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10:55 PM ET, June 28, 2011

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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
John Quincy Adams a Founding Father?  Michele Bachmann Says Yes  —  On the heels of her official entry into the Presidential campaign in Iowa yesterday, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann came to “GMA” today.  I gave her the opportunity to clear up some of her past statements that caused Chris Wallace …
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Des Moines Register:
Bachmann is so not ready for presidency, but Pawlenty has the judgment and skills  —  In early 2012, Iowans in all 99 counties will bundle up, brave the cold night air, and join neighbors and fellow Republicans in casting their vote for the next president of the United States.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Mainstream media covers up horrifying Obama mistake  —  No one in mainstream media seems inclined to mention Barack Obama's horrifying mistake last Thursday when, speaking at Fort Drum, he said that SFC Jared Monti was “the first person who I was able to award …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
More Bachmann Surge  —  We've never found her leading one of our state polls until now but Michele Bachmann's been on fire for the last two weeks and we find her at the top of the GOP field in both Oregon and Montana when Sarah Palin's not included.  That's just more indication that if Palin ends …
Jeffrey Lord / AmSpecBlog:
Levin: Stephanopoulos Is Foolish in Lecturing Bachmann  —  Sigh.  —  You'd think liberals would learn.  —  Of course not.  —  George Stephanopoulos made the mistake of going after Michele Bachmann on history — and promptly proceeded to get his history foolishly wrong.  Said George:
Mark Levin / Facebook:
George Stephanopolous: Flake  —  George Stephanopolous has revealed his own flakiness and ignorance in his effort to pile on Michele Bachmann.  No, John Quincy Adams was not a founding father.  He was John Adams' son.  So, if she makes another 1,000 misstatements, only then will she come close …
Discussion: Fox News and Riehl World View
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
John Quincy Adams Wikipedia Page Edited To Describe Him As A ‘Founding Father’  —  GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is now getting the Sarah Palin treatment on Wikipedia.  In light of Bachmann's latest historical hiccup, people are trying to edit John Quincy Adam's Wikipedia page to reflect her recent gaffe.
The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's thin legislative résumé
The Note:
Sarah Palin's Unlikely Supporter  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM) reports from Pella, Iowa:  —  There's the stereotype of the Sarah Palin supporter, and then there's Sonnie Johnson.  —  The 30-year-old African-American mother and wife is featured in “The Undefeated” …
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Vows “110 Percent” Commitment to Iowa — If She Runs  —  PELLA, Iowa — Though she indicated that she is still not close to announcing her decision on whether to run for president, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday said that she would fully commit to the traditional process leading …
Discussion: Hot Air and Victory Film Group
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin doesn't deny that she's decided on 2012
Discussion: The Note, Salon and CNN
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
N.Y. town clerk: I won't sign gay wedding license  —  New York's gay weddings victory lap has not extended to all parts of the Empire State, with a rural town clerk determined to not sign any same-sex marriage licenses.  —  Barbara MacEwen, the town clerk in upstate Volney who is responsible …
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Christian Schneider / National Review:
More Details Emerge in Wisconsin's ‘Chokegate’  —  With the Wisconsin Supreme Court devolving into a storyline only Vince McMahon could love, rumors are still swirling about what actually happened when two justices engaged in a physical confrontation behind closed doors on June 13.
CNN:
Bombers attack luxury hotel in Kabul  —  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A group of people using bombs and small arms attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul Tuesday, and fighting was ongoing with Afghan security forces, Chief of Criminal Investigation Mohammed Zahir told CNN.
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Associated Press:
Senior Leader of Al Qaeda Group Captured While Dressed as Woman
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Dire Straights  —  The decline of marriage isn't the fault of gays.  —  If you're a single man in New York state, we have some good news.  Soon there will be a way for you to get married and never have to worry about your wife complaining about the toilet seat or taking half your stuff in a divorce.
Discussion: Adam Serwer
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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Tearful Glenn Beck Describes How He And His Family Were Attacked In New York Park  —  “These people were some of the most hateful people I have ever seen,” said a distraught Glenn Beck this morning as he described an altercation he and his family had last night while watching a screening …
timpawlenty.com:
“No Retreat From Freedom's Rise” Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Remarks at Council on Foreign Relations  —  I want to speak plainly this morning about the opportunities and the dangers we face today in the Middle East.  The revolutions now roiling that region offer the promise of a more democratic, more open, and a more prosperous Arab world.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Kucinich has language problem in Syria
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Failure of Al Gore: Part Deux  —  That Al Gore's definitive statement on the crisis of the climate change movement appeared in the back pages of Rolling Stone magazine rather than in a more prominent and prestigious location is one sign of the decline in his reputation.
