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9:55 AM ET, June 22, 2011


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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich had second line of credit at Tiffany and Co.  —  Former House speaker Newt Gingrich had a second line of credit at the high-end jewelry store Tiffany and Co. for as much as $1 million dollars, his presidential campaign acknowledged Tuesday.  —  Joe DeSantis, a spokesman for Gingrich …
The Note:
Newt Gingrich Had Second Line of Credit at Tiffany's
Barack Obama and Pentagon split on Afghanistan pullout  —  US president set to reject military advice by withdrawing more troops from Afghanistan  —  Barack Obama is set to reject the advice of the Pentagon by announcing on Wednesday night the withdrawal of up to 30,000 troops from Afghanistan …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Afghan war is first task for Panetta
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Top Dem picks Huntsman  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ventured into the 2012 presidential waiting game Tuesday, offering up his pick for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  “If I had a choice, I would favor Huntsman over Romney,” Reid told reporters after a meeting on Capitol Hill.
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Huntsman Announces Run for President
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Analysis: Economy, independents key to Obama v. Romney race
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid: Huntsman over Romney in GOP field
Wall Street Journal:
Florida Lawmaker Faces Ethics Review  —  WASHINGTON—A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The investigation of Mr. Hastings is being conducted …
Julie Mason / The Politico:
W.H. flags Drudge-mocked transcript  —  When laughter turns to applause: Welcome to the White House  —  The Drudge Report Tuesday morning cheekily linked to an official White House transcript of President Obama's remarks from a fundraiser the night before, which noted the audience laughing at his jobs claims.
Allan / Angry Black Lady Chronicles:
Keeping It Classy at the NRSC … Fox News F**kery, I Heart Ye, Kick Ass, Politics and Culture
Discussion: The Impolitic
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House to vote on authorizing or ending Libya mission  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) plans to introduce two Libya measures that present House lawmakers with a stark choice: Vote to authorize the U.S. combat mission or vote to end it.  —  House Republicans will discuss the proposals …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:   Libya and America's commitment problem
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
F.B.I. Seizes Web Servers, Knocking Sites Offline  —  Updated Adding that the F.B.I. did not comment.  —  Updated Adding comments from Curbed Network and Instapaper.  —  The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday, causing several Web sites …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Jon Huntsman: I'd ‘Respect’ New York Law Allowing For Same-Sex Marriage … Gay Marriage , Gay Marriage New York , Huntsman Gay Marriage , New York Same Sex Marriage , Gop Gay Marriage , Huntsman , Huntsman Campaign , Huntsman Presidential Campaign , Huntsman Republican Presidential Field …
Jennifer Martinez / The Politico:
Six GLAAD board members resign amid AT&T flap  —  Six board members of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have resigned amid the fallout over the organization's letter in support of AT&T's proposed bid for wireless rival T-Mobile, a person familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and The Gist
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP NewsBreak: A twist in Obama's health care law  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed.
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Bus Tour Takes Extended Pit Stop  —  Less than a month after she appeared poised to shake up the Republican presidential campaign, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has once again receded from the 2012 limelight.  —  When Palin launched her “One Nation” bus tour on Memorial Day amid …
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Post:
The gang that couldn't sting straight  —  What did Attorney General Eric Holder know — and when did he know it?  —  That's the question congressional investigators are asking — and rightly so — about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which stands exposed …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Lev / Arutz Sheva:
Min. Edelstein Asks Apple to Remove Anti-Israel App  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Israeli officials were up in arms Tuesday after Apple cleared for release into the iPhone App Store an application that encourages violent uprising against Israel, and advocates violence against …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israel Matzav
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How did Obamacare get so screwed up?  —  The Democrats' “historic achievement,” shocking as it seems, turns out to be an expensive, jobs-crippling monstrosity that is filled with unintended consequences.  Employers are likely to dump employees into highly subsidized exchanges.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and National Review
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Americans Worse Now Than When Obama Inaugurated by 44%-34% Margin in Poll  —  Two years after the official start of the recovery, the American people remain pessimistic about their current economic circumstances and longer-term prospects.  —  Fewer than a quarter of people see signs …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Poll: Bachmann surges to primary lead  —  Fresh off her well-received performance in last week's GOP presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann now tops the field of candidates in a new Zogby poll of Republican primary voters.  —  The poll found Mrs. Bachmann garnering 24 percent of the vote …
Wall Street Journal:
Website Hulu Considers Sale  —  Web-video site Hulu LLC is weighing whether to sell itself, according to people familiar with the matter, its latest strategic crossroads as the fight over distributing TV content online intensifies.  —  Hulu's board is considering the move after a potential buyer …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Senate budget chairman says $2 trillion not enough  —  The debt-reduction package emerging in talks between the White House and congressional leaders would not “fundamentally change” the alarming rate of growth in the national debt, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said Tuesday.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann To Launch Campaign From Iowa On Monday (EXCLUSIVE) … WASHINGTON - Rep. Michele Bachmann will officially launch her campaign for president next Monday in Iowa, the Huffington Post has learned.  —  Bachmann is set to announce the details of the event on Wednesday morning …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Iraq violence intensifies as talks continue on U.S. troop presence  —  BAGHDAD — Terrorist attacks, including a bombing Tuesday that killed two dozen people, are intensifying across Iraq as the country's political blocs step up discussions about whether the coalition government will ask …
Discussion: Attackerman
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Don't Look To The Courts As An Engine Of Social Change  —  Something that I think most people don't realize is that for the vast majority of American history, the judicial branch has been a very conservative elite-dominated institution.  Most people's view of the matter is distorted …
Todd Starnes / FOX News Radio:
Atheists Want Sign Honoring 9-11 Firefighters Removed  —  A group of New York City atheists is demanding that the city remove a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks because they said the sign violates the separation of church and state.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed's 3-Year Rescue Plan Falling Short of Promise  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve hoped that its three-year-old economic rescue campaign would reach a climax at the end of June.  It hoped that consumers and businesses by now would be spending more and more, and the central bank could start doing less and less.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
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Mortimer B. Zuckerman / US News:
Why the Jobs Situation Is Worse Than It Looks
Discussion: John Lott's Website and Daily Kos
Helen Anders / Austin American-Statesman:
Where have all the snow globes gone? To the state surplus store
New York Times:
Greek Parliament Passes Critical Confidence Vote
Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Federal Budget Math: We Can't Repeat the Past
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Gore says extreme weather shows need to take action on climate change
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Olbermann beats CNN in the demo
Assembly passes concealed carry bill, sends to Walker
Discussion: Althouse
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Mike Brownfield / The Heritage Foundation:
Morning Bell: Pictures of America's Fiscal Nightmare
Discussion: Babalú Blog and Doug Ross
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Five Points in Perry's Favor
Sumathi Reddy / Metropolis:
Upper West Side Bagel Legend to Close
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Gothamist and City Room
Associated Press:
McCain scoffs at idea of a second presidential run
Discussion: National Review
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
PIMCO Founder To Deficit-Obsessed Congress: Get Back To Reality
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue State Schools: The Shame of a Nation
Discussion: alicublog, Instapundit and RedState