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9:15 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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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.
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The Republican family feud  —  It turns out Democrats are not the only ones with a surrogate problem.  —  When Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels and Scott Walker all lobbed rhetorical explosive devices of varying sizes in Mitt Romney's direction, Democrats were gleeful that Republicans now had their own version of a Bain family feud.
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John Avlon / CNN:
Jeb vs. Grover: Battle for GOP's soul
Discussion: The Daily Beast and ABCNEWS
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Still Blame Bush More Than Obama for Bad Economy  —  About half of Republicans blame Bush  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans continue to place more blame for the nation's economic problems on George W. Bush than on Barack Obama, even though Bush left office more than three years ago.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, Politico and CNN
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 …
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Obama's CEO: Jim Messina Has a President to Sell  —  The day after Jim Messina quit his job as White House deputy chief of staff last January, he caught a plane to Los Angeles, paid a brief visit to his girlfriend, and then commenced what may be the highest-wattage crash course in executive management ever undertaken.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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
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
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 …
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.
Washington Examiner:
Hatch's Solyndra: Government picks another loser  —  U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) heads to a weekly policy meeting at the Capitol on March 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The stage is being set for a fresh budget battle after the House GOP's plan was announced today amid calls from Democrats …
Discussion: The Conservatory
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.
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)
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
BuzzFeed:
GOP Group's Ad: Bomb Iran  —  “Now it's time to act.”  Wait for the explosions at the end.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  The Emergency Committee for Israel, the hawkishly pro-Israel conservative group, has released a new ad targeting the Obama administration's Iran policies …
Noémie Bisserbe / Wall Street Journal:
Greek Banks Under Pressure  —  Customers Increase Withdrawals as Major Foreign Lender Plans Potential Exit  —  The owner of Greece's largest foreign-held bank is making plans to walk away from the bank if the country leaves the euro zone, the latest sign of growing international concern over the future of Europe's currency union.
Discussion: FT Alphaville and Guardian
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 …
Aaron Glantz / The Bay Citizen:
Solyndra layoffs larger than previously reported  —  On the day it closed, Solyndra said it was laying off 1,100 full-time and temporary employees.  —  But 1,861 workers lost their jobs as the solar panel manufacturer shut its doors, according to U.S. Labor Department documents provided …
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
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Requiem for a candidate: ‘I could have been the gay Herman Cain!’  —  Fred Karger, political consultant and gay activist of California, has formed an exploratory committee for a 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination.  (Flickr: Fred Karger)  —  Fred Karger failed.
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.
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
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.”
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 …
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.
 
 
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Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
We Don't Recriminate Like We Used To  —  Kf Leans Forward …
Discussion: Hot Air
John Schwartz / New York Times:
John Edwards Charges Dismissed
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Moving On from MoveOn.org
Discussion: Moe Lane
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Statistical Noise in Election Polls
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Touts Presidential Salary Plan That Was Literally A Saturday Night Live Skit
Nicole Ebat / KPTM-TV:
Cafe Owner After Hosting Romney Event: “I felt like it was a mocking”
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Romney Writes Off His Home States
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Jonah Lehrer / Frontal Cortex:
Why Smart People Are Stupid
Discussion: Vox Popoli