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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Morning Bits

Uh-oh. “The world’s largest economy may be facing a growth problem. After a disappointing first quarter, economists largely predicted the U.S. recovery would ramp back up as short-term disruptions such as higher gas prices, bad weather and supply problems in Japan subsided. But there’s little indication that’s happening. Manufacturing is cooling, the housing market is struggling and consumers are keeping a close eye on spending, meaning the U.S. economy might be on a slower path to full health than expected.” (You gotta laugh at a headline like this: “Economy may hurt Obama ’12.” [emphasis added])

Oops. “We polled 481 Republicans in Iowa. 1 picked Jon Huntsman. Not 1%. 1 respondent.” Maybe there really aren’t “Huntsman Republicans” out there.

Ouch. “Too many coincidences in Weiner’s tale.” Soon we’ll hearing that he’s a “minor” figure in the party and “not even in leadership.”

Splat. Now even the Daily Kos kids aren’t defending the congressman, perhaps because they fully appreciate how phony the “hacked” excuse sounds.

Yikes — investors can figure out Russian “reset” is a joke, so why can’t the president? “The Obama administration is moving forward with a ‘commercial reset,’ seeking to integrate Russia into the world market and international organizations like WTO. But until the Kremlin starts respecting the rule of law, protecting private property, and allowing the Russian people to exercise their basic human rights, only the politically well connected will be willing to risk their money in Putin’s Russia.” Read the whole thing.

Oh boy. Now’s he’s really in trouble. “Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) tells NRO that he stands behind Rep. Anthony Weiner ‘100 percent’ as the Twitter drama unfolds in Washington.”

Hold it right there, say the Senate Republicans. “President Obama’s nomination Tuesday of John Bryson as secretary of the Department of Commerce immediately triggered battles with congressional Republicans on trade and the environment.. . . . Forty-four Republican senators, however, signed a letter to Obama earlier this year warning they would use ‘all the tools at our disposal to force action’ on the trade deals, ‘including withholding support for any nominee for Commerce secretary and any trade-related nominees.’ ” One flaw in the GOP’s plan: We can get along just fine with no secretary of commerce.

Whoa, not so fast with the Iowa pandering. “Asked Tuesday whether she supports the federal subsidy of ethanol, an always critical issue in the presidential nominating cycle, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went one step further and called for the elimination of all energy subsidies. . . . Mitt Romney, who will announce his candidacy Thursday and is considered the front-runner in the GOP field, said last week in Iowa that he supports ethanol subsidies.”

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