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2:20 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'
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and The Wire
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.
David Frum / CNN:
I was wrong about same-sex marriage  —  Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for  A special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002, he is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again,” and is the editor of FrumForum.
Discussion: Good As You and FrumForum
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton backs New York gay marriage law
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Democracy and Gay Marriage
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Supreme Court strikes down Arizona matching funds campaign law  —  The Supreme Court on Monday axed an Arizona campaign finance law that provided additional taxpayer money to in-state candidates outspent by well-funded opponents and independent political groups.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to let California regulate the sale or rental of violent video games to children, saying governments do not have the power to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed” despite complaints about graphic violence.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
SCOTUS issues limited campaign finance ruling
Discussion: Weigel
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
High Court Strikes Down California Videogame Law
Discussion: Truthdig
CNN:   Justices strike down taxpayer-supported campaign spending law
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Supreme Court rejects ban on violent video game sales to kids
Discussion: FrumForum
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Sarah Palin team reaching out to Iowa activists for meetings  —  Sarah Palin's camp is reaching out to activists and operatives in Iowa about setting up meetings while she's in the state Tuesday for the screening of a documentary about her - including with Chuck Laudner, a former Iowa GOP executive director and prominent conservative.
Discussion: National Review and The Note
The Note:
Is Michele Bachmann Just Another Mike Huckabee?
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:   Pawlenty Ad in Iowa Targets Bachmann
The Note:
Herman Cain's ‘Money Bomb’ Drops Today
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP compromise on debt: Cut military spending?  —  As President Obama prepares to meet Monday with Senate leaders to try to restart talks over the swollen national debt, some Republicans see a potential path to compromise: Significant cuts in military spending.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Putting defense spending on the table
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: God Will Destroy America For Marriage Equality  —  Following a story on New York passing marriage equality, Pat Robertson on The 700 Club warned that God will destroy America just like God destroyed Sodom, saying that “there's never been a civilization ever in history …
Katie Kindelan / ABCNEWS:
Bristol Palin Cites ‘Foolish Decision’ on Virginity and ‘Not Accusing Levi of Date Rape’  —  Bristol Palin's contention that former boyfriend Levi Johnston “stole” her virginity is no attempt to bash him for their first sexual encounter, she said on “Good Morning America” today.
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.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Wisconsin GOP Defunds Planned Parenthood, Denying Preventative Health Care To At Least 12,000 Women
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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.
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Consumer Spending in U.S. Stagnated in May  —  Consumer spending unexpectedly stagnated in May as employment prospects dimmed and rising inflation caused Americans to cut back.  —  Purchases were little changed, the weakest outcome since June 2010, after a revised .3 percent gain the prior month …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Jennifer Epstein / Reuters:
Rod Blagojevich verdict to be announced  —  The jury in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reached agreements on 18 of the 20 counts against him and the results will be announced later Monday, the judge in the case said.  —  “The jury has come to a unanimous decision …
Discussion: and ABCNEWS
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
To Quote Sir Robin's Minstrel: “They Bravely Ran Away, Away”
Jed Babbin / American Spectator:
Pinch Happened  —  It's been a bad month for the New York Times.
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
‘RomneyCare’ — a revolution that basically worked
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Emptywheel
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Tim Pawlenty Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Protect Kids from Pollution
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Going To College Is Very Valuable  —  American higher education …
Geoffrey R. Stone / New York Times:
Our Untransparent President
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Susan Carroll / Houston Chronicle:
Report: Feds downplayed ICE case dismissals
Discussion: Right Wing News and Pajamas Media
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Helen Thomas claims to have reapplied for White House press credentials
Ronald Brownstein /
Perry's Predicament: Does He Have Time to Build a National Campaign?
Discussion: GOP 12
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Right's Blogger Provocateur
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