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12:50 PM ET, June 12, 2012


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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Pileup at the White House  —  It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Obama.  —  Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
John Bryson's leave of absence adds to Obama's bad news  —  Commerce Secretary John Bryson stepped aside Monday, telling President Barack Obama he will take a medical leave of absence two days after he was involved in two car accidents near Los Angeles.  —  Bryson, whose spokeswoman …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Moe Lane and Hot Air
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Commerce secretary's hit-and-run keeps Obama off message  —  A hit-and-run accident involving Commerce Secretary John Bryson threw the White House off message Monday just as President Obama sought to regain his footing after a series of political missteps.  —  After hitting a car …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Jeff Kearns / Bloomberg:
Fed Says U.S. Wealth Fell 38.8% In 2007-2010 On Housing  —  The financial crisis wiped out 18 years of gains for the median U.S. household net worth, with a 38.8 percent plunge from 2007 to 2010 that was led by the collapse in home prices, a Federal Reserve study showed.
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Fed: Americans' wealth dropped 40 percent  —  View Photo Gallery — Is the U.S. economic recovery stalling?:   The Labor Department reported June 1 that the nation's economy added only 69,000 jobs in May, bringing the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent.
Martin Crutsinger / Business Week:   Fed reports how much recession shrank US wealth
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Does Mitt Romney need ‘Obamacare’?  —  Republicans are cheerleading for the Supreme Court to strike down President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  But there's one Republican who might be sorry: Mitt Romney.  —  There's fear in some GOP circles that if the court wipes the Affordable Care Act off …
Discussion: CNN
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Follower Problem  —  If you go to the Lincoln or Jefferson memorials in Washington, you are invited to look up in admiration.  Lincoln and Jefferson are presented as the embodiments of just authority.  They are strong and powerful but also humanized.  Jefferson is a graceful aristocratic democrat.
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Fiscal Legacy of George W. Bush  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
IU News Room:
IU community mourns passing of Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The entire Indiana University community mourns the passing today of Distinguished Professor Elinor Ostrom, who received the 2009 Nobel Prize …
John Corvino / The New Republic:
Are Gay Parents Really Worse For Children?  How a New Study Gets Everything Wrong  —  Question: What do the following all have in common? … Give up?  The answer—assuming that they all have biological or adopted adult children between the ages of 18 and 39—is that they would all be counted as …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Jeb Bush comments have blogs in uproar  —  Conservatives in the blogosphere lashed out at Jeb Bush for saying that Ronald Reagan and his father, George H.W. Bush, would not have fit well in the modern Republican Party, ripping the former Florida governor as a “RINO” and dismissing his “steaming pile of nonsense.”
House Of Dimon Marred By CEO Complacency Over Unit'S Risk  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) could have spotted trouble at its chief investment office long before traders there racked up at least $2 billion in losses.  One reason it didn't: Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon.
Discussion: US Politics
Monica Davey / New York Times:
North Dakota Considers Eliminating Property Tax  —  BISMARCK, N.D. — Since Californians shrank their property taxes more than three decades ago by passing Proposition 13, people around the nation have echoed their dismay over such levies, putting forth plans to even them, simplify them, cap them, slash them.
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
THE ACADEMIC SCANDAL ELIZABETH WARREN AND HARVARD DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT  —  In 1990, Rutgers Professor Philip Shuchman charged Elizabeth Warren, along with Teresa A. Sullivan (above), the President of University of Virginia who resigned unexpectedly yesterday, and Jay Westbrook …
Boston Globe:
No mention of ‘bisexual,’ ‘transgender’ under Romney  —  Words brought halt to antibullying guide  —  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, talks during a campaign stop in St. Louis, Mo. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)  —  Former governor Mitt Romney's administration …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
HUGE!  Neal Rauhauser's Vicious Lies Exposed by Yet Another Leaked E-Mail  —  Last night, I published an e-mail showing that Democrat political operative Neal Rauhauser, representing himself as an agent of Brett Kimberlin's Velvet Revolution, had used his connections to the “Anonymous” …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Fines for foul mouths in Mass. town  —  A Massachusetts town is crying foul on residents with dirty mouths.  —  Middleborough, a town of about 20,000 residents in the southeastern corner of the state, voted 183-50 on Monday to empower police officers to issue a $20 fine for cursing in public, The Associated Press reported.
Jack Maddox / CNN:
Sheriff: Father kills man sexually abusing his daughter  —  (CNN) — A Texas father caught a man sexually assaulting his 4-year-old daughter and punched him in the head repeatedly, killing him, authorities said.  —  The father was casually acquainted with the alleged abuser, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
Minnesota Priest Argues Catholics Can (And Should) Vote ‘No’ on MN Marriage Inequality Amendment  —  Minnesota priest Bob Pierson spoke out passionately on Sunday against Minnesota's proposed marriage inequality amendment.  Pierson argued that Catholics must be free to vote their conscience.
Discussion: Good As You
Obama Sees Sharpest Drop In Donors From Western States  —  Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, and Idaho are home to the highest percentage of 2008 Obama donors who have yet to contribute $200 or more this year.  Analysts cite the issues, from climate change to the war in Iraq, and the economy.
Karen Weintraub / Boston Globe:
Freezer failure at brain bank hampers autism research  —  A freezer malfunction at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital has severely damaged one-third of the world's largest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research on the disorder by years, scientists say.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Secret History  —  How a Pfizer CEO and Big Pharma colluded with the White House at the public's expense.  —  On Friday House Republicans released more documents that expose the collusion between the health-care industry and the White House that produced ObamaCare, and what a story of crony capitalism it is.
Public Worker Unions Back Controversial Barron In New York  —  AFSCME set to spend on behalf of the “revolutionary Pan-Africanist” and Mugabe, Qaddafi ally.  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Powerful public workers' unions are throwing their weight — in public and behind the scenes …
Discussion: Yeshiva World News
Glenn Beck's New Brand: Prophet Of Love  —  Two years after his controversial peak, an ambitious rally in Dallas — and a careful relaunch.  Beck 2.0 is the conservative Dick Clark.  —  Graphics by Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed  —  IRVING, Texas — The spring of 2010 was a dark time for Glenn Beck.
Discussion: GOP 12
Top conservative says read my lips: Don't sign ‘no new tax’ pledge  —  Spinners and Winners  —  As a conservative Republican, Lindsey Graham has never had a problem promising not to raise taxes.  Like almost every other Republican member of Congress, during his last re-election campaign …
The White House:
President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit  —  WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama will nominate Caitlin Halligan and Srikanth Srinivasan to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
We isolate and overload Germany at our peril
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Post:
Now 'USA'-ban school boots Bieber, too
The Corrupting Influence of Corruption Research
Discussion: American Prospect
Amy Hodges / Rice University News & Media:
Corporate political giving doesn't pay
Discussion: Politico and Ezra Klein
Jake Shermanand John Bresnahan / Politico:
Can Eric Holder avoid contempt vote?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Gingrich Returns To Speaking Circuit, At A Discount
Discussion: Indecision Forever
 Earlier Items: 
Keegan Hamilton / The Daily Weekly:
Washington Inmates Banned From Making Sexy Outfits for Female Prison Guards
Randy Kennedy / New York Times:
Greek Antiquities, Long Fragile, Are Endangered by Austerity
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Angus King makes a last stand for moderation in Maine Senate race
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Romney's Voucher Education Policy, a Return to G.O.P. Roots
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama: I couldn't go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker because I was busy with stuff
Clarence Page / Chicago Tribune:
What's with Wisconsin?  —  (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / June 5, 2012)
Discussion: First Draft