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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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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” …
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 …
City Room:
That Look, That Weiner-Spitzer-Clinton Look
Discussion: The Blaze and Verum Serum
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 …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Rollins wants Palin allies for Bachmann
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Delta Charges U.S. Troops Returning From Afghanistan $2,800 In Baggage Fees (VIDEO) … WASHINGTON — Delta Air Lines is facing intense criticism after charging 34 U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan $2,800 in baggage fees.  —  The incident came to light on Tuesday after a couple …
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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”
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: CNN, Good As You and Washington Wire
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Jennifer Granholm / Reuters:
Let Mitt Romney go bankrupt
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Poll: Mormonism an issue for some voters  —  A new poll shows almost a third of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the Mormon religion, which could complicate the presidential aspirations of two top Republicans.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman …
Discussion: CNN
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The Note:
Romney: ‘If You Want to Learn More About My Church, Talk to My Church’
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% …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
James Pethokoukis:
Pawlenty's 5 percent solution  —  Tim Pawlenty should be praised for decisively rejecting the declinism that has infected much of the Washington and New York elite.  His speech Tuesday at the University of Chicago was a robust reminder of all that once was good in America and could be again.
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 …
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: AMERICAblog News and The Foundry
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
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.
 
 
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Free market, not government policies, drives energy boom
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Rep. Broun Fine With 250,000 Public Employees Being Laid Off, Says They Should ‘Get A Real Job’
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Hartzler reiterates same-sex marriage comparison
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Something We Can Say With Certitude: The Economy Stinks!
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Don Surber
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
The Great (Male) Stagnation
Discussion: ThinkProgress and EconLog
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Va. federal judge rejects government request to reconsider on donations
Vicki Needham / Healthwatch:
GOP targets healthcare tanning tax