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2:30 PM ET, June 8, 2012

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Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”  —  Question: What about the Republicans saying that you're blaming the Europeans for the failures of your own policies?  —  President Obama: The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone.
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama is wrong.  The private sector isn't “doing fine”  —  In his new conference today, President Obama gave some interesting insight into his view of the state of the American economy.  —  “The private sector is doing fine.”  —  Here is the whole quote (via RealClearPolitics):
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: Obama ‘doing fine’ comment will ‘go down in history’ as ‘extraordinary miscalculation’  —  Mitt Romney blasted President Obama for comments during a press conference Friday in which the president suggested the private sector was “doing fine.”  —  “He said the private sector is doing fine.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and GOP 12
Philip Rucker / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney: Obama ‘detached, out of touch’  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Mitt Romney quickly pounced on President Obama's statement Friday that “the private sector is doing fine,” accusing him of making an “extraordinary miscalculation” that will “go down in history.”
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Says ‘Private Sector Doing Fine,’ Calls for Aid to States  —  President Obama said today the “private sector is doing fine,” but urged Congress to send more federal aid to states and localities to boost hiring.  —  Republicans immediately seized on the presidents remark about the private sector …
Discussion: Reuters, ABCNEWS and CNN
BuzzFeed:
Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”
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.
New York Times:
Approval Rating for Justices Hits Just 44% in New Poll  —  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 poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.
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CNN:
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: Hot Air, The Hill and Politico
BBC:
Syria Qubair: Bloody traces of massacre seen in village  —  Unverified video released on Friday is said to show the city of Homs being shelled  —  The smell of burnt flesh and evidence of bloodshed have greeted a BBC correspondent entering the village of Qubair in Syria, scene of a massacre.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Guardian
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Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
County elections chiefs to state: We won't resume voter purge program  —  Despite the state's decision to fight the feds over Florida's noncitizen voter purge, elections supervisors say they won't resume the progam.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Florida's noncitizen voter purge looks like it's all but over.
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
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CNN:   Despite feds' concerns, Florida secretary of state says voter roll ‘purge’ going forward
Joni James / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:   TBTimes Editorial: Don't repeat history, Gov. Scott
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.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Walker: Put Paul Ryan on 2012 GOP ticket
Discussion: Race 4 2012
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rand Paul endorses Romney; Update: Video added
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 …
Discussion: The Hope For America
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Three Democratic Senators Undecided On Extension Of Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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 …
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 …
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: The Media Doesn't Understand Races in the States  —  This write-up from the Hill on a recent Pennsylvania poll is pretty similar to many others these days: … And polls like these are producing frames like these, from Charles Babington of the AP:
Discussion: GOP 12
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mormons Widely Favor Romney; Jewish Voters Back Obama  —  Mormons prefer Romney by 84% to 13%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mormon registered voters overwhelmingly support the candidacy of the first major-party presidential candidate of the Mormon faith, with 84% saying they would vote for Mitt Romney …
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Labor Dept. counts oil lobbyists, garbage men, bus drivers as ‘green jobs’ [VIDEO]  —  Under questioning by House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa, senior U.S. Labor Department officials revealed that the Obama administration counts oil lobbyists, bus drivers, garbage men …
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.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
State Department Purges Section on Religious Freedom from Its Human Rights Reports  —  (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three months past the statutory deadline Congress set for the release of these reports.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
patriotvoices.com:
SANTORUM LAUNCHES PATRIOT VOICES TO DEFEAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND MOBILIZE ONE MILLION CONSERVATIVES  —  Chicago, IL - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced today the launch of a new organization, Patriot Voices, which will mobilize one million conservatives around …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage headed to ballot in Md.  —  A widely anticipated referendum on same-sex marriage in Maryland appeared a certainty Thursday, as an unofficial count of validated signatures submitted by opponents exceeded the required number.  —  As of late Thursday afternoon …
 
 
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