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10:10 AM ET, June 13, 2012


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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama's ratings sink on economic doubts  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's approval ratings have dipped to their lowest level since January on deep economic worries, wiping out most of his lead in the White House race over Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hot Air and NO QUARTER
Wall Street's vote: Romney by a landslide  —  For three years, Wall Street's been telling the world how much it can't stand President Barack Obama.  —  Now, thanks to campaign finance filings, it's possible to put a price tag on just how much: Mitt Romney's presidential campaign …
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
A Chilly Reception from Independents on Obama's Plans for the Economy  —  Swing-voting independents see Barack Obama's plans for the economy negatively rather than positively by 54-38 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, marking the president's challenges as he seeks re-election in still-troubled economic times.
Discussion: The Hill and “The Lid”
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Obama Is Losing A Stunning Amount Of African-American Support In North Carolina  —  WATCH: What Obama's Embarrassing Primaries  —  In Kentucky And Arkansas Last Month Mean  —  President Barack Obama is rapidly losing support among African-American voters in North Carolina …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's White Base Shows Cracks Compared With 2008  —  Support down five points since 2008 among all voters, but more among key 2008 white supporters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking indicates Barack Obama is receiving less support in the 2012 presidential election …
Obama: Debt, deficits were ‘baked into the cake’
Deborah Charles / Reuters:
Michelle Obama to Ann Romney: have fun campaigning
Tim Mak / Politico:
World poll: Chill on Obama policies  —  Global opinion of President Barack Obama has declined dramatically since 2009, according to a new survey of the president and his policies in 21 countries.  —  Approval of Obama's international policies has dropped from 78 percent to 63 percent in Europe …
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
Global Opinion of Obama Slips, International Policies Faulted  —  OVERVIEW  —  Global approval of President Barack Obama's policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Former Giffords aide Barber wins race to replace her in the House  —  Democrat Ron Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly in an emotionally charged and nationally watched special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  —  In what both candidates predicted …
Discussion: CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads expands Senate ad blitz with $4.6M in new ads  —  The GOP-aligned American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS is adding $4.6 million to a Senate ad blitz expanding to six more states.  —  The states in their crosshairs are Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, North Dakota and Missouri.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Campaign 2012
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:   Senate primaries in four states set key matchups
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman's wife arrested, charged with perjury  —  At her husband's bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman was asked repeatedly about money.  Among the questions: How much did the couple collect in donations through George Zimmerman's website?  —  “Currently, I do not know,” Shellie Zimmerman replied.
Vivian Kuo / CNN:
Zimmerman's wife arrested, accused of perjury
Discussion: This Just In and Wonkette
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Gadhafi is hero to NY House candidate  —  BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Charles Barron calls Robert Mugabe and Moammar Gadhafi his “heroes.”  He compared Israel's government to the Nazis, says he won't salute the American flag, and once offered that he wanted to “slap” the nearest white person.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Joy Behar Wants to See Romney's House Burn Down: 'Who's He Going to Call, the Mormon Fire Patrol?'  —  CRITICAL UPDATE AT END OF POST.  —  Joy Behar, Al Gore's new employee at Current TV, said Tuesday in response to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments on the need for more police …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Current's Joy Behar Wants Conservatives ‘If They Have The Balls To Come On The Show’
Discussion: Moe Lane and The New Editor
U.S. Probes Cable for Limits on Net Video  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to quash nascent competition from online video, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Newt Gingrich: Elections rigged for the rich  —  Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that elections are “rigged, frankly, in favor of the wealthy.”  —  “It is very difficult in America today,” he told MSNBC's Al Sharpton.  “If you look at New York where Mayor Bloomberg spent an extraordinary amount …
Discussion: Washington Post and Shakesville
New York Times:
New Weapons Push Syrian Crisis Toward Civil War  —  WASHINGTON — With evidence that powerful new weapons are flowing to the Syrian government and to opposition fighters, the bloody uprising in Syria has thrust the Obama administration into an increasingly difficult position as the conflict shows signs …
Bradley Klapper /
US: Russia sending Syria attack helicopters
Discussion: BBC
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Rogers not invited to Kenwood wedding that includes Obamas  —  Desiree Rogers and Valerie Jarrett in happier times, together at a D.C. party in May 2009.  Brendan Hoffman~Getty Images  —  The wedding aisle ...  The president is going. The first lady is going.  —  First daughters Sasha and Malia will be there.
Kevin Allman / Blog of New Orleans, Gambit:
After the cuts at The Times-Picayune  —  On May 29, Times-Picayune reporter Danny Monteverde was covering the murder of Briana Allen, the 5-year-old who was shot to death at a child's birthday party at Simon Bolivar Avenue and Thalia Street.  Monteverde was tackling the delicate task of interviewing Briana's family.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP senator questions whether excessive media contact led to leaks  —  Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Tuesday said members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are working closely to develop legislation aimed at reducing the incidence of security leaks, and said he has several questions …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael Stafford / Cagle Post:
Why I Gave Up On Being a Republican  —  I'm a life-long Republican.  My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being.  —  When I was young, Ronald Reagan bestrode the world like a colossus.  I grew up watching the Cold War end-game play out as Reagan faced …
Analysis: Obama's gamble: Asking for more time to fix economy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - So far, President Barack Obama has not been able to convince most Americans that they are better off than they were four years ago.  His next step may be to try to convince them that they would be worse off under his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Cuomo Plan Would Limit Gas Drilling to a Few Counties in New York  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania …
Discussion: Althouse
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Cornyn: Holder should resign in wake of Fast and Furious probe  —  Sen. John Cornyn called on Eric Holder to resign Tuesday as Republicans raised the pressure on the attorney general to avoid a contempt vote by providing documents about the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Nice Deb
Tim Makand Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Eric Holder warns of ‘constitutional crisis’
Discussion: CNN and CNSNews
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
Bailout in Spain Leaves Taxpayers Holding the Bag  —  MADRID — After clinching a $125 billion bailout for Spain's banks, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy flew to Poland on Sunday for the Spanish team's soccer match, declaring “this matter is now resolved.”  —  Not so fast, prime minister.
Discussion: Firedoglake, DealBook and rubber hose
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Equality and the End of Marrying Up  —  LONDON — When the daughter of a former flight attendant married the future king of England last year, some starry-eyed monarchists cooed over a 21st-century Cinderella.  —  But the royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William was exceptional in more than one way.
Discussion: Althouse
Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Ex-loan officer claims Wells Fargo targeted black communities for shoddy loans  —  View Photo Gallery — From making subprime mortgages to fighting foreclosures: Beth Jacobson spent nearly a decade churning out millions of dollars in subprime mortgages.
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Jacob Goldstein / New York Times:
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Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Obama urges Md. voters to uphold marriage law
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Pressing On the Upward Way  —  By her second semester of college …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
James Wilson / Financial Times:
Bundesbank warns on EU banking union
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
A new form of European union
Discussion: Paul Krugman and New York Times
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Health Care Reform Boosts Spending A Tiny Fraction While Covering Millions: Report
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Bob Kerrey, yet another Great Moderate Hope
Discussion: Hotline On Call and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
For Obama and Romney, Nonstop Fund-Raising
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Caucus
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Rick Scott: Voter Purge Turned Up ‘Over 50’ Non-Citizen Voters — 'The Debate's Over'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Hill
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Obama: GOP stuck me with a steak dinner tab