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10:00 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.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
In New Documentary, A Usually Reticent George H.W. Bush Has Harsh Words For Ross Perot  —  Although former president George H.W. Bush has remained relatively quiet and out of the spotlight since his time in office, he's agreed to open up about his thoughts and experiences in 41, a new documentary airing this weekend on HBO.
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 …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
HBO Apologizes For George W. Bush's Severed Head In ‘Game Of Thrones’
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 …
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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 …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Hit Reset on Campaign in Ohio  —  President Obama will use a speech in Ohio today effectively to hit a reset button on his re-election campaign, following a stretch of bad economic news and messaging missteps that have shaken Democrats' confidence and caused some allies to sound the alarm.
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and National Review
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.
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, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Campaign Aid Is Now Surging Into 8 Figures  —  Even in a political season marked by unprecedented levels of political spending, Sheldon Adelson stands alone.  —  In recent days, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire casino owner, and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, gave $10 million to Restore Our Future …
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Nice Deb and RedState
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Lacker and Stern: Large Banks Need ‘Living Wills’
Discussion: Business Insider
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Mark Miner Joins Dewhurst's Senate Campaign Team
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
We Don't Recriminate Like We Used To  —  Kf Leans Forward …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 6 in Nevada  —  Barack Obama continues to be favored …
Discussion: KTVZ-TV and Ballot Box
John Schwartz / New York Times:
John Edwards Charges Dismissed
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Moving On from MoveOn.org
Discussion: Moe Lane
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Touts Presidential Salary Plan That Was Literally A Saturday Night Live Skit
Elizabeth Flock / US News:
AFL-CIO Pulling Funds From Obama Campaign