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2:05 PM ET, June 9, 2012

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New York Post:
Clueless appeal to aid gov't workers  —  A startlingly listless President Obama appeared in the White House press room yesterday morning, spoke some dull preliminaries about the European financial crisis — and then slipped and tumbled headfirst into re-election quicksand from which he will find it very difficult to extricate himself.
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Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Jindal: Obama “most liberal, most incompetent” president since Carter  —  (CBS News) ROSEMONT, Ill. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose star as a potential running mate for Mitt Romney has been rising in recent weeks, delivered a scathing critique of President Obama at the Chicago Conservative …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: We don't need more cops, firefighters or teachers
Ezra Klein:
Obama's press conference: The public sector isn't fine
Weasel Zippers:
US Attorney General Eric Holder completely unaware that federal courthouses require visitors to show government-issued photo IDs  —  Galactically stupid and irremediably corrupt.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Holder Directs U.S. Attorneys to Track Down Paths of Leaks  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday assigned two United States attorneys to lead separate criminal investigations into recent disclosures to the news media of national security secrets, saying they were authorized to …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Gay Trajectory  —  OVER the past year, the main story line in the push for marriage equality has been the ardor and success with which leading Democratic politicians have taken up the fight.  The Democratic governors of New York, Maryland and Washington all promoted …
Discussion: Good As You
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Nobody likes a loser  —  For the past year, we've been relentlessly reminded that Republicans didn't especially love their front-running presidential candidate.  —  Mitt Romney wasn't conservative enough, they said.  He flip-flopped.  He couldn't connect with everyday Americans.  He was too squeaky-clean.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
“They aren't fighting the special interests.  They're fighting us.”  —  Following up on David's post below, I think it's refreshing when Presidential candidates say what they really believe.  This comment by Mitt Romney is truly revealing and I appreciate the fact that he said it:
Philly.com:
Price tag for Shell deal gets bigger with cleanup  —  The $1.65 billion tax deal the Corbett administration is negotiating with Shell Oil Co. to locate an ethane processing plant in western Pennsylvania is shaping up to be the biggest such state investment Pennsylvania history.
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 …
Liberty Chick / BREITBART.COM:
REPORT: 70 HOUSE MEMBERS TO CALL ON DOJ TO INVESTIGATE SWATTING OF CONSERVATIVE BLOGGERS  —  Earlier today, Breitbart News reported that the recent SWATting attacks on several political writers and commentators have been gaining traction in the mainstream media:
Financial Times:
Berlin is ignoring the lessons of the 1930s  —  Is it one minute to midnight in Europe?  —  We fear that the German government's policy of doing “too little too late” risks a repeat of precisely the crisis of the mid-20th century that European integration was designed to avoid.
John Rosenthal / National Review:
Report: Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre  —  It was, in the words of U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, the “tipping point” in the Syria conflict: a savage massacre of over 90 people, predominantly women and children, for which the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was immediately blamed by virtually the entirety of the Western media.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
BuzzFeed:
Obama's “Fundamentals Of The Economy” Moment  —  The Obama campaign wasn't troubled by the nuance in 2008.  Schadenfreude from a former McCain aide.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Barack Obama's assertion today that the private sector is “doing fine” may be an important pivot in the race for president …
Discussion: Mediaite, Moe Lane and Hot Air
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Scott Walker: Obama's Comments Reflect a Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Economy
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama walks back comment about private economy ‘doing fine’
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
Discussion: American Power
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
 
 
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Reuters:
Russia says it is not opposed to Assad's departure from power in Syria
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Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Absence Makes the Vote Grow Bigger for GOP
emptywheel:
Foreclosure Fraud: The Most Dangerous Panel in the World
Discussion: Firedoglake
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BuzzFeed:
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Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather