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7:10 PM ET, June 12, 2011


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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.
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 posted 11 photos it claimed were taken in the House member's gym …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Ryan, Hoyer call for Weiner's resignation
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.
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 …
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Gabrielle Giffords photos inspire friends and strangers alike
Discussion: Wake up America
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama bullies Israel; so much for promises at AIPAC  —  Since the president's Arab Spring speech, friends of Israel have been nervous about at least two issues: the promise Israel would not have to sit down with those who seek its destruction and the negotiations based on the “1967 borders with land swaps.”
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 …
John Tierney / New York Times:
For the Executive With Everything, a $230,000 Dog to Protect It  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Don't call her a guard dog.  —  When she costs $230,000, as Julia did, the preferred title is “executive protection dog.”  This 3-year-old German shepherd, who commutes by private jet between a Minnesota estate …
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 …
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Somehow Gets in Some Golf  —  I know this will be surprising to everyone, but the president has gone golfing.  —  Having clearly had enough of the solitude of Camp David, where he and the family were making a rare weekend sojourn, the president choppered early this morning directly …
Julie Wernau / Chicago Tribune:
Consumers' electric bills likely to spike as coal plants close  —  As stricter environmental regulations approach, some power generators are choosing to shutter their coal-fired plants.  —  Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.
New York Times:
Syrian Troops Retake Control of Rebellious Town in North  —  CAIRO — Syrian troops retook control of a rebellious northern town on Sunday, smashing what remained of an armed uprising after thousands of residents fled into neighboring Turkey, barely escaping a force backed by tanks and helicopter gunships …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Harry's Place
Syrian troops accused of firing on locals trying to flee Jisr al-Shughour
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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