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3:30 PM ET, June 21, 2011


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Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Gingrich campaign finance team quits  —  ATLANTA — The top fundraisers for Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign have abandoned his struggling bid amid anemic fundraising and heavy spending.  —  Campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond is confirming to The Associated Press …
Shannon McCaffrey / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Gingrich campaign fundraisers quit
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Gingrich fundraisers quit
Discussion: The Note
Los Angeles Times:
Obama expected to announce major Afghan drawdown  —  Pentagon and White House officials say about 10,000 troops will probably come home this year, a bigger number than Gen. David Petraeus wanted.  —  U.S. troops examine confiscated weapons and ammunition during a raid in Sabari, in eastern Afghanistan, on Sunday.
Obama to announce plan to pull 30,000 troops out of Afghanistan  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama is expected to announce this week that 30,000 U.S. “surge” forces will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, an administration official has told CNN.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Smart Power Setback  —  So far, few politicians have embraced my plan for a Marshall Plan Tax.  The idea is that every time a think-tanker, op-ed writer or retired senator calls for a new Marshall Plan or a moonshot-type initiative to solve a social problem, they would have to pay a tax of $50.
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Gates: Domestic concerns affecting Obama decision on Afghan troops
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
Sheila Marikar / ABCNEWS:
Bristol Palin Reveals True Feelings About the McCains, ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Levi Johnston and More  —  From Levi Johnston to Meghan McCain, Bristol Palin has been put off by a lot of people.  —  In her upcoming memoir, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,” the 20-year-old daughter …
Katie Glueck / Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin, Daughter Bristol Trademark Their Names
Discussion: The Wire
Nathan Hodge / Washington Wire:
Straight Talk From Top Enlisted Marine on 'Don't Ask' Repeal  —  The Command Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the service's top non-commissioned officer, is supposed to be tough, hard-charging — and more than a little intimidating. … In that respect, Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett …
The Note:
Huntsman Campaign Launch Begins Day with Misspelling of His Own Name  —  ABC News' Sarah Kunin (@Sarah_Kunin) reports:  —  Every detail of Jon Huntsman's long-awaited campaign launch was meticulously planned, except of course for one minor detail: the misspelling of the candidate's name.
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Did Obama Really Prevent A Second Great Depression?  —  It has become a common refrain at the White House and among administration supporters that President Obama's aggressive efforts to stimulate growth prevented an economic catastrophe.  —  “We had to hit the ground running and do everything …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Stunning result, twice  —  The result stunned poll director Mark DiCamillo, who said he initially dismissed as an aberration a similar outcome in a March poll that had one of the state's most-popular politicians falling so far from favor.  The nonpartisan Field Poll is considered one of the most reliable surveys in the state.
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Hotline On Call
Scott Wong / The Politico:
John McCain, John Kerry introduce Libya resolution  —  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) introduced a resolution Tuesday that would give President Barack Obama the green light to continue limited military operations in Libya.  —  The language of the proposal has more teeth …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Today in Endless War
Katie Moisse / ABCNEWS:
N.C. Man Allegedly Robs Bank of $1 to Get Health Care in Jail  —  A 59-year-old man has been jailed in Gastonia, N.C., on charges of larceny after allegedly robbing an RBC Bank for $1 so he could get health care in prison.  Richard James Verone handed a female teller a note demanding the money …
Discussion: In the Arena and JammieWearingFool
Man robbed bank for $1 to cover jail health care
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a DNC Event  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, everybody.  Please have a seat, have a seat.  —  It is wonderful to see all of you.  I've got a lot of friends in the room here.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Rise of Uncompassionate Conservatism  —  The Republican noncandidate flavor of the week is Texas governor Rick Perry.  If you squint just right, you could mistake him at a podium for his predecessor, George W. Bush.  Except for his message.  —  There might be no more powerful symbol … Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Jon Stewart: “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ...  Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”  —  “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? ...  Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”  —  “President Obama and liberal former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine's $787 billion stimulus failed to create jobs.”
Cigarette Health Warnings  —  Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.  These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
N.L.R.B. Rules Would Streamline Unionizing  —  In a move that will undoubtedly please labor unions, the National Labor Relations Board announced on Tuesday morning that it was proposing new rules to speed up unionization elections, largely by streamlining various procedures.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Astronaut husband of Rep. Giffords to retire  —  Astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), announced Tuesday he would retire Oct. 1.  —  Kelly, a captain in both NASA and the Navy, recently piloted the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty buys ads in Iowa  —  Tim Pawlenty will become the first Republican candidate to launch a major media buy in Iowa.  —  Pawlenty is going up with ads in the first-in-the-nation caucus state starting tomorrow on Fox News with a buy just under $50,000 in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines …
Schumer adds new weight to repatriation tax talks  —  Apple, Cisco, and other multinationals are lobbying hard for a tax break on foreign income.  They may have a new ally in Sen. Chuck Schumer.  —  By Tory Newmyer, writer  —  FORTUNE — The campaign by U.S. multinationals to sell Congress …
Audrey Hudson / Human Events:
Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids  —  Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration's food police.
Richard Black / BBC:
World's oceans in ‘shocking’ decline  —  Coral reefs are subject to “multiple stressors” that could destroy many within a human generation  —  The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.  —  In a new report, they warn that ocean life is …
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Myth of ‘Job-Killing’ Spending  —  Drastic expenditure cuts would imperil a shaky economy that still isn't generating enough jobs.  —  It was the British economist John Maynard Keynes who famously wrote that ideas, “both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Against Character  —  NYC Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden  —  Rezoning in the Bronx: … I can't tell from this website whether or not this is, on net, an increase in density or a decrease.  But in line with what I was saying about Minneapolis architecture, I don't understand the view …
Discussion: The Real Deal and Eschaton
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
A License to Lie, Backdated  —  Steve Randy Waldman writes about finance and economics at the website Interfluidity.  —  In a party-line, 5 to 4 split, the Supreme Court last week severely curtailed investors' practical ability to hold financial intermediaries accountable for fraud.
Discussion: The Impolitic and
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Clarence Thomas Decided Three Cases Where AEI Filed A Brief After AEI Gave Him A $15,000 Gift  —  In 2001, a conservative, corporate-aligned think tank called the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) gave Justice Clarence Thomas the gift of a $15,000 bust of Abraham Lincoln.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Jack & Jill Politics
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Mike Lillis / Healthwatch:
Reps. Frank, Polis urge DOJ to leave medical marijuana to states
Discussion: Firedoglake
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Are Taxes High or Low? A Further Look
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell promotes her ‘Troublemaker’ book
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
Trendspotting: Will Law School Start Decreasing The Supply of Unemployable New Lawyers?
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Casey Seiler / Capitol Confidential:
Alesi at rally: ‘I think I have some new friends’
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Geithner: We Need ‘Revenue Increases;’ Cutting Deficit by Spending Cuts Alone ‘Irresponsible’
John Sides / News:
The Effects of a Tax Receipt
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Muslim woman Carnita Matthews escapes jail by remaining behind her burqa
Michelle Obama Meets With Nelson Mandela, Says President Is ‘Pouty’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Felix Salmon:
Charts of the day: The rise in structural unemployment
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
Mysteries of a Nazi Photo Album