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6:35 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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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.
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.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Key Dem calls on 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, called for the New York Democrat …
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 …
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Breitbart's X-Rated ‘Insurance Policy’ Photo of Weiner Leaks
Discussion: Gawker
New York Times:
Weiner Faces Calls to Resign and Tries to Make Amends
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Purported X-rated Weiner image released
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
It Gets Worse: Opie And Anthony Post Alleged Raw Picture Of Weiner's Penis
Discussion: CBS New York and Runnin' Scared
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
If scandal doesn't get Weiner, New York legislators might
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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:
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 …
Discussion: Above the Law
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Dept. of Education SWAT Raid Update: Not for a Student Loan, DoE Says  —  Just received an e-mail from Department of Education Deputy Press Secretary Daren Briscoe in regards to this morning's news that a SWAT team was sent to execute a warrant on the estranged husband of a student-loan defaulter.
Daily Mail:
A little over the top?: SWAT team launch dawn raid on family home to collect unpaid student loans
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
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.”
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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Healthwatch:
Judges said to be skeptical of healthcare mandate
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Stacy Kaper / NationalJournal.com:
Senate Rejects Delay of Debit Card Swipe Fee Rules  —  In a highly anticipated vote, the Senate rejected by 54 to 45 an amendment from Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Wednesday that would have delayed a swipe fee regulation from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
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The Note:
Debit Card ‘Swipe’ Fee Debate Gets a Vote Today
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
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.
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, Wonkette and Althouse
Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
The Obamacare Lawsuit: From the Courtroom in Atlanta  —  ATLANTA — In the most important appeal of the Obamacare constitutional saga, today was the best day yet for individual freedom.  The government's lawyer, Neal Katyal, spent most of the hearing on the ropes, with the judicial panel extremely cautious …
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.
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 …
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Facebook to Be Probed in EU for Facial Recognition in Photos  —  Facebook Inc. will be probed by European Union data-protection regulators over a feature that uses face-recognition software to suggest people's names to tag in pictures without their permission.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The GOP's preoccupation with bill lengths
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
MoveOn Uses Fox News Hoaxes, Van Jones And The Roots In Anti-Austerity Campaign
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Raw Story
The Note:
Report: Time It Takes to Find a Job is Off the Charts
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Matt Stone And Trey Parker To Mediaite: Romney Would Really Like Book Of Mormon
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Do Lefties Hate Tax Cuts on the Rich?
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hugh Asks, I Answer: How to Talk About Climate Change on the Campaign Trail
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Salon's Joan Walsh: Weiner ‘Made Me Look Stupid’
Discussion: theblogprof and NewsBusters.org
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Earth Is Full