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1:30 PM ET, June 18, 2011

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama rejects top lawyers' legal views on Libya  —  The growing controversy over President Obama's illegal waging of war in Libya got much bigger last night with Charlie Savage's New York Times scoop.  He reveals that top administration lawyers — Attorney General Eric Holder …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama Ignored Advice of Top Legal Advisors, OLC in Waging War in Libya  —  Loading ordinance on an F-16 headed for Libya (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Katherine Windish)  —  We now have an innovation in executive power.  During the Bush Administration, mid-level functionaries …
Balkinization:
George W. Obama and the OLC
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Bachmann Accuses Obama of Secret Medicare Plan  —  NEW ORLEANS — Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the latest candidate to join the Republican presidential campaign, suggested Friday that President Obama secretly wanted Medicare to go bankrupt so retirees would be forced to enroll in the new national health care law.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint creates litmus test for 2012 field
Discussion: Hot Air
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Romney won't sign abortion pledge  —  Five Republican presidential candidates have signed a pledge to advance the anti-abortion movement if elected to the White House, but the current front runner for the 2012 GOP nomination — Mitt Romney — isn't one of them.
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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Refuses To Sign Pro-Life Pledge
Discussion: Hot Air, The Mahablog and FrumForum
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Huntsman As GOP Litmus Test
Ina Jaffe / NPR:
Liberal Bloggers: Obama ‘Not Our Boyfriend Anymore’ … President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists.  —  The panel that drew one of the biggest crowds …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Senior White House aide: 1996 Obama gay marriage questionnaire is a fake, even though Obama signed it
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
NETROOTS: Pfeiffer suggests 1996 Obama statement supporting marriage equality a fake
WVLT-TV:
Judge has harsh words for Mom before sentencing her for spanking her kid … CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBS) — A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.  —  “You don't spank children today,” said Judge Jose Longoria.
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog and Instapundit
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Fake Identities Were Used on Twitter in Effort to Get Information on Weiner  —  At least three months before the revelation that former Representative Anthony D. Weiner was sending lewd messages and photos to women online, a small group of self-described conservatives was monitoring his exchanges with women on Twitter.
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
Bristol Palin calls her ex ‘the gnat’ in new book  —  NEW YORK - Bristol Palin writes in her new book of losing her virginity to boyfriend Levi Johnston on a camping trip after getting drunk for the first time on too many wine coolers.  —  She awoke in her tent, alone …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Boeing  —  Uncharacteristically, the President is silent in a key labor dispute.  —  Did you hear what President Obama said about the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing Co.?  We didn't either.  —  Mr. Obama has been touting his plan to double …
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: We've offered ‘a little extra support’ for fathers  —  President Obama used his weekly address to talk about being a father, what he called his “hardest, but always my most rewarding job,” and what his administration is doing for dad's across America in tough economic times.
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
MRC TV:
Petition to Ban Job Killing ATM Machines  —  When we went out on the street and started asking people to sign a petition to ban ATM machines, we expected most of them to call us crazy or to simply ignore us.  But in Barack Obama's America, banning cash machines as economic stimulus actually seems …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Joe Lieberman joining Glenn Beck: a shanda  —  The Israeli tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth came out on Wednesday with a shocking report: Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann would join Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) at Glenn Beck's rally in Israel in August.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
A Watchdog Professor, Now Defending Himself  —  For the last two years, David Protess, a renowned journalist and professor who spent three decades fighting to prove the innocence of others, has been locked in a battle to do the same for himself.  It hasn't gone as well.
Helene C. Cooper / The Caucus:
A Good Day to Play Golf and Talk Politics  —  Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times  —  President Obama and the House speaker, John A. Boehner, playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Saturday. … The pool reporter for print media, Sam Youngman of The Hill, reports on the first hole:
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Changing Tides: Research Center Under Fire for ‘Adjusted’ Sea-Level Data  —  Is climate change raising sea levels, as Al Gore has argued — or are climate scientists doctoring the data?  —  The University of Colorado's Sea Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters …
 
 
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New York Post:
So long Weiner, what a ‘sorry’ excuse
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Marc Thiessen / The Enterprise Blog:
The New York Post Outdoes Itself
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Pressing Its Crackdown Against Leaks
Discussion: FrumForum
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Perry aides fact-finding on Iowa
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
New York Times:
After Talks With G.O.P., Cuomo Expects Passage of Gay Marriage Bill
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
House GOP-ers issue plea on DADT
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Atlantic Online:
Does Weiner's Exit Mean Stronger Ethics Standards in House?
BBC:
Afghanistan's Karzai: US ‘in peace talks with Taliban’
Discussion: The Page and FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
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Union leader compares Gov. Christie to Hitler at pension reform protest
Jason Hancock / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Nixon vetoes Missouri photo ID legislation
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A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Woman says she's too ‘educated’ to be kicked off New York train
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Dean's World
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Cash for Michelle's Mash-notes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media