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7:55 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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Lachlan Markay / NewsBusters.org:
Recap: The Most Ridiculous Leftist Defenses of Anthony Weiner  —  UPDATE: Check out reaction from some of the chief Weiner-defenders below the break.  —  The so-called Weinergate scandal provided a true spectacle of media bias and conspiracy theorizing.  While there was certainly plenty …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Anthony Weiner, wronged man?  Not quite.  —  I've been a bit amazed at the post-bizzaro press conference insistence by some on the left that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is a wronged man.  Ezra Klein via Twitter professes to be puzzled how this can be a big deal.  Richard Cohen writes:
CNN:
Democratic leaders ostracize Weiner  —  Washington (CNN) — Democratic leaders in Congress turned their backs Tuesday on embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner a day after the New York Democrat admitted to improper sexually-tinged communications with women and lying about it.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Post:
Marriage headed for a crotch-photo finish  —  She is so out of here.  —  On the day Anthony Weiner needed his wife the most, she vanished — poof! — like his harem of feisty Twitter chippies during a power outage.  —  The gorgeous and furious Internet cuckold Huma Abedin refused yesterday to stand by her man.
Discussion: NY Daily News and Fox Nation
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Reid to Weiner: ‘Call somebody else’
The Note:
Congressman Launches Inquiry into Cost of Sarah Palin's Tour  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM)reports:  —  Sarah Palin is set to tour national monuments around the country this summer, and one congressman wants to know how that will affect everyone else.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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Darren Goode / The Politico:
Dem asks Park Service about Sarah Palin treatment
Discussion: Fox Nation and Conservatives4Palin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bachmann strategist blasts Palin: ‘Not serious’
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Palin: don't bother dropping by
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem needles Park Service over Palin tour
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Therapy to change ‘feminine’ boy created a troubled man, family says  —  Editor's note: Tonight at 10 ET on CNN TV, “AC360º” examines a shocking “experimental therapy” designed to make feminine boys more masculine.  See what one family says was the devastating result in a special report, “The Sissy Boy Experiment.”
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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 …
Jim Burroway / Box Turtle Bulletin:   BTB Original Investigation: The True Story of George Rekers And “Kraig”
ACutaia / RADAR:
Rep. Weiner's Cyber Sex Chat With Las Vegas Mistress — Word For Word  —  It's the full monty.  —  RadarOnline.com is publishing for the first time the entire transcript of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner's nine-month cyber sex relationship with a 40-year-old Las Vegas blackjack dealer.  —  Word for word.
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Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Herman Cain Pledges Not To Sign Any Bill Longer Than Three Pages  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Family Leader Presidential Lecture Series in Pella, Iowa.  —  GOP presidential contender and former pizza executive Herman Cain roused conservative audience members yesterday at his appearance in Pella, Iowa.
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
The U.S. Economic Outlook  —  I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to participate once again in the International Monetary Conference.  I will begin with a brief update on the outlook for the U.S. economy, then discuss recent developments in global commodity markets …
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: Prairie Weather
Paul Krugman:
Flim-Flammed  —  I've been getting requests that I respond to my colleague David Brooks's column today.  Actually, I'll just outsource it.  Read Ezra Klein, Jonathan Chait, and Jonathan Cohn.  The bottom line is, sorry, the evidence is indeed dispositive: decentralized, “consumer-based” …
ThinkProgress:
ANALYSIS: Pawlenty's Tax Plan Would Cost $7.8 Trillion Over Ten Years, Triple The Size Of Bush Tax Cuts  —  Our guest blogger is Michael Linden, Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Earlier today, presidential candidate and former governor Tim Pawlenty …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
The $2.5 Trillion Tragedy: What America Has Given Up For 10 Years Of Bush Tax Cuts
Mike Tolson / Houston Chronicle:
Psychic's Liberty County mass grave tip misses mark  —  HULL — A pair of phone calls from a self-professed psychic about a mass grave in the middle of Liberty County led authorities on a wild goose chase Tuesday that ultimately netted nothing but frustration and a lot of needlessly burned gasoline.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Good News For Everyone Who Had ‘Will Become Lobbyist/Suck-Up For The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce’ In Their Evan Bayh Futures Pool! … Eat The Press , Evan Bayh , Andy Card , Evan Bayh Andy Card , Evan Bayh Chamber Of Commerce , Evan Bayh Lobbyist , Lobbying , Lobbyists , U.s.Chamber Of Commerce , Politics News
Discussion: Salon
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Peter H. Stone / iWatch News:
Chamber of Commerce hires odd couple Evan Bayh and Andy Card for anti-regs roadshow
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 …
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Conservative group: Fake eviction notices were ‘meant to startle people’  —  / MIKE BROOKBANK / Detroit Free Press 6/7/2011  —  The state director of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity offered no apologies today for papering homes in Detroit's Delray district Monday with fake eviction notices.
The Atlantic Online:
Settlers of Catan: How a German Board Game Went Mainstream  —  Two decades after it was invented, this game is about to become a household name.  How did it happen?  —  gadl/flickr  —  Last Christmas, I tore the wrapping paper off a rectangular box, expecting at best I'd see an iPad, at worst a Kindle.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Lede:
After Report of Disappearance, Questions About Syrian-American Blogger  —  7:17 p.m. Update: After this post about the author of the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus was published, Andy Carvin, an NPR journalist and expert at debunking Internet rumors, pointed out that none of the reports of the arrest …
 
 
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