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7:30 PM ET, May 31, 2011

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Sarah Palin's bus tour treats reporters like paparazzi  —  Sarah Palin and her advisers are refusing to tell members of the media where she is going on her current bus tour - and the former Alaska governor seems to be enjoying the cat and mouse game that's resulted.
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The Note:
Sarah Palin, Donald Trump To Meet In New York City Tuesday Night  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  Sarah Palin plans to meet Tuesday night with Donald Trump in New York City, according to sources close to Trump.  —  Palin's office reached out to meet with Trump …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel  —  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin pulled a clever bait and switch on reporters in Gettysburg on Tuesday, as her “One Nation” bus tour rolls into its third day.  —  The Palin family and a few members of her staff sneaked out of their hotel early …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin: Eliminate All Energy Subsidies  —  DILLSBURG, Pa. — Asked Tuesday whether she supports the federal subsidy of ethanol, an always critical issue in the presidential nominating cycle, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went one step further and called for the elimination of all energy subsidies.
Aharding / CNN:
Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: ‘This family has been tested’  —  Dillsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Todd Palin told a handful of reporters Tuesday that his wife will decide on her own whether or not to seek the presidency.  He is not pushing her one way or the other, he said.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Carney: Obama ‘not paying much attention’ to Palin bus tour
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Palin: I don't owe the media
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Ingemi / New York Post:
Too many coincidences in Weiner's tale  —  In the New York of the late 1800s, Boss Tweed famously complained about Thomas Nast cartoons: Though many immigrants in the city couldn't read, even the illiterate could understand “those damn pictures.”  Rep. Anthony Weiner and his staff now face a similar problem.
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The Note:
Woman Targeted in Tweet from Rep. Anthony Weiner Account “Tweets Out”  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: The Washington State college student who was the target of a lewd photo posted to Rep. Antony Weiner's Twitter account Friday appears to be defending her electronic ties to the congressman.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Anthony Weiner Is Not Doing Himself Any Favors  —  We won't pretend to know the truth behind Weinergate — whether Weiner was the victim of a hacker or prankster or conservative conspiracy, or whether he was personally responsible for sending a college girl a photo of a man's bulge over Twitter.
Aharding / CNN:
Liberal congressman plays down Twitter controversy over lewd photo
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer urges House Dems to vote no on clean debt-ceiling hike  —  The House Democrats' top vote-counter is advising rank-and-file members to vote against an unconditional increase in the federal debt limit to avoid political attacks from Republicans.  —  Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
In Showdown Over Debt, Neither Party Is Blinking  —  WASHINGTON — In a bit of political stagecraft, House Republicans plan to bring to a vote on Tuesday evening a measure that President Obama and the Democrats were demanding not so long ago: a clean increase in the national debt ceiling …
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Dirty Secret About Today's “Clean” Debt Ceiling Vote
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Issa blasts Commerce nominee as ‘green evangelist’  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) blasted President Obama Tuesday for nominating John Bryson to be the next Commerce secretary, calling the decision “deeply out-of-touch with our current energy challenge.”
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
44 GOP Senators Already Have Pledged To Filibuster John Bryson's Commerce Department Nomination
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Former Utility Executive, NRDC Cofounder Bryson Nominated as Commerce Secretary
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
‘Birther’ book soars  —  (CNN) - A new book, now number six on the New York Times' Best Sellers list, is putting the so-called “birther” issue back on the national stage.  —  “Where's the Birth Certificate?” by Jerome Corsi, which debuted on the list out Sunday, argues President Obama …
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New York Times:
DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU? …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
CNN:
Egyptian general admits ‘virginity checks’ conducted on protesters  —  Cairo (CNN) — A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg concedes election to Prosser  —  Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg said Tuesday that she was conceding the Supreme Court race to Justice David Prosser, ending what had been a contentious campaign that culminated in a rare statewide recount.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Huntsman's mandate problem gets much worse  —  Jon Huntsman certainly isn't the only Republican presidential candidate who supported an individual health care mandate.  He is, apparently, the only one who persists in fudging the truth about it.  —  Two weeks ago, Huntsman and his team assured reporters …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Morgen / Verum Serum:
Video: Confirmed - Jon Huntsman Supported an Insurance Mandate
Discussion: GOP 12, Ben Smith's Blog and Swampland
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Are Taxes in the U.S. High or Low?  —  Bruce Bartlett has served as an economic adviser in the White House, the Treasury Department and Congress.  —  Historically, the term “tax rate” has meant the average or effective tax rate — that is, taxes as a share of income.
New York Times:
Book by Mayor's Daughter Is Fiction, With Tell-All References  —  Those who inhabit the rarefied world of Michael R. Bloomberg, with all its perks and payouts, have long adhered to a strict code of silence about his personal life: jaunts to Bermuda are cloaked in secrecy …
CNBC:
‘Double-Dip’ in Housing Prices Even Worse Than Expected  —  U.S. single-family home prices dropped in March, dipping below their 2009 low, as the housing market remained bogged down by inventory and weak demand, a closely watched survey said Tuesday.  —  The S&P/Case Shiller composite index …
myfoxny.com:
Bangladeshi Woman Takes Attacker's Penis To Police  —  DHAKA, Bangladesh - A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman cut off a man's penis during an alleged attempted rape and took it to a police station as evidence, police in a remote part of the country said Monday.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Moral Issue Dividing Americans Most  —  Pornography, gay relations produce biggest generational gaps  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Doctor-assisted suicide emerges as the most controversial cultural issue in Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, with Americans divided 45% vs. 48% …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
‘Mediscare’ Works Because The Consequences of Privatizing Medicare Are Scary  —  Ruth Marcus has many virtues as a political pundit, but her weekend remarks on Medicare (flagged by Steve Benen) reveal that the right is having some success in its plan to cry “mediscare” in an effort …
The Official Home of the Department of Defense:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  DOD Announces Charges Sworn Against Five Detainees Allegedly Responsible for 9/11 Attacks  —  The Department of Defense announced today the office of military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay …
Discussion: The Politico, Emptywheel and Battleland
New York Times:
The Numbers Are Grim  —  A month ago, when an initial gauge of first-quarter economic growth came in surprisingly weak, many policy makers and economists expected the bad news to prove fleeting.  But when revised data were released last week, the growth estimate remained stuck at an annual rate …
Harvey Mansfield / Wall Street Journal:
Sociology and Other ‘Meathead’ Majors  —  Archie Bunker was right to be skeptical of his son-in-law's opinions.  —  In this happy season of college graduations, students and parents will probably not be reflecting on the poor choices those students made in selecting their courses and majors.
Sports Illustrated:
SI investigation reveals eight-year pattern of violations under Tressel … The character traits that have made Jim Tressel a successful football coach and a beloved figure in Ohio are numerous and frequently cited.  Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has praised Tressel's “integrity” …
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newt Gingrich's Image Slides Among Republicans
Discussion: Hotline On Call, The Hill and The Note
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
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Sarah Palin / SarahPAC:
Reminding Reporters, too, of America's Foundations
Discussion: USA Today
David H. Rittgers / Los Angeles Times:
Did waterboarding work?
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Washington Post
The Independent:
Who cares in the Middle East what Obama says?
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Associated Press:
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Stephen DeMaura / National Review:
‘Loser Pays,’ Texas Small Business Wins
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
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