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1:15 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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Bachmann Is In, Officially  —  WATERLOO, Iowa - Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota formally opened her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, presenting herself as a forceful conservative who will confront the party's establishment and not compromise …
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:   Pawlenty Ad in Iowa Targets Bachmann
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
The Note:
Is Michele Bachmann Just Another Mike Huckabee?
The Note:
Herman Cain's ‘Money Bomb’ Drops Today
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and FiveThirtyEight
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton backs New York gay marriage law
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
David Frum / CNN:
I was wrong about same-sex marriage
Discussion: Good As You
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Beyond New York, Gay Marriage Faces Hurdles
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
Christie Says He's ‘Not a Fan’ of Gay Marriage After New York Passes Bill
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
Discussion: Washington Post
Morning Briefing: June 27, 2011
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
160 Million and Counting  —  In 1990, the economist Amartya Sen published an essay in The New York Review of Books with a bombshell title: “More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing.”  His subject was the wildly off-kilter sex ratios in India, China and elsewhere in the developing world.
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Tim Pawlenty Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Protect Kids from Pollution … MINNEAPOLIS, MN (with apologies to The Onion) — Though Tim Pawlenty is considered to be a contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the national spotlight has forced him to repeatedly confront …
Justices strike down taxpayer-supported campaign spending law  —  Washington (CNN) — The Supreme Court has tossed out an Arizona law that provides extra taxpayer-funded support for office seekers who have been outspent by privately funded opponents or by independent political groups.
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: The Politico
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Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Will ICC Arrest Warrants for Qaddafi Make Any Difference?
Discussion: The Politico and
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
What's happened to America's leadership role?
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and The Nation
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Going To College Is Very Valuable  —  American higher education …
Geoffrey R. Stone / New York Times:
Our Untransparent President
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mitch McConnell / CNN:
Cut spending, don't add more stimulus
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama shifts from consensus to instincts on key calls
Discussion: Telegraph, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: The Wire, The Other McCain and Poynter
Virginia Heffernan / Opinionator:
Google's War on Nonsense
John O'Connor / The State:
Haley poised to act on state budget