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8:25 AM ET, June 14, 2012

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Meredith Woerner / io9:
George W. Bush's decapitated head appeared on Game of Thrones [Updated]  —  There's one hell of a dragon egg hidden in Game of Thrones season one.  Turns out one of the many heads on a spike decorating King's Landing belonged to ex-president George Bush.  —  If you keep your eyes peeled …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Bush decapitated in ‘Game of Thrones’  —  In the “Game of Thrones,” you win or you die, and George W. Bush did the latter in the HBO series — by decapitation.  —  That is, a prop head of the former president appears in the TV show, according to series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss …
Ethan Sacks / NY Daily News:
HBO apologizes after ‘Game of Thrones’ scene featured severed head resembling former President George W. Bush  —  Head appears briefly in episode of the fantasy series that aired last year  —  A screengrab from HBO's ‘Game of Thrones’ features a severed head that bares a striking resemblence to former President George W. Bush.
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Perjury charge against Shellie Zimmerman raises more questions of prosecutorial overreaching (Update: Prosecution misleadingly edited transcript)  —  Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has come under withering criticism from Alan Dershowitz for overcharging and leaving out important details …
Discussion: The Mahablog and PoliPundit.com
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
Loss of supply lines in Pakistan costs $100M a month, says Panetta  —  The continued closure of Pakistani supply routes to U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan is costing the Pentagon nearly $100 million a month, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama heads to Ohio for reboot  —  President Obama has picked the key swing state of Ohio to deliver a speech Thursday he hopes will serve as a reset button for a campaign that has begun to struggle.  —  Obama and his presumptive Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, will converge on the state …
Discussion: CNN and Jammie Wearing Fools
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Senators Fawn Over JPMorgan CEO After Massive Trading Debacle  —  The long-shot big hope for Wall Street reformers Wednesday was that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon would trip up before the Senate Banking Committee and expose the need for tighter rules governing big banks.
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Jeff Merkley Scolds JPMorgan CEO: ‘This Is Not Your Hearing’ (VIDEO)
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama snubbed me, says McCain  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this week that President Obama never made a sincere effort to reach out to him after the 2008 election.  —  McCain was once seen as a potential ally of Obama.  But far from becoming a partner — as the left hoped for and the right feared …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
John Edwards Charges Dismissed  —  The Department of Justice said on Wednesday that it would not retry John Edwards, the former United States senator whose six-week trial on corruption charges ended earlier this month with an acquittal on one count and a mistrial on five others.
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine
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Associated Press:   Federal prosecutors drop campaign corruption case against John Edwards following mistrial
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
DOJ drops John Edwards case
Discussion: Politico and Hit & Run
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa  —  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
House GOP Blocking Abortion Access for Raped Soldiers  —  Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) wants to expand access to abortion for servicewomen who are raped.  Only a few Republicans are willing to help.  —  Republican Senators John McCain, Scott Brown, and Susan Collins all support an effort …
ICANN New gTLDs:
You are here  —  Enter the terms you wish to search for.  —  ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet's addressing system.  What is a gTLD?  It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org.
Anna Louie Sussman / Reuters:
Foreclosures up for first time in 27 months  —  (Reuters) - Foreclosure starts rose year-over-year in May for the first time in more than two years as banks resumed dealing with distressed properties after a mortgage abuse settlement earlier this year, data firm RealtyTrac said on Thursday.
The Atlantic Wire:
Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon?  —  In 2004 George W. Bush's re-election campaign worked to put anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives up for vote in several swing states in order to turn out more hard-core conservatives to the polls.  This year the question is whether marijuana legalization measures …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in Nevada  —  Barack Obama continues to be favored to win Nevada again in 2012, but his position there is a good deal weaker than it was in 2008.  Obama leads Romney 48-42.  That's down a touch from our last poll in late March when he was ahead 51-43.
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and Ballot Box
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Mark Miner Joins Dewhurst's Senate Campaign Team … Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is locked in a heated U.S. Senate runoff, is adding some firepower to his communications team.  —  Mark Miner, who worked for Dewhurst before becoming Gov. Rick Perry's most recognizable spokesman …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Krauthammer and Reagan  —  A break from the road trip for one small quibble with Charles Krauthammer: he has now completely abandoned any intellectual integrity he may have had and joined the cult of Reagan mythmaking.  Reagan did some fine things as president, like challenging and then negotiating with the “Evil Empire.”
Elizabeth Flock / US News:
AFL-CIO Pulling Funds From Obama Campaign  —  The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama.
John Avlon / CNN:
Jeb vs. Grover: Battle for GOP's soul  —  Editor's note: John Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is co-editor of the book “Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns.”  He is a regular contributor to “Erin Burnett OutFront” …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ABCNEWS
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  2012, Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Economy, Careers, Barack Obama , Politics, Video, November Election, November Elections, Trans-Pacific Partnership …
Howard Amos / Guardian:
Lenin's sojourn as curio corpse may be over  —  No political leader has yet dared to put the founding father of Russian communism six feet under.  Will Vladimir Putin?  —  When the writer and former dissident Yuri Khariyakin told the Soviet parliament in 1989 that Lenin had expressed a wish …
Discussion: Truthdig
Cjarvis / Raleigh News & Observer:
ACLU sues over same-sex adoption ban  —  The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday morning challenging North Carolina's law that effectively prohibits same-sex couples from adopting children.  —  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six gay or lesbian couples …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Is Ending John King's Political Show  —  The ailing cable news channel CNN on Wednesday abruptly ended “John King, USA,” its 6 p.m. political news program.  —  The program will be replaced at the end of the month by “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” which will expand from two hours long to three hours.
Nicole Ebat / KPTM-TV:
Cafe Owner After Hosting Romney Event: “I felt like it was a mocking” … © Bauer says she asked Romney staffers not to touch the memorial to her father and son  —  COUNCIL BLUFFS(KPTM)— Dianne Bauer opened up her cafe to Mitt Romney and his campaign for a small round table discussion Friday morning …
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
We Don't Recriminate Like We Used To  —  Kf Leans Forward: As Ricochet listeners know, I'm already worrying that if Obama loses, Democrats will be deprived of the highly productive “recriminations” period that followed the party's humiliating defeats in 1972, 1980, 1984 and 1988.
Discussion: Hot Air
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Yup: Romney's plan would indeed cut billions from cops, firefighters and teachers  —  Yesterday Mitt Romney claimed that it was “ completely absurd” of the Obama campaign to argue that he favors cutbacks in cops, firefighters and teachers.  “The federal government doesn't pay for teachers …
 
 
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Energy.gov:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
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Discussion: Moe Lane
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Statistical Noise in Election Polls
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Sen. Paul proposes bill protecting Americans from drone surveillance
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Touts Presidential Salary Plan That Was Literally A Saturday Night Live Skit
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Romney Writes Off His Home States
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin: Romney 47%, Obama 44%
Jonah Lehrer / Frontal Cortex:
Why Smart People Are Stupid
Discussion: Vox Popoli