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5:55 PM ET, June 22, 2011


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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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
No Joke: Sarah Palin Reportedly Quits One Nation Bus Tour Halfway Through  —  Real Clear Politics is reporting that Sarah Palin has taken an “extended hiatus” from her much ballyhooed One Nation Bus Tour.  While the tour was never clearly defined with specific stops (especially to the media) …
Tomoneil / Awards Tracker:
Sarah Palin is definitely a candidate ... for an Emmy
Discussion: GOP 12 and JammieWearingFool
Jose Antonio Vargas / New York Times:
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant  —  One August morning nearly two decades ago, my mother woke me and put me in a cab.  She handed me a jacket.  “Baka malamig doon” were among the few words she said.  ("It might be cold there.")  When I arrived at the Philippines' Ninoy Aquino International Airport …
Rolling Stone:
Climate of Denial  —  Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?  —  AL GORE  —  The first time I remember hearing the question “is it real?” was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by “professional wrestlers” one summer evening in the gym …
New York Times:
Obama Opts for Faster Afghan Pullout  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Wednesday evening that he will order the withdrawal of 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year, and another 20,000 troops, the remainder of the 2009 “surge,” by the end of next summer …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GRAPH: Obama ‘Withdrawal’ Plan Would Leave More Troops In Afghanistan Than When He Began His Presidency
Discussion: New York Times and
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Michele Bachmann's Holy War  —  The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter  —  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and, as you consider the career and future presidential prospects of an incredible American phenomenon named Michele Bachmann, do one more thing.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
CBO: We'll only have giant deficits if Congress wants giant deficits  —  The Congressional Budget Office just released the latest edition of its long-term budget outlook (pdf), and it shows the same thing as always: If Congress lets the Bush tax cuts expire or offsets their extension …
David Weigel / Slate Magazine:
Nobody's Candidate  —  The media might love Jon Huntsman, but it's less clear that Republicans do.  —  The media create and the media destroy.  Jon Huntsman announced his presidential bid to the kind of hype once reserved for a Pink Floyd reunion or a LeBron James signing …
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
Huntsman's Path  —  In theory, the Jon Huntsman campaign is not the craziest idea.
Jimmy Vielkind / Capitol Confidential:
Silver sees session end today, ready for SSM tweaks  —  After spending 90 minutes meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders emerged to say they have not fully ironed out details of the “big ugly” framework containing a property tax cap, rent regulation renewal and relief of some local government mandates.
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 …
The Investigative Project on Terrorism:
CAIR Loses IRS Status  —  Donations to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) no longer are tax deductible after the organization was among 275,000 tax-exempt organizations purged earlier this month by the Internal Revenue Service.  —  The groups failed to file required annual reports …
Washington Times:
GRAY: Taxpayers' subsidization of war on Fox News
Dylan Howard / RADAR:
Tobey Maguire Sued Over Multi-Million Dollar Illegal Poker Game; DiCaprio, Affleck & Damon Involved  —  Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire is among more than a dozen high-profile Hollywood celebrities being sued in connection with a mega-millions illegal gambling ring that ran high-stakes underground poker games …
David Beasley / Reuters:
Staff quit because “I'm different,” Gingrich says  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday attributed the mass resignations among his campaign staff to the fact that he is “very different” from mainstream politicians.  —  “Philosophically …
Spiegel Online:
Left Party  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.  —  A Map without Israel  —  Germany's Left Party Faces Charges of Anti-Semitism  —  Left Party floor leader Gregor Gysi is concerned that the term “anti-Semitism” is used too often.
Scott / Power Line:
God and damage control at Yale
Discussion: NY Post, JTA and Mondoweiss
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Huntsman's family gave nearly $25,000 to Reid last cycle  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said this week he prefers Jon Huntsman to Mitt Romney in the GOP Mormon presidential primary, has taken a lot of money from the Huntsman family, and the former Utah governor appointed Reid's son, Josh, to Utah's Board of Regents.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Corker warns debt-ceiling deal could be too modest for GOP  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) warned Wednesday that a debt ceiling deal being negotiated in closed-door talks may be too modest and draw little support in the Senate.  —  Corker, a voice with clout on financial issues …
Chris Mooney / DeSmogBlog:
Jon Stewart 1, Politifact 0: Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed  —  I have a lot of respect for political fact checking sites.  I think they play a critical role, especially in our misinformation-saturated political and media environment.  —  However, sometimes these sites fall for the allure of phony bipartisanship.
New York Post:
NBC gives Donald a Trump-sized raise to $160M  —  Playing the presidential card has paid off for Donald Trump.  —  The real-estate mogul and reality-TV host — who kept viewers and the NBC network guessing until the last minute whether he would make a serious run at the Oval Office …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dems lost the argument over the deficit, because they never engaged it  —  In case you need further evidence that the Dem decision to effectively endorse the right's austerity/cut-cut-cut frame is only harming themselves, check out the internals of the new Bloomberg News poll.
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April indicates that the economic recovery is continuing at a moderate pace, though somewhat more slowly than the Committee had expected.  Also, recent labor market indicators have been weaker than anticipated.
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Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
Barney Frank and Ron Paul will Introduce Legislation on Thursday to Fully Legalize Marijuana
Discussion: Gawker, Salon and The Daily Caller
Knickerbocker Ledger:
32nd Vote “Secured” for Marriage Equality
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Lawmakers reintroduce ERA in wake of Supreme Court's Wal-Mart decision
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Osama bin Laden wife to leave Pakistan for Yemen
Nicholas Stephanopoulos / The Huffington Post:
An Auspicious Start  —  A political earthquake shook California …
Steve Ralls / Immigration Equality Action Fund:
Immigration Equality Action Fund Praises Senate Introduction of LGBT-Inclusive Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
NY Times, CNN to Travel Aboard Flotilla
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Who is the Wicked Son?  —  Allison Benedikt's essay on the loss …
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Berton / SFGate:
Man flies US Airways in women's underwear (Photo)
Ella Ide / Agence France Presse:
Italy breaks ranks over NATO's Libya mission
Adam Ozimek / The Atlantic Online:
Tim Pawlenty Can Get 5% Growth (But He Needs Immigrants to Help)
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
100 Days  —  There is something crazy about what is going on in our country today.
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 8% Approve of Job Congress Is Doing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Feds crack down on campus flirting and sex jokes
Wall Street Journal:
Florida Lawmaker Faces Ethics Review