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5:45 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  —  ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich's top two fundraising advisers resigned on Tuesday, and officials said the Republican candidate's hobbling presidential campaign carried more than $1 million in debt.  —  The departures of fundraising director Jody Thomas …
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.
The Atlantic Online:
How to Think About Jon Huntsman
Alex Klein / The New Republic:
InTrade And Jon Huntsman: Why the Media's Faith in the Internet Betting Ring Is Foolish
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid: Huntsman over Romney in GOP field
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Aharding / CNN:
Huntsman's future may hinge on his past
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Never Mind The Drawdown: Taliban Talks, Not Troop Numbers, Are What Really Matter for Afghanistan
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Gates: Domestic concerns affecting Obama decision on Afghan troops
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
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 …
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 …
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, CNN and Taylor Marsh
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
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 …
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
U.S. Releases Graphic Images to Deter Smokers
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 …
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.
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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Perry aids prepped for rumor rehash
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue State Schools: The Shame of a Nation  —  When it come to excellence in education, red states rule — at least according to a panel of experts assembled by Tina Brown's Newsweek.  Using a set of indicators ranging from graduation rate to college admissions and SAT scores …
Discussion: Instapundit and RedState
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
PIMCO Founder To Deficit-Obsessed Congress: Get Back To Reality  —  One of the most influential investors in the world of finance has a message for lawmakers — particularly conservative lawmakers — on Capitol Hill: rejoin the real world.  —  In a prospectus for clients, Bill Gross …
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
Trendspotting: Will Law School Start Decreasing The Supply of Unemployable New Lawyers?  —  What is this, a law school for ants?  —  If the American Bar Association was serious about protecting its members, it'd be trying to do something to stop the influx of market-depressing new attorneys.
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Are Taxes High or Low?  A Further Look  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served  —  on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  —  A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the low level of federal taxes as a share …
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 …
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 …
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.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Report: Weiner's seat to be filled on Sept. 13  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will call a special election on Sept. 13 to fill former Rep. Anthony Weiner's seat, WNBC-TV reporter Andrew Siff reported.  —  Siff tweeted that the date to replace the Democratic lawmaker who resigned …
Discussion: USA Today
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.
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.
Sumathi Reddy / Metropolis:
Upper West Side Bagel Legend to Close … At 80th Street and Broadway, the sign is already gone but the aroma of freshly baked bagels still lingers.  —  Inhale it fast, Upper West Siders, because this is it: H & H Bagels, a Sunday stalwart for generations, will close Wednesday.
Discussion: Gothamist
Michelle Obama Meets With Nelson Mandela, Says President Is ‘Pouty’  —  First lady Michelle Obama visited Nelson Mandela on the first day of her trip to South Africa today and told one greeter that her husband was “pouty” that he couldn't come along.  —  The first lady's weeklong trip …
Discussion: Politics and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Associated Press:
McCain scoffs at idea of a second presidential run
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Kerry and McCain Introduce Libya Resolution
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
Mike Lillis / Healthwatch:
Reps. Frank, Polis urge DOJ to leave medical marijuana to states
Discussion: Firedoglake
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Christine O'Donnell promotes her ‘Troublemaker’ book
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Against Character  —  NYC Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden
Discussion: The Real Deal and Eschaton
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Myth of ‘Job-Killing’ Spending
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
A License to Lie, Backdated
Discussion: The Impolitic and
Muslim woman Carnita Matthews escapes jail by remaining behind her burqa
Richard Black / BBC:
World's oceans in ‘shocking’ decline

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Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

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