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5:00 PM ET, June 9, 2011

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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Newt Gingrich campaign implosion  —  Newt Gingrich's top staff quit en masse Thursday, throwing into question whether his already troubled presidential campaign can continue.  —  Two sources close to the situation confirmed that campaign manager Rob Johnson, strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Gingrich presidential campaign implodes  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign imploded Thursday afternoon with his entire senior staff resigning en masse, according to multiple sources familiar with the moves.  —  “When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path …
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Gingrich's entire paid Iowa campaign team resigns  —  Newt Gingrich's entire team of paid Iowa campaign staff, as well as his national spokesman and senior aides in New Hampshire and South Carolina, have resigned en masse, a staffer told The Des Moines Register.
Rick Santorum / Associated Press:
Senior Gingrich aides resign campaign en masse  —  Other staffers say the former speaker intends to stay in the 2012 race  —  Below:  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  WASHINGTON — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's campaign manager, senior strategists …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Gop 2012 Update: The Big Tease  —  Larry J. Sabato and Kyle Kondik, U. Va. Center for Politics  —  Rarely if ever has one of the two major parties been so confounded by dissatisfaction with its presidential field and the refusal by the base's and establishment's preferred choices to run.
Discussion: Sense of Events
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Newt Gingrich's staff resigns en masse, campaign in disarray  —  Newt Gingrich's Republican presidential run was supposed to reach back to his Georgia roots, with a campaign run out of Buckhead.  —  He has never stepped foot in his Atlanta office - and now may never do so.
The Caucus:
Gingrich Senior Campaign Staff Resigns
Discussion: The New Republic and Wonkette
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Gingrich Staff Resigns
Associated Press:
Gingrich aides resign, leave campaign in question
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Newt's staff joins the literati's minions
Discussion: MyFox Atlanta
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich faces mass resignations from campaign
Discussion: The Politico and Michelle Malkin
New York Post:
Weiner says he has no plans to resign following sexting scandal  —  A defiant Rep. Anthony Weiner said today that he's not resigning.  —  In an exclusive interview with The Post, Weiner, 46, said the sexting scandal that has plagued him for the past week is not reason enough to give up his House seat.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Evidence That Weiner Was Talking Dirty to Underage Girls?  Part 2  —  Here at patterico.com we have been covering the Weiner scandal from Day 1.  In covering that story, we soon realized that one of the most disturbing aspects of the story was the possibility that Congressman Weiner had engaged in communications with underaged girls.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Lawmaker tweeting falls in week after Rep. Weiner's troubles
CNN:
Weiner has no plans to resign, source says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Derek Willis / The Caucus:
Help Us Investigate the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records  —  On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin's e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska.  Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails …
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Ryan Kellett / Washington Post:
Help analyze the Palin e-mails  —  Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska's governor will be released Friday.  That's a lot of e-mail for us to review so we're looking for some help from Fix readers to analyze, contextualize …
New York Times:
Alaska to Release Sarah Palin's E-Mails
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Five reasons to take Bachmann seriously  —  Five reasons to take Michele Bachmann seriously... 1) she's running, 2) she'll raise lots of money, 3) she'll stand out at the debates, 4) she could be the only female in the field, and 5) she can fill the Tea Party void …
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Bloomberg:
Obama Team Eyes Payroll Tax Break for Employers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
It's not just what gets cut, it's when
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: No apologies on climate change stance  —  Mitt Romney won't be doing any apology tours on climate change.  —  The early GOP presidential front-runner has broken with his party's conservative ranks to declare global warming a real threat to the planet that merits some sort of action to curb heat-trapping emissions.
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Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rick Santorum: Climate change is ‘junk science’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
Anthony Weiner Is a Modern Human Being  —  My friend Morgan Rank owned an art gallery in East Hampton several years ago.  He moved to Italy, living in the quiet countryside there for nearly a decade.  We had lost touch and then, at an art event in New York, someone approached me and said, “Morgan is back.”
E. J. Montini / Arizona Republic:
Gabrielle Giffords' staffer talks about congresswoman's health  —  Pia Carusone knew the day would come when the questions about her boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, would become more indelicate.  —  After answering some of those questions, Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff, told me …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Ex-NSA manager has reportedly twice rejected plea bargains in Espionage Act case  —  Thomas A. Drake, the former National Security Agency manager who is facing trial on Espionage Act charges in what appears to be a greatly weakened government case, has refused twice to accept the government's offers …
Discussion: Emptywheel, News Desk and Secrecy News
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Case against ex-NSA manager accused of mishandling classified files narrows
Discussion: News Desk, The BLT and Emptywheel
Larry P. Vellequette / Toledo Blade:
Noted during Obama visit, Chet's restaurant to close  —  Facebook Twitter Reddit Digg E-mail Print Rss  —  A small north Toledo eatery whose origins date back to 1923 will close Sunday, just days after being feted in a speech to Chrysler workers by President Obama.
Discussion: CBS News and JammieWearingFool
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
You Left Out the Part About ...  Last weekend, like seemingly half the country, I took my son to see “X-Men: First Class,” the latest, and best, big-screen incarnation of the popular comic book franchise.  —  My son and I represent two generations of X-fans.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and ThinkProgress
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Massachusetts Republican: Undocumented Immigrant Rape Victims ‘Should Be Afraid To Come Forward’  —  Massachusetts GOP state Rep. Ryan Fattman has such contempt for illegal immigrants that he believes undocumented women who are raped should be afraid to go to the police.
Jaya Narain / Daily Mail:
The ultimate NHS indignity: Body of hospital patient left to die in corridor is ignored for hours... before staff simply drag him away  — ‘He went to them for help and they left him out in the corridor to die’, says Peter Thompson's daughter  —  Nurses casually stepped over a patient as he lay dying on a hospital floor.
Justin Wolfers / Freakonomics:
We're Halfway to a Lost Decade  —  Our current slump began a lot earlier than you think.  Which means that we're half way to a lost decade.  —  Many people date the financial crisis as beginning when Lehman collapsed in September 2008.  But the economy was already in recession.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Calls For The U.S. To Default On Its Obligations  —  House Republicans have been playing games with the nation's debt ceiling for months, threatening to not raise it — and thus invite all of the adverse economic consequences that would follow — unless they receive various concessions …
Donna Cassata / Air Force Times HOME:
Report: Afghanistan faces economic downturn  —  WASHINGTON — Afghanistan is at risk of a deep financial crisis when foreign troops leave in 2014 if the United States is unable to overhaul its multibillion-dollar package of nation-building assistance, according to a congressional report …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
David Axelrod Tells Tim Pawlenty What He Can Google … WASHINGTON — The assumption that President Barack Obama's reelection campaign will be felled by poor economic news is partially premised on the idea that the Republican alternative can offer something both fundamentally different and alluring.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
 
 
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Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Panetta refuses to specify pace of Afghan withdrawal
Discussion: In the Arena
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Chris Christie draft stirs in South Carolina
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Peggy Gargis / Reuters:
Alabama governor signs nation's toughest immigration law
Rana Foroohar / Time:
What Recovery? The Five Myths About the U.S. Economy
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
How a Teachers' Rally Made Me Anti-Education
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Joanne Jacobs
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party Affiliation Advantage Increases in May
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Herman Cain To CBS News: Homosexuality Is ‘A Sin’ And ‘A Choice’
Discussion: Lisa Graas and The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
BREITBART.COM:
‘Kill a camel’ to cut pollution concept in Australia
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is The Phony War Ending?
Caitlin McDevitt / The Politico:
Ann Coulter's book gets Matt Drudge's touch
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes