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2:55 PM ET, May 25, 2011

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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan  —  Democrats scored an upset in one of New York's most conservative Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party's plan to overhaul Medicare.
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Paul Ryan: 2012's Goldwater?  —  I used to worry that Sarah Palin would be the Barry Goldwater of 2012.  My bad.  Paul Ryan is the Barry Goldwater of 2012.  —  The Goldwater effect continues on this morning after the NY-26 debacle.  Henry Olsen of AEI, as smart a political numbers guy …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
G.O.P. on the Defensive as Voters Resist Medicare Plan  —  WASHINGTON — When they proposed just last month to overhaul Medicare, House Republicans were confident that the wind of budget politics was at their backs and that the country's looming fiscal problems provided justification …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Six Months After Midterm Disaster, Hopeful Signs for Democrats  —  Here's what I wrote two weeks ago about the special election in New York's 26th Congressional district, which was won by the Democrat Kathy Hochul Tuesday night: … Ms. Hochul, with most of the vote counted, has 48 percent of the total, so she has met this threshold.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Ryan blames NY-26 on Dem ‘scare tactics’  —  Tuesday's special election win by Democrat Kathy Hochul was the result of Democratic scare tactics, and not actually a referendum on the reality of his Medicare plan, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said in his first comments after the polls closed in Western New York.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ryan: Medicare played role in GOP's special-election defeat  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) acknowledged Wednesday that his Medicare plan played a role in Republicans' defeat in Tuesday's special election, blaming “demagoguery” of his budget for the loss.  —  Ryan, the chairman …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Voters like their single-payer health care
Emptywheel:
Obama Misses the Lesson in NY-26
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Firedoglake
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  Peter R. Orszag, vice chairman …
Discussion: Yglesias and Mother Jones
Henry Olsen / National Review:
A Blue-Collar Warning Sign
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Dies Unexpectedly at Age 65  —  Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening.  He was 65 years old.  —  Haines, founding anchor of CNBC's morning show “Squawk Box,” was co-anchor of the network's “Squawk on the Street” …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Ed Schultz Uses Vulgarity To Attack Conservative Host  —  DEPRAV-ED  —  MSNBC'S Schultz: Laura Ingraham's ‘A Slut’  —  *** RIP: CNBC'S MARK HAINES, ONE OF THE LAST HONEST BUSINESS JOURNALISTS ***  —  Bye-bye, Ed Schultz.  —  We'll especially miss your gigantic ego, unending rage and all-around delightful personality.
Michelle Malkin:
More misogyny at MSNBC: Neanderthal host attacks Laura Ingraham as a “slut”
Discussion: Mediaite
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: U.S. Green-Lights Prosecution for Alleged Campaign Law Violations Tied to Affair Cover-Up  —  Former Sen. John Edwards speaks at a campaign rally Jan. 26, 2008, in Columbia, S.C. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)  —  The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Justice Department plans to indict John Edwards
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama miscues on toast  —  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and U.S. President Barack Obama during a state banquet in Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday May 24, 2011.  —  AP Photo  —  LONDON - It was all going so well.  —  But when the time came for President Obama to deliver his toast …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Royals, Obamas Sip $1,000 Vino
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachmann: Obama ‘too busy gallivanting around Europe’
Discussion: GOP 12
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Decorum Breaks Down at House Hearing  —  WASHINGTON — A House committee hearing into the structure of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau disintegrated into heated accusations of lying to Congress on Tuesday, with the panel's chairman accusing Elizabeth Warren of giving misleading testimony …
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June  —  Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment …
Quinnipiac University:
Florida Voters Turn Thumbs Down On Gov. Scott 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Property Insurance Is Getting Worse  —  Florida voters disapprove 57 - 29 percent of the job Gov. Rick Scott is doing, the worst score of any governor in the states surveyed by Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
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Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Poll: Rick Scott among the least-liked governor's in nation
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
FreedomWorks' Goal: Stop Mitt Romney In 2012 … WASHINGTON - A top goal of the nation's most influential national Tea Party group is to stop Mitt Romney from winning the Republican nomination for president.  —  Interviews with top officials at FreedomWorks, a Washington-based organizing hub …
David Steinberg / Pajamas Media:
(UPDATED: Uh oh — Lee's wife, Nita Chaudary, behind the “Betray Us” Ad?)  Googling Jesse Lee  —  UPDATE: Lee is married to Nita Chaudary.  Here is a CSPAN transcript from Sep. 10, 2007, wherein Chaudary represents — and ardently defends — MoveOn.org for publishing the Petraeus smear ad prior …
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Howie / The Jawa Report:
White House's New Director of Progressive Media & Online Response
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Signs Controversial Bill Requiring Women To Get Sonogram 24 Hours Before An Abortion  —  Yesterday afternoon, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed the state's controversial sonogram bill into law.  The bill passed the legislature earlier this month and will require doctors to perform …
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Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Governor Won't Rule Out 2012 Run
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  Question: What do the following have in common?  Eckert Cold Storage Co., Kerly Homes of Yuma, Classic Party Rentals, West Coast Turf Inc., Ellenbecker Investment Group Inc. …
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.”  He was formerly a Washington correspondent and a Middle East correspondent for the New Yorker.  —  Why Palestinians Have Time on Their Side
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: A Formidable Republican Field  —  With Mitch Daniels having taken himself out of the GOP nomination battle, the field has come into sharp focus, and the view is not good for President Obama and the Democrats.  —  If one were only to read commentary and analysis from the mainstream media …
Frances Cronin / BBC:
Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images  —  Two new finds are at Saqqara, an older but lesser known pyramid site than Giza  —  Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.  —  More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements …
J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality …:
Time to PANIC!!:  Second-Quarter Real GDP Growth Looks Slow Enough to Put No Upward Pressure at All on the Employment-to-Population Ratio  —  Time to push the panic button.  —  Macroeconomic Advisers is revising their tracking forecast of real GDP growth in the second quarter.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and MarketBeat
 
 
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Stephen Lee Davis / Transportation For America:
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