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3:45 PM ET, June 2, 2011

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First Read / msnbc.com:
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.
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Associated Press:
Romney opens presidential bid challenging Obama  —  STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — Just as Mitt Romney declared Thursday that he's in, it's suddenly looking like he'll have more company in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  While Romney made his candidacy official in New Hampshire …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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: msnbc.com
The Note:
Mitt Romney Targeted by Joe Miller's Tea Party Group  —  ABC News' Huma Khan reports: The day he's set to announce his presidential ambitions, Mitt Romney is coming under attack by a Tea Party group that says the former Massachusetts governor isn't conservative enough to represent conservatives.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin attacks Romney's record on his announcement day
Discussion: The Note, ThinkProgress and The Hill
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney, Palin lead the way
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's strange counting of pages to distinguish ‘Romneycare’ from ‘Obamacare’
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 …
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Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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 …
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 …
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CBS News:   Probe could give Weiner more headaches: expert
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Embarrassing emails from Weiner tweeter leaked
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Cantor urges Weiner to ‘come clean’ on controversy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Maddow Blog
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Making the hostage strategy explicit  —  President Obama met with several leading congressional Republicans yesterday to discuss budget cuts and the debt ceiling, and not surprisingly, there wasn't much in the way of progress.  GOP leaders postured; Obama pressed for compromise; and by the end …
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Lame Justification For Debt Ceiling Hostage-Taking
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
Sarah Laskow / TAPPED:
Putting a Value on Wild Lands  —  Near the end of 2010, the Interior Department tried to revive the idea that keeping public lands wild might serve the public interest.  But House Republicans have made quick work of that idea.  They defunded the policy in April, and although the Obama administration …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
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Michelle Malkin:
GOP blocks Obama land grab
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 …
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 …
Townhall.com:
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 …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
The Curious Case Of Hayley Williams  —  WeinerGate has hit, and I do use this term advisedly, the decadent phase, where people are just trying to outclever each other with outre and novel theories of the case.  Even among conservatives, or those who initially doubted Rep. Weiner's bizarre story …
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.
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: Joe. My. God.
Bloomberg:
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Other Options For Reducing Health Costs: All-Payer Rate Setting  —  Austin Frakt argues that the Affordable Care Act's investment in Affordable Care Organizations (ACO) — which proponents believe would help improve care coordination — could increase the market power of hospitals and doctors …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Keeps to Course as Growth Slows
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
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JSOnline:
Feingold says he's weighing a Senate run and expects to decide this summer
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The WH/Politico attack on Seymour Hersh
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Jon Huntsman's thorny path to the GOP nomination
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Arizona in judicial crisis
Discussion: Law Blog
Caleb Howe / RedState:
Case Closed? Leftblog Claims Definitive Proof Weiner Was Framed.