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3:10 PM ET, June 1, 2011


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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.
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
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Weinergate: Porn star, stripper Ginger Lee talks to TheDC  —  #Weinergate rolls on for Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat.  Now we're learning that the plagued congressman shared private communications with porn star and stripper Ginger Lee.  In a March 13 tweet, Tennessee-based Lee indicated …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC is about to come out with what appears to be a terrific interview.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. Anthony Weiner 'can't say with certitude' photo isn't him
Discussion: Gawker, Politics, TPMDC and Opinion L.A.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Anthony Weiner tries to move beyond Twitter mess
Discussion: The Note and Ben Smith's Blog
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%.
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 …
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
One Person, One Vote? Not Exactly
TAPPED:   Should Iowa and New Hampshire Give Someone Else a Turn?
First Read /
First Thoughts: Pay more attention to Christie
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 …
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin embraces unconventional strategy ahead of possible 2012 bid  —  Jersey City, New Jersey (CNN) - A presidential campaign typically begins at the micro-level in Iowa or New Hampshire, with small town meet-and-greets and well-timed endorsements from elected officials and grassroots leaders.
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin to Visit S.C. as Part of Early-State Trifecta
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 …
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Glass Ceiling  —  Why Obama can't assume Republicans will ever make a deal on the debt ceiling.  —  For all the patriotic prattle about American exceptionalism, last night was a moment when our national politics seemed borrowed from the comic-opera irrelevance of Berlusconi's Italy.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Obama talks about lower taxes than Reagan; GOP rolls eyes
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
‘Paul’ and ‘Barack’ talk Medicare  —  When it comes to Medicare, the one thing everyone agrees on is that it's time for an “adult conversation.”  So let's listen in on two imaginary participants — “Paul” and “Barack.” … Paul: Okay, you guys won the first round.  Congratulations on that New York House seat.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan: ‘Obamacare Ends Medicare As We Know It’
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Robert Lucas Argues That Barack Obama Is The Most Important Leader In American History  —  I'd been dimly aware of Robert Lucas' argument (PDF) that the Great Recession can be explained without reference to such petty concepts as aggregate demand, but until I read Gavyn Davies' summary …
The Politico:
GOP fears Kucinich resolution  —  Seeking to avoid a showdown over Libya, House GOP leaders have pulled back from a floor vote on a resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) that would bar U.S. involvement in the NATO-led campaign to topple Muammar Qhadafi.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eunomia
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)
Greg Robb / MarketWatch:
U.S. private sector adds 38,000 jobs in May: ADP  —  Economists had predicted monthly growth of roughly 175,000  — Front Page - News Viewer - Commentary - Markets - Investing - Personal Finance - Community - Games  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Private-sector employment growth decelerated sharply …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Cold Fury
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Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Some Immigrants Turn to Tea Party
Amanda Marcotte / Guardian:
How ‘sex scandal’ is sexual harassment
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Edwards' fate on hold as grand jury delayed
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Daughter of prominent Iranian dissident dies in funeral scuffle with security forces
Ashraf Mumtaz / The Nation:
67pc want Islamisation of society
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda (Exclusive Video)
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP to White House, Boehner: economists say cut more than you hike …
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Pa. 8th graders' field trip includes Hooters lunch
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Keith Laing / The Hill:
Critics of Boeing lawsuit slam Obama Commerce secretary pick
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Study finds many corporations pay effective tax rate of zero
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Ben Geman / The Hill:
New York AG sues feds over gas ‘fracking’
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Airplane annoyance leads to brouhaha in the skies over D.C.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul, Supposed Defender Of Civil Liberties, Calls For Jailing People Who Attend ‘Radical Political Speeches’