Morning EDition: June 16, 2011

Updated

Anthony Weiner’s resigning. So now the media can focus on the issues again! Hurray! Here are just a few for them to choose from. And check back later for today’s Outlook and Underbuzzed.

TODAY

  • Pres. Obama meets with Mongolian President Elbegdorj
  • Republican Leadership Conference begins in New Orleans, the victim of Republican leadership
  • House continues debate on the Agriculture Appropriations bill; votes now expected this afternoon

ECONOMY

WAR

  • Congress says they need to weigh Obama’s response on legality of Libya.
  • Obama’s rationale draws skepticism from both parties.
  • Admin. claims its Afghanistan surge worked.

SECURITY STATE

JUSTICE

  • VIDEO: Stunning personal remarks from Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI) about the tragedy of our prison system.

CLASS WARFARE

  • Congress continues to see its riches soar, while most Americans are on the decline.

WALL ST. / BANKS

CORPORATE AMERICA

  • EPA chief blasts power company for its claims about regulatory impacts.
  • Privately, the power company told investors the regulatory impact wasn’t a big deal.
  • GOP pushing to privatize Amtrak again.

TEA PARTY

  • Dionne: Even Bush would’ve done what the GOP presidential field didn’t, defend the EPA.
  • The congressional rookies who vowed to cut debt have increased their own.
  • The model of governance they hate so much? It’s the guiding ethos of the US military.
  • Poll: America has soured on the GOP House.
  • Map: Where life expectancy is going up, and going down. (Hint: Ignorance kills.)

HEALTH CARE

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

  • NC votes to defund Planned Parenthood.

UNIONS

GAY RIGHTS

  • NY assembly sends state Senate bill legalizing gay marriage.

MINNESOTA

PAWLENTY

  • Chart: Who Pawlenty’s tax plan would enrich. (Hint: It ain’t you.)
  • Chart: Pawlenty’s tax cuts make Bush’s look tiny.

DARRELL ISSA

  • VIDEO: He can’t handle the truth, if it comes out in his hearings – so he tells law-enforcement officers not to speak it.

ELECTIONS

  • Official considers quitting PAC over offensive ad in CA special election.

GOP 2012

  • Poll: Romney is runaway leader, but Herman Cain is runaway second-place declared candidate.
  • Look at how unliked these candidates are by the people who know them best.

ANTHONY WEINER

  • Congressional Dems meet, considering stripping Weiner of his committee seats (well, this is moot!)
  • Report: Weiner tells friends he will step down.
  • Report: Weiner told Dem leaders last night that he would step down.

(What I’m reading: Greg Sargent’s Plum Line, Think Progress, Matt Yglesias, The Wonk Room, Talking Points MemoTPMDC, Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, the Washington Monthly, the National Journal, Ezra Klein, Politico’s Playbook and Huddle, Dave Weigel, Wonkette, Firedoglake, the NYT Caucus, Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars. What my iPod has me listening to: Steam by Peter Gabriel.)

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The Ed Show Morning Edition

Morning EDition: June 16, 2011

Updated