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12:10 PM ET, June 20, 2011

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E.J. Dionne Jr / 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McCain attempts to fan the flames  —  There are massive wildfires sweeping Arizona, causing considerable damage in recent weeks to over 500,000 acres.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) toured some of the most affected areas over the weekend, and decided it's time to start pointing fingers.
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Olivia Katrandjian / ABCNEWS:
John McCain's Illegal Immigrants Started Arizona Wildfires Disputed by Forest Service
The Huffington Post:
John McCain: Illegal Immigrants Caused Arizona Wildfires
Discussion: The Reaction
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Yet Another Conservative Economist Thinks Barack Obama Can Travel Through Time  —  Gary Becker explains that the left-wing policies of Barack Obama and the 111th Congress slowed business investment: … Admittedly, I don't have a Nobel Prize.  But I can look up the trajectory of private investment in the United States:
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Gary Becker / The Becker-Posner Blog:
The Slow Economic Recovery-Becker  —  The financial crisis produced the most severe recession since the end of World War II in all the important measures of economic performance, aside from unemployment rates.  Unemployment peaked at 10.2% in 2009, whereas it peaked at 10.8% in December 1982 …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
‘Is It Always Like This?’  —  'I'm not sure there's any way to be prepared for something like this," Jon Huntsman told me last month.  He was reflecting on his debut a few days earlier as a prospective presidential candidate: a gorgeous Thursday evening in New Hampshire when his chartered plane touched …
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 …
Fox News:
NBC Apologizes for Omitting ‘Under God’ From Pledge During U.S. Open Broadcast  —  BETHESDA, Md. — NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of golf's U.S. Open.  —  The words were edited out of a clip …
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Michelle Miller / CBS News:
African-American unemployment at 16 percent  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  The economy and jobs will be big issues in Washington again this coming week.  —  While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 percent, it's at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for African American males.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
New York Post:
Hold it!  Weiner not gone  —  By S.A. MILLER in DC and ALEXIS JEFFRIES in NY  —  Congress waited for Anthony Weiner to say he's leaving — and now it's waiting for him to clean out his desk.  —  Although the randy rep. announced Thursday that he was quitting after seven terms …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Paul Singer / Roll Call:
Bachmann Playing With House Money  —  Bachmann's Congressional Spending Shows Close Links to Political Activity  —  On Nov. 5, 2009, at the behest of Rep. Michele Bachmann, thousands of tea party activists descended on the Capitol to vent their rage over the health care overhaul bill pending before Congress.
CNN:
Supreme Court rules for Wal-Mart in massive job discrimination lawsuit  —  The Supreme Court put the brakes on a massive job discrimination lawsuit against mega-retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., saying sweeping class-action status that could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of current …
BBC:
Singapore urges China to clarify South China Seas claim  —  The Haixun-31 is one of China's most advanced maritime patrol vessels  —  Singapore has called on China to clarify its claims in the South China Sea following recent confrontations with Vietnam and the Philippines.
Discussion: The Agonist
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.
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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.
Toronto Sun:
And they don't want to hear about oilsands development  —  An OPEC billionaire has publicly said what everyone long suspected, but just hadn't heard out loud before: Saudi Arabia doesn't want the world to develop unconventional sources of oil, like Canada's oilsands.
Discussion: RedState
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Gingrich campaign has yet to replace Iowa staff  —  Prominent Iowa Republicans say they have seen no evidence that Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign has made efforts to hire a new Iowa staff since its entire paid crew abruptly resigned almost two weeks ago.
Discussion: GOP 12
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: Pajamas Media and GayPatriot
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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
House May Vote This Week on Money for Libya Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — The House appears likely to vote this week on a measure that would limit financing for the American military efforts in Libya, using the chamber's appropriations power to push back against the White House …
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
RNC announces $6.2 million haul in May  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $6.2 million in May, allowing it to further relieve its debt, the committee announced Monday.  —  The RNC said it had raised $6.2 million last month and had stockpiled $6.1 million in cash on hand.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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