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10:05 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.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Walker: Put Paul Ryan on 2012 GOP ticket  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory in Tuesday's recall election has some speculating that he could become Mitt Romney's running mate.  —  But Walker thinks another Wisconsinite is right for the job: Rep. Paul Ryan.
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Booker's big mouth ruins relationship with Obama, Cabinet hopes  —  It's bye-bye, Beltway for Cory Booker.  —  Newark's mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama's Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post.
Discussion: Political Insider and Mediaite
New York Times:
In New Poll, 44 Percent of Americans Approve of Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON — Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing and three-quarters say the justices' decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal or political views, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.
CNN Poll: Americans weigh in on health care, immigration  —  (CNN) - A new poll released Friday gives insight on American attitudes toward two major cases the Supreme Court could rule on as early as Monday, one involving health care reform and the other on Arizona's controversial immigration law.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Going dark to urge congressional action: Who will protect the freedom to blog?  —  My syndicated column today covers the crucial battle between truth-telling bloggers versus convicted bomber Brett Kimberlin and his band of malicious online thugs.  In honor of the National Day of Blogger Silence called …
Karl / Hot Air:
No, Dems were not outspent 7 to 1 in Wisconsin  —  Politico's Glenn Thrush is the poster boy for hackery rationalizing Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the WI recall election: … You'll find less shouty, but still misleading, versions of this all over the media, e.g., Reuters, NPR …
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Jon Stewart Slams MSNBC's Coverage of Walker Recall Election: ‘MSNB-Sad’
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
A record amount of money spent on Wisconsin recall
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House defies veto threat, votes to repeal medical device tax  —  The House passed legislation Thursday that would repeal the healthcare reform law's tax on medical device manufacturers.  —  The measure won the support of 37 Democrats despite a veto threat from the Obama administration.
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Data show US experiencing hottest year on record thus far  —  Federal data released Thursday show the United States has had its warmest spring, it's warmest year to date, and warmest 12-month stretch on record.  —  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Campaigns Blitz 9 Swing States in a War of Ads  —  HENDERSON, Nev. — The presidential campaigns and their allies are zeroing in mainly on nine swing states, bombarding them with commercials in the earliest concentration of advertising in modern politics.  —  With so many resources focused …
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
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Scheiber: Romney's Claim About My Book Is ‘False’  —  The author of a book documenting the White House's policy making strategy, cited multiple times by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, says the former Massachusetts governor is using the book to dishonestly accuse President Obama of intentionally harming the economy.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats paralyzed on tax cuts  —  Senate Democratic leaders are politically paralyzed on how to proceed on the Bush-era tax rates.  —  With five months to go before the election, President Obama and key congressional Democrats remain at odds on whether the threshold for extending …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reagan Was a Keynesian  —  There's no question that America's recovery from the financial crisis has been disappointing.  In fact, I've been arguing that the era since 2007 is best viewed as a “depression,” an extended period of economic weakness and high unemployment that …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Arnie Seipel / NPR:
PAC Behind GOP Candidate For Gabby Giffords Seat Shows Gun In Email Appeal  —  A PAC supporting Jesse Kelly, a former Marine running to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a special election on Tuesday, is using an image Kelly's campaign has avoided thus far — the candidate holding a gun.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's fundraising outpaces President Obama's in May  —  Mitt Romney's campaign fundraising significantly outpaced President Obama's effort for the first time last month, increasing the likelihood that the Republican presidential candidate and his allies will far outspend their Democratic opponents by November.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Ballot Box
Judicial Watch:
Former ACORN Director Gets $445 Mil From U.S. Treasury … The Obama Administration has given a former director at the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) nearly half a billion dollars to offer “struggling” Illinois homeowners mortgage assistance, a Judicial Watch investigation has found.
Valley News Live:
Heitkamp Leads Berg in Latest Poll  —  UPDATE: Campaigns weigh in on our poll.  Click here to view  —  POLL SHOWS HEITKAMP WITH SLIM LEAD  —  The latest polling in the North Dakota U.S. Senate race shows Democrat Heidi Heitkamp holding a very slim lead over likely Republican nominee Rick Berg.
Jamie Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
House panel gives TSA advice on improving its image  —  One suggestion was that the agency stop doing pat-down searches of well-known passengers such as Donald Rumsfeld and Henry Kissinger.  —  A Transportation Security Administration agent stops Shay McCall and her Chihuahua during …
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 …
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.
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Here's one Wall Street regulation that Republicans love  —  The GOP has largely has a “just say no” approach to bank regulation: promise to repeal Dodd-Frank and, in the meantime, water down the pending rules.  But at a Senate Banking hearing on Wednesday, some Republicans suggested …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Romney Executive Style Forged In Faith He Rarely Mentions  —  When Mitt Romney was serving as bishop of his church in 1981, one of his two counselors wrote home to his mother with a prediction: This guy could wind up in the White House.  —  In the then-34-year-old Romney …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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