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11:30 AM 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 …
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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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Anthony Weiner explained self to Bill Clinton
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Anthony Weiner: I'm not quitting
Discussion: CNN and NRSC
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Anthony Weiner, wronged man? Not quite.
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The German Example  —  Germany has been a frequent cudgel in recent fights over the American economy.  When Germany has grown faster than the United States, stimulus skeptics like to point across the Atlantic Ocean and say that austerity works.  When it has grown more slowly …
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 …
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.
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
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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% …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Burroway / Box Turtle Bulletin:
What Are Little Boys Made Of?  —  An original BTB Investigation.  —  In 1970, a well-known expert on homosexuality and transgender issues appeared on a local television talk show in Los Angeles to talk about feminine boys.  He described how very young boys who behaved in a feminine manner …
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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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
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
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Sideshow Candidates Get Hype, but Share Few Policy Proposals  —  Sarah Palin undoubtedly sucked up much of the political oxygen with her bus tour last week that sent the news media into a frenzy.  But despite the publicity — which directed some attention away from Mitt Romney's big announcement …
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 PoliPundit.com
Juana Summers / Reuters:
Tim Pawlenty: Mitt Romney's the frontrunner  —  Tim Pawlenty's been reading the polls, too.  He knows Mitt Romney's far ahead of him and the rest of the 2012 GOP field.  —  “I'll acknowledge Mitt is going to be the front-runner to start because of his name ID, legacy …
Discussion: FrumForum
BBC:
Hundreds in Syria flee to Turkey, fearing army assault  —  Footage sent to the BBC apparently shows the funeral of an anti-government protester taking place in Jisr al-Shughour at the weekend  —  Hundreds of Syrians are crossing the northern border into Turkey in an attempt to escape growing violence in their own country.
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.
Eli Yokley / PoliticMo:
Hartzler reiterates same-sex marriage comparison  —  LAMAR, Mo. - Since last Friday, the political blogosphere, particularly on the political left, has been focused on a video of Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, making comments at an Eagle Forum event regarding allowing same-sex marriage.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Right Wing Watch
The Hill:
White House says Senate Dems' jobs bill is too expensive  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday night may have thrown a monkey wrench into Senate Democratic plans to pass what they see as a jobs bill — by implying the bill spends too much money.  —  In a Statement of Administration Policy …
Discussion: The Foundry
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 O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Hatch accuses possible primary challenger of being publicity hound  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took a shot at a likely primary foe, accusing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuedsay night of being exceedingly interested in publicity.  —  Hatch, who's been girding himself for a primary challenge …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Great (Male) Stagnation  —  You have probably seen something like the following graph which shows real GDP per capita and median male income since 1947.  Typically, the graph is shown with family or household income but to avoid family-size effects I use male income.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and EconLog
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
NY-26 shifts Democratic playbook as party hardens line on Medicare reform  —  Democrats have hardened their stance on Medicare since the program helped propel them to an upset victory in a New York special election.  —  Party leaders suggested as recently as last month they were open to changes in the entitlement program.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, Legislative Urgency as Recall Threat Looms  —  MADISON, Wis. — The gears of government tend to grind slowly.  But in Wisconsin lately they are racing at turbocharged speed.  —  In just the last few weeks, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has signed legislation to require voters …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Broun Fine With 250,000 Public Employees Being Laid Off, Says They Should ‘Get A Real Job’
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
L.A. Police Commission votes to kill red-light camera program
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
Claire Pryde / FRANCE 24:
Confusion reigns over Syrian envoy's apparent resignation
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Salon's Joan Walsh: Weiner ‘Made Me Look Stupid’
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Study Sees Cuts to Health Plans
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Va. federal judge rejects government request to reconsider on donations
 Earlier Items: 
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Conyers says Democrats should tout ‘ObamaCare’ with pride
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GOP targets tanning tax
Bloomberg:
U.S. Senators Introduce 6-Month Delay of Debit ‘Swipe’ Rules
Discussion: The Foundry
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP mulls short-term debt-ceiling hike
Mike Tolson / Houston Chronicle:
Psychic's Liberty County mass grave tip misses mark