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New York Post:
Al Gore's next crusade: in your bed
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson could face jail time for ethics violations  —  New documents disclosed in a complaint from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) appear to show California Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson and her staff clearly violating …
Discussion: CREW and Washington Post
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ethics watchdog calls for FBI to investigate Rep. Richardson
Discussion: FrumForum
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
White House dumps ‘secret shopper’ survey of doctors  —  The Obama administration will not move forward on a controversial proposal to have “secret shoppers” pose as patients to investigate how difficult it is for patients to receive primary care.  —  “On April 28th, the U.S. Department …
The Economist online / Daily chart:
Two thousand years in one chart  —  An alternative timeline for the past two millennia  —  SOME people recite history from above, recording the grand deeds of great men.  Others tell history from below, arguing that one person's life is just as much a part of mankind's story as another's.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Bachmann in Strong Position as She Enters 2012 Race  —  Bachmann's name recognition is 69%, with highest Positive Intensity Score  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who formally announced her presidential candidacy Monday in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain: 'I Don't Think The Current Minimum Wage Is Necessary'  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Story City, IA.  —  Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain likes to cast himself as the only GOP presidential contender who has not held public office.
Katherine T. Phan / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Diaz, Lone Democrat Who Voted ‘No’ on Gay Marriage Bill, Reflects on Defeat  —  NEW YORK - Bronx state Senator Ruben Diaz, the lone Democrat to vote against the landmark gay marriage bill in New York, reflected on the defeat Monday, saying Christians need to organize better against gay marriage …
Reuters:
Special Report: A little house of secrets on the Great Plains  —  (Reuters) - The secretive business havens of Cyprus and the Cayman Islands face a potent rival: Cheyenne, Wyoming.  —  At a single address in this sleepy city of 60,000 people, more than 2,000 companies are registered.
Karen Spears Zacharias / CNN:
“Go the F*** to Sleep” not funny  —  Editor's note: Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of the forthcoming memoir, “The Shelter of Mockingbirds: The Murder of 3-Year-Old Karly Sheehan.”  Follow her on Twitter.  —  (CNN) — “Go the F*** to Sleep” is being hailed as a cathartic children's book for parents.
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Putting the CON in consequences, with LGBT-obsessed Rick Santorum  —  Did you know that Vermont public schools are getting into deep discussions involving the intricacies of the transgender experience with students as young as second grade?  Uh huh — Rick Santorum has a friend who says so:
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
The Politico:
Harry Reid, Dick Durbin split over key issues  —  The top two Senate Democratic leaders have split on a series of high-profile fights in Congress, a sign of the lingering divide within their party as they struggle to project a coherent voice on issues ranging from national security to the budget.
Discussion: FrumForum
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
BofA Nears Huge Settlement  —  $8.5 Billion Payment to Investors in Mortgage Securities Would Be Biggest Yet  —  Bank of America Corp. is close to an agreement to pay $8.5 billion to settle claims by a group of high-profile investors who lost money on mortgage-backed securities purchased …
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Who Doesn't Pay Federal Income Taxes (Legally)  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  —  Conservatives are fond of railing against those who are able to legally avoid paying federal income taxes.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Power Brings Policy Splits in Tea Party  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. — When Tea Party groups celebrated their victories here in November — they had helped take the governor's office and the legislature — it seemed that one of their priorities, school choice legislation, would have an easy time passing.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Frum / FrumForum:
Obama is His Own Worst Enemy  —  David Brooks wrote a perceptive column today about the deficiencies in President Obama's leadership style.  —  He can expect a barrage of negative comment from conservatives who will reject Brooks' criticisms as insufficiently spicy.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace Sale Nearing End Today With Low $30M Price and Buyer You Never Heard Of  —  It was just supposed to be a three-hour tour, um, quick sale process!  —  But, like a storm-tossed ship looking for any safe harbor, the Myspace sale is still chugging along …
Mary Sparacello / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Kenner Councilman Joe Stagni apologizes for underwear picture, ‘inappropriate relation’  —  Kenner City Councilman Joe Stagni admitted today that he sent a picture of himself in his underwear to a city employee 18 months ago and that the image ended up on a city computer server.
 
 
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The Politico:
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