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7:40 AM ET, June 9, 2012

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David Weigel / Slate:
The Private Sector is Doing Fine.  The Political Press?  Eh...  - Obama Blames Europe, Asia, and Everyone Else for America's Economic Woes  — Stop Laughing About the LinkedIn Security Breach.  It's More Serious Than You Think.  - Prometheus Is Deep but Not Very Smart …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: We don't need more cops, firefighters or teachers  —  When Republicans attack public workers, they often take care to exempt cops and firefighters, because they are culturally sympathetic figures, and muddle the message that government workers are parasites who are destroying the economic conditions of ordinary Americans.
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Struggles To Identify A Donut  —  “Can you see that one of those chocolate, um, uh, chocolate goodies finds its way to our ride?”  —  McKay Coppins  —  an hour ago  —  20 responses
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
The silent issue that could doom President Obama in 2012 election  —  Unlike 2008, race works against President this time in a big way  —  Race won't be the only issue President Obama will face in the 2012 election, not in a world of high gas prices and high unemployment.
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
Obama's press conference: The public sector isn't fine
Discussion: Business Insider and msnbc.com
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama walks back comment about private economy ‘doing fine’
Discussion: Race 4 2012
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Obama ‘doing fine’ comment will ‘go down in history’ as ‘extraordinary miscalculation’
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Scott Walker: Obama's Comments Reflect a Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Economy
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
BuzzFeed:   Obama's “Fundamentals Of The Economy” Moment
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Obama's Most Clueless Moment Yet?
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Obama: ‘It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine’
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Don Rickles Shocks Hollywood Crowd With Racial Obama Joke  —  The 86-year-old comic brought his shtick to the AFI's Shirley MacLaine tribute; likened the president to a janitor.  —  Don Rickles nearly hijacked the American Film Institute's tribute to Shirley MacLaine on Thursday night …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
E-Mails Highlight Extent of Obama's Deal With Industry on Health Care  —  WASHINGTON — After weeks of talks, drug industry lobbyists were growing nervous.  To cut a deal with the White House on overhauling health care, they needed to be sure that President Obama would stop a proposal intended to bring down medicine prices.
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Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Romney heckler and a Biz owner in Council Bluffs: We were disrespected  —  Council Bluffs, Ia.  — A 62-year-old Vietnam veteran who continuously disrupted Mitt Romney's event here today by screaming “liar” over a megaphone says he was disrespected by security and guests who shouted insults …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Visits Iowa Restaurant, Owners Feel Dissed
Discussion: Des Moines Register and Guardian
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren dodges questions at Netroots Nation - security guards block me  —  I returned to Netroots Nation today.  —  At lunch, I went to listen to Elizabeth Warren's speech and panel discussion.  I wanted to ask her a few questions after her panel, which was entitled “2012 and the War on (and for) Women.”
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Breitbart lives in the heads of Netroots Nation protectors of Elizabeth Warren
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Eric Holder unaware that court visitors must show ID  —  Due to a recent work assignment, I had the opportunity to enter a federal courthouse about 200 times in the past six weeks or so.  Each and every time, I was asked for a photo ID, which the court security officer looked at and then allowed me to put away in my wallet.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Absence Makes the Vote Grow Bigger for GOP  —  The Play: Getting out the absentee vote  —  The Strategy: As Mr. Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor, tried to fend off an effort to recall him from office over his law limiting union power, Republicans rolled out a program to encourage less …
Dana Hughes / ABCNEWS:
Iraq Ambassador Nomination Jeopardized by Racy Emails to Journalist  —  As a former national security staffer for President George W. Bush, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Brett McGurk, was supposed to garner bipartisan support for his confirmation.
Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
Kimberlin's Cronies Go After The Lid  —  As I mentioned earlier this week today has been declared a national day of blogger silence/action to protect blogger freedom of speech.  Since Ace suggested we use today to urge congress protect free speech the day has taken on more significance to me personally, yesterday
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Koran-Hating Pastor Hangs Barack Obama In Effigy In Florida Church's Front Yard  —  The Florida pastor who ignited an international furor by threatening to burn a pile of Korans has applied his subtle touch to the 2012 presidential campaign by constructing a gallows from which a likeness of President Barack Obama now hangs in effigy.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
'Schindler's List' Producer Claims Graduation Speech Censorship  —  A controversy erupted in a small Montana town after a high school principal prevented Oscar winner Gerald Molen from delivering his planned speech because he's “a right-wing conservative.”  —  Gerald Molen won a best picture Oscar …
 
 
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Jane Fonda / CBS News:
Anti-abortion rider attached to DHS spending bill
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Hill
Washington Wire:
Full Transcript of Obama's Friday Morning Remarks on Economy
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast Is Said to Be Mulling Bid for BSkyB
Washington Post:
Woodward and Bernstein: 40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
FEC debates semantics in political ads
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Thomson / Alex Thomson's View:
Set up to be shot in Syria's no man's land?
Discussion: Pat Dollard, The Lede and Guardian
CNN:
Rand Paul: Would be ‘an honor’ to be Romney's VP
Discussion: GOP 12
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NPR: Criticism of President Coming from ‘GOP Dope’
Discussion: National Review
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Catholic Archdioceses Were Not ‘Speaking’ for Catholic Church When They Sued Administration
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando man with Zimmerman's old phone number slammed by threatening calls
Seth / GLAAD:
American Apparel features its first transgender model, GLAAD staff
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay