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12:25 PM ET, June 17, 2011


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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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top White House official to frustrated liberals: We need your support in 2012  —  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 …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Feingold vs. Super PACs
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Eschaton
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold: ‘The Democratic Party Is In Danger Of Losing Its Identity’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Progressives ‘Break Up’ With Obama
Christina Bellantoni / Roll Call:   Feingold Criticizes Democrats for Forming Super PACs
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 …
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
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
NBC Washington:
Suspicious Man Found Near Pentagon
CBS News:
Suspicious item in Pentagon scare “disrupted”
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 and UrbanGrounds
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder: lawmakers endangering war on terror
Discussion: CNN, ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
The Definitive Scandal: ‘Gunwalker’ Much Worse Than ‘Iran-Contra’
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 …
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Obama Claims The UN Can Usurp Congressional War Powers
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 …
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.
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.
Anthony Weiner /
Amid scandal, US Republican Weiner to step down … New York: US Representative Anthony Weiner, snared in a humiliating flap for sending lewd photos of himself to women online, was set to resign on Thursday, ending a weeks-long scandal that made his fellow Democrats cringe.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
Suzan Clarke / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Weighs In on Rep. Weiner
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.
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 …
Free exchange:
Has the Tea Party peaked?  Some evidence  —  WHAT'S behind the Tea Party?  Is it an affirmative embrace of 19th-century libertarianism and minimal government, or a reactionary rejection of Barack Obama and the serial interventions of the crisis and its aftermath?
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.
Discussion: FrumForum and
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 …
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 …
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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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
So what's the big PHB news? Here you go...
Discussion: Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Weiner's Pension, Benefits Could Top $1 Million
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Vox Popoli
Associated Press:
House keeps farm subsidies, cuts food aid as it passes food and farm spending bill
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Cafe Hayek
Deaths as fresh protests rock Syria
Discussion: The Daily Caller and FrumForum
Ron Kampeas / Capital J | JTA:
The Steve Simon call
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
White House donor order becomes flashpoint in Congress
Wall Street Journal:
Deadline to End Surge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Dog-walking collective strolls thin line between anarchist principles, profits
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
White House's Daley seeks balance in outreach meeting with manufacturers
David W. Chen / New York Times:
For Weiner's Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
Edwards Sought Millions From ‘Bunny’ Mellon
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and FrumForum
The Hill:
Senate kills off ethanol tax credits in possible break with tax pledge

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Disney's President of Motion Picture Studios, Sean Bailey, steps down; Searchlight's co-President David Greenbaum takes over

Kate Knibbs / Wired:
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