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7:15 PM ET, June 15, 2011

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
War Powers Act Does Not Apply to Libya, Obama Argues  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is telling Congress that President Obama has the legal authority to continue American participation in the NATO-led air war in Libya, even though lawmakers have not authorized it.
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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House warns Congress against ‘mixed messages’ on Libya
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
John Boehner gets into War Powers Act
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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Michael Isikoff / msnbc.com:
Gingrich's wife at center of presidential campaign turmoil, sources say  —  New details, including concerns over his third wife, Callista, have emerged about why Newt Gingrich's entire senior campaign staff walked out on the presidential hopeful.  NBC's Michael Isikoff reports.  —  By Michael Isikoff
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Support Drops, Poll Shows
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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 …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
John Edwards mug shots released
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Gore lauds Romney on climate position
TMZ.com:
Weiner: 'You Aren't Giving My Package Due Credit'  —  Ginger Lee — the former porn star, current “featured dancer” and aspiring real estate agent — just told reporters about her relationship with Congressman Anthony Weiner, saying he repeatedly texted her about his “package” but denies she ever sexted him.
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John / Power Line:   If He's Lost Ginger Lee...
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
Michele Bachmann's Unrivaled Extremism  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  Her anti-gay platform has alienated parts of her family.  A mentor she described as a “great influence” has a history of addresses to white supremacists.  A book she collaborated on advocates theocracy.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 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.
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘We own the economy’  —  Democrats are ready to take responsibility for the state of the economy and they deserve credit for putting it on the right track, the party's chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said on Wednesday.  —  “We own the economy.
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bloomberg: U.S. immigration policy is ‘national suicide’  —  In a major speech to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will say the United States risks “national suicide” if it doesn't adopt a more welcoming immigration policy.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval Rally Largely Over  —  Averaged 46% last week after averaging 50% for much of May  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's job approval rating averaged 46% for the week ending June 12, a significant decline from his weekly averages for most of May and nearly back to the level before Osama bin Laden's death on May 1.
Discussion: Mother Jones
JSOnline:
Unions file suit to halt collective bargaining legislation  —  Madison - One day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of collective-bargaining legislation that potentially affects thousands of public-sector employees, a coalition of unions filed suit in federal court seeking to block it.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Vanessa O'Connell / Wall Street Journal:
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
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Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight:
No Decision On Senate Gay Marriage Vote (VIDEO ADDED)
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Appropriators approve 2012 energy bill
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rangel sells Dominican villa entangled in ethics conviction
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Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Lack of Retirement Funds Is Americans' Biggest Financial Worry
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Gingrich's unfavorable rating hits all-time high in NBC/WSJ poll
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and The Daily Caller
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani wants Anthony Weiner's seat for Republican
Discussion: PolitickerNY
Wall Street Journal:
The Obama Hiatus  —  The Administration takes a two-year holiday from its own agenda.
Discussion: Power Line and The New Republic
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Huntsman Money Made in China Challenges Obama Envoy's White House Hopes
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Note
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. King rips media's coverage of radical Muslim hearings