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1:35 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.
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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 …
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Progressives ‘Break Up’ With Obama … MINNEAPOLIS — President Barack Obama is decidedly “not [the left's] boyfriend anymore,” progressive supporters of gay- and immigrant-rights said on Thursday, rebuking the White House for breaking promises to the left while also asking them for money.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold: ‘The Democratic Party Is In Danger Of Losing Its Identity’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and TPMDC
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Limits And Importance Of Campaign Finance Reform
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Feingold vs. Super PACs
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Roll Call and Eschaton
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
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
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Holder: lawmakers endangering war on terror
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
The Definitive Scandal: ‘Gunwalker’ Much Worse Than ‘Iran-Contra’
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.
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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
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
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John Stanton / Roll Call:
Weiner's Pension, Benefits Could Top $1 Million
Luciana Lopez / Yahoo! News Canada:
IMF cuts U.S. growth forecast, warns of crisis  —  SAO PAULO (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.
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.
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
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Anthony Weiner / ibnlive.in.com:
Amid scandal, US Republican Weiner to step down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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S. Baptists back immigration ‘path’
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