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3:15 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 …
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 …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe national security leaks  —  Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. Attorneys to head an investigation into a recent series of national security leaks.  —  Holder appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen Jr …
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Weasel Zippers:
US Attorney General Eric Holder completely unaware that federal courthouses require visitors …
Discussion: Moe Lane and The PJ Tatler
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Eric Holder unaware that court visitors must show ID
Ross Luippold / The Huffington Post:
Don Rickles Tells Obama Racial Joke At AFI's Shirley MacLaine Tribute … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Polls, Barack Obama , Video, Don Rickles, Shirley MacLaine, Afi, Crossing The Line, Don Rickles Obama, Don Rickles Race, Don Rickles Shirley Maclaine, Obama Don Rickles, Racial Jokes, Comedy News
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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 …
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:
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The sincerest form of negative advertising?  —  Republicans are drawing on an unlikely source of inspiration as they pummel President Obama over his comment that the private sector economy is “fine.”  —  Consider, if you will, the similarity between Obama's 2008 ad targeting John McCain's …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Man charged with three felonies for crashing SUV into lobby of D.C. office building  —  A Maryland man who drove his SUV into an office building just blocks from the White House was charged with three felonies, including arson and destruction of property, stemming from the incident Friday night.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney Says America Doesn't Need ‘More Firemen, More Policemen, More Teachers’  —  The last three years are the worst on record for public sector job loss, and the 700,000 government jobs that no longer exist remain a large drag on the American economy.  —  Today, New Jersey …
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Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:   Romney heckler and a Biz owner in Council Bluffs: We were disrespected
BuzzFeed:
Romney Visits Iowa Restaurant, Owners Feel Dissed
Discussion: Des Moines Register and Guardian
 
 
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Washington Post:
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