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12:10 PM 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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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.
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.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners, HBO Apologize for Bush's Head on Spike
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
HBO Apologizes For George W. Bush's Severed Head In ‘Game Of Thrones’
Emily Anne Epstein / Daily Mail:
Fury as HBO's Game of Thrones shows President George W. Bush's decapitated head impaled on a STAKE
Discussion: ABCNEWS and NewsBusters.org
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Bush decapitated in ‘Game of Thrones’
Discussion: msnbc.com and americanthinker.com
Steven Bertoni / Money Talks:
Exclusive: Adelson's Pro-Romney Donations Will Be ‘Limitless,’ Could Top $100M  —  Sheldon Adelson (Jared McMillen for Forbes)  —  Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive …
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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 …
First Read / msnbc.com:   Obama looks to change the narrative
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Secret money fuels the 2012 elections
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The Republican family feud
CNN:
Romney campaign uses Obama's line against him in attack ad
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Hit Reset on Campaign in Ohio
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.
Bloomberg:
Inequality: It's Even Worse Than We Thought  —  The current debate about rich and poor — the 1 percent versus the 99 percent — is a bit misleading because the evidence usually is data about income, not wealth.  Looking at wealth would make the comparison even starker.
Sipsey Street Irregulars:
Sipsey Street Exclusive: More DOJ Whistleblowers Emerge, This Time From DC.  Do they bear “the keys to the kingdom?”  “There sure is a sense of renewed enthusiasm here.” … Multiple, previously highly credible, sources close to the Gunwalker investigation report that there are at least …
Discussion: Nice Deb and Liberty News Network
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Holder Becomes Punching Bag for GOP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Heated Juan Williams/Michelle Malkin Shoutfest Gets Personal With Eyerolls, ‘Snotty’ Accusations  —  Juan Williams' patience expired fairly openly on Hannity tonight after an attack of “elitism” from Michelle Malkin that stemmed from a debate about Attorney General Eric Holder …
BuzzFeed:
GOP Group's Ad: Bomb Iran  —  “Now it's time to act.”  Wait for the launch 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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Sally Quinn Forced to Dine With Non-Fake Friends  —  After pretty much the entire journalistic world has made fun of Sally Quinn's weekend Washington Post essay declaring the End of Power, further abuse may seem unnecessarily cruel.  And yet even the fulsome stream of disparagement directed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
New Political Showdown in Egypt as Court Invalidates Parliament  —  CAIRO — Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that the Islamist-led Parliament must be immediately dissolved, while also blessing the right of Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister to run for president …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Bill Clinton's words could haunt Obama today  —  President Obama's campaign speech on the economy today will be delivered in the same spot where Bill Clinton delivered a 2010 campaign speech Obama might just as soon forget.  —  In September 2010, Clinton told his Cuyahoga Community College audience …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
How Broccoli Became a Symbol in the Health Care Debate  —  What does broccoli have to do with health insurance?  —  Until recently, nothing.  But now, perhaps a lot.  —  Broccoli, of all things, came up in the Supreme Court during arguments over the constitutionality of the Obama administration's health care legislation.
Sandra Fluke / CNN:
Why this election is so personal  —  Editor's note: Sandra Fluke graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has served as president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice.  Watch Fluke in the 9 a.m. hour ET Thursday on CNN Newsroom, hosted by Carol Costello.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kaiser Health News:
Romney Outlines How He Would ‘Replace Obamacare’  —  Mitt Romney, who is expected to be the Republican nominee for president, doesn't usually talk about health care in his campaign stump speeches.  Tuesday, at Con-Air Industries in Orlando, Florida, he blasted the 2010 federal health law …
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 …
 
 
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Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Perjury charge against Shellie Zimmerman raises more questions of prosecutorial overreaching …
Discussion: The Mahablog and PoliPundit.com