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5:30 PM ET, June 16, 2011


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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Weiner Tells Friends He Will Step Down  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Anthony D. Weiner has told friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from his Democratic colleagues to leave the House in the wake of revelations of his lewd online exchanges with women, said a person told of Mr. Weiner's plans.
The Politico:
Defiant Anthony Weiner resigns from Congress  —  NEW YORK — In the same room where he launched his first campaign for City Council two decades ago, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday.  —  “Today I'm announcing my resignation from Congress …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weiner's exit  —  Anthony Weiner's pained resignation, staged at 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 …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Capital Tonight
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Weiner Gives Up the Ghost  —  So, Anthony Weiner is set to resign from Congress.  Since I said I hoped he wouldn't do so, I feel obliged to comment on his decision.  —  What stands out to me about all this aren't Weiner's juvenile and mortifying ‘offenses,’ but the bizarre and almost inexplicable …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
ALL Major Cable Nets Cut Away When Pelosi Talks Jobs Over Weiner (VIDEO)
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Anthony Weiner, Tainting Our Political Class
Discussion: Pajamas Media
The Atlantic Online:
Anthony Weiner Resigns: ‘Distraction’ Makes It Impossible to Stay
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Wolf Blitzer / The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:   BLITZER'S BLOG: I wouldn't rule out second chance for Weiner
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:   Rep. Weiner's resignation to trigger second N.Y. special House election of '11
As Weiner goes, so does NY's 9th District?
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney, Bachmann, Cain Lead The Pack Among GOP Primary Voters  —  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to lead the race for the Republican nomination, but Michele Bachmann has surged into second place following her Monday night entry into the campaign.
Feifei Sun / The Page:
The Big Questions: Bachmann's TIME  —  Why has Michele Bachmann suddenly become the It candidate?  —  With her impressive New Hampshire debate performance, Bachmann has gone from a conservative Sarah Palin—lite curiosity to a potential game changer.  For two hours onstage with her GOP rivals …
Rasmussen Reports:
45% of GOP Primary Voters Say It's Bad for Party If Palin Enters Presidential Race
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and FrumForum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads as GOP prioritizes electability
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hot Air
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney says he's ‘also unemployed’
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney jokes about being ‘unemployed’
James Risen / New York Times:
Ex-Spy Alleges Bush White House Sought to Discredit Critic  —  WASHINGTON — A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him.
Juan / Informed Comment:
Ret'd. CIA Official Alleges Bush White House Used Agency to “Get” Cole
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   CIA vet: Bush White House targeted blogging critic
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty gets glittered  —  Kate Nocera, our colleague on the Politico Pro health care beat, sends word from San Francisco:  —  “A large protest gathered outside the AHIP conference chanting ‘Medicare for all!’ and ‘Single payer now!’  A few of the signs were targeted at Rep. Paul Ryan accusing …
The Note:
Glitter Bandits Strike Pawlenty
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dems hit Pawlenty for paid speech on healthcare
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Kroll / MoJo Articles:
Tim Pawlenty's New Hampshire Ally: Obama is a “Jungle Alien”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Our Lefty Military  —  As we search for paths out of America's economic crisis, many suggest business as a paradigm for cutting costs.  According to my back-of-the-envelope math, top C.E.O.'s earn as much as $1 a second around the clock, partly by cutting medical benefits for employees.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
McKinsey official wrote previous study finding opposite of McKinsey study  —  Yet another interesting turn in the case of the mystery health care study.  —  As you know, the consulting firm McKinsey and Company recently released a study that — unlike other studies — found that larger numbers …
Health Policy Program:
Questioning the McKinsey Study - Someone should ask Bowen Garrett
NBC New York:
Possible Al-Qaida Hit List Targets Specific Americans  —  An al-Qaida-linked website has posted a potential hit-list of sorts.  It has the names and photos of several U.S. officials and business leaders.  The site prompted the FBI to send out a new terror bulletin.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Runnin' Scared
Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
My Ramona  —  Beverly Cleary's body of work shows why topicality derails great literature.  —  ON A SHIMMERING day in the Berkeley Hills in 1949—a day hopeful as only those in post-war California could be—a young author of a children's book walked down the winding street from her house to deposit her first check from her publisher.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Your morning jolt: Atlanta office left $13,000 in drawer, says Newt Gingrich  —  GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this morning pushed back against his former staff, accusing his Atlanta office of neglecting $13,000 in checks to his campaign.  —  Gingrich may want to be careful.
Discussion: FrumForum and Washington Wire
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Newt Gingrich Demands Apology From NBC For Airing Story On His Wife
Discussion: Hot Air and
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.
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Bachmann Said To Have Deal For Memoir  —  Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has made a deal to publish her memoir, selling a book to Sentinel, a conservative imprint at Penguin Group USA, two people familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Norah O'Donnell moves to CBS
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Brian Bolduc / National Review:
Union Leader Dubs Governor ‘Adolph Christie’
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Washington Examiner:
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Mufti of Lebanon: Palestinians are ‘trash’, not welcome
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says House could move to cut off funding for Libya
Bruce Japsen / Chicago Tribune:
AMA to reconsider support of health insurance requirement
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Weiner looking for a new job
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