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12:45 AM ET, June 23, 2012


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Laura Wilson / Barack Obama:
The Obama event registry  —  Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?  —  Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.  It's a great way to support the President on your big day.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama campaign launches events registry
CBS News:
Sandusky found guilty in child sex abuse trial  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  The Penn State Scandal  —  (CBS/AP) A jury has found Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts Friday in his child sex abuse trial, believing prosecutors' portrayal of him as a serial molester who groomed his victims …
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Sorry, Washington Post, Romney didn't get rich moving U.S. jobs overseas  —  In what is meant to be a bombshell political story, the Washington Post is attempting to paint Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a private equity boss who got rich by shipping American jobs overseas.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Romney's Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Activists Take Out Frustration on ... Ronald Reagan  —  Victor Fiorillo reports for
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's White Support Is Too Low to Win
Forkless Friday at Obama event  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?  —  One wouldn't think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he's attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.
U.S. Catholic priest found guilty in child abuse case  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A monsignor who oversaw hundreds of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese was found guilty on Friday of one count of endangering the welfare of a child, making him the first senior U.S. Roman Catholic Church official …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Philadelphia's Msgr. William J. Lynn Is Convicted of Allowing Abuse
Dylan Byers / Politico:
POLITICO reporter suspended for remarks  —  POLITICO reporter Joe Williams has been suspended pending review of recent controversial comments he made on television and Twitter, POLITICO editors informed staff late Thursday night.  —  On MSNBC today, Williams made a remark suggesting Mitt Romney …
David Blankenhorn / New York Times:
How My View on Gay Marriage Changed  —  IN my 2007 book, “The Future of Marriage,” and in my 2010 court testimony concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, I took a stand against gay marriage.
Anti-Obama Artist Strikes Again  —  Jon McNaughton, the artist who depicted Obama burning the Constitution, has a new painting .  He's aiming to sell it to the highest bidder, between $50,000 and $100,000.  —  McNaughton's new piece of art, “The Empowered Man”
Robert Costa / National Review:
Ryan Being Vetted for VP  —  I'm reliably informed that Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee chairman, has submitted paperwork to the Romney campaign.  Sources confirm that he is being vetted for the vice-presidential nomination.  —  Ryan, one of the GOP's brightest young stars …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Saudi Arabia to fund Syria rebel army  —  Exclusive: Command centre in Turkey organising weapon supply to opposition  —  Saudi officials are preparing to pay the salaries of the Free Syria Army as a means of encouraging mass defections from the military and increasing pressure on the Assad regime, the Guardian has learned.
BBC:   Turkish jet ‘shot down’ off Syria
Ignazio Messina / Toledo Blade:
Wurzelbacher: Story of ad unfairly spun  —  House candidate says he 'wasn't talking about the Holocaust' in video  —  Facebook Twitter Reddit Digg E-mail Print Rss  —  Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is not backing down from an anti-gun-control video released by his campaign this week …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Joe The Plumber Defends Campaign Ad Tying Holocaust To Gun Control
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Mary Cheney marries longtime partner Heather Poe  —  Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has married her long-time partner Heather Poe, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  Cheney spokeswoman Kara Ahern confirmed to TheDC that the couple married Friday morning in Washington, D.C.
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Obama NALEO Speech: Immigration Decision ‘Right Thing To Do’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Immigration, Barack Obama , Video, Naleo, Obama 2012, Latino Politics, Latino Politics, Obama Naleo, Obama Naleo Speech, Politics News  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rubio blasts both Republicans and Democrats for politicizing immigration
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and Politico
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Corporate Profits Just Hit An All-Time High, Wages Just Hit An All-Time Low  —  In case you needed more confirmation that the priorities of US companies and the US economy are screwed up (specifically, they're engineered to create a country of a few million overlords and 300+ million serfs), here are three charts for you:
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Kathryn Jean Lopez: The saddest hack  —  It's time to take the National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez seriously, as depressing as that is … Kathryn Jean Lopez is, as best I can tell, a Heritage Foundation intern who was awarded the job of “National Review Online Editor” …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Weekend of secrecy for big GOP donors  —  (CBS News) It's going to be a big weekend in the world of big conservative money: Both Mitt Romney and billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch are holding hush-hush events with wealthy donors designed to keep the dollars coming in.
Rolling Stone:
The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia  —  How America's biggest banks took part in a nationwide bid-rigging conspiracy - until they were caught on tape  —  Someday, it will go down in history as the first trial of the modern American mafia.  Of course, you won't hear …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Republicans release final Holder contempt resolution  —  Republicans late Friday released the final version of the resolution asserting that Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Weasel Zippers
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Elizabeth Warren's Birthday Gift From GOP: An Account  —  Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren turns 63 today, and among her birthday gifts is one she probably won't appreciate very much.  She's in a tight race against the GOP incumbent, Scott Brown.
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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Suspect in thwarted Capitol bombing plot pleads guilty
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Many Americans Can't Name Obama's Religion
John Harwood / New York Times:
With Elections Awash in Cash, There's Blame to Go Around
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Egypt protest over military rule
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Oregon Study Reveals Benefits, and Costs, of Insuring the Uninsured
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
The Health Care Lose-Lose Scenario Facing Democrats
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
David Koch To Host $50,000-A-Person Dinner For Romney In The Hamptons
Discussion: US Politics and Joe. My. God.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Transgender Man Responds To Critics After Marriage Proposal Video Goes Viral
Discussion: Advocate, GLAAD and ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bad news: Jon Stewart not exactly buying the executive-privilege claim
Republicans' Voter Suppression Project Grinds On
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Report: Bolton Is a “Leading Candidate” for Secretary of State
Discussion: Outside the Beltway