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12:55 PM ET, June 9, 2011

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City Room:
Weiner's Wife Is Pregnant  —  Their marriage has become the subject of intense speculation and scrutiny amid an embarrassing online sex scandal.  —  Now, Representative Anthony D. Weiner and Huma Abedin are about to make news of a different kind: they are expecting their first child.
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Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun:
Another Rep. Weiner sexting partner emerges, reluctantly  —  WASHINGTON - The identity of another of Rep. Anthony Weiner's social media sexting partners is emerging, but this time, by accident.  —  Lisa Weiss, Ginger Lee, and Megan Broussard were all too eager to provide the details …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
New Rep. Weiner Sexting Buddy Emerges As Friend Sends Messages To Las Vegas Sun
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Drumbeat grows for Weiner to step down
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. King: Weiner won't ‘be effective in Congress’ if he stays
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   It's not just what gets cut, it's when
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Economy's Woes Shift the Focus of Budget Talks
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.
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Jeb Boone / Los Angeles Times:
Militants said to gain ground in south Yemen
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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.
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Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
New jobless claims unexpectedly rise  —  A woman browses job openings at a job fair in Los Angeles, California, October 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week …
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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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney draws early fire from conservatives over views on climate change  —  It seemed like a straightforward question on a second-tier issue: Would Mitt Romney disavow the science behind global warming?  —  The putative Republican presidential front-runner, eager to prove his conservative bona fides …
Simonhernandezarthur / CNN:
Joe Wilson endorses Pawlenty in South Carolina  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty secured a major endorsement in the early primary state of South Carolina on Wednesday, picking up the support of U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson.  —  Wilson will serve as co-chairman …
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
No Lie: Rep. Joe Wilson Endorses Pawlenty
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman's no-names strategy  —  Jon Huntsman is trying out a novel strategy: running for president without criticizing the incumbent by name.  —  Since returning from his post as ambassador to China last month, Huntsman has made scant mention of the man who appointed him in May 2009—President Barack Obama.
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
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Leon Panetta: Stay the course  —  If confirmed, Panetta says he will work to ensure that ‘we remain protected.’  —  Stay the course — that was the message CIA Director Leon Panetta, President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, brought to the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing Thursday.
Discussion: CNN
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The Hill:   Panetta faces challenges on spending, Afghanistan war
Business Wire:
ExxonMobil Announces Three Discoveries in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico  —  IRVING, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) today announced two major oil discoveries and a gas discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico after drilling the company's first post-moratorium deepwater exploration well.
Discussion: The Foundry
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Exxon makes major oil discovery in Gulf
Discussion: YID With LID
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Fitch warns US would endanger AAA rating with even ‘technical’ default  —  The United States would endanger its coveted AAA credit rating if Congress allows even a short-term “technical default” to occur, according to the Fitch credit rating agency.  —  Fitch said Wednesday it would put …
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Calls For The U.S. To Default On Its Obligations
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Is The Phony War Ending?  —  It's not clear whether the recent bad economic numbers signal an ominous trend or a blip in a generally anemic recovery.  But they have focused opinion-makers attention on a signal fact: the US economy, while improved from the near catastrophic state of the winter of 2008-09 …
Bloomberg:
Obama Eyes Ex-Banker for Consumer Chief  —  President Barack Obama is considering nominating Raj Date, a former banker with Capital One Financial Corp. (COF) and Deutsche Bank AG, as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a person briefed on the process.
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Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
White House considers CFPB's Raj Date, an Elizabeth Warren adviser, for top job
Caitlin McDevitt / The Politico:
Ann Coulter's book gets Matt Drudge's touch  —  Coulter is promoting her book ‘Demonic: How the LIberal Mob is Endangering America.’  —  There's a flattering photo of Ann Coulter in a form-fitting white dress and pointy red shoes on the cover of her new book — the back cover, that is.
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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama's campaign expands its 2012 map  —  CHICAGO — President Barack Obama's campaign team is gaming out complex state-by-state scenarios for 2012 that anticipate uphill battles in recession-ravaged blue states — and new opportunities in Arizona and Georgia.
David Weigel / Slate Magazine:
Confirmed: The Nomination Process Is Broken  —  Even Senate Republicans want to help speed up the presidential appointment process.  —  Dawn Johnsen doesn't want to complain.  It's been one year and two months since she withdrew her nomination to lead the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.
New York Times:
Citizens United's Outrageous Offspring  —  Judge James Cacheris gave the impression last week that he was considering putting right what he got wrong when he ruled in May that corporations are free to make direct donations to federal candidates.  That first judgment directly contravened …
CBS News:
Obama approval rating falls below 50 percent  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Updated 8 p.m. ET  —  President Obama's approval ratings fell to below 50 percent for the first time since …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Rudy's Running  —  I'm told by two reliable sources that Rudy Giuliani intends to run for the GOP nomination for president in 2012.  He may throw his hat in the ring soon.  —  Rudy's theory of the race: In the fall of 2007, he decided he couldn't compete with both Mitt Romney and John McCain …
 
 
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Doug Palmer / Reuters:
Record exports temper slowdown fears
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Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bruce Babbitt / Energy & Environment:
Congress has declared war on the environment
Kaiser Health News:
Blue Shield Of California Sets Profit Cap Other Insurers May Not Imitate
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Getting past the paralysis on jobs
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
The Great Property Bubble of China May Be Popping
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Discussion: American Power
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Julian Borger / Guardian:
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Discussion: americanthinker.com