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9:05 AM ET, June 20, 2011

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Miss Usa / Washington Post:
How states are rigging the 2012 election  —  An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot.  If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging.  But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper.
Wall Street Journal:
Texan Perry Sizes Up Roadblocks to GOP Bid  —  Aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry said they are scrambling to determine the logistical challenges he would face in making a late entry to the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, the latest sign he is serious about joining the contest.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Aide: Perry Still “Weeks Away” From Big Decision
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Divided on Premier, Palestinians Cancel Meeting  —  GAZA — In a blow to Palestinian unity efforts, a meeting in Cairo planned for this week so that the leaders of the two main factions could announce a new government has been called off for lack of agreement on a prime minister, Palestinian officials said Sunday.
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
The greatest gift to the Greeks might be to let them go it alone  —  Bail-outs and austerity measures are only making the country's burden harder to bear, writes Boris Johnson.  —  The Parthenon.  The EU's continued actions over Greece's financial woes have all the makings of a tragedy, says Boris Johnson.
Discussion: Guardian and Samizdata.net
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘most consistently misinformed media viewers’  —  I'd be remiss if I didn't also flag this gem from Jon Stewart's appearance on “Fox News Sunday” this morning.  He was explaining that he, as a comedian, doesn't deserve credibility in political media, and it's ultimately the result of …
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
The Big Man, Much More Than Springsteen's Sideman  —  It was never just about the saxophone.  In more than three decades wielding his tenor sax with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, from its beginning in 1972 to his death at 69 on Saturday, Clarence Clemons was as much a symbol as a sideman.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Justices Have Been Forced To Resign For Doing What Clarence Thomas Has Done  —  Justice Clarence Thomas is an ethics problem in a black robe.  Just eight months after ThinkProgress broke the story of Thomas' attendance at a Koch-sponsored political fundraiser, we learn that Thomas …
Idaho Statesman:
State Sen. John McGee arrested for drunken driving, grand theft  —  State Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, was arrested overnight by Ada County Sheriff's deputies for misdemeanor drunken driving and felony grand theft.  —  McGee, 38, was being held in the Ada County Jail on Sunday.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Gangster government attack on oil companies  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  Let me give a hearty endorsement of my Examiner colleague Timothy Carney's Monday column on the Democrats' proposal to take away “tax subsidies” from big oil companies.
Discussion: GayPatriot
New York Times:
For Giffords, a Brief Taste of Her Old Life in Tucson  —  TUCSON — She went past her old haunts and her old hiking trails in a driving tour of this city she loves.  —  Representative Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head by a gunman who opened fire at a constituent event on Jan. 8 …
Discussion: The Politico
Feifei Sun / The Page:
The Bush Brand  —  First on The Page: Blue-chip C. Boyden Gray backs Utahan's bid, poised to become chair of policy team.  —  HALPERIN'S TAKE  —  This is the first, but by no means the last, of eye-catching endorsements Huntsman will get from the GOP Establishment, including many with ties to Ronald Reagan and Bushes 41 and 43.
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Poll: Time for Senator Orrin Hatch to go  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A majority of Utah voters believe Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been in office too long and should be replaced, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows.  —  The poll by Dan Jones & Associates found only 38 percent of registered voters agree …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Majority says military involved in too many places  —  An overwhelming number of voters believe the United States is involved in too many foreign conflicts and should pull back its troops, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  —  Seventy-two percent of those polled …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Louise Ireland / Yahoo! News Canada:
NATO admits to civilian deaths in Tripoli air strike
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Companies Push for Tax Break on Foreign Cash
Eileen F. Toplansky / American Thinker:
The Muslim Brotherhood and Weiner
Lore Croghan / NY Daily News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer demands bus companies should display safety rating to riders
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
For 2012 Hopeful, Envoy Job in China Was a Useful Detour
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ABCNEWS:
John McCain Chastises 2012 Republican Field for Isolationism
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Only 15 Percent of Virginia House of Delegates Seats Are Being Contested
The Politico:
Robert Gates vigorously backs Libya policy
Discussion: CNN and TalkLeft
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America