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4:10 PM ET, May 27, 2011

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The Hill:
McConnell: Saying Medicare is off the table is ‘silly talk’ and ‘nonsense’  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that Medicare reform must be part of an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, despite indications that changing the entitlement will be politically unpopular.
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and FrumForum
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McConnell puts Medicare in the ransom note  —  The Republican debt-ceiling strategy hasn't been subtle: GOP officials are threatening to cause a recession, on purpose, unless Democrats give them the spending cuts they want.  It's Hostage Taking 101.  —  The trick has been identifying the ransom.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Brooks / New York Times:
Medicare Survival Guide  —  Sometime this summer, the Democrats and the Republicans will go toe-to-toe over whether to raise the debt ceiling.  At the height of the confrontation, President Obama may well address the country and say that even though he has offered the Republicans …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McConnell: I Won't Agree To Raise The Debt Limit Without Medicare Cuts
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A Cornered Animal Is A Dangerous Animal
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Judge strikes down corporate donations ban  —  A federal court in Alexandria, Va. on Thursday struck down a federal ban on corporate campaign contributions, in a case with potentially dramatic ramifications for a campaign finance regulatory system under siege by legal and regulatory attacks.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Gawker
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Republican Judge Strikes Down Ban On Corporate Contributions Directly To Candidates
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge strikes down ban on corporate giving to candidates
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP 2012 field still up in the air  —  Washington (CNN) - Call it a sign of how unsettled the GOP presidential field remains: Two of the three people at the top of new national poll in the battle for the Republican nomination may not even run for the White House.
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The Note:
Obama Won't Personally Sign Patriot Act Extension  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@jaffematt) and Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) report: Congress officially passed an extension of the Patriot Act tonight, just hours before key provisions of the national security law were due to lapse at midnight.
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Political Punch:
ROBAMA: Is It OK for a President to Autopen a Bill Into Law?  —  With the Patriot Act set to expire last night, President Obama signed legislation extending it — from France — as first reported by ABC News.  —  How did he do that?  Using an autopen, of course.  —  Is that allowed?
Discussion: TPMDC and The Note
Emptywheel:
“Robo-signing” the PATRIOT Act
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. Graves questions Obama's autopen signing of Patriot Act extension
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty was ‘open to’ mandate, a ‘worthy goal,’ in '06 speech  —  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said in a 2006 speech that mandated health insurance was a “potentially helpful” — but incomplete — solution to the problem of the uninsured.  —  Pawlenty described a Massachusetts-style mandate …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The New Republic
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The Note:
Mitt Romney Supports Ethanol Subsidies, Opposes Tim Pawlenty's ‘Hard Truth’
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Tim Pawlenty's Doing It Wrong
Stogie / Saberpoint:
Soquel High School Students Suspended for Wearing White T Shirts (They're Signs of “White Supremacy")  —  Soquel, California — on the Central Coast:  —  Several high school seniors wore white t shirts to their class's group picture last Wednesday and were suspended for doing so.
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Azenith Smith / kionrightnow.com:
Soquel Students Suspended for White Supremacy Claims
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry says he will consider White House run  —  Gov. Rick Perry today gave his strongest indication yet that he may run for president.  —  “I'm going to think about it” after the legislative session ends Monday, Perry said.  —  For years, Perry has said that he would not run for president and that he had no interest.
Kevin Hall / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann's Debacle  —  “This is a disaster,” said one prominent Polk County Republican.  An elected official called it “an embarrassment”.  The embarrassing disaster was the result of Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann's last minute cancellation of her appearance at the Polk County GOP's Robb Kelley Dinner.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When a party declares intellectual bankruptcy  —  The good news is, House Republicans unveiled a plan yesterday that's intended to create jobs.  The bad news is, the plan can charitably be described as a bad joke.  —  As we discussed yesterday, the jobs agenda, such as it is …
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Paul Krugman:
No Ideas  —  Ezra Klein points us to the House GOP's rather pitiful jobs manifesto.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
The Note:
Rolling Thunder Riders Praise Sarah Palin's Participation in Rally  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar [@sheilaym] reports: For the riders of Rolling Thunder, the news that Sarah Palin will participate in their national rally on Sunday came as a surprise.  A welcome surprise.
Andrea Seabrook / NPR:
After Senate's Medicare Vote, Ryan Remains Unbowed … House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan was unbowed Thursday after the expected, but nonetheless stinging, rejection of his budget and Medicare proposal by the Senate.  Ryan told NPR reporters he would do it all over again.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Firedoglake
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Not ‘Right Now’  —  Paul Ryan opens the door for a presidential run.
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
This Time Lapse Video of the Very Large Telescope At Work is the Coolest Thing You'll See Today  —  Your Universe (As Seen From the Home Planet) ESO/Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado  —  There's very little we can write to preface the imagery below, so we'll just set the scene and get out of the way.
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.
Associated Press:
Herman Cain: Federal Reserve Chairman, Tea Party Champion  —  The businessman's tenure with the Kansas City Fed should make for interesting debates with anti-Fed stalwart Ron Paul  —  There's no question that Herman Cain is the big winner in the the latest national Gallup poll …
Rick Perlstein / New York Times:
America's Forgotten Liberal  —  JANUARY was the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, and the planet nearly stopped turning on its axis to recognize the occasion.  Today is the 100th anniversary of Hubert H. Humphrey's birth, and no one besides me seems to have noticed.
 
 
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