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3:00 PM ET, June 9, 2011

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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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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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Drumbeat grows for Weiner to step down
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
CNN:
Weiner has no plans to resign, source says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke argued this week that putting “the federal government's finances on a sustainable trajectory” is important, but quickly added that “a sharp fiscal consolidation focused on the very near term could be self-defeating …
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 …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama to create White House Rural Council
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Rick Santorum: Climate change is ‘junk science’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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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 …
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:   Fitch warns US would endanger AAA rating with even ‘technical’ default
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
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.
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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 Ben Smith's Blog
Investor's Business Daily:
What About Waters?  —  Graft: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an ethics investigation of Rep. Anthony Weiner for possibly misusing official resources.  But what about the probe of Rep. Maxine Waters for abusing her power?  —  The ethics trial of Waters …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Alaska to Release Palin's E-Mails  —  JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is long gone from this capital, what with the new ranch in Arizona and the is-she-running-or-not bus blitz of American heritage landmarks Outside, as Alaskans like to call the other 49 states.
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 …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Blame Wars than Domestic Spending or Tax Cuts for Nation's Debt  —  Jobs Are Top Economic Worry, Deficit Concerns Rise  —  OVERVIEW  —  Far more Americans say that the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has contributed a great deal to the nation's debt than say that about …
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.
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / Healthwatch:
Senate Dems claim enough votes to block Medicaid overhaul
Jenny Wilson / Time:
Don't Hold Your Breath  —  Double dip is not a term …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
In Saudi Arabia, Royal Funds Buy Peace for Now
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
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Obama the Most Veto-Shy President Since James Garfield
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Case against ex-NSA manager accused of mishandling classified files narrows
Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
Happy 10th Birthday, Bush Tax Cuts!
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bruce Babbitt / Energy & Environment:
Congress has declared war on the environment
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
Getting past the paralysis on jobs
New York Times:
Citizens United's Outrageous Offspring