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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:
No Really: SWAT Team Raids House at 6 AM and Handcuffs Father of Three Young Kids to Execute a Dept. of Education Search Warrant for Estranged Wife's Defaulted Student Loans  —  I know Mike Riggs just mentioned it in the morning links, but if this story isn't a wake-up call about the militarization …
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
What Anthony Weiner's Scandal Means for Democrats
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
White House declines to comment on Weiner scandal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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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
Discussion: CNN, The Note, The Page and Daily Kos
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.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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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 …
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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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 …
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Asked If Homosexuality Is A Sin, Mitt Romney Responds, ‘Nice Try’  —  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a veritable library of flip-flops.  As such, it is not his positions but the fact that he has reversed on so many that is quickly defining his campaign.
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Jennifer Granholm / Reuters:
Let Mitt Romney go bankrupt
Discussion: Booman Tribune and ThinkProgress
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Salon's Joan Walsh: Weiner ‘Made Me Look Stupid’  —  In a bizarre segment on MSNBC's “The Ed Show” host Ed Schultz tries to implore his left-wing demagogue panelists Joan Walsh and Bill Press to face reality and own up to what Rep. Anthony Weiner is guilty of.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Joan Walsh On Defending Weiner: “I Look Kind Of Stupid”
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hugh Asks, I Answer: How to Talk About Climate Change on the Campaign Trail  —  This is a long post; better get yourself a cup of coffee.  Brother Hugh Hewitt takes note of one of Mitt Romney's potential tergiversations about climate change last Friday and made a shout out to me for guidance …
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.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Origins Of The Mistaken Pivot To Deficits  —  Zachary Goldfarb has a fascinating piece looking at Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as the main architect of the mistaken decision to turn the corner and start focusing on deficit reduction rather than jobs: … The real mistake here, though, was made by the president.
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.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
O'Donnell hails FEC complaint dismissal  —  Washington (CNN)- Former Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell is hailing the Federal Election Commission's dismissal of a complaint lodged against her right before she captured her party's nomination and is asking for donations …
Discussion: USA Today
The Note:
Debit Card ‘Swipe’ Fee Debate Gets a Vote Today  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:  —  The debate over debit card swipe fees will open up on the Senate floor today, with a vote expected midday on the processing fees financial firms charge merchants every time a debit card is swiped …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
While Demanding Weiner's Resignation, RNC Chairman Refuses To Discuss Vitter Prostitution Scandal  —  National Democrats have been quick to distance themselves from disgraced Rep. Anthony Wiener (D-NY) in the wake of his Twitter sex scandal, with the party's top leaders in both chambers publicly chastising him.
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% …
 
 
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CNN:
Key al Qaeda operative praises bin Laden in new video
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Bank Not Responsible for Letting Hackers Steal $300K From Customer
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Fanniegate: Gamechanger For The GOP?
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Regretting Move, Bank May Return to Manhattan
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Gothamist
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
A Twitter Group Warned About Weiner
Discussion: Pajamas Media and City Room
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Free market, not government policies, drives energy boom
Discussion: Betsy's Page and PoliPundit.com
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Great (Male) Stagnation
Discussion: EconLog and ThinkProgress
The Hill:
White House says Senate Dems' jobs bill is too expensive