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1:05 PM ET, June 15, 2011

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The Politico:
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 for the Obama war chest …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Agence France Presse:
Desert tortoise comes under fire from ‘Sheriff’ Biden  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - As part of the White House's recently launched Campaign to Cut Waste, Vice President Joe Biden says one of his first wasteful spending targets is a website dedicated to the desert tortoise.
Fox News:
Lawmakers File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Libya Operation
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Page
CNN:
House members to sue Obama administration over Libya mission
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and FrumForum
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner demands that Obama provide legal basis for Libya mission
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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The Note:
Rep. Weiner's Porn Star Pen Pal to Face Reporters Today  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson (@JRPabcDC) reports:  —  On the same day that Rep. Anthony Weiner's wife, Secretary of Clinton's close aide Huma Abedin, is set to return from a trip to the Middle East and Africa, one of the women …
New York Post:
America poll-axes Weiner  —  By GEOFF EARLE and S.A. MILLER in Washington and ANDY SOLTIS in NY  —  America has seen enough of Anthony Weiner.  —  The first national Weinergate poll shows 60 percent of Americans want the lewd lawmaker to quit Congress.  —  And a paltry 8 percent …
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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's Afghanistan remark stuns GOP pals
Discussion: The Daily Dish
The New Republic:
Mitt Romney: The Campaign Within the Conservative Movement to Take Him Down
Discussion: Healthwatch
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham says Romney risks looking like Jimmy Carter
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
On Afghanistan—What Did Mitt Mean?
JSOnline:
Supreme Court reinstates collective bargaining law  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Gov. Scott Walker's plan to all but end collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers.
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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.
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.
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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 …
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 …
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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David Catanese / The Politico:
Most offensive ad yet: Hahn's Homeboyz
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
Jimmy Vielkind / Albany Times Union:
GOP senator from Saratoga becomes 31st vote for same-sex marriage bill  —  GOP Sen. Roy McDonald becomes 31st vote for same-sex marriage bill  —  New York Rangers player Sean Avery, left, and ?  Sex and The City? star Cynthia Nixon make their way to a news conference calling on the state legislature …
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Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gay marriage now just one vote shy of becoming law in New York despite Archbishop Dolan's objections
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Post
New York Times:
Gay Marriage Bill Is One Vote Shy of Clearing State Senate
Discussion: News Desk
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
In Which I Become a Republican  —  At least for purposes of admiring the panache and “a dish best served cold” gleeful nastiness of today's proclamation by Gov. John Kasich, Republican of Ohio, that the Dallas Mavericks and their friends, family, and fans are all Honorary Ohioans.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
unionleader.com:
A nominee already?  Romney skips ahead  —  Mitt Romney did a good job at Monday night's Republican presidential debate.  But not that good.  —  The former Massachusetts governor used his previous presidential campaign experience to come across as polished and presidential in the debate.
Discussion: CNN, Fox Nation and msnbc.com
Stephanie Banchero / Wall Street Journal:
Students Stumble Again on the Basics of History  —  National Test Shows Little Progress in Grasping Democracy, U.S. Role in World  —  WSJ's Stephanie Banchero has details of a National Assessment of Educational Progress study showing students at the fourth, eighth and twelfth grade levels struggle with basic history questions.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Cable worried about poverty, not Netflix  —  (Reuters) - For all the talk about competitive threats from the likes of Netflix Inc or Apple Inc, it is rising poverty among households that TV executives say is their biggest source of concern.  —  Executives from News Corp, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Inc …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bloomberg: U.S. immigration policy is ‘national suicide’
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TMZ.com:
Former Porn Star Breaks Silence on Weiner
Casey B. Mulligan / Economix:
The Misunderstood Mortgage Interest Deduction
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Haridopolos: No Major Medicare Reforms for 25 Years
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Daily Caller
The Politico:
Top radio talkers sell endorsements
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Dinesh Ramde / host.madison.com:
Senate votes to legalize concealed carry
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 Earlier Items: 
Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
McConnell Urges Obama to Play the ‘Crazy Republicans’ Card on Taxes
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Workers Try the Nonunion Route
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama 2012 Reelection Campaign: ‘Hope’ And ‘Change’ Aren't Enough To Inspire Voters
Roger Clegg / National Review:
Disgusting Little Boxes
Discussion: Flypaper and New York Times
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US Housing Crisis Is Now Worse Than Great Depression
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Moonbattery
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Will the “lamestream” journalists now look straight into the camera and proclaim Sarah Palin a media genius?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Moe Lane
Early Onset of Night:
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Discussion: Spreading Santorum