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3:40 PM ET, June 9, 2011

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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.
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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 …
CNN:
Weiner has no plans to resign, source says
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Drumbeat grows for Weiner to step down
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and CNN
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.
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
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:
Gingrich aides resign; campaign in question
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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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
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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
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: Ben Smith's Blog
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CBS News:
Obama name-check can't save Chet's Restaurant
Discussion: Associated Press
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: The Other McCain
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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
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Case against ex-NSA manager accused of mishandling classified files narrows  —  Federal prosecutors will withdraw key documents from their case against a former National Security Agency manager charged with mishandling classified material, a move that experts say could signal the unraveling …
Discussion: News Desk, The BLT and Emptywheel
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Ex-NSA manager has reportedly twice rejected plea bargains in Espionage Act case
Discussion: Emptywheel and Secrecy News
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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