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5:25 PM ET, June 7, 2011

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TMZ.com:
Weiner Told Porn Star to Lie, Offered PR Help  —  Congressman Anthony Weiner instructed one of his Internet women how to lie about their relationship ... and even offered PR help from his team, which could create major legal issues for him ... TMZ has learned.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Reid to Weiner: ‘Call somebody else’  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid gave embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner no love on Capitol Hill Tuesday.  —  “I know Congressman Weiner and I wish there was some way I can defend him, but I can't.  OK?”  Reid said.
Discussion: The Note and Taegan Goddard's …
Graham Moomaw / Daily Progress:
In Louisa stop, Eric Cantor calls on Anthony Weiner to resign  —  LOUISA — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today called on embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York to resign.  —  “I don't condone his activity.  And I think he should resign,” Cantor said after a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Louisa.
New York Post:
Marriage headed for a crotch-photo finish  —  She is so out of here.  —  On the day Anthony Weiner needed his wife the most, she vanished — poof! — like his harem of feisty Twitter chippies during a power outage.  —  The gorgeous and furious Internet cuckold Huma Abedin refused yesterday to stand by her man.
New York Post:
Erections have consequences  —  Let us declare with certitude …
Betsy McCaughey / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner: Stick in a fork in him, he's done
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker gives Weiner campaign donation to charity
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:   John Boehner stays silent on Weiner scandal
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Pelosi asks ethics panel to investigate Rep. Weiner's conduct
The Note:
Reid on Congressman Weiner: 'I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't'
Discussion: Fox Nation
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Breitbart: Weiner offering limited version of truth
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Eric Cantor calls on Rep. Weiner to resign
Discussion: Washington Post and FrumForum
Hendrik Hertzberg / News Desk:
Anthony Weiner Comes Clean
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman demands Weiner's resignation
Discussion: FrumForum
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
The Weiner Story Is Important Because...
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders  —  The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans' disapproval of how he is handling the nation's economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Poll: Romney Even Against Obama In Match-Up  —  An announcement bump for Mitt Romney and a bus-tour boost for Sarah Palin put the pair atop the field for the Republican presidential nomination.  But while their primary standings are similar, their broader prospects for election look vastly different.
Washington Post:
Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Palin: don't bother dropping by  —  Allies of former prime minister regard darling of Tea Party movement as a frivolous figure unworthy of an audience  —  Sarah Palin wants to show to the Republican right that she is the true keeper of the Ronald Reagan flame …
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Andy McSmith / The Independent:
Sarah Palin unlikely to get an audience with Margaret Thatcher  —  Sarah Palin, star of the American right, is considering bringing her publicity tour to Britain in the hope that some of Margaret Thatcher's fame will rub off on her.  —  Alaska's former governor, who is an avid admirer …
Discussion: Guardian and Top of the Ticket
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Obama's phony accounting on the auto industry bailout  —  “Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes American taxpayers for their support during my presidency.”  —  With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week …
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Evan “Revolving Door” Bayh Signs On With US Chamber  —  Not long after announcing his plans to retire in 2010, then-Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) offered this bit of commentary on why he'd opted to leave Congress after two terms in office: “I want to be engaged in an honorable line of work.”
