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10:10 AM ET, June 8, 2011

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New York Times:
Weiner Faces Calls to Resign and Tries to Make Amends  —  Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York, reeling from revelations of salacious online behavior that threaten his political career, moved rapidly on Tuesday to make amends as Republicans called for his resignation and leading members …
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Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
A Private Life, Tested  —  Friends Say Wife Will Stand by Weiner  —  She is married to one of the most bombastic, sociable and now scandal-tarred politicians in the country.  But Huma Abedin is an intensely private person whose quiet commitment to her husband, Rep. Anthony Weiner …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Anthony Weiner, wronged man?  Not quite.  —  I've been a bit amazed at the post-bizzaro press conference insistence by some on the left that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is a wronged man.  Ezra Klein via Twitter professes to be puzzled how this can be a big deal.  Richard Cohen writes:
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Reid to Weiner: ‘Call somebody else’
New York Post:
Marriage headed for a crotch-photo finish
Discussion: NY Daily News and Fox Nation
The Politico:
Stars collide: Michele Bachmann vs. Sarah Palin  —  Michelle Bachmann's top aide dismissed Sarah Palin as  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's prospective 2012 campaign appears increasingly set on a collision course with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  The coming confrontation is being driven …
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The Note:
Congressman Launches Inquiry into Cost of Sarah Palin's Tour
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Dem asks Park Service about Sarah Palin treatment
Discussion: Fox Nation and Conservatives4Palin
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem needles Park Service over Palin tour
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
The Light Bulb Police  —  Americans deserve their choice of illumination.  —  On January 1, 2012, seven months from this week, Washington will effectively ban the sale of conventional 100 watt incandescent light bulbs that Americans have used nearly since the days of Thomas Edison.
CNN:
Therapy to change ‘feminine’ boy created a troubled man, family says  —  Editor's note: Tonight at 10 ET on CNN TV, “AC360º” examines a shocking “experimental therapy” designed to make feminine boys more masculine.  See what one family says was the devastating result in a special report, “The Sissy Boy Experiment.”
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Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
Abortion Billboard Could Land New Mexico Ex-Boyfriend in Jail  —  A New Mexico man said today he will fight to keep up a controversial billboard that suggested his ex-girlfriend had an abortion.  —  The billboard has a photo ofGreg Fultz holding the outline of a baby with a playground in the background.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, Legislative Urgency as Recall Threat Looms  —  MADISON, Wis. — The gears of government tend to grind slowly.  But in Wisconsin lately they are racing at turbocharged speed.  —  In just the last few weeks, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has signed legislation to require voters …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
ACutaia / RADAR:
Rep. Weiner's Cyber Sex Chat With Las Vegas Mistress — Word For Word  —  It's the full monty.  —  RadarOnline.com is publishing for the first time the entire transcript of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner's nine-month cyber sex relationship with a 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer.  —  Word for word.
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Economics Policies for the 21st Century:
Revisiting Unemployment Predictions  —  Back in January 2009, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein produced a report estimating future unemployment rates with and without a stimulus plan.  Their estimates, which were widely circulated, projected that unemployment would approach 9% without a stimulus …
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Economy Is Worse Than You Think  —  Expect more bad news until someone enacts a plan to bring deficits under control without raising taxes.  —  The policies of the Obama administration have led to the weak condition of the American economy.  Growth during the coming year will be subpar at best …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Earth Is Full  —  You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we'll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records …
Discussion: National Review
Larry Bell / The Bell Tells for You:
U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms  —  It may not come as surprising news to many of you that the United Nations doesn't approve of our Second Amendment.  Not one bit.  And they very much hope to do something about it with help from some powerful American friends.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Weasel Zippers
ThinkProgress:
ANALYSIS: Pawlenty's Tax Plan Would Cost $7.8 Trillion Over Ten Years, Triple The Size Of Bush Tax Cuts  —  Our guest blogger is Michael Linden, Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Earlier today, presidential candidate and former governor Tim Pawlenty …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
The $2.5 Trillion Tragedy: What America Has Given Up For 10 Years Of Bush Tax Cuts
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Afghan nation-building programs not sustainable, report says  —  The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation to be released Wednesday.
Discussion: The Foundry and Prairie Weather
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 24% Say They Share Obama's Political Views  —  Most voters still believe President Obama is more liberal than they are, while just one-out-of-four say they share the same ideological views as the president.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 54% …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Find Huntsman Unacceptable to Many in Republican Base  —  I frequently cite the political futures market Intrade, where people can place bets on everything ranging from the likelihood that Charlie Sheen will get arrested to the identity of the next president.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mike Tolson / Houston Chronicle:
Psychic's Liberty County mass grave tip misses mark  —  HULL — A pair of phone calls from a self-professed psychic about a mass grave in the middle of Liberty County led authorities on a wild goose chase Tuesday that ultimately netted nothing but frustration and a lot of needlessly burned gasoline.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Herman Cain Pledges Not To Sign Any Bill Longer Than Three Pages  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa.  —  GOP presidential contender and former pizza executive Herman Cain roused conservative audience members yesterday at his appearance in Pella, Iowa.
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta court becomes health care battleground  —  In a key test of President Barack Obama's health care law, the federal appeals court in Atlanta today will hear arguments on whether the government can require Americans to buy health insurance.  —  The cornerstone of the law …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Senators Introduce 6-Month Delay of Debit ‘Swipe’ Rules  —  A Federal Reserve rule capping debit- card “swipe” fees set by Visa Inc. (V) and MasterCard Inc. (MA) would be delayed at least six months under a plan introduced in the U.S. Senate.  —  Senators began considering language today …
Discussion: The Foundry
 
 
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Alec / MN Progressive Project:
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