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8:45 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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Niche tax breaks targeted; Senate kills ethanol credit
Wall Street Journal:
Ethanol Suffers Rare Loss in Senate
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
Senate Dumps Ethanol Subsidies
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:
The Note:
Fear & Loathing In Minneapolis: Progressives Vent Frustration With Obama At Netroots Nation  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  The frustrations and the fears that progressives feel about President Obama were on full display Thursday as thousands of them flocked to Minneapolis for the sixth annual Netroots Nation conference.
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:   NETROOTS: Choi slams Obama volunteer for lack of support for marriage equality
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.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty concedes he missed an opportunity to attack Romney at debate
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Mitt Romney Is Not Unemployed
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 …
Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Bachmann breaks through, Huntsman hurting, Romney rolling  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney enjoys a comfortable lead in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation race for the Republican presidential nomination while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann shows signs of breaking through …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Politico
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 …
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
Edwards Sought Millions From ‘Bunny’ Mellon  —  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 “Bunny” Mellon, the banking heiress …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and FrumForum
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
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?
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Obama Claims The UN Can Usurp Congressional War Powers
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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 …
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
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: The Politico and FrumForum
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Wall Street Braces for New Layoffs as Profits Wane  —  Wall Street plans to get smaller this summer.  Faced with weak markets and uncertainty over regulations, many of the biggest firms are preparing for deep cuts in jobs and other costs.  —  The cutback plans are emerging even as Wall Street firms …
David W. Chen / New York Times:
For Weiner's Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status  —  So, who wants to be a lame-duck freshman?  —  That was the reaction from political insiders on Thursday when asked what would become of Representative Anthony D. Weiner's Congressional district, which covers Brooklyn and Queens.
Discussion: FrumForum
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
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
All eyes on NY as heavy national, local pressure targets key Republicans in gay marriage test
Discussion: Truthdig
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Ken Kusmer / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood Gets Support From Feds In Indiana Defunding Case
Discussion: FrumForum
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
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Wall Street Journal:
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RIM Warns of More BlackBerry Blues
The Note:
Professor Newt Criticizes President Obama's ‘Bad Policies’
Discussion: CNN
Senate OK'd budget goes to Walker
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huck: No endorsement yet
Discussion: FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
Aharding / CNN:
Biden: Debt talks make progress but differences remain
Discussion: The Note and Political Punch
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Violates Transparency Pledge Again With 3:00 AM Vote
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Andrew Cuomo Faces Strategic Choices In Filling Anthony Weiner's Seat
Discussion: Daily Kos and Capitol Confidential
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Norah O'Donnell moves to CBS
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