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12:25 PM ET, June 8, 2011


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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 …
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  —  Just as it was gaining traction, Obama's party is thrown off message by the misadventures of a New York congressman and its 2004 vice-presidential nominee  —  Whatever dredging equipment it was that House Democrats used to “drain the swamp” …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Anthony Weiner explained self to Bill Clinton  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner explained himself and apologized for his conduct to Bill Clinton, who officiated his wedding to wife Huma Abedin, sources familiar with the call said.  —  Weiner made the call within the past 48 hours.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Economist's View
Larry O'Connor /
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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Joan Walsh On Defending Weiner: “I Look Kind Of Stupid”
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty: I wouldn't renominate Bernanke  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Tuesday that if he were president, he would not nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a third term.  —  The GOP presidential candidate has been critical of the Fed's efforts to pump money …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bernanke: Monetary policy not a ‘panacea’ for jobs, economic growth
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch on his potential primary challenge  —  HH: Joined now by United States Senator Orrin Hatch.  Senator Hatch, how long have you been married?  —  OH: Let's see.  We've been married, it will be 54 years in August.  —  HH: Oh, my gosh.  I'm a piker.  I'm 25 years behind you.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Hatch accuses possible primary challenger of being publicity hound
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
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% …
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 …
Economics Policies for the 21st Century:
Revisiting Unemployment Predictions  —  Back in January 2009, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein produced a report estimating future unemployment rates with and without a stimulus plan.  Their estimates, which were widely circulated, projected that unemployment would approach 9% without a stimulus …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Weasel Zippers
Janet Zink / St. Petersburg Times:
In fighting health care law, Florida rejects millions in federal aid  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida already leads a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law, but state officials are going a step further and ignoring the law almost entirely — rejecting millions of federal dollars …
Nancy-Ann DeParle / White Blog:
Getting Insurance at Work  —  You might have seen reports about a study from McKinsey and Company claiming that a significant number of employers will stop offering insurance to their workers in 2014.  Unfortunately, the study misses some key points and doesn't provide the complete picture …
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Perry's Planned Prayer Event Riles Critics  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry's latest call for a day of prayer is being met by a chorus of boos from critics who say the potential presidential candidate is showing favoritism toward Christianity and violating the separation of church and state.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Christina Ng / ABCNEWS:
Abortion Billboard Could Land New Mexico Ex-Boyfriend in Jail  —  A New Mexico man said today he will fight to keep up a controversial billboard that suggested his ex-girlfriend had an abortion.  —  The billboard has a photo ofGreg Fultz holding the outline of a baby with a playground in the background.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Free market, not government policies, drives energy boom  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  There's an awful lot that's stale in the debate on government energy policy.  —  Some stale arguments are nevertheless valid: It's dangerous to depend heavily on Middle Eastern oil.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
The Light Bulb Police  —  Americans deserve their choice of illumination.  —  On January 1, 2012, seven months from this week, Washington will effectively ban the sale of conventional 100 watt incandescent light bulbs that Americans have used nearly since the days of Thomas Edison.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP mulls short-term debt-ceiling hike  —  Republicans want a short-term increase to the debt ceiling if the talks led by Vice President Biden do not produce sufficient spending cuts, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.  —  Kyl, who is representing Senate Republicans …
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Refuses To Apologize For Saying McCain Doesn't Understand How Torture Works  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from West Des Moines, Iowa.  —  GOP presidential hopeful and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum campaigned in Iowa yesterday after officially announcing his candidacy earlier this week.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How to exit Afghanistan without creating wider conflict
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Spiegel Online:
Austerity Measures
Discussion: Corrente and New Atlanticist
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
Michael Hancock cruises to runoff win for Denver mayor
Discussion: Hotline On Call
The Note:
Romney: ‘If You Want to Learn More About My Church, Talk to My Church’
Hundreds in Syria flee to Turkey, fearing army assault
Juana Summers / Reuters:
Tim Pawlenty: Mitt Romney's the frontrunner
Discussion: FrumForum
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
NY-26 shifts Democratic playbook as party hardens line on Medicare reform
 Earlier Items: 
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Broun Fine With 250,000 Public Employees Being Laid Off, Says They Should ‘Get A Real Job’
Eli Yokley / PoliticMo:
Hartzler reiterates same-sex marriage comparison
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Something We Can Say With Certitude: The Economy Stinks!
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jennifer Granholm / Reuters:
Let Mitt Romney go bankrupt
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Great (Male) Stagnation
Discussion: ThinkProgress and EconLog
The Hill:
White House says Senate Dems' jobs bill is too expensive
Discussion: The Foundry
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, Legislative Urgency as Recall Threat Looms
Discussion: Prairie Weather