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4:50 PM ET, June 2, 2011


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Palin fires shot at Romney at Bunker Hill  —  By NBC's Shawna Thomas, Alex Moe, and Mark Murray  —  In remarks made at Bunker Hill in Massachusetts — of all places — Sarah Palin fired a shot at Mitt Romney over the health-care mandate that Romney signed into law in the state in 2006.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Why Going Rogue Won't Work  —  Sarah Palin is dominating the political conversation.  But if she really wants to be president, she's going about it all wrong.  —  Even before donning biker leather and mounting a Harley-Davidson for a motorcycle rally in Washington last weekend …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney, Palin lead the way  —  PPP's first national poll looking at the Republican Presidential race since Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump announced they wouldn't run finds Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin in a tie at the top with 16% each.  Tim Pawlenty at 13% and Herman Cain at 12% …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day  —  Boston (CNN) - Less than an hour before Mitt Romney was to announce his second bid for the White House in New Hampshire, Sarah Palin appeared in Romney's hometown and set about picking apart the health care plan he supported as governor …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Someday, Romney will pick a persona and stick with it  —  Any minute now, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will stand on a New Hampshire stage and launch his second presidential campaign, following a third-place finish in 2008.  He'll have a hard-hitting message to share, which we certainly haven't heard from Romney before.
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
The Note:
Mitt Romney Targeted by Joe Miller's Tea Party Group
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Note:
Romney Talks to ABC News About Health Care, Jobs, Ties and Red Sox
Discussion: ABCNEWS and AmSpecBlog
Associated Press:
Romney opens presidential bid challenging Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's strange counting of pages to distinguish ‘Romneycare’ from ‘Obamacare’
The Smoking Gun:
The Wolfe At Anthony Weiner's Front Door  —  Paranoid Twitter mystery man fears pol's “Clinton connections” … The prescient Twitter provocateur who, weeks ago, somehow divined that a lewd photo scandal was looming for Rep. Anthony Weiner claims he is fearful that his leading role in …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Embarrassing emails from Weiner tweeter leaked  —  The intrigue surrounding the Anthony Weiner crotch shot story, Andrew Breitbart and a mystery Twitter user deepens  —  Did Andrew Breitbart leak embarrassing personal emails sent to him by the mystery Twitter user at the center of the Anthony Weiner crotch shot scandal?
CBS News:   Probe could give Weiner more headaches: expert
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
The Curious Case Of Hayley Williams
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Cantor urges Weiner to ‘come clean’ on controversy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Maddow Blog
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
(AUDIO) MILLER: Anthony Weiner's lewd jokes
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Employment Data May Be the Key to the President's Job  —  WASHINGTON — No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent.  —  Seventeen months before the next election, it is increasingly clear …
Nile Gardiner /
Why Barack Obama may be heading for electoral disaster in 2012  —  On a recent visit to London I was struck by how much faith many British politicians, journalists and political advisers have in Barack Obama being re-elected in 2012.  In the aftermath of the hugely successful Special Forces operation …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Gov. Christie Thinks A Family Making $6,000 A Year Is Too Rich To Qualify For Medicaid  —  Despite recent polls that show Americans are just as protective of Medicaid as they are of Medicare, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is trying to gut the popular program in his state and prevent 23,000 people from receiving benefits.
New Jersey Online:
Christie refuses to reimburse N.J. for traveling by helicopter to see son's baseball game  —  TRENTON — Facing broad criticism for flying by helicopter to watch his son's high school baseball game in Bergen County, Gov. Chris Christie refused today to refund the state for Tuesday's $2,500-an-hour flight.
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie reimburses N.J. for use of state helicopter to attend son's baseball games
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and Hot Air
The Star-Ledger Editorial Page:
Christie should pay for chopper ride to ballgame
Discussion: WyBlog and Washington Monthly
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Abramson to Replace Keller as The Times's Executive Editor  —  Jill Abramson, a former investigative reporter and Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, will become the paper's executive editor, succeeding Bill Keller, who is stepping down to become a full-time writer for the paper.
The Note:
Moody's Will Review U.S. Credit Rating if No Debt Limit Progress in the Coming Weeks  —  ABC News' Dan Arnall (@abcmoneyguy) reports: In a release this afternoon, the Moody's ratings agency said it would put the U.S. credit rating under review if Congress and the Obama administration don't make progress on increasing the debt limit.
Discussion: National Review and Pajamas Media
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Glenn Beck's Last Day On Fox News Will Be June 30th  —  Mediaite has learned that Glenn Beck's last day on Fox News is currently scheduled to be June 30th.  Fox News has confirmed this information to Mediaite.  —  In the past month, ratings for Beck's ratings saw a double digit decline …
Carolyn Hax / Washington Post:
Listen up, fellas: Naked man-parts?  Not so sexy.  —  A general note for men:  —  Over the weekend, it was revealed that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), or someone pretending to be Weiner, allegedly sent a photo of his bulging briefs to one of his Twitter followers.
Discussion: Feministe and Moe Lane
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Lame Justification For Debt Ceiling Hostage-Taking  —  John Taylor, the Hoover Institute economist who always supports the Republican position, has an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal supporting the Republican position on the debt ceiling.  How could an economist justify a policy …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Making the hostage strategy explicit
Steve Breen Political Cartoons  —  Townhall Cartoons Steve Breen  —  Stephen Paul Breen (born April 26, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a nationally syndicated cartoonist.  He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and 2009.  —  He graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1988 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
GOP drafts alternative Libya resolution  —  House GOP leaders have scheduled a vote on Friday on U.S. participation in the NATO-led effort to topple Muammar Qadhafi, but what lawmakers will be voting on is still unclear.  —  Top House Republicans are drafting an alternative proposal …
Union Enthusiasm for Obama Re-Election Fades, AFL-CIO's Chief Trumka Says  —  President Barack Obama faces waning enthusiasm from union members as he prepares for his 2012 re- election bid, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.  —  “It will be more challenging this time than it was last time to motivate …
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Judge refuses to toss out lawsuit over gay softball  —  A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three men who claim they were disqualified from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series near Seattle for not being gay enough.  —  The men, members of a San Francisco softball team …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
O'Donnell: FEC complaint dismissed  —  Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says the Federal Elections Commission has dropped a campaign finance complaint filed against her last year by the state's Republican Party.  —  O'Donnell's attorney, Cleta Mitchell …
Discussion: National Review and Joe. My. God.
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