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9:50 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.
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Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Aide: Perry Still “Weeks Away” From Big Decision
New York Post:
OK for gay marriage is ‘rite’ around the corner  —  ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo and Senate Republican boss Dean Skelos could say, “I do” as soon as today on a historic gay-marriage bill that includes strengthened exemptions for religious groups.  —  Negotiators for the Republican-run Senate privately admitted …
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 …
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
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What to Do With Lemons  —  While President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have gotten a lot of things right on foreign policy, they've made quite a mess in Israeli-Palestinian relations, where they've alienated all sides and generated zero progress.
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Divided on Premier, Palestinians Cancel Meeting
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 …
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Companies Push for Tax Break on Foreign Cash  —  Some of the nation's largest corporations have amassed vast profits outside the country and are pressing Congress and the Obama administration for a tax break to bring the money home.  —  Apple has $12 billion waiting offshore, Google has $17 billion and Microsoft, $29 billion.
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Graham urges Congress to ‘shut up’ on Libya  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that Congress should not interfere with U.S. operations in Libya.  —  “Congress should sort of shut up and not empower [Libyan leader Muammar] Qadhafi,” Graham said on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
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The Politico:
Robert Gates vigorously backs Libya policy
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and TalkLeft
Agence France Presse:
Nigerian ‘Islamists’ fire at card players, kill two: source  —  KANO, Nigeria — Suspected members of a radical Islamist sect which bombed Nigerian police headquarters on Sunday opened fire on a crowd of card players killing two in a northern city, a senior military officer said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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 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 …
 
 
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Gary Becker / The Becker-Posner Blog:
The Slow Economic Recovery-Becker
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Greek debt crisis: eurozone ministers delay decision on €12bn lifeline
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Charlotte R. Bloomberg, Mayor's Mother, Is Dead at 102
Louise Ireland / Yahoo! News Canada:
NATO admits to civilian deaths in Tripoli air strike
Feifei Sun / The Page:
The Bush Brand  —  First on The Page: Blue-chip C. Boyden Gray …
New York Times:
For Giffords, a Brief Taste of Her Old Life in Tucson
Discussion: The Politico
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Lore Croghan / NY Daily News:
Sen. Chuck Schumer demands bus companies should display safety rating to riders
ABCNEWS:
John McCain Chastises 2012 Republican Field for Isolationism
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Only 15 Percent of Virginia House of Delegates Seats Are Being Contested
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
With executive pay, rich pull away from rest of America