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3:15 PM ET, June 15, 2011

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The Politico:
Top Barack Obama donors net government jobs  —  Telecom executive Donald H. Gips raised a big bundle of cash to help finance his friend Barack Obama's run for the presidency.  —  Gips, a vice president of Colorado-based Level 3 Communications, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions …
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Lawmakers sue President Obama over Libya  —  A bipartisan group of House members announced on Wednesday that it is filing a lawsuit charging that President Obama made an illegal end-run around Congress when he approved U.S military action against Libya.  —  “With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated.
Fox News:
Lawmakers File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Libya Operation
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
John Boehner gets into War Powers Act
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Carney defends Obama meeting Wall Street donors at White House
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FrumForum
CNN:
Lawmakers to sue Obama administration over Libya mission
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House warns Congress against ‘mixed messages’ on Libya
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Agence France Presse:   Desert tortoise comes under fire from ‘Sheriff’ Biden
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Hiatus  —  The Administration takes a two-year holiday from its own agenda.
Discussion: The New Republic and Power Line
Oliver Tree / Daily Mail:
Judgement day: Weiner's wife returns home to confront errant husband as new images emerge showing congressman cross dressing and ‘oiled up’  —  Beleaguered congressman Anthony Weiner is set to face his humiliated wife Huma Abedin after she arrived at the family home in Washington home earlier today.
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New York Post:
America poll-axes Weiner
TMZ.com:
Former Porn Star Breaks Silence on Weiner
The Note:
Rep. Weiner's Porn Star Pen Pal to Face Reporters Today
Discussion: TMZ.com and Ben Smith's Blog
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Decision time? Weiner's wife returns
Lewis Page / The Register:
Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade  —  Physicists say sunspot cycle is ‘going into hibernation’  —  What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity …
Chris Jones / Esquire:
Exclusive Interviews: Jon Huntsman Is Tired of Waiting  —  On Tuesday, Jon Huntsman — the former governor of Utah and, more recently, the U.S. ambassador to China — will officially enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  But he has already begun to distinguish himself …
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Candidates Show G.O.P. Less United on Goals of War  —  DERRY, N.H. — The hawkish consensus on national security that has dominated Republican foreign policy for the last decade is giving way to a more nuanced view, with some presidential candidates expressing a desire to withdraw from Afghanistan …
The New Republic:
Mitt Romney: The Campaign Within the Conservative Movement to Take Him Down
Discussion: Healthwatch
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's Afghanistan remark stuns GOP pals
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham says Romney risks looking like Jimmy Carter
CNN:
John Edwards' mug shot released  —  (CNN)-Former U.S. Senator John Edwards, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign law violations in early June.  His mug shot was obtained by CNN following a Freedom of Information Act request.  —  The plea came after a federal grand jury indicted him on six counts …
TMZ.com:
Topless Newt Gingrich — On a Rock, In a Hard Place  —  TMZ has obtained a photo of a glistening Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich laying topless on a beach in Greece ... days before his campaign staff quit over the timing of his two-week vacation.  —  The photo was taken on June 2 …
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Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Sees Plunge in Support After Rocky Start  —  Newt Gingrich's image as an idea man and party leader positioned him well for a presidential run.  But since launching his campaign last month, Mr. Gingrich has seen his support erode among likely GOP voters, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Pakistan Arrests C.I.A. Informants in Bin Laden Raid  —  WASHINGTON — Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.
Ynetnews:
Glenn Beck's Jerusalem rally program unveiled  —  TV star's solidarity event is expected to draw thousands of Israelis, Americans with music, pyrotechnics.  Sarah Palin, republican presidential candidates set to drop by  —  Tzvika Brot  —  Tens of thousands of excited Israelis and Americans …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
In CA-36, Democrat Calls For Blanket Condemnation Of Stunning New Web Ad (VIDEO)  —  The special election to replace the retired Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) just took a turn for the spectacular.  A new web video aimed at boosting the Republican chances for an upset win is
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The Huffington Post:
Grover Norquist Rebuked By GOP … WASHINGTON — Grover Norquist's grip on the Republican Party's tax policy slipped dramatically on Tuesday, a development that is likely to have significant repercussions on the debate over spending, revenue and the federal deficit.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Big Corn Eats GOP
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Pelosi's wealth grows by 62 percent  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.  —  Pelosi was worth at least $35.2 million in the 2010 calendar year, according to a financial disclosure report released Wednesday.
The Politico:
Top radio talkers sell endorsements  —  If you're a regular listener of Glenn Beck's radio show and you wanted to contribute to a political group that would advance the populist conservative ideals he touts on his show, you'd have plenty of reason to think that FreedomWorks was your best investment.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“your comments about spiking footballs seem distinctly un-professorial”  —  In my post yesterday about the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturning Judge Sumi, I opined: … In response, I received this email (emphasis mine): … Reaction?  —  Here's mine:  —  Ya see, this is what blogging does to the mind.
William Heisel / IHME:
Life expectancy in most US counties falls behind world's healthiest nations  —  The most current county-level analysis finds large disparities nationwide.  Women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.
 
 
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. King rips media's coverage of radical Muslim hearings
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Discussion: USA Today, CNN, Fox Nation and msnbc.com
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
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Roger Clegg / National Review:
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Discussion: Flypaper and New York Times
The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
JSOnline:
Supreme Court reinstates collective bargaining law