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9:30 AM ET, June 8, 2012

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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 …
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U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant:
Marchant Stands for Free Speech and with Conservative Bloggers Under Attack  —  Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) today issued a statement in strong support of free speech and conservative bloggers who are being targeted in dangerous “SWAT-tings” and asked Attorney General Holder to investigate …
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.
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 …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Jon Stewart Slams MSNBC's Coverage of Walker Recall Election: ‘MSNB-Sad’
Discussion: Hot Air and MacIver Institute
CBS News:
A record amount of money spent on Wisconsin recall
CNN:
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 …
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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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid, throwing his weight behind the presumptive GOP nominee even as his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), has yet to fully terminate his White House bid.  —  Rand Paul made the move in an appearance on Fox News Channel's “Hannity.”
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rand Paul endorses Romney
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
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.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans weigh in on health care, immigration
Discussion: Politico
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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.
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Ezra Klein:
Health reform: What if Obama hadn't tried it?
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 …
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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
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 …
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.
Daniel Doherty / Townhall.com:
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Forecast: Obama Begins With Tenuous Advantage  —  The first look at the 2012 FiveThirtyEight presidential forecast has Barack Obama as a very slight favorite to win re-election.  But his advantage equates to only a two-point lead in the national popular vote, and the edge …
Ynetnews:
Was UFO a Russian ballistic missile?  —  Russian Defense Ministry says it successfully test-fired intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday; earlier, unidentified flying object reported in Israel, Lebanon, other states in region  —  Latest Update:  —  The Israel's skies around 8:45 pm …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Barack Obama in dead heat with Mitt Romney in Michigan as popularity slips  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama / AP  —  President Barack Obama's popularity in Michigan has slipped in recent months, leaving him in a dead heat …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Colorado: Obama 45%, Romney 45%
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
What's Really To Blame For The Lousy Recovery  —  Whenever the subject of the weak economic recovery under President Obama comes up, his defenders tend to respond along the lines of: “What do you expect, since the recession was the worst since the Great Depression?”
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  Economic Outlook and Policy  —  Before the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Casey, Vice Chairman Brady, and other members of the Committee, I appreciate this opportunity to discuss the economic outlook and economic policy.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reagan Was a Keynesian  —  There's no question that America's recovery …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Nicholas J.C. Pistor / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mitt Romney promises ‘a better place’ in St. Louis County speech
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Here's one Wall Street regulation that Republicans love
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Aides in Israel Give Assurances About Iran
Richard Winger / Ballot Access News:
Democrats are Largest Party in California's 31st U.S. House District, But Top-Two Open Primary …
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Romney, Republicans raise $76.8 million in May
Discussion: BREITBART.COM, CNN and Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Left pushes for $10 minimum wage, but House Democratic leadership balks
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Dems call on House panel to release Waters report in ethics case
Discussion: Politico
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Deportations Continue Despite U.S. Review of Backlog
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Hill leaders blast W.H. on leaks
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