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8:30 AM ET, May 27, 2011

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman doesn't drive American  —  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears to drive a foreign car, despite criticizing Republican presidential candidates for supposedly favoring foreign auto manufacturers.  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
New DNC Boss Calls GOP ‘Anti-Women’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
DNC Chair: Republicans Are Waging a ‘War on Women’
Discussion: LifeNews.com, TPMDC and AmSpecBlog
The Note:
Mitt Romney Sends Leftover Pizza to Obama Chicago HQ  —  ABC's Emily Friedman (@abcemily) reports: After spending the day in Chicago fundraising, Mitt Romney sat down with small business owners at Gino's East, a pizza joint famous for their deep-dish pizza.  —  Not wanting any of the leftover slices …
Discussion: New York Magazine
The Hill:
GOP forces Senate pro-forma session, blocking Warren recess appointment  —  GOP opposition is preventing the Senate from completely adjourning for the Memorial Day recess.  —  GOP opposition is preventing the Senate from completely adjourning for the Memorial Day recess.
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Romney, Palin lead in new GOP poll, Herman Cain not far behind  —  A new Gallup poll shows that former governors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin remain the presumed frontrunners in the GOP presidential race, but little-known Herman Cain ties for third.  —  The potential field …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Electoral Consequences of the Rapture
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin looks good for Obama
Discussion: JSOnline, Daily Kos, GOP 12 and TPMDC
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Medicare and Mediscares  —  Yes, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a sore loser.  Why do you ask?  —  To be sure, Mr. Ryan had reason to be upset after Tuesday's special election in New York's 26th Congressional District.  It's a very conservative district …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Wait! Paul Ryan has a point
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
What Obama did to Israel  —  Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral.  The long-standing American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
In Britain Obama repeats his error on Israel
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Moe Lane
Julian Sanchez / Cato @ Liberty:
Manufactured Panic over Patriot Act  —  To judge by the hysterical statements issuing from elected officials—not to mention the breathless press coverage—you'd think the three little-used Patriot Act provisions set to expire unless reauthorized today are like the doomsday timer from the TV show Lost …
Discussion: Weigel, Emptywheel and Salon
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Patriot Act clears House, Senate
Discussion: The Note, CNN and Ballot Box
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rand Paul's Controversial Gun Records Amendment May Get Patriot Act Vote After All
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Sen. Rand Paul Delays Renewal of Patriot Act Provisions
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's “Exploratory” Campaign: A Nationwide Bus Tour  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — In a move designed to propel her closer to a presidential run, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will set out on a bus tour of the country on Sunday, making stops at symbolic sites along the way.
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Aharding / CNN:
Fox News: No change in Palin status
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Mark Zuckerberg's new challenge: Eating only what he kills (and yes, we do mean literally...)  —  Last year Mark Zuckerberg set out to learn Chinese.  Now he's determined to get in touch with his food.  If the goats, lobsters and chickens of Silicon Valley aren't trembling, they should be.
James Zilenziger / CNSNews:
$500 Million Obama Administration Program Will Help Kids ‘Sit Still’ in Kindergarten  —  (CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that the administration's new $500 million early learning initiative is designed to deal with children …
Brendan Greeley / Business Week:
Tyler Cowen, America's Hottest Economist  —  The George Mason University professor has written a bestseller, The Great Stagnation, keeps an influential blog, and reads way too many books  —  Tyler Cowen sits with a cranberry juice and a pile of books he no longer intends to read.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House defeats effort to scale down Afghan war in close 204-215 vote  —  The House on Thursday narrowly shot down an amendment to scale back military operations in Afghanistan.  —  In a close 204-215 vote, the House rejected a bipartisan amendment from Reps. James McGovern (D-Mass.) …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Booman Tribune and FrumForum
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Suggests Anti-War Congressmen Should ‘Get Shot At A Few Times’  —  In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the House came closer than it ever has to voting for an end to the war in Afghanistan today when a bipartisan amendment that would have required President Obama …
The Note:
John Edwards Meets Privately with Bunny Mellon, Potential Witness in Cover Up Case  —  ABC's James Hill reports: John Edwards, while facing looming criminal indictment, spent the afternoon in Upperville, Virginia, visiting one of the key players in the alleged scheme to cover-up his affair.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Pakistan shuts down U.S. ‘intelligence fusion’ cells  —  Pakistan also tells the U.S. to cut back its troops in the country, in a move amid deepening mistrust after the U.S. raid to kill Osama bin Laden and a CIA contractor's shooting of two Pakistani men.  Joints Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen heads to Pakistan for talks.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Growth And Success Of Post-Jewish Zionism  —  Tanya Somanader has a post about a curious op-ed from Joe Walsh (R-IL) in which he castigates “most American Jews” for our insufficiently hawkish views on Israel.  And over the weekend Dan Webster (R-FL) offered a plausible rebuttal …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate Magazine:
Goodwin Liu Withdraws … Like This Story … - The Real Reason the GOP Blocked Goodwin Liu's Nomination: He's Too Young- Authorities Have Four Months To Make Loughner Mentally Fit for Trial.  How Will They Do It?  - Having a Real Hangover Is More Fun Than Watching The Hangover 2- Pop-Up Video Is Making a Comeback.
Discussion: ACS Blog and FrumForum
 
 
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Dick Lugar tough talk ices Obama friendship
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Judge Voids Wisconsin Law Curbing Unions
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