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1:25 AM ET, June 13, 2011


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Alison Gendar / NY Daily News:
Rep. Anthony Weiner finally considering he may have to resign amid sexting scandal, says source  —  WASHINGTON - As a cache of embarrassing new photos appeared Sunday, Rep. Anthony Weiner finally began considering the possibility that he may have to resign.  —  A source close to the congressman told …
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.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Ryan, Hoyer call for Weiner's resignation
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
‘A Gay Girl in Damascus’ comes clean  —  In recent days, the world has followed closely the saga of Amina Araff, the blogger who presented herself online as “A Gay Girl in Damascus” and who drew attention with her passionate writings about the Syrian government's crackdown on Arab Spring protesters.
Amina A. / A Gay Girl in Damascus:
Apology to readers  —  I never expected this level of attention.  While the narrative voce may have been fictional, the facts on ths blog are true and not msleading as to the situation on the ground.  I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.
Esther Addley / Guardian:
Syrian lesbian blogger is revealed conclusively to be a married man
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 …
Syrian army ‘cracking’ amid crackdown  —  Testimonies from defected soldiers give a dramatic insight into the split apparently emerging in the security forces.  —  The escalating military offensive in northwest Syria began after what corroborating accounts said was a shoot-out between members …
BBC:   Syrian unrest: Army in control of Jisr al-Shughour
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.
Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Emily's Student Loan Bondage and Discipline, or, ‘Story of Owe’  —  A publisher of erotic e-titles for Kindle has sent me the following book blurb for a new offering on Kindle, Emily's Debt.  It's addressed to self with a bcc list, so it appears to be a marketing blurb possibly addressed …
John Ziegler / The Daily Caller:
‘The Sarah Palin I Know’  —  For more on Ziegler's Palin-related experiences and to read his pre-emptive rebuttal of his critics, go to:  —  For many reasons, the first week of January 2009 was clearly the longest and most difficult of my life.
Riverdaughter / The Confluence:
Sunday: Suburban Soccer Mom Values  —  I'm about to offend a lot of people.  Be forewarned.  —  I hate living in the suburbs.  No, really, I hate it with a white hot passion.  It's because of the soccer moms.  Of course, not all moms in the suburbs are soccer moms.  Some of them are into LaCrosse.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Eschaton
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Balloon Juice
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Gabrielle Giffords photos inspire friends and strangers alike
Discussion: Wake up America
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
GOP Voting Factors: Look Out for Marital Infidelity  —  Mitt Romney's religion is far less of a concern to potential Republican voters than it once was, and a candidate's race or sex are non-issues for vast majorities.  But if a GOP contender supports gay civil unions — or has committed marital infidelity — all bets are off.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GOPers weigh in on candidate attributes
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East Bay Doomsayer Harold Camping suffers stroke
John Tierney / New York Times:
For the Executive With Everything, a $230,000 Dog to Protect It
Bob Greene / CNN:
When ads celebrated soldiers and sacrifice
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Sen. Graham: Military intervention in Syria should be ‘on the table’
Discussion: HotAirPundit, Reuters and FrumForum
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Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Police ‘covered up’ violent campaign to turn London area ‘Islamic’
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
For Republicans, Redistricting Offers Few Gains
Discussion: American Power
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pawlenty takes a swing at ‘Obamneycare’
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Doctors Providing Abortions To Rape And Incest Victims Should Be Criminally Charged
Discussion: Lisa Graas and Booman Tribune
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Flashback Weiner/Imus (Video): on Massa, Paterson, and Rangel Scandals - and Weiner's Favorite Songs
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
When It Comes to Scandal, Girls Won't Be Boys