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7:30 PM ET, June 27, 2011


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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
The wrong John Wayne  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo's own John Wayne.  —  The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann cites wrong John Wayne, praises notorious serial killer  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has a thing for John Wayne.  In an interview yesterday with Newsmax, she said she wants to live in “John Wayne's America.”  And in the Iowa town of Waterloo today, where she announced …
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
John Wayne's Waterloo connection  —  Michele Bachmann misstated Iowa (and Hollywood) history when she said John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, but she may have been thinking of Wayne's parents, who had at least a brief connection to the town.  From the biography, “John Wayne: American”:
Discussion: TPMDC and Weigel
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann picks wrong John Wayne  —  After a campaign rollout heavily focused on her Iowa native creds, Michele Bachmann stumbles into one heck of a case of mistaken identity: … Bachmann has run into this kind of trouble before, like when she confused Concord, N.H., with Concord …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Democracy and Gay Marriage
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: CNN, The Note and National Review
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Not Reaching Out to Key Iowans Ahead of Visit  —  WATERLOO, Iowa — Sarah Palin appears to be designing her impending visit to Iowa to be as low-key as possible.  —  The former Alaska governor is slated to arrive in the small Iowa town of Pella on Tuesday to attend the premiere of …
Discussion: The Note, GOP 12 and Hot Air
The Note:
Is Michele Bachmann Just Another Mike Huckabee?
The Note:
Herman Cain's ‘Money Bomb’ Drops Today
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts  —  A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts, finding he brazenly abused the powers of his office in a series of attempted shakedowns captured on undercover government recordings.  —  Blagojevich showed no reaction as the jury announced their decisions.
Chris Bury / ABCNEWS:
Blagojevich Jurors Reach Verdict, Reportedly Agree on 18 of 20 Counts
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
White House: ‘Significant’ deal on debt possible  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Monday that a “significant” deal with Republicans on cutting government spending and raising the nation's debt limit is still possible, even as the administration hardened its stance on the need …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
McConnell: Tax hikes ‘politically impossible’
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP compromise on debt: Cut military spending?
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Hillary: State Dept. ‘Instrumental in Sealing Deal’ For Lady Gaga's Gay Pride Gig in Rome  —  Clinton specifically pointed to a letter that David Thorne, the U.S. ambassador to Italy, sent to Lady Gaga urging her to participate in the event.  —  “And then there is the work that our embassy team in Rome has been doing,” Clinton said.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Hatch showdown?  Tea party activists knock on GOP's door, literally  —  Washington (CNN) - Will it spark an altercation between tea party activists and establishment Republicans?  —  On Monday, leaders and supporters of FreedomWorks - a major tea party sponsor - will make an unscheduled visit …
Discussion: Instapundit
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Can The Tea Party Survive A Debt Ceiling Deal?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Weigel
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Texas votes to defund Planned Parenthood  —  The Texas Legislature approved a bill Monday that would both compel the state to push the Obama administration to convert Texas's Medicaid program into a block grant and defund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
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 …
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Pentagon Confirms New DADT Discharges  —  The Pentagon confirmed Monday that more service members have been discharged under “don't ask, don't tell” pending certification of the policy's repeal, with one individual's discharge approved as recently as Thursday.
Women Withhold Sex Until Road Is Fixed  —  Erin Gloria Ryan —Have you ever used sex as a tool to get your boyfriend or partner to bend to your will?  Have you ever performed a sex act as a reward for a desired behavior or series of behaviors?  How about withheld it in response to bad behavior …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
ABC News:
N Korean children begging, army starving  —  Footage shot inside North Korea and obtained by the ABC has revealed the extent of chronic food shortages and malnutrition inside the secretive state.  —  The video is some of the most revealing footage ever smuggled out of the impoverished North Korean state.
Jesus' General:
Murder our Citizens, Please  —  As boatloads of American humanitarianofascists, including Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, and the Obamishly hued novelist/poet Alice Walker, steam toward Gaza, one proud GOP operative, Josh Trevino, assures Israel: … That's what I call thinking out of the box.
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.”  He was formerly a Washington correspondent and a Middle East correspondent for the New Yorker.  —  Tim Pawlenty Girds for Romney, Embraces Reagan: Jeffrey Goldberg
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Lisa Sink / Brookfield Patch:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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Amira Hass / Haaretz:
Gaza flotilla activists: One of our ships was sabotaged
New York Post:
Bloomberg's big bluff
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
New Pro-Romney Super PAC Run By Operative Behind Racist Willie Horton, ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Ads
Discussion: PrideSource
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
To Quote Sir Robin's Minstrel: “They Bravely Ran Away, Away”
 Earlier Items: 
Jed Babbin / American Spectator:
Pinch Happened  —  It's been a bad month for the New York Times.
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Supreme Court strikes down Arizona matching funds campaign law
Discussion: The Politico, Weigel and ABCNEWS
Susan Carroll / Houston Chronicle:
Report: Feds downplayed ICE case dismissals
Discussion: Right Wing News and Pajamas Media