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5:40 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 …
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.
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: Riehl World View
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 …
The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's thin legislative résumé  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann is surging in the GOP presidential polls and barnstorming Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but as she sprints toward the front of the Republican pack, there's a major hole in her political résumé: legislation.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-checking Michele Bachmann's announcement speech and Sunday interviews
Jeffrey Lord / AmSpecBlog:
Levin: Stephanopoulos Is Foolish in Lecturing Bachmann
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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.
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Group of Attackers Storms Hotel in Afghan Capital
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Obama Adviser Defends Libya Policy to Senate  —  WASHINGTON — The legal adviser to the State Department said Tuesday that the Obama administration might have been better served if its officials had consulted more closely with Congress on American involvement in Libya, but defended …
Discussion: Swampland and FrumForum
Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
War Powers Showdown Heats Up in the Senate Over Libya Operations
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty: War Powers Act ‘does not apply’ to Libyan mission
Discussion: Hit & Run, Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
Stephanopolous to Bachmann: We'll investigate your foster kids  —  Proving what the clear-eyed could already see: If you're a Republican, the media will hound you for every last scrap of anything, no matter how unfair or trivial. … George Stephanopolous was deep in the Clinton administration …
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Stephanopoulos Tries Savaging Bachmann
Discussion: Don Surber and Pajamas Media
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.
New York Post:
Al Gore's next crusade: in your bed
Discussion: National Review
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Tom Petty reportedly issuing cease and desist letter to Bachmann  —  Tom Petty may be taking legal action to make sure Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann stops using his songs at her campaign events.  —  “NBC News: @TomPetty unhappy with Michele Bachmann's use of 'American Girl …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Petty's heartbreaker for Bachmann
Discussion: GOP 12 and New York Magazine
Charlie Gasparino /
Goldman to Embark on Hiring Spree in Singapore  —  As Goldman Sachs (GS) plans major job cuts in the United States, the firm is planning to expand overseas with a major hiring spree in Singapore and taking the unusual step of alerting Congress before even it's widely known to its own shareholders, the FOX Business Network has learned.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
After Taking A $10 Billion Bailout, Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Outsource 1,000 Jobs To Singapore
Discussion: Shakesville
Courtney Comstock / The Business Insider:
Goldman Sachs Is Firing Employees In The US So It Can Hire 1,000 In Singapore
Discussion: Gawker and AMERICAblog News
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Flubs History Again, Insists John Quincy Adams Was A Founding Father
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democrats feel jilted by the president in budget, debt talks  —  House Democrats feel like jilted lovers.  —  They're looking down Pennsylvania Avenue for some sign of affection from President Obama in the White House.  But all they feel they're getting in return is the back of his hand.
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell holds ground on taxes
Discussion: CNN and Washington Wire
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.
The Daily Beast:
Obama Gun-Sting Breakthrough  —  Thanks to a clever bipartisan deal, embattled ATF chief Kenneth Melson will testify before Congress about his role in the bungled Fast and Furious gun sting—possibly revealing who on Obama's team was in on the scheme.  —  The head of the embattled federal agency …
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
Gunwalker: What Will Happen When Ken Melson Testifies?
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Post:
Weiner horning in on successor race  —  His ego has no bounds.  —  In a dazzling display of arrogance, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is trying to insert himself back into politics — calling power brokers and would-be candidates for his old seat, hoping they'll let him play …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bristol Palin says her mom has decided whether to run for president  —  The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Tuesday that her mother had made up her mind already about whether to run for president in 2012.  —  Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of the 2008 Republican vice …
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
More Than A Movie Debut?  —  When Sarah Palin steps foot …
“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.
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN, Taegan Goddard's … and Weigel
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.
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.
Lenora Jane Estes / Vanity Fair:
Lisa Baron Reads from Life of the Party  —  For a decade-plus, Lisa Baron—a political communications advisor and sometime sex columnist—hit the campaign trail with Republican candidates.  In her new political memoir, Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All (Citadel Press) …
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The Daily Beast:
Huntsman's Big Daddy
John Tierney / New York Times:
A Release Valve for Cyclists' Unrelenting Pressure
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Report: Treasury must cut spending 44 percent in default
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
The Hill:
Pawlenty: Don't need to win straw poll to have Iowa success
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Grant Cardone / The Huffington Post:
Why Criticism is Important to Success
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
RNC Chairman Priebus: Americans Will Say ‘Well Good’ If The U.S. Defaults On Its Obligations
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Olbermann calls for TSA head firing in wake of 95-year-old woman pat-down
Suzanne Mettler / Washington Monthly:
20,000 Leagues Under the State
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Top Economist: Even Brief Default Will Cause New Recession And Blow Recovery ‘Out Of The Water’
Discussion: FrumForum
The Huffington Post:
Amy Poehler: ‘Planned Parenthood Is Awesome’
David Brooks / New York Times:
Convener in Chief  —  This is a column about management styles.