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4:00 PM ET, June 8, 2011

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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 …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Dept. of Education Has SWAT Team Raid Home Over Student Loan Default; Update: OIG Agents, Not SWAT  —  If the government calls in a SWAT team because of a few dollars owed for student loans, what do you think they'll do if you do not obey the Obamacare law to the letter?  —  From KXTV-10:
Daily Mail:   A little over the top?: SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans
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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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Key Democrat calls on Anthony Weiner to resign  —  The dam is beginning to break for Rep. Anthony Weiner as he battles to save his career from a sex-scandal made for the Internet age.  —  Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a leading official at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee …
Discussion: Politisite and National Review
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Your Tweetin' Heart
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and RADAR
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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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.
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
It Gets Worse: Opie And Anthony Post Alleged Raw Picture Of Weiner's Penis
Discussion: CBS New York and Runnin' Scared
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Breitbart's X-Rated ‘Insurance Policy’ Photo of Weiner Leaks
Discussion: Hot Air, Pajamas Media, Gawker and CBS News
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Purported X-rated Weiner image released
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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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 …
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.”
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
‘Hard Truth’ About the GOP: They Like Nonsense  —  Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota Governor and frontrunner in the “I'm not Mitt Romney” Republican primary, gave a major economic speech in Chicago on Tuesday.  Although I also happened to be in Chicago, I didn't actually see the speech.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Polls Find Huntsman Unacceptable to Many in Republican Base
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama holds big 2012 lead over Republicans
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.
Discussion: Lisa Graas, EnviroKnow, CNN and Good As You
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Jennifer Granholm / Reuters:
Let Mitt Romney go bankrupt
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Political Punch
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Retailers trump banks in swipe fight
Discussion: Deal Journal
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Pawlenty's Growth Marker  —  The GOP candidate lays out an ambitious economic agenda.  —  Among GOP Presidential contenders, Tim Pawlenty is offering the most ambitious reform agenda so far, and his economic address yesterday continued the trend.  While details remain to be filled in …
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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 …
 
 
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
The Cost Of Defunding Indiana Planned Parenthood
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Fanniegate: Gamechanger For The GOP?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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
City Room:
That Look, That Weiner-Spitzer-Clinton Look
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hugh Asks, I Answer: How to Talk About Climate Change on the Campaign Trail
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Great (Male) Stagnation
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The Hill:
White House says Senate Dems' jobs bill is too expensive
Larry Bell / The Bell Tells for You:
U.N. Agreement Should Have All Gun Owners Up In Arms