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12:20 PM ET, June 27, 2011


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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Bachmann won't take Fox host's apology  —  Via POLITICO's Jennifer Epstein, Michele Bachmann isn't accepting an apology from Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace for asking her yesterday, “Are you a flake?”  —  ABC News' Jon Karl, who's been getting face-time with Bachmann in Waterloo in advance …
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace On Michele Bachmann's ‘Flake’ Question: 'I Messed Up, I'm Sorry'  —  Chris Wallace is back again commenting on one of his interviews, but this time he is also apologizing.  Earlier today he interviewed Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and rather bluntly asked her “are you a flake?”
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and The Wire
The Note:
Is Michele Bachmann Just Another Mike Huckabee?
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Bachmann well-positioned for Iowa, and maybe beyond
Discussion: GOP 12, The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Chris Wallace Strikes Back At Jon Stewart: Hannity and O'Reilly's Viewers Better Informed Than Daily Show's
Discussion: Verum Serum
New York Times:
Gay Marriage: Where's Mr. Obama?  —  On Thursday night, when same-sex marriage in New York State was teetering on a razor's edge, President Obama had a perfect opportunity to show the results of his supposed evolution on gay marriage.  —  Unfortunately, he did not take it, keeping his own views in the shadows.
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
How the Same-Sex Marriage Deal Nearly Collapsed  —  Until the end, when 33 state senators had cast their votes on Friday night, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo privately feared that his bill to legalize same-sex marriage would fail.  —  A few days before, it nearly did.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Beyond New York, Gay Marriage Faces Hurdles
Discussion: New York Magazine
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Christie Says He's ‘Not a Fan’ of Gay Marriage After New York Passes Bill
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. Plans Stealth Survey on Access to Doctors  —  WASHINGTON — Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors' offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
In Response To Prosser Choking Allegations, Fox's Van Susteren Calls On Female Chief Justice To Resign  —  Over the weekend, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that Justice David Prosser “grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers last week …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Putting defense spending on the table  —  One of the many problems with the debt-reduction talks is the narrow scope of what Republicans consider acceptable.  They are, or at least claim to be, desperate to cut spending and reduce the deficit in a hurry, but they're also quick to reject …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP compromise on debt: Cut military spending?
Mitch McConnell / CNN:
Cut spending, don't add more stimulus  —  Editor's note: Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is the Republican leader in the U.S. Senate.  —  Washington (CNN) — Later today, I will sit down with President Barack Obama to discuss his request to increase the nation's debt ceiling …
Discussion: National Review
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Congressional Week Ahead: Obama Enters Budget Talks
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Debt deal now up to the leaders
New York Post:
LI man busted for ‘pretending’ to be soldier to get first-class upgrade  —  This GI Joe wannabe got a hero's welcome just by dressing the part.  —  A Long Island man was arrested for donning an Army uniform and brazenly posing as a soldier so he'd get bumped up to first class on a flight …
Discussion: Outside The Wire
Maggie Fox /
Wisconsin Cuts Funds to Planned Parenthood  —  On shaky ground: Four states have acted to cut funds to Planned Parenthood.  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget Sunday that cuts education and health clinics — including Planned Parenthood clinics — to plug a $3 billion shortfall without raising taxes, AP reported.
Associated Press:
Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Walker signs budget bill, vetoes just 50 items
Discussion: Brookfield Patch and Althouse
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Inside Nancy Pelosi's drive to win the House majority back for Democrats  —  View Photo Gallery —  It has been almost six months since the California congresswoman relinquished the speakership of the House.  Now, as minority leader, she is focused on winning back Democratic control.
John Leland / New York Times:
At Gay Pride Parade, Cuomo Is Center of Attention  —  Two days after the State Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage, participants in New York's 42nd annual gay pride parade on Sunday came to shout, dance, cheer, strut, hug and shed tears of joy, knowing that on July 24, when the law takes effect …
Discussion: New York Magazine
New York Post:
Cheers for Gov. Cuomo at gay pride parade
NY Daily News:
Disgraced former pol Anthony Weiner, ‘miserable’ wife Huma Abedin spotted dining in Chelsea  —  Sexting ex-pol Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin stroll up Fifth Ave.  Saturday after brunch with a couple of cones from a pit stop at Baskin Robbins.  Below, they head off hand-in-hand.
Marlise Simons / New York Times:
Hague Court Issues Warrant for Qaddafi for War Crimes  —  PARIS — The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued arrest warrants on Monday for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi , his son Seif al-Islam and his chief of intelligence, Abdullah al-Sanoussi on charges of crimes against humanity stemming …
TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida  —  (CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Several States Forbid Abortion After 20 Weeks  —  Dozens of new restrictions passed by states this year have chipped away at the right to abortion by requiring women to view ultrasounds, imposing waiting periods or cutting funds for clinics.  But a new kind of law has gone beyond such restrictions …
Susan Carroll / Houston Chronicle:
Report: Feds downplayed ICE case dismissals  —  Homeland Security officials misled the public and Congress last year in an effort to downplay a wave of immigration case dismissals in Houston and other cities amid accusations that they had created a “back-door amnesty,” newly released records show.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Pajamas Media
Ronald Brownstein /
Perry's Predicament: Does He Have Time to Build a National Campaign?  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still weeks away from a decision on joining the 2012 Republican presidential race, but his camp has already made some key decisions about how he would run if he does, according to his top political adviser.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama shifts from consensus to instincts on key calls
Discussion: Telegraph, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Helen Thomas claims to have reapplied for White House press credentials
Justices strike down taxpayer-supported campaign spending law
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Right's Blogger Provocateur
Discussion: The Wire, The Other McCain and Poynter
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John O'Connor / The State:
Haley poised to act on state budget
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