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5:30 PM ET, June 1, 2011


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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.
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.
New York Post:
Weiner's tweet-hearts  —  By S.A. MILLER in Washington and PERRY CHIARAMONTE AND CHUCK BENNETT in NY  —  It takes a certain type of woman to set his heart a-Twitter.  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner follows only a select 198 of his nearly 49,000 Twitter fans — and a surprising number of them are total babes.
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
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
WeinerGate: What do Reporters Think?  —  And the Weiner saga continues.  Here's a quick conversation from this morning's MSNBC “The Daily Rundown” with host Chuck Todd and reporters, NJ's Major Garrett and the AP's Liz Sidoti.  The conversation, largely intelligent and serious, eventually degenerated into laughter.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
Revealed: The glamorous Twitter girls followed by Congressman Weiner as he denies sending lewd picture  —  The New York Congressman under fire for allegedly sending a crotch picture to a female student faced fresh controversy today after it emerged he follows a string of glamorous women on Twitter.
The Note:
Anthony Weiner ‘Cannot Say with Certitude’ If Twitter Boxer Pic Is Him
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Obama talks about lower taxes than Reagan; GOP members roll their eyes  —  Republicans attending a White House meeting on Wednesday didn't take kindly to President Obama telling them tax rates were higher during the Reagan administration.  —  GOP members engaged in a lot of “eye-rolling,” …
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
A “Frosty” and “Frank” Meeting Between President Obama and House GOP  —  As the dozens of members of the House Republican Conference left the White House where they'd spoken with President Obama about the deficit and job creation, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., had a one-word review of the mood in the meeting.
Discussion: The Note and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Menendez says Dems won't back Medicaid cuts
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan: ‘Obamacare Ends Medicare As We Know It’
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%.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Minnesota Miscellaneous
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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
Eugene Kiely /
DNC Chair Throws Truth to ‘Wolves’  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz falsely claimed that seniors with preexisting medical conditions would be denied Medicare coverage under the GOP's plan.  The House GOP plan specifically says insurance companies “must agree to offer insurance to all Medicare beneficiaries.”
Discussion: Washington Post
CASE CLOSED!  CONGRESSMAN WEINER WAS FRAMED!  (An important update to “The Weiner affair: Close to solution (but I need your help!)”  —  Readers — please pass along the information here, including the all-important update.  In that update, you'll find that we have made an important breakthrough.
Palin meets with Fox News officials  —  New York (CNN) - Sarah Palin met with officials at Fox News in midtown Manhattan for over an hour on Wednesday.  —  After checking out of her Jersey City hotel earlier in the day for the fourth day of her “One Nation” bus tour, Palin told a gaggle …
Discussion: RedState
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Matt Drudge's disgusting race war awareness campaign  —  Matt Drudge's non-political obsessions used to be harmless things like “extreme weather” and “pictures of Olympic wrestlers.”  Since the election of Barack Obama, though, Drudge — the proto-blogger and reclusive creator of the noted Courier …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. 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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
77,000 fed employees paid more than governors  —  Government salaries put under scrutiny  —  ** FILE ** A congressional study revealed that 7,283 federal employees in Maryland made more than Gov. Martin O'Malley's $150,000 salary in 2009.  (Associated Press)
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
One Person, One Vote?  Not Exactly  —  E-mail:;  —  Two economists, Brian Knight and Nathan Schiff, set out a few years ago to determine how much Iowa, New Hampshire and other early-voting states affected presidential nominations.
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 …
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 …
Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Some Immigrants Turn to Tea Party  —  Lolita Mancheno-Smoak, an immigrant from Ecuador who once dreamed of becoming her country's president, has found an unlikely home in the tea party movement.  —  When she launched her campaign for county school board last week at Brion's Grille in Fairfax …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
150 Economists Back US Republicans in Debt Fight  —  More than 150 economists back U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's call to match any increase in the debt limit with spending cuts of equal size, according to a letter released by the Republican leader's office Wednesday.
Discussion: Don Surber and HotAirPundit
New York Times:
S.E.C. Case Stands Out Because It Stands Alone  —  At the height of the housing boom, the 26th floor of Goldman Sachs's former headquarters on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan was the nerve center of Goldman's fast-growing mortgage trading business.  —  Hundreds of employees worked closely in teams …
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Michael Potemra / National Review:
RE: Palin and Trump
Discussion: The Daily Dish and alicublog
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Top Reaction to GOP Field - “Unimpressed”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Arkansas News:
Huckabee: Door open to 2012 presidential bid
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
The Legal Case Against John Edwards
Discussion: CNN and Pajamas Media
Michael J. Totten / Pajamas Media:
Darkness in Palestine  —  Last summer I visited Hebron …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Sources say Chaffetz is in against Hatch
Discussion: USA Today and AmSpecBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Daughter of prominent Iranian dissident dies in funeral scuffle with security forces
Ashraf Mumtaz / The Nation:
67pc want Islamisation of society
The Politico:
GOP fears Kucinich resolution
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eunomia
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda (Exclusive Video)
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Robert Lucas Argues That Barack Obama Is The Most Important Leader In American History
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Study finds many corporations pay effective tax rate of zero
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Sarah Anne Hughes / Washington Post:
Ku Klux Klan protests Westboro Baptist Church (Video)
Discussion: Cold Fury