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11:15 AM ET, June 17, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
My take on the latest Republican polls  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  As one who has scoffed at the idea that Mitt Romney was the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, I have also felt compelled to note in my Wednesday Examiner column that he did indeed perform …
Joe Klein / Time:
Outsiders vs. Insiders: The Struggle for the GOP's Soul
Discussion: The Reaction, The New Republic and CNN
The Note:
Jon Huntsman Cancels Appearance At Republican Leadership Conference Due To Illness
ABCNEWS:
Man With Suspicious Device Detained at Pentagon  —  A man carrying a suspicious package was detained in Arlington National Cemetery this morning after police searched his backpack and found the materials as well as pro-al Qaeda literature, officials told ABC News.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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New York Post:
Al Qaeda-related statements, backpack found in suspicious vehicle stopped near Pentagon  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — A man was in custody Friday after a major security alert outside the Pentagon.  —  The incident began when a man — believed to be a naturalized US citizen who came to the US from Ethiopia …
CBS News:
Suspicious item in Pentagon scare “disrupted”
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Person taken into custody near Pentagon
New York Times:
Libya and the War Powers Act  —  It would be hugely costly — for this country's credibility, for the future of NATO and for the people of Libya — if Congress were to force President Obama to abandon military operations over Libya.  However, Mr. Obama cannot evade his responsibility …
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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Obama Claims The UN Can Usurp Congressional War Powers
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Key Seniors Association Pivots on Benefit Cut  —  WASHINGTON—AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could rock Washington's debate over how to revamp the nation's entitlement programs.
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.
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold: ‘The Democratic Party Is In Danger Of Losing Its Identity’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Washington Examiner:
Operation Fast and Furious should end Holder tenure  — TAGS: - 2012 Election - ATF - Attorney General Eric Holder - House Oversight and Government Reform Committee - Operation Fast and Furious - Politics - President Obama - Rep. Darrell Issa - U.S. Department of Justice
Discussion: Instapundit
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Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
The Definitive Scandal: ‘Gunwalker’ Much Worse Than ‘Iran-Contra’
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The union-owned Democrats  —  “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected,” observed President Obama this week, enjoying a nice chuckle about the unhappy fate of his near-$1 trillion stimulus.  To be sure, Obama has also been promoting a less amusing remedy for anemic growth and high unemployment: exports.
Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Weighs In on Rep. Weiner  —  President Barack Obama had words of encouragement for disgraced former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned yesterday in the wake of a sexting scandal.  —  “I think it was just important for him to be able to focus on his family.
Discussion: USA Today
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Confident Anthony Weiner Will ‘Bounce Back’
Jimmy Carter / New York Times:
Call Off the Global Drug War  —  IN an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring more effective control over the illicit drug trade.
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
Who Is James Johnson?  —  Most political scandals involve people who are not really enmeshed in the Washington establishment — people like Representative Anthony Weiner or Representative William Jefferson.  Most scandals involve spectacularly bad behavior — like posting pictures …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Weinergate: The Search for Meaning!  —  There's no deeper issues.  No broader anything it gets to.  This is a congressman with serious impulse control who's sending muscle shot and maybe penis shot pictures to women on the internet.  —  It's just part and parcel of the ridiculousness of politics and public life in America.
Discussion: RedState and Althouse
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 …
New York Times:
Republicans Urge Cuomo to Alter Same-Sex Marriage Bill  —  ALBANY — Several Republican senators in New York are urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to consider changing his proposed same-sex marriage bill to better protect religious institutions, addressing a concern that has emerged …
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
Aharding / CNN:
TRENDING: Romney tells actual unemployed people he is also unemployed  —  (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has more in common with the average voter than it may seem, or so he said during a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida Thursday.  —  After listening to a group …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty concedes he missed an opportunity to attack Romney at debate
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
White House donor order becomes flashpoint in Congress  —  President Obama's draft executive order that would have government contractors disclose their political contributions has become a flashpoint for partisan fights in Congress.  —  In recent weeks, lawmakers have tried repeatedly …
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Deadline to End Surge
Discussion: The Politico
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Dog-walking collective strolls thin line between anarchist principles, profits
Discussion: Gawker
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
In Rebuilding Iraq's Oil Industry, U.S. Subcontractors Hold Sway
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
White House's Daley seeks balance in outreach meeting with manufacturers
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
House GOP urges delay in 'Don't Ask' repeal certification
Ken Kusmer / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood Gets Support From Feds In Indiana Defunding Case
Discussion: FrumForum
David W. Chen / New York Times:
For Weiner's Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status
Discussion: FrumForum
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The Note:
Professor Newt Criticizes President Obama's ‘Bad Policies’
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Southern Baptists urge path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Violates Transparency Pledge Again With 3:00 AM Vote
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
How Today's Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality
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