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4:45 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.
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 and National Review
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Drumbeat grows for Weiner to step down
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and CNN
CNN:
Weiner has no plans to resign, source says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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 …
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Derek Willis / The Caucus:
Help Us Investigate the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records
New York Times:
Alaska to Release Sarah Palin's E-Mails
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
Bloomberg:
Obama Team Eyes Payroll Tax Break for Employers  —  President Barack Obama's advisers have discussed seeking a temporary cut in the payroll taxes businesses pay on wages as they debate ways to spur hiring amid signs that the recovery is slowing, according to people familiar with the matter.
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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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Joanna Molloy / NY Daily News:
Leona Helmsley's pampered Maltese ‘Trouble,’ one of the world's richest dogs, dies at age 12  —  Leona Helmsley's pampered pooch “Trouble,” who inherited $12 million from the real estate mogul, has died at the age of 12.  —  That's 84 in dog years.  —  Like many Americans …
Bob Willis / Bloomberg:
Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Climb in the U.S.  —  U.S. initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week, a sign that the labor market is struggling to gain traction.  —  Jobless claims increased by 1,000 to 427,000 in the week ended June 4, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington.
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
How a Teachers' Rally Made Me Anti-Education  —  I write this essay with a heavy heart.  —  I've always considered myself an ardent advocate for education.  But a recent rally staged by teachers and students in favor of school funding forced me to reluctantly acknowledge an awful truth:
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Joanne Jacobs
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Chris Christie draft stirs in South Carolina  —  Multiple South Carolina state representatives plan on holding a news conference next week to urge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the presidential race.  —  Republican state Rep. Kris Crawford told POLITICO the goal was to entice …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Herman Cain To CBS News: Homosexuality Is ‘A Sin’ And ‘A Choice’  —  In an interview Wednesday with CBS News, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain described homosexuality as “a sin” and “a choice.”  Appearing on the CBS News web program Washington Unplugged, Cain told CBSNews.com …
Discussion: Lisa Graas and The Other McCain
 
 
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Donna Cassata / Air Force Times HOME:
Report: Afghanistan faces economic downturn
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Panetta refuses to specify pace of Afghan withdrawal
Discussion: In the Arena
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
David Axelrod Tells Tim Pawlenty What He Can Google
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Scott / Power Line:
Smiling through the apocalypse
Peggy Gargis / Reuters:
Alabama governor signs nation's toughest immigration law
Rana Foroohar / Time:
What Recovery? The Five Myths About the U.S. Economy
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic Party Affiliation Advantage Increases in May
Discussion: Washington Post
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Case against ex-NSA manager accused of mishandling classified files narrows
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