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3:45 PM ET, June 12, 2011

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TMZ.com:
Rep. Weiner Used Congressional Gym As Backdrop  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner took numerous photos of himself — clothed and partially nude — at the House Members Gym and sent them to at least one woman ... raising questions about whether he used Congressional resources in his online exploits.
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Fox News:
Weiner Opts for Treatment as New Self Portraits Emerge  —  Dismissing calls by Democratic leaders for him to resign over a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner says he's taking a leave of absence and checking himself in for treatment instead.  —  But as House lawmakers return to Washington …
The Politico:
More Anthony Weiner photos surface online  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner took several pictures of himself grabbing his privates, part of a new batch of embarrassing photos that surfaced online Sunday morning.  —  The gossip website TMZ.com posted 11 photos it claimed were taken in the House member's gym …
Discussion: CNN, FrumForum and Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Mitt Romney leads the Drudge primary  —  The Drudge primary has begun, and Mitt Romney is winning.  —  The former governor of Massachusetts may be the punching bag of the conservative media, ridiculed on blogs and talk radio as a plasticine, untrustworthy flip-flopper and the grandfather of the hated Obamacare.
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   GOP Voting Factors: Look Out for Marital Infidelity
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GOPers weigh in on candidate attributes
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pawlenty takes a swing at ‘Obamneycare’
Discussion: The Note
Brian Clark Howard / Daily Mail:
‘Trig will be a joy’: Sarah Palin plays God in touching email about her unborn son's Down's Syndrome  —  Sarah Palin ‘played God’ in a deeply touching email she wrote two weeks before her fifth child, Trig, was born with Down's Syndrome, it was revealed today.
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Associated Press:
Gabrielle Giffords photographs released  —  PHOENIX — Two photos of a smiling Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were released early Sunday by her office, her hair shorn short but few other telling signs of her gunshot wound to the head.  —  The Facebook photos, the first clear snapshots of Giffords since …
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Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Gabrielle Giffords photos inspire friends and strangers alike  —  New photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the Tucson attack in January, bring relief at evident progress.  She still struggles to communicate, but friends say “she looks beautiful.”  —  Her hair is no longer long and blonde now; it's short and dark.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Doctors Providing Abortions To Rape And Incest Victims Should Be Criminally Charged  —  Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press this morning, former Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered two stunningly maximalist positions on abortion — abortion should be flatly banned …
Paul Krugman:
It's the Health Care Costs, Stupid  —  I've already written about Joe Lieberman's very bad, no good idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age.  Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll show that it's even worse than I thought: Americans near 65 who don't have good health insurance delay needed treatment …
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Police ‘covered up’ violent campaign to turn London area ‘Islamic’  —  Police have been accused of “covering up” a campaign of abuse, threats and violence aimed at “Islamicising” an area of London.  —  Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Atlantic Online:
Open, and Revolting, Anti-Obama Racism at Fox  —  This is psychologically fascinating: The mind of Fox Business host Eric Bolling, when confronted with images of President Obama meeting with Gabon's president, Ali Bongo, instantly recalls other black people who have met with President Obama …
New York Times:
U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors  —  The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Sen. Graham: Military intervention in Syria should be ‘on the table’
Discussion: FrumForum
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Republicans, Redistricting Offers Few Gains
Discussion: American Power
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Flashback Weiner/Imus (Video): on Massa, Paterson, and Rangel Scandals - and Weiner's Favorite Songs
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
When It Comes to Scandal, Girls Won't Be Boys
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Alabama's harsh new immigration law explained
Discussion: AlterNet
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Obama's Road to Nowhere
Discussion: Don Surber
Guardian:
Syrian troops accused of firing on locals trying to flee Jisr al-Shughour
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
BBC:
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed: Death is ‘blow’ for al-Qaeda
Discussion: Jihad Watch, Reuters and TalkLeft
New York Times:
Palin's E-Mails Undercut Simplistic Views of Her, Both Positive and Negative