5) Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is scheduled to hold a D.C. fundraiser targeting "young professionals" on June 15. 4) He's ba-ack. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has been taking time away the past couple of weeks, will sign the Strong America Now deficit reduction pledge in New Hampshire today. 3) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Tuesday economic speech in Chicago earned him praise from the Wall Street Journal's editorial board. Money quote from the editorial: "Among GOP Presidential contenders, Tim Pawlenty is offering the most ambitious reform agenda so far, and his economic address yesterday continued the trend. While details remain to be filled in, the former Minnesota Governor is rightly focusing on a growth revival that ought to define the 2012 campaign." 2) House Race Hotline Editor Jessica Taylor reports in today's National Journal Daily (subscriber) that Republicans are taking a closer look at contesting at scandal-plagued New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's seat. Meanwhile, he's feeling the heat from papers in the tri-state region: Newsday, the New York Observer, the New York Daily News and the New London Day are all calling for Weiner to resign in editorials today. 1) Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection next year - making him the first House member to step down, without running for higher office. It's the latest sign that Southern, conservative Democrats are almost extinct. The only three who look like they will be in decent shape (at this early stage) are Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark., Heath Shuler, D-N.C. and Ben Chandler, D-Ky.
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