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Morning Headlines: Wednesday, June 20

06/20/12 05:51AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Slowing economy may force Fed to take actionG20 leaders pressure Germany's MerkelEgypt's Hosni Mubarak reportedly clinging to lifeWealthy 2008 Obama Donors Disappear In 2012Senate Crushes Bid To Restore $4.5 Billion For Food StampsGreek conservatives hope to seal coalition dealSpanish short-term debt costs reach alarm levelsObama Leads in Poll as Voters View Romney as Out of TouchJPMorgan CEO testifies he did not mislead shareholders read more

Is Tim Pawlenty in the running for GOP VP?

Is Tim Pawlenty in the running for GOP VP?

06/19/12 08:00PM

Politico Playbook: "Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of the vice presidential shortlist of several Mitt Romney advisers," write Politico's Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei. What makes the former Minnesota governor so attractive? Allen joins Morning Joe to... watch

Michelle, teach me how to Dougie and jump rope

06/19/12 02:37PM

Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to encourage young Americans to become healthier, has included everything from gardening to getting outside and getting the heart rate up. But by far, the hippest aspect to the campaign is the Let’s Move! read more

Rep. Cummings: Attorney General Holder has acted 'honorably' regarding fast and furious

06/19/12 01:25PM

House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., stated today he believed that Attorney General Eric Holder acted honorably regarding the controversial fast and furious federal operation.The Los Angeles times, which has a bevy of information, summarizes the operation effectively:A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

06/19/12 11:23AM

MITT ROMNEY'S MYSTERIOUS VIEWS ON IMMIGRATION BY EUGENE ROBINSONWASHINGTON POST...he substitute for U.S. leadership is not a new era of U.N.-administered peace. It is often a vacuum filled by the world's nastiest actors. That is nowhere clearer than in Syria, where Russia and Iran have a free run to fortify the Assad dictatorship. The price is high in human slaughter, but it may be higher still in showing other dictators that it hardly matters anymore if an American President declares that you "must go." What matters is if you have patrons in Moscow, Beijing or Tehran. read more

Mike Allen on how Romney becomes 'old, straight, white men' candidate

06/19/12 08:57AM

President Obama’s re-election campaign “wants to turn Mitt Romney into the candidate of old, straight, white men” says Politico duo Jim Vandhei and Mike Allen in a new article out Tuesday.Allen and Vandhei deposit that Obama’s positions on everything from gay marriage and immigration to equal pay for women and more affordable student loans are allowing the campaign to paint Romney as a “throwback.”To many Republicans, the president’s strategy is very crass — and potentially very effective. read more