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7:10 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.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Problem Was the Wife  —  The problem was the wife.  Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate's wife since 2000.  —  The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich's “strategy” for the campaign.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The New Republic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Newt's staff joins the literati's minions
Discussion: MyFox Atlanta and National Review
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
His staff resigns en masse, but Newt Gingrich says campaign ‘begins anew Sunday’
The Caucus:
Gingrich's Senior Campaign Staff Resigns
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Wonkette
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich faces mass resignations from campaign
Lesley Wroughton / Reuters:
Exclusive: Clinton in talks about possible move to World Bank  —  (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank, sources familiar with the discussions said Thursday.
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.
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 …
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.”
Derek Willis / The Caucus:
Help Us Review 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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New York Times:
Alaska to Release Sarah Palin's E-Mail
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
Free exchange:
Feeling confident?  —  I'VE been trying to figure out, mainly as a matter of curiosity, whether the administration's pivot to an emphasis on deficit-reduction early last year was a product of genuine economic conviction or political expediency.  Certainly Zach Goldfarb's reporting …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin film to get nationwide release  —  After debuts in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina later this month, the pro-Sarah Palin film “The Undefeated” is headed for nationwide release.  —  But first it will need to be scaled back: the current version contains so much profanity …
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
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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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.
Discussion: Verum Serum and The Raw Story
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: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
New York Post:
Professor disaster  —  No billions or trillions needed — here's the simplest num ber to describe the dismal state of the US economy:  —  One.  —  With the departure of chief economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, that's the number of members from the original Obama economic team still working …
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
RealClearPolitics:
Maine's congressional districts must be redrawn  —  Clarke Canfield  —  A three-judge panel on Thursday ordered the state to redraw its congressional district boundaries before next year's election instead of waiting until the 2014 elections.  —  Maine is the only state that allows …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Peggy Gargis / Reuters:
Alabama governor signs nation's toughest immigration law  —  (Reuters) - Republican Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed into law a crackdown on illegal immigration in Alabama that both supporters and critics consider the toughest in the nation.  —  Under the new measure …
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Lawmaker tweeting falls in week after Rep. Weiner's troubles
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Ex-NSA manager has reportedly twice rejected plea bargains in Espionage Act case
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Smiling through the apocalypse
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Chris Christie draft stirs in South Carolina
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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