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8:55 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
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.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann picks wrong John Wayne
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Bachmann Misspeaks While Noting Her Hawkeye Roots
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Not Reaching Out to Key Iowans Ahead of Visit
Discussion: The Note, GOP 12 and Hot Air
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann Confuses John Wayne With John Wayne Gacy (VIDEO)
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
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?
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.
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.
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 and The Impolitic
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Can The Tea Party Survive A Debt Ceiling Deal?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Weigel and Hot Air
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
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.
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 …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Laments Pro-Democracy Movement In Egypt, Says Obama Threw Mubarak ‘Under The Bus’  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Ames, Iowa.  —  In his bid for the White House, Rick Santorum is trying to shed the perception that he is mainly a religious right candidate.
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.
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.
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
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.
Amira Hass / Haaretz:
Gaza flotilla activists: One of our ships was sabotaged  —  Israeli activist says his ship, which is docked in Greece's Piraeus port, was found with its propeller shaft broken which he believes was a deliberate attempt at sabotage.  —  One of the ships due to participate in the Gaza flotilla …
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Obama DREAMs On  —  The DREAM Act is dead in Congress, but the White House is quietly moving to limit deportations of certain undocumented immigrants.  —  Post Comment  —  Has President Barack Obama found a way to enact the principles of the DREAM Act—the bill that would prevent …
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 …
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.
Kate Brumback / Associated Press:
Judge blocks parts of Ga. immigration law  —  ATLANTA — A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.  —  Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request to block parts of the law that penalize people …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Right's Blogger Provocateur  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Breitbart wasn't supposed to be sitting here in a television studio makeup chair.  But when he heard that Anthony Weiner was about to announce his resignation, he dropped everything.  —  Mr. Breitbart, the conservative author …
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Wall Street Journal:
Longer Haul  —  MR. WESSEL: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner laid …
Lisa Sink / Brookfield Patch:
Medicare Concerns Dominate Town Hall Meeting
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Report: Apple is building two (!) iPhones for September release
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty speech will reject GOP isolationism, adviser says
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
To Quote Sir Robin's Minstrel: “They Bravely Ran Away, Away”
The Note:
Herman Cain's ‘Money Bomb’ Drops Today
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Supreme Court strikes down Arizona matching funds campaign law
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Kindelan / ABCNEWS:
Bristol Palin Cites ‘Foolish Decision’ on Virginity and ‘Not Accusing Levi of Date Rape’
Geoffrey R. Stone / New York Times:
Our Untransparent President
Discussion: Hit & Run and ACS Blog
Susan Carroll / Houston Chronicle:
Report: Feds downplayed ICE case dismissals
Discussion: Right Wing News and Pajamas Media
New York Post:
LI man busted for ‘pretending’ to be soldier to get first-class upgrade