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4:35 PM ET, May 9, 2011


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
2012 and the Republican rescue fantasy  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - Talk to enough people around this key primary state and you'll learn two lessons, over and over again.  One is that there is absolutely, positively no unity among Republicans …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
OPINION: Ron Paul driving Republicans' White House campaign  —  Here's a news bulletin — it is becoming increasingly clear that we are living in a time when Republican politics are being shaped by a 75-year-old, 12-term Texas congressman with a son in the Senate.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Romney's GOP Supporters Tilt Upscale; Palin's, Downscale  —  Huckabee's support leans to the right politically, to the South geographically  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republican college degree holders are more likely than those without a degree to support Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, 21% vs. 13%.
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich to (finally) announce 2012 run on Wednesday
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Whose Foreign Policy Is It?  —  For those with eyes to see, the daylight between the foreign policies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama has been shrinking ever since the current president took the oath of office.  But last week made it official: When the story of America's post-9/11 wars is written …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
President Obama dashes ‘Jimmy Carter’ label  —  So much for campaigning against Jimmy Carter.  —  In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death, Republicans are adjusting to a new political reality: with the bin Laden trump card now in President Barack Obama's possession …
Colin Firth / CBS News:
President Obama on the mission to kill bin Laden  —  The president talks to “60 Minutes” in his first interview since the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden  —  Whether we like it or not, Osama bin Laden changed America.  With that September morning in 2001, he introduced fear …
The Atlantic Online:
What If Bush Had Been President These Past Eight Days?  —  Ross Douthat: … These last eight days, as well as the last 10 years, suggest to me that there is only one American foreign policy; this default foreign policy is interventionist, moralistic, and militarily robust.  Everything else is commentary.
Wall Street Journal:
Home Market Takes a Tumble  —  Turnaround More Distant After 3% Drop, Steepest Quarterly Decline Since 2008  —  The U.S. housing market's 1Q 2011 decline was the steepest in three years.  Additionally, a survey indicates nearly 30% of borrowers owe more than their homes are worth.
John Gittelsohn / Bloomberg:
‘Underwater’ Homeowners Rise to 28 Percent, Zillow Says
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Unwisdom of Elites  —  The past three years have been a disaster for most Western economies.  The United States has mass long-term unemployment for the first time since the 1930s.  Meanwhile, Europe's single currency is coming apart at the seams.  How did it all go so wrong?
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Trump: ‘I Am The Least Racist Person There Is’ Because A Black Guy Won The Apprentice Six Years Ago  —  Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump has often found himself in hot water for making racially-tinged comments — saying in the span of a single press conference, for example …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Former Apprentice Contestant: Trump 'Doesn't Like Educated African-Americans Very Much'
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Why I Will Not Support Jon Huntsman.  Ever.  —  “I cannot tolerate a man serving as our ambassador to our chief strategic adversary in the world plotting, while in that capacity, to run against the President of the United States.”  —  Ambassador Jon Huntsman is gearing up now to run for President of the United States.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Heller takes Senate oath  —  Republican Dean Heller of Nevada was sworn into the Senate Monday by Vice President Joe Biden, replacing embattled Sen. John Ensign who resigned last week over a sex scandal involving a former aid.  —  Heller was joined at the dais by Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
The Politico:
Is Olympia Snowe feeling the heat?
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Attorney General vows to close Guantanamo  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the United States would close the Guantanamo Bay facility holding terrorism suspects in Cuba, despite missing a previous deadline to do so.  —  On an official visit to Paris …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Voters see president's ratings bounce vanishing soon
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Osama Bin Laden wasn't on kidney dialysis, took herbal Viagra while living in compound  —  Osama Bin Laden wasn't on kidney dialysis - but he did need an herbal impotence drug.  —  “He believed in his own medication,” said his youngest widow, Amal al-Sadeh, who was shot in the leg …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Rosie O'Donnell: Without Due Process For Bin Laden, We May Be ‘Monsters’
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Tapes Show ‘Pathetic’ Side of Al Qaeda Leader: Experts  —  Osama bin Laden speaks in this undated image taken from video provided by the U.S. Department of Defense and released on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  The videos show bin Laden watching himself on television and rehearsing for terrorist videos.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats See Strategy to End Big Oil Tax Breaks  —  WASHINGTON — Linking two of the politically volatile issues of the moment, Senate Democrats say they will move forward this week with a plan that would eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies and divert the savings to offset the deficit.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Over 100 Michigan Law Students Walk Out Of Own Graduation To Protest Anti-Gay Speaker Rob Portman  —  Over 100 newly-minted lawyers walked out of their own graduation at the University of Michigan Law School on Saturday to protest the ceremony's commencement speaker, anti-gay Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
WHERE PEOPLE GO, HOW THEY GET THERE AND WHAT LURES THEM AWAY  —  Whatever the future of journalism, much of it depends on understanding the ways that people navigate the digital news environment—the behavior of what might be called the new news consumer.  —  Despite the unprecedented level …
The Politico:
Gay donors fuel Obama's 2012 campaign  —  President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is banking on gay donors to make up the cash it's losing from other groups of wealthy supporters who have been alienated and disappointed by elements of Obama's first term.
