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1:15 AM ET, June 17, 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.
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 …
The Politico:
Anthony Weiner resigns from Congress  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In the same room where he launched his first campaign for City Council two decades ago in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Weiner Gives Up the Ghost
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Anthony Weiner, Tainting Our Political Class
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Ethanol Suffers Rare Loss in Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Niche tax breaks targeted; Senate kills ethanol credit
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Mitt Romney Is Not Unemployed
The Note:
Glitter Bandits Strike Pawlenty
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 …
Datechguy / Datechguy's Blog:
What the talking heads don't tell you about the NBC/WSJ poll internals  —  There are a lot of numbers being thrown around about the NBC poll today.  On Morning Joe they point out Obama's is given a 49% approval, but there are some internal numbers in this poll that you need in order to understand …
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 …
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.
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:
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:   NETROOTS: Choi slams Obama volunteer for lack of support for marriage equality
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]
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Union executive: Chris Christie is Hitler
Discussion: Don Surber and FrumForum
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: 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 …
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
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?
Rasmussen Reports:
45% of GOP Primary Voters Say It's Bad for Party If Palin Enters Presidential Race  —  A plurality of Republican primary voters think it would be good Texas Governor Rick Perry to jump into the party's presidential race and bad for the party if former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joined the field.
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and FrumForum
Rasmussen Reports:
Romney, Bachmann, Cain Lead The Pack Among GOP Primary Voters
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
Henry Payne / National Review:
Cost of Obama's Green-Car Mandate: 260,000 jobs  —  The purpose of federal fuel-economy mandates is to keep the agenda of green pols hidden lest the public awaken to their enormous costs.  Want to make cars fuel efficient?  Tax gas.  And commit political suicide.
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
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.
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Phil Taylor / New York Times:
Obama Admin Objects to Alaska Oil and Gas Development Bill
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The Note:
Professor Newt Criticizes President Obama's ‘Bad Policies’
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Senate OK'd budget goes to Walker
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Aharding / CNN:
Biden: Debt talks make progress but differences remain
Discussion: The Note
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
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Benjamin Schwarz / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Examiner:
More regulations: EPA's fantasy solution to unemployment
NBC New York:
Possible Al-Qaida Hit List Targets Specific Americans
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Runnin' Scared
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Mufti of Lebanon: Palestinians are ‘trash’, not welcome
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