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Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP elite see Mitch Daniels as 2012 savior  —  Top Republicans are increasingly convinced that President Barack Obama will be easily reelected if stronger GOP contenders do not emerge, and some are virtually begging Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to add some excitement to the slow-starting nomination race.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich apologizes to Paul Ryan  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on “Meet the Press,” where the presidential candidate referred to Ryan's Medicare proposal as “radical change.”
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Daniels to headline Tennessee GOP dinner  —  Dallas (CNN) - For the second year in a row, the Tennessee Republican Party has landed a potential presidential candidate to headline its biggest fundraising dinner of the year.  —  CNN has learned that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich campaign fights for its life  —  Even his supporters predicted Newt Gingrich's mouth might knock him out of the presidential race.  —  But no one thought it would happen before his first real campaign trip to Iowa.  —  Now, Gingrich is urgently struggling to convince …
Discussion: Salon, CNN, American Power and msnbc.com
Associated Press:
Gingrich hit with glitter at Minneapolis event  —  Robert Erickson, a journeyman political activist prankster also known as Nick Espinosa, approached Gingriches during the signing event at a downtown Minneapolis hotel.  He dumped a cracker box full of confetti on the pair and said, “Feel the rainbow!
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Gingrich and Romney run against their own party
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich owed six figures to Tiffany's
Felix Salmon:
Ben Stein Watch, DSK edition  —  Without further ado, the top ten lines from Ben Stein's article on Dominique Strauss-Kahn:  — If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women, why didn't he ever get charged until now?  — This is a case about the hatred of the have-nots for the haves, and that's what it's all about.
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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
I.M.F. Chief May Claim Consensual Sex as a Defense  —  As Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, spent his first full day on Rikers Island, the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexual assault is struggling with what her lawyer says is a life upended by the case.
ABCNEWS:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Placed on Suicide Watch
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Refuses to End Tax Breaks for Big Oil  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday blocked a Democratic proposal to strip the five leading oil companies of tax breaks that backers of the measure said were unfairly padding industry profits while consumers were struggling with high gas prices.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Senate Group on Debt Loses a Key Republican
Discussion: The New Republic
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Gang of Six’ on verge of collapse as Republican Sen. Coburn withdraws
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
White House shuts out Herald scribe  —  The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama's Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper's front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Catholic Church Investigation Says Hippies Made Catholic Priests Sexually Abuse Children  —  Laurie Goodstein reports on the release of an inquiry by American bishops into sex abuse scandals: … This hippie-blaming strategy seems unlikely to persuade anyone.
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats' Oil Subsidy Repeal Bill Is Actually Unconstitutional  —  Republicans may have a point that Democrats are playing politics with oil subsidies.  To understand why, look no further than the fact that the bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring to the floor for a vote Tuesday evening …
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Adam Folk / Metro:
Thomas defends ideals of court  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a packed dinner crowd of Augusta's judges, lawyers and politicians Tuesday that while discourse in American society seems to be growing coarser and angrier, the Supreme Court remains a bastion of respectful disagreement …
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department snubs the Elders  —  Former President Jimmy Carter and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari were hoping to visit the State Department this week to brief officials on their recent trip to North Korea, but nobody at the State Department was available to meet with them.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Pledge New Mideast Aid  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama will announce this week a new aid plan for the Middle East and North Africa that U.S. officials say will be far bolder than previous American economic assistance to the region.  —  Mr. Obama will outline the plan …
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Brian Bailey / Pew Global Attitudes Project:
Arab Spring Fails to Improve U.S. Image
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Caucus
Frank Newport / Gallup:
With Huckabee Out, No Clear GOP Front-Runner  —  Bachmann and Cain generate high positive intensity among those who know them  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With Mike Huckabee out of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, three well-known politicians, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin …
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama: “My People, You Continue to Have My Blessing.”  —  What kind of political leader tells his supporters this? … President Obama does.  That's what he said toward the end a speech at a campaign fundraiser last night in Washington to a relatively youthful crowd of supporters …
Real Clear Politics:
Rick Perry Presidential Push Quietly Gains Steam  —  As many grass-roots Republicans remain in search of a conservative candidate with the pizazz to go toe-to-toe against President Obama, a man from deep in the heart of Texas who was tea party before the tea party was cool, appears to be giving the presidential race some thought.
Associated Press:
Clinton says Obama believes 8 years is enough  —  WASHINGTON - Eight years as president is enough, thank you.  At least that's what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Barack Obama told her the other day.  —  Clinton said Tuesday that she and Obama often marvel …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
What CNN's story on political sex scandals left out: Eliot Spitzer  —  A TVNewser reader Tweeted at us today: … The answer: yes it did.  —  Suzanne Malveaux's story, which aired at 2:30pmET, made mention or showed images of politicians ranging from John F. Kennedy to John Edwards …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house  —  The CIA employed sophisticated new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace and monitor the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, current and former U.S. officials said.
Discussion: FrumForum
Marissa Bagg / WPTV Newschannel 5:
Prayer request for Osama bin Laden at Catholic Church in West Palm Beach  —  Priest to honor request at Sunday Mass  —  Last Updated: 3 hours and 54 minutes ago  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The name of Osama bin Laden appears in the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday bulletin.  There's a cross next to it.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul fears US will invade Pakistan next  —  GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is worried the U.S. could invade Pakistan after Osama bin Laden's death.  —  “I am absolutely afraid we will be in Pakistan trying to occupy that country,” Paul, a congressman from Texas and a critic of the wars …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Romalley / Fox Nation:
Protester Dumps Glitter on Newt and Wife  —  GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were hit with glittery confetti by a protester Tuesday during the couple's appearance at a book-signing.  —  The man approached the Gingriches during the signing at a downtown Minneapolis hotel …
Discussion: Gawker, iOwnTheWorld.com and Nice Deb
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Healthcare reform waivers part of ‘crony politics,’ Pawlenty says
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
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Discussion: blogs.wsj.com and The Agonist
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ben Nelson adopts GOP line on taxes
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Expects Modest Fundraising Quarter
BBC:
Police Federation accuses government of seeking revenge
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Darrell Issa's recess included trip to Puerto Rico
Discussion: The Note and The Page
USA Today:
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Xinhua News Agency:
Israeli media reveals U.S. president's forthcoming Mideast speech
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Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Yale Restricts a Fraternity for Five Years
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Chimene Keitner / Opinio Juris:
Why Has DSK Not Yet Asserted Immunity? Because He Can't.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: ‘Sarah Palin Has Proven Herself To Be Profoundly Stupid’
Michael Ausiello / TVLine:
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Reuters:
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