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11:15 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.
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Pajamas Media
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: Moe Lane
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 …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Rep. Weiner Tells Maddow Twitter Photo ‘Maybe Started Out Being A Photo Of Mine’
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Cantor urges Weiner to ‘come clean’ on controversy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Lawmaker Denies Sending Suggestive Photo but Doesn't Rule Out It's of Him
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin: Timing of New Hampshire visit ‘coincidental’  —  Boston (CNN) - Sarah Palin said Thursday her decision to appear in New Hampshire on the very same day Mitt Romney is announcing his 2012 presidential campaign there is purely a coincidence, not meant to step on the former Massachusetts governor's big day.
Discussion: GOP 12, TPMDC, The Politico and Reuters
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney to Announce White House Bid, Declare ‘Obama has Failed America’  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will announce today that he's making his bid for the Republican presidential nomination official, declaring, “Barack Obama has failed America.”  —  In excerpts of prepared remarks obtained …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney will say Obama ‘has failed America’ in 2012 launch speech
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Pat Dollard
John DiStaso /
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Exclusive: Palin to host Seacoast clambake
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
President Obama, House Republicans meet on debt ceiling  —  Rather than making progress toward a deal to raise the limit to cover spending, they accuse each other of partisanship and posturing.  —  House Republicans leave the White House after a largely unproductive meeting with President Obama on the debt ceiling.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority gives thumbs down to Ryan plan
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
2 Iowa visitors: Christie left door slightly open
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 …
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.
Massachusetts tornadoes kill 4
Discussion: New York Times and The Jawa Report
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.
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.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Jobless claims fall as labor costs tepid  —  (Reuters) - New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, but not enough to assuage fears the labor market recovery has taken a step back.  —  Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 422,000 …
Discussion: Hot Air
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Iraq not ready to stand on own, lawmakers say  —  A war-weary Congress and American public must realize the U.S. mission in Iraq will stretch years beyond a December troop-withdrawal goal, two prominent House members said Wednesday.  —  Under a Washington-Baghdad pact …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Declining ‘Need’ For Doctors  —  Looking back on it, I don't think I expressed my point about technology and the quantity of teachers very well the other day.  One way of getting at one I mean about this might be to ask yourself about the past 100 years' worth of growth in the number of doctors.
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 …
Syria: Crimes Against Humanity in Daraa  —  Killings, Torture in a Locked-Down City Under Siege  —  (New York) - Systematic killings and torture by Syrian security forces in the city of Daraa since protests began there on March 18, 2011, strongly suggest that these qualify as crimes against humanity …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
New ad dings Obama on Israel  —  The Emergency Committee for Israel, a conservative pro-Israel group, is up with a new ad — celebrating Democrats who support Israel.  Here it is:  —  The point of the ad is hard to miss: There is strong bipartisan consensus in support of Israel …
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.
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Adelle M. Banks / The Huffington Post:
Gingrich Woos Skeptical Evangelical Voters
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Heartless  —  From the Sins of the Fathers file, here's Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Eschaton
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