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9:50 AM ET, June 18, 2011

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Senior White House aide: 1996 Obama gay marriage questionnaire is a fake, even though Obama signed it  —  Those are some fighting words from the Obama administration, and they're almost certainly an outright lie.  —  White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told the Netroots Nation blog conference …
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Bachmann Accuses Obama of Secret Medicare Plan  —  NEW ORLEANS — Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the latest candidate to join the Republican presidential campaign, suggested Friday that President Obama secretly wanted Medicare to go bankrupt so retirees would be forced to enroll in the new national health care law.
Ina Jaffe / NPR:
Liberal Bloggers: Obama ‘Not Our Boyfriend Anymore’ … President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists.  —  The panel that drew one of the biggest crowds …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
NETROOTS: Pfeiffer suggests 1996 Obama statement supporting marriage equality a fake
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Refuses To Sign Pro-Life Pledge … WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has refused to sign a pledge being circulated by a pro-life group, citing concerns with the language used in the pact.  —  Romney, a spokeswoman said, is concerned that the pact …
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Huntsman As GOP Litmus Test
Discussion: Mother Jones
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Perry aides fact-finding on Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Key advisers to Texas Gov. Rick Perry are beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign for Iowa's leadoff GOP presidential caucuses by making inquiries about the process in case the Republican seeks the 2012 nomination.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint creates litmus test for 2012 field  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) threatened to withhold his support for Republican presidential candidates unless they sign a pledge requiring fiscal reforms in exchange for raising the debt limit.  —  The conservative senator announced his support of the …
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A.Killough / CNN:
Bachmann: Schools should teach intelligent design
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
BBC:
Afghanistan's Karzai: US ‘in peace talks with Taliban’  —  The Taliban's official position is that foreign troops must leave Afghanistan before it starts talks  —  The US is engaged in talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said, in the first high-level confirmation of US involvement.
Discussion: The Page and FrumForum
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
AARP Is Open to Cuts for Social Security Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — AARP, the powerful lobby for older Americans that has been seen as one of the leading opponents of Social Security benefit cuts, said on Friday that it was open to modest reductions in benefits for future recipients.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Social Security Benefit Cuts “Off the Table”
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Fake Identities Were Used on Twitter in Effort to Get Information on Weiner  —  At least three months before the revelation that former Representative Anthony D. Weiner was sending lewd messages and photos to women online, a small group of self-described conservatives was monitoring his exchanges with women on Twitter.
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Woman says she's too ‘educated’ to be kicked off New York train  —  Loud cell-phone talkers strike again!  —  A woman traveling on New York's Metro North train line was recorded by a fellow passenger telling train employees that she is too “well-educated” to be told to quiet down and not use profanity in her cell-phone conversation.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Dean's World
Jason Hancock / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Nixon vetoes Missouri photo ID legislation  —  JEFFERSON CITY  • Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Friday that could have eventually required voters to provide a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.  —  In the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed an amendment …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
MRC TV:
Petition to Ban Job Killing ATM Machines  —  When we went out on the street and started asking people to sign a petition to ban ATM machines, we expected most of them to call us crazy or to simply ignore us.  But in Barack Obama's America, banning cash machines as economic stimulus actually seems …
Discussion: Hot Air
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama admin to end health care waivers  —  WASHINGTON — Removing a potential political distraction ahead of next year's elections, the Obama administration Friday announced an early end to a health care waiver program that has come under fire from congressional Republicans.
WVLT-TV:
Judge has harsh words for Mom before sentencing her for spanking her kid … CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CBS) — A judge in Corpus Christi, Texas had some harsh words for a mother charged with spanking her own child before sentencing her to probation.  —  “You don't spank children today,” said Judge Jose Longoria.
Discussion: Datechguy's Blog and Instapundit
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
Bristol Palin calls her ex ‘the gnat’ in new book  —  NEW YORK - Bristol Palin writes in her new book of losing her virginity to boyfriend Levi Johnston on a camping trip after getting drunk for the first time on too many wine coolers.  —  She awoke in her tent, alone …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Was That a Denial, Governor?’  —  “We are not having this phone conversation.”  The phone call woke me up from a well-deserved nap here at the Hilton, site of the Right Online conference.  Before I'd laid down for my nap, I'd posted a brief item at The American Spectator blog:
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Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:
Palin Decision Expected Next Week
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Losing His Religion  —  A Pentagon terror scare and a media taboo.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: We'll be on Fox Business Channel's “Lou Dobbs Tonight” as part of the political roundtable.  The show starts at 7 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing at 2 a.m. ET.)  —  There was a terror scare at the Pentagon this morning.
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New York Times:
After Talks With G.O.P., Cuomo Expects Passage of Gay Marriage Bill
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
House GOP-ers issue plea on DADT
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Atlantic Online:
Does Weiner's Exit Mean Stronger Ethics Standards in House?
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Union leader compares Gov. Christie to Hitler at pension reform protest
Discussion: Gothamist and Blue Jersey
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Democrat: We Need ‘Analysis of How Christian Militants ... Might Bring Down The Country’
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Right Wing News
Kathleen Ronayne / OpenSecrets.org:
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
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Rep. Gohmert Suggests Obama's Allegiances Are To “Islamic States”
Discussion: Salon and Booman Tribune
Deborah Sontag / New York Times:
A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions
The Hill:
OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sen. Alexander readies plan to strip energy subsidies
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kristol, Abrams, Kagan letter presses House GOP to back Libya mission
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Ramseyer & Rasmusen: IRS Had No Authority to Waive NOL Rules for GM
Discussion: The Other McCain
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ron Paul rouses conservatives with talk about raw milk, hemp and gold
Discussion: CNN
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Cash for Michelle's Mash-notes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media