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11:30 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
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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CBS News:
Suspicious item in Pentagon scare “disrupted”
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
Person taken into custody near Pentagon
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Feingold vs. Super PACs
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:   Feingold Criticizes Democrats for Forming Super PACs
Online NewsHour:
The Morning Line: Days Later, Pawlenty Lands Clean Jab at Romney  —  t was Hillary Clinton, in the last presidential campaign, who said that there are no “do-overs.”  —  Tim Pawlenty clearly begs to differ.  —  Back in the safety and comfort of a Fox News studio Thursday with Sean Hannity …
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Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Weighs In on Rep. Weiner
Discussion: USA Today
Anthony Weiner / ibnlive.in.com:
Amid scandal, US Republican Weiner to step down
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
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.
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’
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
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.
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
S. Baptists back immigration ‘path’  —  The nation's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution backing a path to legal status for illegal immigrants at its annual meeting in Phoenix.  —  The resolution calls on the government to make border security …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Associated Press:
Southern Baptists urge path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
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: Moe_Lane's blog 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Deadline to End Surge  —  Pentagon: Wait Until Fall 2012 to End Afghanistan Troop Boost  —  WASHINGTON—The military is asking President Barack Obama to hold off on ending the Afghanistan troop surge until the fall of 2012, in a proposal that would keep a large portion of the 33,000 extra forces …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
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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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
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David W. Chen / New York Times:
For Weiner's Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status
Discussion: FrumForum
The Note:
Professor Newt Criticizes President Obama's ‘Bad Policies’
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