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8:20 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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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 …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Clarifies “Private Sector Is Doing Fine” Remarks  —  With Republicans seizing upon remarks he made earlier in the day that “the private sector is doing fine” - arguing that they show a president out of touch with an ailing economy — President Obama sought to clarify his remarks Friday afternoon.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Most Clueless Moment Yet?  —  President Obama's seemingly-bizarre claim that “the private sector is doing fine” is echoing across the country.  When I first saw the quote, I thought it must be a momentary gaffe, or perhaps taken out of context.  But no: Obama really did say …
Discussion: small dead animals
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.
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama walks back comment about private economy ‘doing fine’  —  Hours after saying the private sector is “doing fine,” President Obama on Friday walked back those remarks, saying it's “absolutely clear” the economy is not fine.  —  “That's precisely why I asked Congress to start taking some steps to make a difference,” Obama said.
Discussion: Race 4 2012
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama is wrong.  The private sector isn't ‘doing fine’  —  In his news conference today, President Obama gave some interesting insight into his views of the state of the American economy.  —  “The private sector is doing fine.”  —  Here is the whole quote (via RealClearPolitics):
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Says The Private Sector Is Doing Fine
Discussion: Swampland, The Week and CNN
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Obama: ‘It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine’
Ezra Klein:
Obama's press conference: The public sector isn't fine
Discussion: Business Insider and msnbc.com
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Scott Walker: Obama's Comments Reflect a Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Economy
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Says ‘Private Sector Doing Fine,’ Calls for Aid to States
BuzzFeed:   Obama's “Fundamentals Of The Economy” Moment
BuzzFeed:
Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney on Obama: ‘Is he really that out of touch?’
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans:
Emails Show White House Helped Create Third-Party Advertising Initiative Behind Health Care Law, Had Close Involvement in Messaging and Advocacy of Outside Interests  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today released a memo …
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
FEC debates semantics in political ads
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The ‘leak’ wars  —  President Barack Obama's administration …
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.
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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.
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
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Breitbart lives in the heads of Netroots Nation protectors of Elizabeth Warren  —  Anne Sorock attended the Netroots Nation convention yesterday morning, and asked a thoroughly legitimate question of the members of a panel on Native American identity:
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Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren dodges questions at Netroots Nation - security guards block me
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
Discussion: New York Magazine and TheBlaze.com
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
NPR: Criticism of President Coming from ‘GOP Dope’  —  National Public Radio has a blog post about President Obama's statement this morning on the private sector—and how conservatives reacted to the president's assertion that"the private sector is doing fine."  The title of the post?
Discussion: National Review
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.
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando man with Zimmerman's old phone number slammed by threatening calls  —  At age 49, Junior Alexander Guy got his first cell phone last month.  The calls started immediately.  —  Strangers called at all hours.  Some were insulting.  Others angry.  Sometimes, they threatened him.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Joe Scarborough says New York Times is “thin skinned” for correcting his nonsense  —  MSNBC talker doesn't let facts get in the way of his “general impressions” of liberal media bias  —  Joe Scarborough may have been totally, utterly, completely wrong this morning, when he incorrectly argued …
 
 
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