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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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House tells frustrated liberals: We need your help  —  President Obama's communications czar sought to soothe frustrated liberals Friday, telling them Obama needs their support to win reelection.  —  White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer faced a grilling during an appearance …
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold: ‘The Democratic Party Is In Danger Of Losing Its Identity’
Discussion: TPMDC and ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Limits And Importance Of Campaign Finance Reform
MIke Lillis / The Hill:
Weiner eligible for sizable pension  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) remains eligible for a sizable federal pension despite his resignation from Congress, according to a tax watchdog group.  —  Weiner could receive almost $1.3 million in taxpayer funds over his lifetime …
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Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
Hey Reuters, Anthony Weiner is a Democrat  —  Try again.  Biased idiots.  —  The word “Republican” is even in the article's URL.  I repeat: Idiots.  —  (h/t Jonah Goldberg)
Discussion: Big Journalism
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Bill O'Reilly: 'I Don't Think Vitter Should Be There.  Absolutely Not'  —  Yesterday, Anthony Weiner resigned a few days after admitting he sent lewd messages to women he made over the internet.  Weiner's announcement came after pressure from Leader Nancy Pelosi, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and President Obama.
Discussion: Raw Replay and Mediaite
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Weiner's Pension, Benefits Could Top $1 Million
Anthony Weiner / ibnlive.in.com:
Amid scandal, US Republican Weiner to step down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Fox News:
Suspect in Custody for ‘Suspicious’ Backpack Is Marine Corps Reservist  —  DEVELOPING: The man in custody for carrying a backpack with “suspicious items and products” inside Arlington National Cemetery overnight is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist, military and law enforcement sources tell Fox News.
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WJLA-TV:
Suspicious vehicle closes roads near Pentagon
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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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
My take on the latest Republican polls
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Final Push Against Marriage Equality: It Would Be ‘Perilous’, ‘Detrimental For The Common Good’  —  As the New York Senate prepares to take up legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan appeared on a radio show with the New York Post's Fred Dicker …
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Jimmy Vielkind / Albany Times Union:
Gay marriage bill uncertain
Discussion: Shakesville and TPMDC
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 …
Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:
Palin Decision Expected Next Week  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected within a week to make a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential campaign, according to one Republican source.  —  Vendors of campaign services who hope to work for Team Palin have been told that Palin …
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
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder: lawmakers endangering war on terror
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Daley can't defend Obama's ‘indefensible’ economic policies  —  White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley took heat from business executives Thursday for the Obama administration's regulatory expansions.  Daley also said he didn't have any good answers for some of what President Obama is doing …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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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.
Luciana Lopez / Reuters:
IMF cuts U.S. growth forecast, warns of crisis  —  (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are “playing with fire” unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits.
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.
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Formally Drops Charges Against bin Laden  —  NEW YORK—Federal prosecutors formally dropped criminal charges Friday against Osama bin Laden following his death last month in a raid by U.S. forces.  —  The move officially closes a criminal case against bin Ladin, the al Qaeda leader …
 
 
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