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4:20 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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:   Michele Bachmann picks wrong John Wayne
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.
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
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
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.
Justices strike down taxpayer-supported campaign spending law
Discussion: FrumForum
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Supreme Court strikes down Arizona matching funds campaign law
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
SCOTUS issues limited campaign finance ruling
Discussion: Weigel
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: The Note and National Review
The Note:
Is Michele Bachmann Just Another Mike Huckabee?  —  By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter)  —  All roads lead to Iowa this week, and the first stop on the 2012 campaign trail is the city of Waterloo — the childhood home of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and the place …
The Note:
Herman Cain's ‘Money Bomb’ Drops Today
Discussion: The Caucus, USA Today and The Hill
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.
Meena Hartenstein / NY Daily News:
TSA defends decision to make 95-year-old cancer patient remove adult diaper for security screening
Discussion: CNN, International Liberty and Mediaite
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 …
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
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
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 …
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:   Pawlenty Ad in Iowa Targets Bachmann
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Outside The Wire
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 …
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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