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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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Danb / RADAR:
Weiner Sexting Partner Reveals Her Identity, Says: ‘He Called Me On Congress Phone!’
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
The Weiner Story Is Important Because...
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Breitbart: Weiner offering limited version of truth
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC chairman demands Weiner's resignation
Discussion: FrumForum
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Report: Anthony Weiner coached woman to lie
Chris Cuomo / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Anthony Weiner: ‘The Picture Was of Me and I Sent It’
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.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Club for Growth Dings Romney As ‘Flip Flopper’
Discussion: The Politico, msnbc.com and TPMDC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney ahead in SC
Discussion: GOP 12 and TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Romney leads Obama among registered voters
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
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.
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.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Evan Bayh, Andy Card team up for U.S. Chamber
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Case For Bureaucrats In Health Care
Tim Pawlenty / Chicago Tribune:
A Tim Pawlenty plan for recovery  —  How did you enjoy your economic recovery last summer?  Well, that's what President Barack Obama said we were having.  He wrongly thought the stimulus, the bailouts and the takeovers were the solution.  He said they worked.
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Washington Wire:   Text of Pawlenty's Speech on His Economic Plan
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann strategist blasts Palin: ‘Not serious’  —  Michelle 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Lynn Sweet
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Wire:
‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ Allegedly Kidnapped  —  As the anti-government uprising in Syria has unfolded, Syrian-American blogger Amina Abdallah has attracted readers and been noticed by The Washington Post, CNN, Time,and The Guardian for her musings on the protest movement and what it's like to be gay in Syria.
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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 …
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions  —  The federal government's financial condition deteriorated rapidly last year, far beyond the $1.5 trillion in new debt taken on to finance the budget deficit, a USA TODAY analysis shows.  —  The government added $5.3 trillion …
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” …
Joan Barron / Billings Gazette:
Wyoming Supreme Court reverses same-sex divorce ruling  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Monday unanimously reversed a district court ruling, allowing a same-sex couple to obtain a divorce in Niobrara County.  —  District Judge Keith Kautz of Niobrara County earlier dismissed …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Lez Get Real
WRAL-TV:
Lawmaker upset when daughter's class appeals for school funding  —  SANFORD, N.C. — In an attempt to appeal for more education funding in the state budget, Lee County Schools stepped over the line, a lawmaker said Monday.  —  Rep. Mike Stone, R-Lee, said school district officials …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Louisiana Republican Aims To Overturn Roe v. Wade … The Louisiana state legislature is considering a bill that would make performing an abortion a criminal offense, including in cases of rape and incest, and that would force a woman to pay out of pocket for an abortion that is necessary to save her life.
 
 
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The 10-Word Question That Could Cost Obama the Election
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Blue Shield will cap profits
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The Confessions of Keith Olbermann
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Discussion: The New Republic and FrumForum
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M.Welker / Media Matters for America:
REPORT: Opponents Of EPA Climate Action Dominate TV News Airwaves
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Second-Mortgage Misery  —  Nearly 40% Who Borrowed Against Homes Are Underwater
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
The Real McCoy  —  The most admirable thing about the current mood …
The Hill:
For Obama, problem's not just the economy
Discussion: The Politico and ThinkProgress