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10:00 AM ET, June 2, 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 from 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 …
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 …
A New, Bizarre Yet Logical Answer To #Weinergate?  —  A new possibility has come up that explains ALL the strange facts in this's the theory.  —  1) Weiner didn't send the photo - it was a frame-up  —  2) Weiner is hiding something - and the photo is of him (he didn't deny it today) …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Cantor urges Weiner to ‘come clean’ on controversy  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Thursday pressured Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to “come clean” about his Twitter controversy.  —  Cantor said Weiner has a responsibility to his wife and constituents to get the facts straight.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Rep. Weiner Tells Maddow Twitter Photo ‘Maybe Started Out Being A Photo Of Mine’
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
The Curious Case Of Hayley Williams
Discussion: The Politico
First Read /
Weiner 'can't say with certitude' that lewd photo isn't of him
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Lawmaker Denies Sending Suggestive Photo but Doesn't Rule Out It's of Him
Discussion: The Caucus, Hot Air and Hotline On Call
The Politico:
Anthony Weiner fans flames with media blitz
Discussion: 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 …
David Nather / The Politico:
A guide to the Barack Obama - Paul Ryan smackdown  —  Rep. Paul Ryan scolds President Barack Obama for calling his Medicare plan a “voucher.”  Obama fires back at House Republicans for accusing him of cutting Medicare in the health reform law.  —  And across the country …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Pelosi Says Democrats Have ‘Very Good Chance’ to Win Back the House in 2012  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told ABC News in an exclusive interview that Democrats “have a very good chance of winning the House” majority in the 2012 elections, pointing to Medicare as the key issue …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Poll: Conservatives And Republicans Oppose Ryan Budget
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney will say Obama ‘has failed America’ in 2012 launch speech  —  President Obama “has failed America,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will say in a Thursday speech in New Hampshire launching his presidential campaign.  —  Romney's speech to formally declare that he'll again seek …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and ThinkProgress
John DiStaso /
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Exclusive: Palin to host Seacoast clambake  —  WEDNESDAY UPDATE: YES, SHE'LL BE HERE.  Sarah Palin is making plans to be in New Hampshire on Thursday evening.  —  The Granite Status has learned that Palin's staff has reached out to a number of New Hampshire Republicans …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems welcome Romney to presidential race as ‘flip-flopper’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Roseanne Colletti / NBC New York:
Sarah Palin Dons Star of David Necklace for NYC Visit  —  You couldn't miss it, the big Star of David hanging around Sarah Palin's neck as she toured the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Wednesday.  —  NBC New York asked Palin about the significance just as she boarded her bus outside Fox Newschannel to head off to Boston.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
Palin meets with Fox News officials
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: his vorpal sword and Shakesville
Global war on drugs has ‘failed’ say former leaders  —  Opiate use increased by 35% worldwide from 1998-2008, in spite of anti-drug efforts  —  The global war on drugs has “failed” according to a new report by group of politicians and former world leaders.
Gavin Lesnick / Arkansas Online:
VIDEO: Huckabee doesn't rule out vice president  —  LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Wednesday reiterated his recent announcement that he won't seek the Republican nomination for president, but declined to rule out accepting a spot as vice president on the Republican ticket.
Gerard Matthews / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Huckabee on GOP primary, being VP
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Tornadoes Tear Through Mass. Leaving Four Dead, Dozens Injured  —  Multiple tornadoes slammed western and central Massachusetts Wednesday, leaving a path of destruction that destroyed buildings, flipped vehicles and left at least four people dead and an unknown number injured.
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.
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
If we need taxes, why not pollution taxes?  —  Let's start with the obvious: Most Democrats (and, for that matter, most of the bipartisan deficit panels that are churning out endless white papers right now) agree that we can't tackle our long-term debt issues through spending cuts alone.
Andrew Lansley / Telegraph:
Why the health service needs surgery  —  An ageing population and medical advances will lead to a financial crisis if nothing is done, says Andrew Lansley.  —  There is a potential funding gap in the NHS of nearly £20 billion a year  —  Eight weeks ago, we set up the NHS Future Forum …
Discussion: Guardian and Things Worth Reading
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David R. Henderson / Hoover Institution:
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Discussion: Power Line
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Discussion: CNN and New York Times
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