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10:30 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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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
My take on the latest Republican polls
The Note:
Jon Huntsman Cancels Appearance At Republican Leadership Conference Due To Illness
Joe Klein / Time:
Outsiders vs. Insiders: The Struggle for the GOP's Soul
Discussion: The Reaction, The New Republic and CNN
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
Wall Street Journal:
Ethanol Suffers Rare Loss in Senate
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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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Dan Choi Rips Up Obama Flyer: 'I Won't Support Obama If He Doesn't Endorse Marriage Equality'
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
NETROOTS: Choi slams Obama volunteer for lack of support for marriage equality
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
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Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
Obama Claims The UN Can Usurp Congressional War Powers
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:
Southern Baptists urge path to citizenship for illegal immigrants  —  The Southern Baptist Convention has passed a resolution advocating a path to legal status for illegal immigrants.  —  The resolution was passed on Wednesday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest protestant denomination in Phoenix.
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
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.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
White House's Daley seeks balance in outreach meeting with manufacturers  —  It was supposed to be the White House's latest make-nice session with corporate America — a visit by Chief of Staff William M. Daley to a meeting with hundreds of manufacturing executives in town to press lawmakers for looser regulations.
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 …
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.
Henry Payne / National Review:
Cost of Obama's Green-Car Mandate: 260,000 jobs  —  The purpose of federal fuel-economy mandates is to keep the agenda of green pols hidden lest the public awaken to their enormous costs.  Want to make cars fuel efficient?  Tax gas.  And commit political suicide.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
For Weiner's Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status  —  So, who wants to be a lame-duck freshman?  —  That was the reaction from political insiders on Thursday when asked what would become of Representative Anthony D. Weiner's Congressional district, which covers Brooklyn and Queens.
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Confident Anthony Weiner Will ‘Bounce Back’  —  President Obama said he is confident that embattled New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, can bounce back from the sexting scandal that ended the Democrat's congressional career.
Phil Taylor / New York Times:
Obama Admin Objects to Alaska Oil and Gas Development Bill  —  The Obama administration today said a proposal from House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to expedite oil and gas leasing and energy infrastructure permitting in an Alaska reserve could force federal regulators …
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Dog-walking collective strolls thin line between anarchist principles, profits  —  Ameeting of anarchists, progressives, a self-described “surly feminist” and others on the far left of the political spectrum is underway.  They're young and radical.  They're organizing intently.
 
 
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
In Rebuilding Iraq's Oil Industry, U.S. Subcontractors Hold Sway
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
The Definitive Scandal: ‘Gunwalker’ Much Worse Than ‘Iran-Contra’
Wall Street Journal:
Iceland's Banks Come in From the Cold
The Note:
Professor Newt Criticizes President Obama's ‘Bad Policies’
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
JSOnline:
Senate OK'd budget goes to Walker
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Huck: No endorsement yet
Discussion: FrumForum
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Violates Transparency Pledge Again With 3:00 AM Vote
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty concedes he missed an opportunity to attack Romney at debate
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
How Today's Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality
Discussion: The Big Picture and The Daily Dish
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Weiner's exit  —  Anthony Weiner's pained resignation …