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10:40 AM ET, June 20, 2012

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Maggie Habermanand Alexander Burns / Politico:
The 2012 campaign is the smallest ever  —  For years, operatives, reporters and potential nominees envisioned the 2012 presidential campaign as a titanic clash of media-swarmed combatants with big ideas about the future.  In the Republican primaries, this was almost a mantra: this is the most important campaign in a generation.
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Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
Tim Pawlenty's stock soars in Romney-world  —  Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers after emerging as the most effective — and well-liked — surrogate for the GOP nominee-to-be, according to several Republicans familiar with campaign deliberations.
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Is Terrible For Traffic  —  We admit it, and so do other bloggers and editors: Nobody seems to want to read stories about Mitt Romney.  For the candidate, a blessing or a curse?  —  In the war of partisan trash talk that frequently consumes online political media …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Clues Emerge on Romney's VP Pick  —  Speculation about Mitt Romney's running mate has kicked up a notch, as one possibility seemed to remove himself from the running, another took a more central role in the campaign and a third saw Mr. Romney confirm him as a serious contender.
Discussion: Washington Wire
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Why Rubio probably won't be the pick  —  Why Rubio probably won't be Romney's VP pick... And why T-Paw seems to be rising... Obama campaign releases two new TV ads hitting Romney's record as Massachusetts governor... Romney's boxed in on immigration... Romney raises money in Michigan …
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and www2.timesdispatch.com
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney: “Marco Rubio Is Being Thoroughly Vetted”
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Romney's search for a VP appears to narrow
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Obama Leads In Poll As Voters View Romney As Out Of Touch  —  Barack Obama has opened a significant lead over Mitt Romney in a Bloomberg National Poll that reflects the presumed Republican nominee's weaknesses more than the president's strengths.  —  Obama leads Romney 53 percent …
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David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Americans Say They'Re Better Off Since Obama Took Office  —  A plurality of Americans now say they are better off than they were when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, providing a surprising lift to Obama's re- election campaign despite troublesome economic news.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren loses it, lashes out at “right wing extremist” (me)  —  As you know, Elizabeth Warren has been caught in a series of at best misleading and at worst false responses since The Boston Herald first broke the story in late April that Harvard Law promoted her as Native American in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and American Glob
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Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Cherokee women to Elizabeth Warren: Stop ducking us!  —  On their first day in the Hub, a group of Cherokees hoping to confront Elizabeth Warren over her Native American heritage claims blasted the Democrat for trying to dismiss the ancestry controversy as a non-issue in the Bay State U.S. Senate race.
Fox News:
Obama grants Holder request on ‘Furious’ documents as contempt vote looms  —  DEVELOPING ...  President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. Issa ‘disappointed,’ says contempt vote against Holder will move forward
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: After Issa and Holder Meet, Still No Documents, Contempt Charges Still Looming
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
No deal: After meeting, Issa says contempt vote on Holder is still on
Discussion: Influence Alley and Scared Monkeys
Washington Post:
U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say  —  The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected critical intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iran's ability …
Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Obama's grandfather tortured by the British?  A fantasy (like most of the President's own memoir)  —  A new biography of Barack Obama has established that his grandfather was not, as is related in the President's own memoir, detained by the British in Kenya and found that claims that he was tortured were a fabrication.
Discussion: National Review and UrbanGrounds
Salena Zito / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Rep. Mark Critz, other Dems, to skip convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania  —  U.S. Rep. Mark Critz said on Tuesday he will skip the Democratic National Convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania, much like top elected Democrats in neighboring West Virginia who are disgruntled with President Obama.
Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:
National Review's New Contributor: White Nationalist David Yerushalmi  —  Back in April, National Review finally parted ways with longtime contributor John Derbyshire after Derbyshire penned an especially racist piece advising non-black American parents on how to talk to their kids about black people.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Fix health care after Supreme Court ruling, poll says  —  If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law, 77 percent of Americans want the president and Congress to work on new legislation overhauling the system, according to a new AP-GfK poll on Wednesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Michelle Rhee, éducation, Michelle Rhee, Video, Politics News, Change, Change.Org, Changeorg, Michelle Rhee Dc, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — In a surprising reversal, Change.org …
Jordan Michael Smith / Salon:
New NSA docs contradict 9/11 claims  —  “I don't think the Bush administration would want to see these released,” an expert tells Salon  —  Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive.
Wall Street Journal:
Food Stamp Fiasco  —  The Senate refuses to cut $20 billion out of $770 billion.  —  The next time someone moans about Washington “austerity,” tell them about the Senate's food stamp votes on Tuesday.  Democrats and a few Republicans united to block even modest reform in a welfare program …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Dem activist slugs GOP congressman's wife with campaign sign  —  It's all fun and games until somebody gets slugged with a campaign sign — at least in Montana, where following the first U.S. Senate campaign debate this cycle, a Democratic activist hit one candidate's wife with a rolled up sign.
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Dustin Hurst / Watchdog News:
Little Big Sky: Where political civility took yet another non-fatal but unseemly wound
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
CNN:
Conflicting reports about whether Mubarak has died  —  Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 84, is declared clinically dead on Tuesday, June 19, shortly after arriving at a military hospital in Cairo, according to Egypt's state-run news agency.  A military official disputes the report and says Mubarak is in critical condition.
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BuzzFeed:
Anti-Romney Protesters Say They're Paid To Heckle  —  Two protesters and an Obama official say “Good Jobs Now” protesters are compensated for their time.  A protest leader denies it.  —  A few of the protesters outside Romney's rally, shortly before filing on to a charter bus parked down the street.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Spending A Bundle  —  President Barack Obama's campaign “bundlers” — big-ticket donors who combine their own contributions with those of wealthy friends and family members — include at least 138 individuals who sit on boards of charitable foundations or other grant-giving charities, a Daily Caller analysis shows.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS: 3 million young adults gained coverage under healthcare law  —  More than 3 million young adults have been able to stay on their parents' insurance plans because of President Obama's healthcare law, the Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday.
Ezra Klein:
Grover Norquist's pledge to increase spending, deficits  —  Over in Bloomberg View, Ramesh Ponnuru passes the mic to Grover Norquist: … You hear this often from Republicans: The reason you can't make a deal that balances both spending cuts and tax increases is that the tax increases happen and the spending cuts don't.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Romney needs big share of white working class vote … What's up with the white working class vote?  For years the horny-handed blue collar worker was the star of the New Deal Democratic coalition.  It was for him, and his wife and family, that Democrats taxed the rich, invented Social Security and supported militant labor unions.
Associated Press:
Discipline recommended for 7 U.S. troops in Quran burning  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military investigation is recommending that as many as seven U.S. troops face administrative punishments, but not criminal charges, in the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February, The Associated Press has learned.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
 
 
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