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6:00 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.
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 …
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Breitbart: Weiner offering limited version of truth
The Note:
Reid on Congressman Weiner: 'I wish there was some way I can defend him but I can't'
Discussion: Fox Nation
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
John Boehner stays silent on Weiner scandal
Discussion: The Hill and FrumForum
Hendrik Hertzberg / News Desk:
Anthony Weiner Comes Clean
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
The Weiner Story Is Important Because...
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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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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Obama loses bin Laden bounce; Romney on the move among GOP contenders
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 …
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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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.
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.
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 …
United States Department of Health and Human Services:
Approximately $40 million in Affordable Care Act funds for statewide chronic disease prevention programs  —  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of approximately $40 million to strengthen and better coordinate activities within state …
Discussion: Healthwatch and ThinkProgress
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Randy Barnett / Washington Examiner:
If Obamacare's mandate is approved, Congress can require anything
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.
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.”
Detroit Free Press:
Conservative group: Fake eviction notices were ‘meant to startle people’  —  / MIKE BROOKBANK / Detroit Free Press 6/7/2011  —  The state director of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity offered no apologies today for papering homes in Detroit's Delray district Monday with fake eviction notices.
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 10-Word Question That Could Cost Obama the Election  —  The year 1980 was one in which economic forecasting models were in agreement that the economy had slumped too significantly to allow President Jimmy Carter to win re-election.  Unemployment was at 7.5 percent and inflation was at 9.7 percent.
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” …
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.
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 …
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
On College Campuses, Obama's Not Cool Anymore  —  President Obama poll numbers are nearing the levels he enjoyed in 2008, with one glaring exception: young people.  Especially young white people.  His approval rating is at 56 percent approval rating among people ages 18 to 29.
Discussion: Moonbattery
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief amplifies warning to Democrats
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Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Old school dining Obama-style
Discussion: The Politico
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