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5:50 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 …
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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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: PoliPundit.com
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: 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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.”
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Study: Liberal Anti-Mormonism On The Rise  —  The left have turned against the faith since 2008, according to a new study, spurred by Romney and same-sex marriage.  —  Americans' aversion to voting for Mormons has spiked since Mitt Romney's first presidential bid in 2007 …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Guess Who's Emerging From the Crisis?  —  FT Alphaville: … From Statistics Iceland:  —  GDP is still below previous peak, but I think one could argue, much more so than in say America, that a significant part of that peak involved a Ponzi financial sector that isn't coming back.
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 …
Jonah Lehrer / Frontal Cortex:
Why Smart People Are Stupid  —  Here's a simple arithmetic question: A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents.  The bat costs a dollar more than the ball.  How much does the ball cost?  —  The vast majority of people respond quickly and confidently, insisting the ball costs ten cents.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Romney Writes Off His Home States  —  The Republican with roots in three blue states gives up on all of them, writes John Avlon.  —  There are a lot of things different about this presidential campaign: an African-American incumbent running against a Mormon, most obviously.
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NBC reports demand for Holder resignation ... but not why  —  Hey, NBC finally reported on Operation Fast & Furious!  Of course, it took a high-profile call for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder to get them to do so, but at least they mentioned the scandal …
 
 
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Energy.gov:
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Moving On from MoveOn.org
Discussion: Moe Lane
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Statistical Noise in Election Polls
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
What might cause another 9/11?
Kurt Wallace / Daily Paul Radio:
Rand Paul Answers; The Daily Paul Interview
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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
CNBC:
Roubini Tells Europe to Stop ‘the Savings Madness’
Discussion: The Impolitic and Firedoglake
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin: Romney 47%, Obama 44%