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2:30 AM ET, June 8, 2012


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Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: What's Changed After Wisconsin  —  The Obama administration suddenly looks like a house of cards.  —  What happened in Wisconsin signals a shift in political mood and assumption.  Public employee unions were beaten back and defeated in a state with a long progressive tradition.
Discussion: Power Line and The Impolitic
Clinton: 'I'm very sorry'  —  (CNN) - Bill Clinton regrets the swirl over comments he made earlier in the week in which he appeared to suggest he would be open to extending the so-called Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the former president said Thursday.  —  “I'm very sorry about what happened …
Mark Halperin / Time:
Between the Lines: By Mark Halperin  —  FILE - In this June 4, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in New York.  President Barack Obama and Democrats awoke Wednesday to the cruel reality of June, the political blows from the bitter loss in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election …
Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Barack Obama in dead heat with Mitt Romney in Michigan as popularity slips  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama / AP  —  President Barack Obama's popularity in Michigan has slipped in recent months, leaving him in a dead heat …
Alex Pareene / Salon:
An urgent plea to political reporters  —  Let's all stop pretending imaginary “gaffes” are real  —  Let's all agree to just not pretend the president made an “oral sex joke” at his gay fundraiser last night, because that's stupid.  It's stupid, and most of the people with jobs …
Rasmussen Reports:
Colorado: Obama 45%, Romney 45%
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Clinton ‘very sorry’ for suggesting extension of Bush tax cuts
Discussion: The Hope For America
U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant:
Marchant Stands for Free Speech and with Conservative Bloggers Under Attack  —  Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today issued a statement in strong support of free speech and conservative bloggers who are being targeted in dangerous “SWAT-tings” and asked Attorney General Holder to investigate …
Ali A. Akbar / Facebook:
My mistake, Brett Kimberlin, and attacks on my mother...  Never doubt that God works in mysterious ways.  Especially in our failures and mistakes.  —  Like too many Americans nowadays, I grew up in a single-mother home.  I helped raise my two little brothers while my mother worked and went …
Michelle Malkin:
ACLJ steps up to defend bloggers targeted over Brett Kimberlin coverage
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Forecast: Obama Begins With Tenuous Advantage  —  The first look at the 2012 FiveThirtyEight presidential forecast has Barack Obama as a very slight favorite to win re-election.  But his advantage equates to only a two-point lead in the national popular vote, and the edge …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Romney Campaign's ‘Route to 270’ Doesn't Get to 270
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks  —  The House Democrats pushing for a steep hike in the minimum wage could face an unlikely foe: their own leadership.  —  Behind Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Ill.), almost two dozen liberal Democrats endorsed legislation …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
John Ruberry / Marathon Pundit:
(Video) AFSCME boss gives race-baiting speech at Occupy Milwaukee rally  —  On Wednesday, the day after Governor Scott Walker's recall election victory, Occupy Milwaukee held a rally in Pere Marquette Park, A march followed, which was at times was violent.  But the ugliest occurrence yesterday …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rand Paul endorses Romney  —  File this under signs the Ron Paul campaign is really, truly over: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul threw his support tonight to Mitt Romney.  —  The endorsement came in an appearance on “Hannity,” a little less than 24 hours after the elder Paul acknowledged in an email …
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid, throwing his weight behind the presumptive GOP nominee even as his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has yet to fully terminate his White House bid.  —  Rand Paul made the move in an appearance on Fox News Channel's “Hannity.”
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don't Refer to Operation Fast and Furious  —  ( - Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony today that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase “Fast and Furious” do not refer …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder and lawmakers spar over Fast & Furious
Discussion: Mediaite
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Hill leaders blast W.H. on leaks
Daniel Doherty /
Jeb Bush: Man, I Regret Not Running For POTUS … I'm sure Jeb Bush himself isn't the only conservative wishing he had heeded his brother's advice. … I suppose there's at least one good reason Jeb Bush ultimately decided not to run for president in 2012: his last name.
Joe Conason / The National Memo:
Did Young Mitt Romney Impersonate A Police Officer?  Another Witness Says Yes  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University dormitory that he sometimes disguised himself …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell Breaks New Mitt Romney Scandal: He Maybe Had A Police Uniform?
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney Just Making Stuff Up Now  —  I read a book today, oh boy.  —  A couple weeks ago, Mitt Romney quoted Noam Scheiber's book about the Obama administration's economic rescue, “The Escape Artists,” in a highly misleading way.  Yesterday he did it again, only this time Romney altered …
Ezra Klein:
Health reform: What if Obama hadn't tried it?
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Jon Stewart Slams MSNBC's Coverage of Walker Recall Election: ‘MSNB-Sad’  —  How bad was MSNBC's coverage of Republican Governor Scott Walker winning his recall election in Wisconsin Tuesday?  —  Well, the Daily Show's Jon Stewart on Wednesday renamed the network “MSNB-Sad” saying that it …
Discussion: Hot Air and MacIver Institute
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Romney, Republicans raise $76.8 million in May  —  (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Republican groups raised more than $76.8 million in May, his campaign said on Thursday, topping the $60 million President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies hauled in.
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney, RNC Raise $76.8 Million In May
Discussion: The New Republic and Mediaite
New York Post:
Stuyvesant HS students hold ‘Slutty Wednesday’ to protest school's strict dress code policy  —  Nearly 100 smarties at the city's top-performing high school bared their bodies in “risque” outfits yesterday to denounce their school's conservative dress code — which bans the exposure of shoulders, midriffs, lower backs, bras and undies.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner shuffles office with new chief of staff  —  House Speaker John Boehner's chief of staff, Barry Jackson, is taking on a new role as senior counselor to the Speaker and handing the day-to-day management of the office to veteran Boehner aide Mike Sommers.
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Cathryn Kulat / The Hill:
Boehner on Europe crisis: 'I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel'
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What's Really To Blame For The Lousy Recovery
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Ian Black / Guardian:
Syria accused of new massacre
Discussion: Harry's Place and Weekly Standard
Richard Winger / Ballot Access News:
Democrats are Largest Party in California's 31st U.S. House District, But Top-Two Open Primary …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Gabrielle Giffords Weighs ‘Gabby PAC’ As Next Career Move
Discussion: Ballot Box
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Heitkamp gives cautious answer on backing Reid as leader
Discussion: Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems call on House panel to release Waters report in ethics case
Discussion: Politico
James Eng /
Steve Smith, reputed white supremacist, causes stir by winning election to Pennsylvania county GOP seat
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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11 Years Ago Today
Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
If You Don't Like It  —  Suppose your boss screams all the time …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Oliver North column raises a veteran's ire
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Foie-mageddon: California in one last foie gras binge before statewide ban
Discussion: Via Meadia and Washington Monthly

From Mediagazer:

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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