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9:35 PM ET, June 8, 2011

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City Room:
Weiner's Wife Is Pregnant  —  Their marriage has become the subject of intense speculation and scrutiny amid an embarrassing online sex scandal.  —  Now, Representative Anthony D. Weiner and Huma Abedin are about to make news of a different kind: they are expecting their first child.
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Fox News:
It's Out: Purported X-Rated Weiner Photo on Internet  —  It only took two days.  —  After Andrew Breitbart, publisher of the conservative BigGovernment.com and other sites, claimed Monday he had an X-rated photo of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the purported image has surfaced on the Internet.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anthony Weiner's Cock Shot Emerges  —  Nobody really expected the week to end without Anthony Weiner's penis splashed all over the internet.  And here it is: Andrew Breitbart showed a couple of radio DJs a picture of what is likely Anthony Weiner's dick, then they leaked it on Twitter.
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Anthony Weiner's Ex: He Lied to Me  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  Anthony Weiner's former girlfriend, Kirsten Powers, defended him on TV to millions of people after he insisted to her that he didn't send lewd photos on Twitter.  Now she takes him to task for his rampant misogyny—and says he must resign immediately.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Dems start bailing on Weiner  —  The dam is breaking on Rep. Anthony Weiner as he battles to save his career from a sex scandal made for the Internet age.  —  Several prominent Democratic officials, including two former chairmen of the Democratic National Committee, have called on him to resign from the House.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Statement on Opie & Anthony's Illicit Capture and Release of Photograph  —  Earlier today, a photograph resembling one that I had withheld from publication in the Weinergate saga was released without my knowledge or permission.  —  Prior to the publication of our story on BigGovernment.com …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Final Weiner pic leaks onto the Internet; Update: DCCC official calls for Weiner's resignation  —  Reportedly, Andrew Breitbart is furious about the hijacking of his so-called “insurance” picture from Anthony Weiner's curious notion of constituent, er, outreach.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Weiner's failure to pay party dues may haunt him
Discussion: TPMDC and The Hill
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Rangel: Weiner should focus on ‘keeping his wife and family together’
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Purported X-rated Weiner image released
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Weiner's Wife Is Pregnant; Democrats Call for His Resignation
Discussion: CBS News and Wall Street Journal
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
If scandal doesn't get Weiner, New York legislators might
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Breitbart's X-Rated ‘Insurance Policy’ Photo of Weiner Leaks
Discussion: Gawker
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
It Gets Worse: Opie And Anthony Post Alleged Raw Picture Of Weiner's Penis
Discussion: CBS New York and Runnin' Scared
The Atlantic Online:
What Anthony Weiner's Scandal Means for Democrats
Leigh Paynter / KXTV:
Education officials break down Stockton man's door  —  “I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.  —  Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door.  Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.
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Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Dept. of Education SWAT Raid Update: Not for a Student Loan, DoE Says
Daily Mail:
A little over the top?: SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin chief blasts Rollins, expects ‘retraction’  —  Sarah Palin's chief of staff blasted Michele Bachmann strategist Ed Rollins today after Rollins criticized the former Alaska governor and suggested to POLITICO that his candidate would benefit by comparison to her
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Bachmann adviser: ‘My misstep’ on Palin  —  Michele Bachmann adviser Ed Rollins' response to the sharp criticisms from Sarah Palin's world just now was to “let it go.”  —  But he didn't go quietly, telling me, “I haven't lived in Washington D.C. in 15 years, and I've been taken to the woodshed by the big boys.”
The Politico:
Stars collide: Michele Bachmann vs. Sarah Palin
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Palin chief hits back at Bachmann adviser
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Judges sharply challenge healthcare law  —  Skeptical questions from three federal judges in Atlanta suggest they may be ready to declare unconstitutional all or part of the healthcare law promoted by the Obama administration and passed last year by Congress.
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Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
The Obamacare Lawsuit: From the Courtroom in Atlanta
Discussion: The New Republic
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Panel ponders striking individual mandate
Discussion: Healthwatch, ThinkProgress and Hot Air
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Rudy's Running  —  I'm told by two reliable sources that Rudy Giuliani intends to run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012.  He may throw his hat in the ring soon.  —  Rudy's theory of the race: In the fall of 2007, he decided he couldn't compete with both Mitt Romney and John McCain …
Rachael R / Delta Air Lines Blog:
Military Travel: Baggage Policies & Our Thoughts  —  Update:  —  Thank you to everyone who has participated in the recent conversations on baggage allowances for active duty U.S. military personnel.  We appreciate all of your thoughts and insight, and want to share an update on the soldiers involved …
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Richard Johnson / The Daily:
Baldwin sees Weiner's implosion as opportunity for him in 2013  —  Alec Baldwin is mulling a run for mayor of New York City now that kinky Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have sexted himself out of the 2013 race.  —  The “30 Rock” star, who has long talked about running for political office …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
A Twitter Group Warned About Weiner  —  Three months before Representative Anthony D. Weiner sent a photo from his Twitter account to a 21-year-old Washington State college student named Gennette Cordova, a small group of determined, self-described conservatives were warning young women on Twitter …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Althouse and Wonkette
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Billionaire Israeli donor: Obama is not anti-Israel  —  When billionaire Israeli American Haim Saban, one of the DNC's top contributors, was recently reported to have vowed not to give money to Obama's reelection campaign over his Israel stance, conservatives pounced.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Arab-American group blocks musician over ‘freedom’ song  —  A leading Arab American group dropped a prominent Syrian-American musician from performing at their annual convention in a dispute over a freedom-tinged song that he was set to perform.  —  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee …
Chris Hubbuch / La Crosse Tribune:
Former county GOP leader to challenge Shilling as Democrat  —  Republicans have found a spoiler candidate to challenge Rep. Jennifer Shilling in this summer's recall election, which would force a Democratic primary and extend the campaign by nearly a month.  —  James Smith, until recently …
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC, JSOnline and Daily Kos
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval rating drops as fears of depression rise  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll.
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Salon's Joan Walsh: Weiner ‘Made Me Look Stupid’
Discussion: theblogprof and NewsBusters.org