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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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Fox News:
It's Out: Purported X-Rated Weiner Photo on Internet  —  It only took two days.  —  After Andrew Breitbart, publisher of the conservative BigGovernment.com and other sites, claimed Monday he had an X-rated photo of Rep. Anthony Weiner, the purported image has surfaced on the Internet.
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Anthony Weiner's Ex: He Lied to Me  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  Anthony Weiner's former girlfriend, Kirsten Powers, defended him on TV to millions of people after he insisted to her that he didn't send lewd photos on Twitter.  Now she takes him to task for his rampant misogyny—and says he must resign immediately.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Anthony Weiner's Cock Shot Emerges  —  Nobody really expected the week to end without Anthony Weiner's penis splashed all over the internet.  And here it is: Andrew Breitbart showed a couple of radio DJs a picture of what is likely Anthony Weiner's dick, then they leaked it on Twitter.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Dems start bailing on Weiner  —  The dam is breaking on Rep. Anthony Weiner as he battles to save his career from a sex scandal made for the Internet age.  —  Several prominent Democratic officials, including two former chairmen of the Democratic National Committee, have called on him to resign from the House.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Statement on Opie & Anthony's Illicit Capture and Release of Photograph  —  Earlier today, a photograph resembling one that I had withheld from publication in the Weinergate saga was released without my knowledge or permission.  —  Prior to the publication of our story on BigGovernment.com …
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Andrew Breitbart and the unwilling suspension of disbelief |  Dan Gillmor  —  Despite Anthony Weiner's denials, Breitbart was vindicated on the lewd photo story.  But does that make him a trusted source?  —  When liberal American Congressman Anthony Weiner confessed that he had: a) …
Discussion: Boing Boing, NewsBusters.org and Salon
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Weiner's failure to pay party dues may haunt him  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has failed to help his party financially in past election cycles, which is another infraction on the growing list of Democratic grievances with the lawmaker.  —  Weiner is known as a lone wolf …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rangel: Weiner should focus on ‘keeping his wife and family together’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
Weiner on wife support
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Purported X-rated Weiner image released
Richard Johnson / The Daily:
Baldwin sees Weiner's implosion as opportunity for him in 2013
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Weiner's Wife Is Pregnant; Democrats Call for His Resignation
Discussion: CBS News and Big Government
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
If scandal doesn't get Weiner, New York legislators might
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Breitbart's X-Rated ‘Insurance Policy’ Photo of Weiner Leaks
Discussion: Gawker and Pajamas Media
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Push Weiner to Go
Discussion: CNN, American Power and Verum Serum
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Wisconsin protesters disrupt a Special Olympics ceremony!  —  In front of the Capitol today, protesters dressed as zombies stood between Governor Scott Walker and the group of Special Olympics participants he was honoring.  —  Quite aside from the unbelievable rudeness …
Discussion: Power Line and Sister Toldjah
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin chief blasts Rollins, expects ‘retraction’  —  Sarah Palin's chief of staff blasted Michele Bachmann strategist Ed Rollins today after Rollins criticized the former Alaska governor and suggested to POLITICO that his candidate would benefit by comparison to her
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Leigh Paynter / KXTV:
Education officials break down Stockton man's door  —  “I look out of my window and I see 15 police officers,” Wright said.  —  Wright came downstairs in his boxer shorts as a S.W.A.T team barged through his front door.  Wright said an officer grabbed him by the neck and led him outside on his front lawn.
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Judges sharply challenge healthcare law  —  Skeptical questions from three federal judges in Atlanta suggest they may be ready to declare unconstitutional all or part of the healthcare law promoted by the Obama administration and passed last year by Congress.
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: The New Republic and Money Game
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
New Whispers of Perry 2012 Bid
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Arab-American group blocks musician over ‘freedom’ song  —  A leading Arab American group dropped a prominent Syrian-American musician from performing at their annual convention in a dispute over a freedom-tinged song that he was set to perform.  —  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee …
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and FrumForum
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Barack Obama's visits benefit local eateries  —  Nearly a week after President Barack Obama's unannounced visit to a Rudy's Hot Dog joint in Toledo, Ohio, the residents of Five Points are still abuzz about the unexpected presidential visit to their neighborhood.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Nevada: Mayor Succeeded by Wife  —  Carolyn Goodman, the wife of Mayor Oscar Goodman of Las Vegas, has been elected to succeed him in a contest that affirmed the city's affection for Mr. Goodman, its leader for 12 years.  Ms. Goodman became mayor with 61 percent of the vote …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Hubbuch / La Crosse Tribune:
Former county GOP leader to challenge Shilling as Democrat  —  Republicans have found a spoiler candidate to challenge Rep. Jennifer Shilling in this summer's recall election, which would force a Democratic primary and extend the campaign by nearly a month.  —  James Smith, until recently …
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC, Daily Kos and JSOnline
Julian Borger / Guardian:
'The day after Iran's first nuclear test is a normal day'  —  A bizarre article on a Revolutionary Guard website breaks a taboo by anticipating the impact of an Iranian bomb  —  Any mention of an Iranian nuclear weapon is taboo in the Islamic Republic, which insists that its nuclear programme is entirely for peaceful, civil purposes.
Discussion: Bookworm Room
 
 
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