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Evan Bayh, Andy Card team up for U.S. Chamber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RedState sells ‘endorsement’ [UPDATED]  —  The endorsement of Erick Erickson, the founder of the conservative blog RedState and a CNN contributor is for sale as part of an advertising package, according to an email circulated by an account executive for The Human Events Group -Eagle Publishing, which recently purchased the site.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP attacks Dems from the left, accuses them of shredding ‘social safety net’  —  So it's come to this: Now Republicans are accusing Democrats of wanting to “shred the social safety net.”  —  As I've noted here before, Republicans have again taken to attacking Dems from the left on Medicare …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Tim Pawlenty's fantasy economic plan  —  Economic plans are often disappointing and underpowered.  They're occasionally radical and even inspiring.  They're frequently dull.  They're rarely hilarious.  But Tim Pawlenty's proposal is the exception.  I'm going to quote from it extensively …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Where Wisdom Lives  —  Sometimes life presents you with a basic philosophical choice.  Americans are going to have to confront a giant one over the next several years.  —  It starts in the wonky world of Medicare.  As presently constructed, Medicare is based on an open-ended fee-for-service system.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann strategist blasts Palin: ‘Not serious’  —  Michele Bachmann's new top consultant, Ed Rollins, began his tenure with scathing criticism of potential Bachmann rival Sarah Palin.  —  “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” Rollins told Brian Kilmeade on his radio show, Kilmeade and Friends.
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
What Your Taxes Do (and Don't) Buy for You  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served  —  on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  —  Last week I showed that total taxes at the federal level …
Paul Krugman:
The Fatal Pivot  —  Christy Romer talks about the economic debate (pdf) in the fall of 2009: … This matches what I was hearing.  And it tells you that it wasn't just the Republicans: a substantial faction within the administration was eager to “pivot” away from the jobs issue.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Comic Chris Titus hints at assassinating Palin ‘if she gets elected president’  —  Sometimes there is a line that is crossed between what appropriate for comedy and what's likely off limits.  But did comic Christopher Titus cross that line?  —  In an appearance on Monday's “The Adam Carolla Show” …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown continues to do well  —  There's good news and bad news for Democratic hopes of taking down Scott Brown in our newest Massachusetts poll.  The good news is that Brown's approval numbers are starting to decline.  What was a +24 approval spread in December at 53/29 has now been cut in half to +12 at 48/36.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
The Confessions of Keith Olbermann … Keith Olbermann hobbles into the cavernous Highline Studios in Manhattan's Meatpacking district.  A black collapsible cane in his left hand, he carefully picks through jumbles of wires and gingerly sidesteps an equipment cart.
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.
Discussion: Raw Replay
Jim Burroway / Box Turtle Bulletin:
BTB Original Investigation: The True Story of George Rekers And “Kraig”  —  In the summer of 1970, just before Kirk's fifth birthday, his parents learned about a new federally funded research program at UCLA for young boys who were showing early signs of being effeminate.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Moving Online, Beck Will Charge Viewers a Fee  —  Glenn Beck is planning to charge his fans a monthly subscription for his daily talk show online starting this summer, as he makes the move from being a Fox News host to the owner of his own Internet network.  —  On Tuesday, Mr. Beck will announce …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Senate Confirms Former RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General  —  The Senate late Monday confirmed former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr.to serve as the nation's solicitor general.  —  Verilli, the White House deputy counsel, assumes the powerful position left vacant …
 
 
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Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
On College Campuses, Obama's Not Cool Anymore
Discussion: Moonbattery
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grassley: Huntsman making ‘mistake’ to skip Iowa caucuses
Discussion: GOP 12
Detroit Free Press:
Conservative group: Fake eviction notices were ‘meant to startle people’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Replay
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief amplifies warning to Democrats
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Atlantic Online:
Settlers of Catan: How a German Board Game Went Mainstream
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
No Land to Lease  —  New farmers inspired by the local …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Chris Casteel / Daily Oklahoman:
Boren to announce he won't seek reelection in 2012
 Earlier Items: 
Randy Barnett / Washington Examiner:
If Obamacare's mandate is approved, Congress can require anything
Nathan Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans Private Guard Force for Iraq
Discussion: Diplopundit and ThinkProgress
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 10-Word Question That Could Cost Obama the Election
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Pain at the Gas Pump? Blame the Kochs.
Joan Barron / Billings Gazette:
Wyoming Supreme Court reverses same-sex divorce ruling
NPR:
How Accurate Were Palin's Paul Revere Comments?
WRAL-TV:
Lawmaker upset when daughter's class appeals for school funding
Discussion: Weasel Zippers