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12:40 PM ET, June 14, 2011


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Debate Swings Door Open for Perry, Closed for Palin  —  Most people have better things to do than to watch a presidential debate eight months in advance of the Iowa caucuses.  So when considering a debate like the one that took place among Republican candidates in New Hampshire tonight, it's important to be mindful of the following:
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
New Hampshire Republican debate: Winners and losers  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney answers a question as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, listen during the first New Hampshire Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, June 13, 2011.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann steals the show at GOP debate  —  “Assume the position!”  CNN's John King ordered the candidates as they approached their lecterns just before airtime for Monday night's debate.  —  The Republican presidential contenders did as the moderator told them.
The Politico:
Pawlenty beats hasty N.H. retreat  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. - Tim Pawlenty's puzzling decision at Monday's debate to abandon a new line of attack on Mitt Romney's healthcare record is prompting fresh doubts among members of his own party about his readiness to confront the GOP frontrunner.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  My take on the New Hampshire debate  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  My Washington Examiner colleagues have given their ongoing reactions to the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader two-hour debate at St. Anselm's College (what a fab auditorium! …
Wall Street Journal:
Candidates Run Against Regulation
Discussion: ThinkProgress
A.Killough / CNN:
5 things we learned tonight
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
First debate overview: A bunch of GOP colleagues get together to criticize President Obama
Associated Press:
Obama: My family would be fine with just 1 term  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says his wife and daughters aren't “invested” in him being president and would have been fine had he decided against running for re-election.  But he says they believe in what he's doing for the country.
The Politico:
FLOTUS tells of Obama's worry  —  'I see the sadness and worry that's creasing his face,' Michelle Obama said of her husband.  —  AP Photo  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Monday told a fundraiser in Southern California of the toll the presidency has taken on her husband Barack Obama.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Obama: My family is ‘fine’ with one term
Washington Post:
‘Paula Brooks,’ editor of ‘Lez Get Real,’ also a man  —  Just one day after the author behind a popular Syrian lesbian blog admitted to being a married, American man named Tom MacMaster, the editor of the lesbian news site Lez Get Real, with the tag­line “A Gay Girl's View on the World,” acknowledged that he is also a man.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Is Every Lesbian Blogger a Middle-Aged Man?
Discussion: BBC and Moe Lane
Second lesbian blogger exposed as a man
Wingnut debt ceiling demands  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A lot of politicians are weighing in with demands before they'll support raising the debt ceiling.  Most of their conditions are related to debt, such as put in place a debt reduction plan or cut spending.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Pundit Under Protest  —  I'll be writing a lot about the presidential election over the next 16 months, but at the outset I would just like to remark that I'm opining on this whole campaign under protest.  I'm registering a protest because for someone of my Hamiltonian/National Greatness perspective …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama fundraiser underwhelms  —  The empty seats at President Obama's fundraiser in Miami, Fl. were hard to miss.  —  MIAMI, Fla. — A low-dollar fundraiser here Monday felt like a throwback to the 2008 campaign.  —  There was the same old soundtrack - including “City of Blinding Lights” …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Limits Securities Fraud Suits  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a mutual fund's investment adviser may not be sued for securities fraud over misstatements in fund prospectuses.  —  The 5-to-4 decision split along ideological lines.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Turning More Frequently to Dictionary, and Not Just for Big Words
Newt Gingrich Charity Paid Cash To Gingrich For-Profit Business  —  A non-profit charity founded by Newt Gingrich to promote freedom, faith and free enterprise also served as another avenue to promote Gingrich's political views, and came dangerously close, some experts say …
Discussion: National Review
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton, the Comic Book  —  It reads more like a soap opera than a comic book, with its down-and-dirty details involving two of the most powerful political figures of our time: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  —  A new 32-page comic book entitled “Political Power: Hillary Rodham Clinton” …
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is getting into Republican presidential race  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who until the spring served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to China, is running for president, officials said Tuesday.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking the GOP debate in New Hampshire  —  That was some collection of facts and statistics during the GOP debate in New Hampshire on Monday night that aired on CNN.  —  We're going to take an instant stab at some of them, and then perhaps come back later this week with a more extended look at other assertions.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint ‘not considering’ presidential run  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday closed the door to a run for president, saying he's not considering getting into the race.  —  Some conservative activists have urged DeMint to jump into the race due to their dissatisfaction with the current crop of candidates.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Obama stresses ‘need to accelerate the recovery’  —  President Obama was in North Carolina yesterday, touring a fast-growing manufacturer of clean energy lighting, and convening a meeting of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  Of particular interest, though, were the president's comments …
Ron Klain / Bloomberg:
About Ron Klain  —  Ron Klain is a senior executive with a private investment firm in Washington.  From 2009 to 2011, he was chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a senior adviser to President Barack Obama on the Recovery Act, judicial selection, and other policy matters.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
The Hill:
OVERNIGHT ENERGY: High noon for ethanol  —  Tuesday's Big Story: The Senate is slated to vote on Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) plan to eliminate a major ethanol industry tax break and the ethanol import tariff.  —  Ethanol backers are battling the amendment and seeking to pull support from Coburn.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
High Hopes at Miracle-Gro in Medical Marijuana Field  —  Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has long sold weed killer.  Now, it's hoping to help people grow killer weed.  —  In an unlikely move for the head of a major company, Scotts Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn said he is exploring targeting medical marijuana …
Capitol Report: ‘Extraordinary’ session never before used to pass budget  —  If top Republican lawmakers move forward Tuesday with a plan to pass the state budget in “extraordinary session,” it will be the first time lawmakers have used this speedy political maneuver to pass a budget in at least 80 years.
Discussion: Firedoglake, TPMDC and Balloon Juice
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Republican Debate  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and the first Republican presidential debate in this first-in-the-nation primary state.
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Bankruptcy Court: DOMA Unconstitutionally Limits Same-Sex Married Couples From Joint Bankruptcy Filing  —  Today, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, released an opinion finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional …
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Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
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Almost a month of Palin's emails missing from releases
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: USA Today
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Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
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