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* Dems privately step up the pressure on Anthony Weiner to step down already, for the sake of his own “dignity.”

* And Dem Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who handles candidate recruitment for Dems, calls publicly for Weiner to go, a clear sign that the Dem leadership has decided he’s finished.

* In total, 10 Dems and counting have publicly told Weiner it’s over.

* Reality check of the day: CREW’s Melanie Sloan wonders why politicians busted for lying (that’s one of the charges against Weiner, right?) about actual abuse of their office so rarely get pushed out.

* Breaking Wisconsin update: Reporters on the ground Tweet that three Dem state senators will face recall elections after all, though with six Republicans facing recalls, it’s still a lopsided field.

* Chris Bowers rounds up some amusing, if pathetic, quotes from Wisconsin GOPers going all in on their strategy of gaming Dem primaries to delay the recalls at taxyaper expense.

* Ali Gharib tracks the ongoing implosion of the “Obama losing Jewish donors” myth.

* And Ben Smith, who reports extensively on this stuff, notes (accurately I think) that pro-Israel Dems may be genuinely uncomfortable with Obama but unlikely to abandon him over it.

* John Cassidy calls on Obama to stand up to the deficit hawks who would take more money out of an economy that’s already in peril, and wonders if there’s anyone who has the heft to do it for him.

* Jon Cohn writes a memo to T-Paw and reporters covering him: You don’t get to claim you’re telling “hard truths” if you’re claiming that you can radically cut taxes while radically increasing revenues.

* Even putting aside whether it’s good economic policy, the numbers in T-Paw’s plan don’t even add up, another blow (you’d think) to his truthiness strategy.

* Sorely needed Tuesday comic relief: The chief strategist for Michele Bachmann’s presidential run (yes, I wrote that) tackles the unenviable task of portraying her as a far more serious candidate than Sarah Palin.

* And a funny catch by Steve Benen: Bachmann’s strategist is defending her intelligence by pointing out that she’s on the House Intelligence Committee.

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Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.

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