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6:40 AM ET, June 17, 2011

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The Hill:
Senate kills off ethanol tax credits in possible break with tax pledge  —  The Senate voted 73-27 Thursday to kill a major tax break that benefits the ethanol industry, handing a political win to a bipartisan group of lawmakers that call the incentive needless and expensive.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Niche tax breaks targeted; Senate kills ethanol credit  —  Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday in an overwhelming vote to end an important tax break for the ethanol industry, the first of many niche tax breaks GOP lawmakers are looking to close.  —  The Senate voted 73-27 to end …
Wall Street Journal:
Ethanol Suffers Rare Loss in Senate
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Senate Dumps Ethanol Subsidies
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Romney: 'I'm Also Unemployed'  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop here on Thursday, listening to a group of unemployed Floridians explain the challenges of looking for work.  When they finished, he weighed in with a predicament of his own.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty concedes he missed an opportunity to attack Romney at debate  —  GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty conceded on Thursday that he missed a prime opportunity to go after Mitt Romney during this week's presidential primary debate.  —  The former Minnesota governor initially rebutted his critics …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Mitt Romney Is Not Unemployed
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Dan Choi Rips Up Obama Flyer: 'I Won't Support Obama If He Doesn't Endorse Marriage Equality'  —  Lt. Dan Choi ripped up an Obama For America (OFA) flyer this afternoon during a panel at Netroots Nation when he was confronted by an Obama volunteer who attempted to explain away the President's opposition to same-sex marriage:
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The Note:
Fear & Loathing In Minneapolis: Progressives Vent Frustration With Obama At Netroots Nation
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
NETROOTS: Choi slams Obama volunteer for lack of support for marriage equality
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Larry Flynt / The Huffington Post:
My Job Offer for Anthony Weiner  —  Mr. Weiner:  —  After having learned of your sudden and compelled resignation from your Congressional post, I would like to make you an offer of employment at Flynt Management Group, LLC in our Internet group.  As a Congressman, you are known for your intensity and perseverance.
The Note:
Jon Huntsman Cancels Appearance At Republican Leadership Conference Due To Illness  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  Although he was slated to speak at a major gathering of Republicans taking place in New Orleans this weekend — just days before the official rollout …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weiner's exit  —  Anthony Weiner's pained resignation, staged at a senior center in the Brooklyn neighborhood called Gravesend, may have finally burned out the incredible media storm around him.  —  There was more press here than I've seen in 10 years of covering New York political events …
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Confident Anthony Weiner Will ‘Bounce Back’  —  President Obama said he is confident that embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, can bounce back from the sexting scandal that ended the Democrat's congressional career.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Anthony Weiner, Tainting Our Political Class
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Sought Millions From Heiress as Feds Closed In - ABC News Exclusive  —  Just weeks before federal prosecutors charged John Edwards in a six-count felony indictment, ABC News has been told, the two-time Democratic presidential candidate requested millions of dollars from Rachel …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and FrumForum
The Atlantic Online:
Obama Fails to Justify the Legality of War in Libya  —  In a letter to John Boehner and a 38-page report, the White House could not prove it complied with the War Powers Resolution  —  Is the U.S. at war in Libya, putting President Obama in violation of the War Powers Resolution?
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John / Power Line:
Michele Bachmann and the Empathy Card  —  I am a long-time friend and admirer of Michele Bachmann, but nevertheless was disappointed when it became clear that she was going to run for president.  I did not think she would be a serious candidate—sorry, Michele!—and believed she would distract needlessly …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Taylor Marsh
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
2012 Voter Preferences for Obama, “Republican” Remain Close  —  Forty-four percent prefer the Republican; 39%, Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-four percent of registered voters say they are more likely to vote for “the Republican Party's candidate” and 39% for Barack Obama …
Associated Press:
Union leader compares NJ gov to Hitler at rally  —  Thousands participate in a rally to protest a Senate Budget Committee hearing on employee benefits at the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J.,Thursday, June 16, 2011.  Labor leaders rallying for collective bargaining rights in New Jersey went …
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
Union leader calls New Jersey gov ‘Adolf Christie,’ compares pension battle to ‘World War III’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Union executive: Chris Christie is Hitler
Discussion: Don Surber and FrumForum
Associated Press:
Southern Baptists urge path to citizenship for illegal immigrants  —  The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution advocating a path to legal status for illegal immigrants.  —  The resolution was passed on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest protestant denomination in Phoenix.
Discussion: FrumForum
Nick Reisman / Capital Tonight:
Bloomberg: Marriage Bill Passes With More Than ‘Bare Majority’  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg met privately with Senate Republicans for about 45 minutes today to discuss the same-sex marriage bill and emerged to say at a Q and A that he expects the measure to pass beyond just 32 votes.
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Associated Press:
All eyes on NY as heavy national, local pressure targets key Republicans in gay marriage test
Discussion: Truthdig
Phil Taylor / New York Times:
Obama Admin Objects to Alaska Oil and Gas Development Bill  —  The Obama administration today said a proposal from House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to expedite oil and gas leasing and energy infrastructure permitting in an Alaska reserve could force federal regulators …
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
How Today's Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality  —  “Conservatism is true.”  That's what George Will told me when I interviewed him as an eager student many years ago.  His formulation might have been a touch arrogant, but Will's basic point was intelligent.  Conservatism, he explained, was rooted in reality.
Discussion: The Big Picture and The Daily Dish
 
 
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Discussion: The Note
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