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6:40 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
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney, Palin lead the way
The Note:
Mitt Romney Targeted by Joe Miller's Tea Party Group
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Pat Dollard and Daily Kos
Mike Murphy / Swampland:   The Great New Hampshire Heist
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  —  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?  Possibly.  —  This gets in the weeds of the Weiner saga, but it could help shed light …
CBS News:   Probe could give Weiner more headaches: expert
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP's Cantor urges Weiner to ‘come clean’ on controversy
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie reimburses N.J. for use of state helicopter to attend son's baseball games  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie and the state Republican Party will repay the state for two trips on a State Police helicopter to get to his son's baseball games.  —  The most recent ride, on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Politico and Gawker
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:   Gov. Christie Thinks A Family Making $6,000 A Year Is Too Rich To Qualify For Medicaid
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Gov. Christie reimburses state for helicopter ride to baseball game
Discussion: The Politico and New Jersey Online
The Note:
Moody's Will Review U.S. Credit Rating if No Debt Limit Progress in the Coming Weeks
Discussion: National Review and Pajamas Media
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Fight Over Debt Ceiling Risks Credit Rating, Moody's Warns
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP bill disapproving Libya mission gains steam in the House  —  A House Republican is gathering fast support for a resolution expressing disapproval of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, raising the possibility of a rare congressional rebuke of President Obama on foreign policy.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Report: ‘Global War On Drugs Has Failed’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Dean's World
James Gilbert / Yuma Daily Sun:
Suspect in multiple shootings is dead, police say  —  Updated 1:08 p.m. - The suspect in a series of shootings around Yuma County is dead, police said.  Carey Hal Dyess, 73, of Yuma, apparently shot and killed one person in Yuma and three people in Yuma County before shooting himself …
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Sources: Williams May Switch to U.S. House Race  —  Keywords:  —  Enlargephoto by: Bob Daemmrich  —  Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.  —  Former Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, who announced his intention …
David Rogers / The Politico:
GOP plan slashes renewable energy  —  House Republicans unveiled a scaled-back $30.6 billion energy and water budget Wednesday that makes deep cuts from energy efficiency and renewable energy programs while trying to stabilize science and defense investments within tighter spending caps.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Feingold says he's weighing a Senate run and expects to decide this summer  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  Democrat Russ Feingold said in an interview Thursday that he plans to decide by Labor Day whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by his longtime colleague Herb Kohl.
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 …
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Discussion: National Review and Joe. My. God.
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