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11:00 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.
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
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
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  —  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: ThinkProgress and Pat Dollard
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, The Politico and Reuters
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 …
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority gives thumbs down to Ryan plan
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 …
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.
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
2 Iowa visitors: Christie left door slightly open
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Melissa Harris / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago technologist Harper Reed joins President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign  —  One of the most recognizable faces in Chicago's startup scene joins the Obama campaign; former General Growth Properties CEO John Bucksbaum hits the lecture circuit  —  Chicago technologist Harper Reed …
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Gingrich Woos Skeptical Evangelical Voters
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Heartless  —  From the Sins of the Fathers file, here's Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Eschaton
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Auto Bailout Cost $14 Billion
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Arizona in judicial crisis
Discussion: Law Blog
 Earlier Items: 
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David R. Henderson / Hoover Institution:
Northern Exposure  —  A prudent Canada shows up debt-ridden America.
Discussion: Power Line
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Health reform lawsuit in jeopardy?
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Royal Wedding- / KLRT-TV:
Middle school yearbook groups Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Ctucker / Cynthia Tucker:
Voting Rights Act: I was wrong about racial gerrymandering