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11:50 AM ET, June 7, 2012


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George W. Bush / CNN:
CNN Poll: George W. Bush only living ex-president under 50%  —  Washington (CNN) - More than three years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush remains unpopular with the public, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that two-thirds …
Clinton aides: Bill screwed up  —  Bill Clinton's off-message musings in recent days on Mitt Romney, taxes and the state of the economy prompted a series of urgent and agitated calls between senior aides to both Clinton and President Barack Obama.  —  In the past, these kinds of complaints …
CNN:   Romney's campaign announces $77 million raised in May
Tim Mak / Politico:
Jeb Bush: President Obama ought to give George W. Bush a hat tip
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tim Mak / Politico:
George W. Bush least popular living ex-president, poll shows
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ron Paul / CNN:
Ron Paul admits he won't be nominee
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Major GOP donor ready to give big donation to pro-Romney super PAC
Discussion: Ballot Box, GOP 12 and Washington Post
Second lady talks prospects of ‘Biden 2016’
Discussion: Politico
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Mitt Romney's campaign, GOP leaders ramp up coordination
Discussion: Politico
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama frets after ‘terrifying’ recall vote  —  President Obama will need to double down on his efforts to keep Wisconsin safely in his column after Gov. Scott Walker's (R) resounding victory in Tuesday's recall election.  —  Every Democratic presidential candidate since Walter Mondale in 1984 …
First Read /
Obama on defensive
Discussion: Boston Globe and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Labor Faces New Challenge
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Barney Frank: Dems, unions made ‘big mistake’ in pushing for Wisconsin recall
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama is killing the Democratic Party  —  President Obama, I have frequently argued, has been fabulous for the conservative movement.  He spurred the creation of the tea party.  He helped the GOP win the House majority in 2010 and make big gains in the Senate.
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Obama's Third-Party History  —  On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism.
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Wisconsin Recap: Thanks to Obama, American Left Lies in Smoldering Wreckage  —  By Matt Stoller, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.  You can follow him on Twitter at  —  On Tuesday, Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker humiliated his Democratic opponent …
Did President Obama Just Make A Blowjob Joke?  —  So says the pool report from his gay and lesbian fundraiser at L.A.'s Beverly Wilshire tonight.  Incredibly awkward.  —  Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills tonight.  —  (Getty Images / JEWEL SAMAD)
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
The Candidate Next Door  —  ON Dunemere Drive, it seems as if just about everyone has a gripe against the owners of No. 311.  —  The elderly woman next door complains that her car is constantly boxed into her driveway.  A few houses over, a gay couple grumbles that their beloved ocean views are in jeopardy.
John / The City Square:
San Franciscans protest against Obama  —  Barack Obama, America's Fundraiser-in-Chief, visited San Francisco today in search of still more campaign cash.  Because San Francisco, home to Nancy Pelosi, has a reputation as America's most liberal city, one might think that The One would be safe from criticism here.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Larry / Fund47:
The Press Lines Up to Interview San Francisco Tea Party at Obama Fundraisers
Discussion: The Jawa Report
The Caucus:
New Poll: The Supreme Court and the Health Care Law  —  More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court will overturn some or all of the 2010 health care law, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.  Just 24 percent said they hoped the court “would keep the entire health care law in place.”
Paul Krugman:
Estonian Rhapsody  —  Since Estonia has suddenly become the poster child for austerity defenders — they're on the euro and they're booming!  — I thought it might be useful to have a picture of what we're talking about.  Here's real GDP, from Eurostat:  —  So, a terrible — Depression-level …
Clinton tells Syria's Assad to quit, leave country  —  After meeting with Arab, Western FMs in Istanbul, US secretary of state calls ongoing violence in Syria “unconscionable”; reaffirms dedication to Annan plan, potential action through UN Security Council.
New York Times:
Syria Said to Be Blocking Site of Reported Massacre
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Foie-mageddon: California in one last foie gras binge before statewide ban  —  A foie gras frenzy is under way in California as the state prepares to become the first in America to ban the controversial delicacy.  —  California's decision to ban foie gras - pictured above in its pate form …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Babalú Blog
Vicente Silveira / Linkedin Blog:
An Update on LinkedIn Member Passwords Compromised  —  We want to provide you with an update on this morning's reports of stolen passwords.  We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.  We are continuing to investigate this situation …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Secret talks under way about ‘fiscal cliff’  —  A growing number of lawmakers are alarmed that Congress's do-nothing posture ahead of the year-end fiscal cliff could provoke a massive voter backlash and economic catastrophe if they don't start laying the groundwork right now to cut a deal.
Discussion: Grist and Political Insider
PBS NewsHour / Online NewsHour:
With Political Polarization at All-Time High, Americans Say ‘Listen to Me’  —  Partisan divisions in U.S. politics have grown more intense, according to a new Pew Research Center survey tracking attitudes on government, business social issues and more.  Judy Woodruff speaks with Linda Killian …
Discussion: The Agonist
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Congressional Budget Office defends stimulus
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
What the Media Choose Not to Know about Trayvon
Kyle Mantyla /
Barton: ‘It Makes Perfect Sense’ that People are on Welfare Because they are not Reading the Bible
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Panetta Visits Afghanistan Amid Mounting Violence
Discussion: News Desk, emptywheel, The Week and The BLT
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
The return of Sheldon Adelson
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Magazine
Wall Street Journal:
Gramm and Hubbard: What a Romney Recovery Might Look Like
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
How SCOTUS could help Congress save billions
Discussion: Vodkapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ed Rendell: Barack Obama Will Find Pennsylvania ‘Definitely In Play’
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads launches Senate ads in New Mexico, Indiana, Montana
Discussion: CNN
Emma Rowley / Telegraph:
French president Francois Hollande cuts retirement age
‘Proud’ Obama Makes Pride Month Appeal to Gays
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kerry questions NYT decision to run stories
Discussion: emptywheel, Weasel Zippers and CNN
Senator Asks DOJ to Investigate SWAT-ting Attacks on Conservative Bloggers

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Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

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