Department is telling the state of Indiana that its Medicaid plan, which bans funding to Planned Parenthood, is illegal and must be changed.  —  In a letter sent to Indiana's Medicaid director …
Political Punch:
Obama Administration Rejects Indiana's Ban on Medicaid Funds For Planned Parenthood
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
Discovery of ‘worms from hell’ deep beneath Earth's surface raises new questions  —  For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet's surface — raising new possibilities about both the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons.
Discussion: Shakesville
‘Handcuffed by policy’: Fire crews watch man die  —  First responders, up to 75 others watch suicidal man stand in water for an hour until he drowns  —  Below:  — staff and news service reports  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Fire crews and police could only watch after a man waded …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
A Venture Capitalist Makes The Case Against Software Patents  —  Here's a great little post from venture capitalist Fred Wilson venting his rage at America's growing empire of software patents.  Key sentence: “these ‘developers in a garage’ can't afford lawyers to represent themselves in a fight with a patent troll.”
Discussion: Eschaton
Fred / A VC:   Enough Is Enough  —  I believe that software patents should not exist.
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie arrives at son's high school baseball game in State Police helicopter  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie arrived at his son's baseball game this afternoon aboard a State Police helicopter.  —  Right before the lineup cards were being exchanged on the field …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's worst nightmare: The slow economy slows some more  —  The Wall Street Journal headline reads, “May Data Indicate Slowdown.”  Many Americans didn't know things had previously picked up.  The economic picture is, in any event, far from rosy: … The job picture is alarming as well.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads in Iowa, Cain surging  —  Mitt Romney has the lead in PPP's first Iowa poll since Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump exited the race, but with six different candidates polling in double digits it's clear this thing is wide open.  —  Romney polls at 21%.  Sarah Palin and Herman Cain are tied for second at 15%.
Paul Bond / Yahoo! TV:
TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda  —  The cast of “Friends” Warner Bros. Television  —  Some of TV's top executives from the past four decades may have gotten more than they bargained for when they agreed to be interviewed for a politically charged book …
Royal Wedding- / KLRT-TV:
Middle school yearbook groups Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush  —  Open up the Russellville Middle School yearbook.  You'll see the students' pictures, the administration, and a pretty controversial list that's supposed to be covered with a piece of black tape.
Discussion: Mediaite and WHP-TV
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Underground Website Where You Can Buy Any Drug Imaginable  —  Making small talk with your pot dealer sucks.  Buying cocaine can get you shot.  What if you could buy and sell drugs online like books or light bulbs?  Now you can: Welcome to Silk Road.  —  About three weeks ago …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
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Discussion: New York Times
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Congress clocks in to clock out
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From New York Democrats, ‘schadenfreude’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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