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Leak of C.I.A. Officer's Name Is Sign of Rift With Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — For the second time in five months, the Pakistani authorities have embarrassed the Central Intelligence Agency by leaking the name of the C.I.A. station chief in Islamabad to Pakistani news media …
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Falsehood?  Or Mostly Accurate Prediction?  —  Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler isn't so enamored with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after she made this claim last week: … Kessler gives Sebelius three “Pincocchios” (out of a possible four) and offers this explanation:
Discussion: The New Republic and Paul Krugman
The Huffington Post:
Bristol Palin Reality Show: Palin, Massey Brothers In New BIO Channel Show … Bristol Palin , Bristol Palin Bio Channel , Bristol Palin Kyle Massey , Bristol Palin Reality Show , Entertainment News  —  Bristol Palin is making it a reality show hat trick.  —  The daughter of former Alaska …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Primary Election 2012: Conservative Fears Of Permanent Welfare State May Create Wild Ride … COLUMBIA, S.C. — At this weekend's South Carolina GOP convention, Republican lawmakers warned that a second term for President Obama would kill America's independent spirit and guarantee a permanent big government welfare state.
Associated Press:
Midair security scares on 3 U.S. flights  —  American Airlines passenger subdued, cuffed after banging on cockpit door day after 2 other flights diverted  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Crew members and passengers wrestled a 28-year-old man to the cabin floor after he began pounding on the cockpit …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
Staten Island mom ‘hit’ boyfriend over head with cooking pot  —  Maybe he should buy flowers next time.  —  A Staten Island mom allegedly whacked her baby daddy over the head with a cooking pot yesterday — because she was furious that he hadn't bought her a Mother's Day gift.
Paula Brooks / Lez Get Real:
US Navy Gives OK for On Base Same-Sex Marriages  —  It would appear the Navy has decided to let same-sex couples in the Navy, get married in Navy chapels that are located on bases in state where same-sex marriage is legal, and will allow willing Navy chaplains to perform those ceremonies.
John / Power Line:
Announcing the Power Line Prize  —  Our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis.  Every knowledgeable citizen understands that the fiscal path we are on is unsustainable.  Indefinite continuation of the status quo is not an option.  There are only two possibilities: reform and collapse.
Discussion: TBogg and Pajamas Media
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New York Post:
Getting rid of the pc shackles
Discussion: National Review
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Gingrich to Announce Candidacy Online on Wednesday
Discussion: Ballot Box and Daily Kos
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Climate change ‘threatens Wi-Fi’
Daily Mail:
Discussion: Moonbattery and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Bills Try to Curb Reach of Unions
Discussion: The Raw Story
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bin Laden's death doesn't end his fear-mongering value
Gideon Gil / White Coat Notes:
Wait for doctors visit as long as 48 days in Mass.
Discussion: Pundit Press and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Leslie Gelb / Wall Street Journal:
Mission Accomplished  —  Al Qaeda is no longer based …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Post:
Two tunnel security breaches cause scare in city
Discussion: New York Magazine
Keith Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Solar Updates Marines' Arsenal
Discussion: Wonk Room and Climate Progress
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Debate Fuels a Long Shot
Discussion: The Other McCain
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Monthly:
NCIS: Bureaucrats with Guns
Discussion: Yglesias
Peter J. Thompson / National Post:
Jonathan Kay: Geert Wilders' problem with Islam
Discussion: Jihad Watch and FrumForum