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7:10 PM ET, May 10, 2011

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump collapses  —  Donald Trump has had one of the quickest rises and falls in the history of Presidential politics.  Last month we found him leading the Republican field with 26%.  In the space of just four weeks he's dropped all the way down to 8%, putting him in a tie for fifth place with Ron Paul.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The myth of American exceptionalism  —  “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line,” W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in 1903 — and I will not quibble.  But the problem of the 21st century is the problem of culture, not just the infamous “culture of poverty” but what I would call the culture of smugness.
Corry Schiermeyer / Zogby:
Todays Number  —  IBOPE Zogby Poll: Cain Now Second to Christie …
Discussion: Red Dog Report and The Hill
Jim Sciutto / ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Son Missing From SEAL Raid, Pakistan Says  —  One of Osama bin Laden's sons went missing in the midst of the Navy SEAL raid that took the life of the al Qaeda leader more than a week ago, Pakistani security officials told ABC News today.  —  The officials said bin Laden's three wives …
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Violated International Law  —  WASHINGTON — The adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama over their father's death, accusing the United States of violating its basic legal principles by killing an unarmed man, shooting his family members and disposing of his body in the sea.
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
The Associated Press's Case for Releasing the Bin Laden Photo  —  President Obama's decision to withhold the visual evidence of Osama bin Laden's death has created a fundamental disagreement between the White House and one of the largest journalism organizations in the world.
ABCNEWS:
Osama Bin Laden Raid: Pakistan Hints China Wants a Peek at Secret Helicopter
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Rob Crilly / Telegraph:
Osama bin Laden son ‘disappeared during compound raid’
Alexander Bolton / Healthwatch:
Republican rift widens on Medicare  —  A deep rift is opening wider and wider in the Republican Party over controversial proposals to cut Medicare.  —  Senate Republicans have decided to avoid jeopardizing their chances of capturing the upper chamber in next year's elections and will not echo …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Boehner's debt-ceiling demands  —  (Kathy Willens - AP) In a speech before a Wall Street crowd on Monday, John Boehner laid out the three legs of the GOP's opening bid on the debt ceiling.  They are:  —  1) “Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The House Republican Budget Privatizes Medicare, It Doesn't Means-Test It  —  At House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's weekly briefing, Brian Beutler asked him about the idea of means-testing Medicare and Hoyer said he's open to it, but he can't really say “until we look at specific proposals.”
Discussion: TPMDC, Talking Points Memo and Eschaton
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Budget chief wants 50-50 split between spending cuts, tax hikes
Jim DeMint / National Review:
Speeches and Summits Won't Secure the Border  —  President Obama's immigration speech in El Paso today is a poor substitute for the real border security the country still desperately needs.  And it was a transparent attempt to keep using illegal immigration as a campaign issue …
Discussion: Hot Air, Pundit & Pundette and The Hill
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Washington Wire:
Text of Obama's Speech on Immigration  —  Here is the White House transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks on immigration as delivered Tuesday in El Paso, Texas.  (This post was updated from the text, as prepared for delivery.)  —  REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT  —  ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
New York Times:
Obama Asks G.O.P. to Support Immigration Policy
Discussion: New York Magazine
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to GOP: Stop moving goalposts on immigration reform
Discussion: The Politico
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Tragedy of Sarah Palin  —  From the moment Sarah Palin's acceptance speech electrified the Republican convention, she was seen as an unbending, hard-charging, red-meat ideologue—to which soon was added “thin-skinned” and “vindictive.”  But a look at what Palin did while in office in Alaska …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Verum Serum and Jezebel
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
GOP Sen. Rand Paul questions whether White House has ‘enemies list’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asked Tuesday if the White House had an “enemies list” in light of the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against Boeing for moving some of its operations to South Carolina.
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Kris Hundley / St. Petersburg Times:
Billionaire's role in hiring decisions at Florida State University raises questions  —  A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
“Very Positive”: Fox News' Smear Of “Vile Rapper” Common Debunked By Own Reporting  —  Conservatives such as Fox News, the Daily Caller and Sarah Palin are criticizing the White House's invitation to rapper Common for a poetry event over the purported vulgarity of his lyrics.
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver announce separation  —  The former first lady has moved out after 25 years of marriage.  Maria Shriver helped bolster Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign against charges that he groped women during his movie career.  —  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver …
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CBS News:
Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver: Behind the split
Associated Press:
Key senator says Social Security changes off table  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus says he doesn't think Congress will address Social Security as part of an effort to reduce government borrowing.  —  The Montana Democrat said Tuesday that Social Security …
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Brad Poole / Yahoo! News Canada:
Liberals in southern Arizona seek to form new state  —  TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) - A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Missing Fifth  —  In 1910, Henry Van Dyke wrote a book called “The Spirit of America,” which opened with this sentence: “The Spirit of America is best known in Europe by one of its qualities — energy.”  —  This has always been true.  Americans have always been known for their manic dynamism.
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Human Capital Can't Explain The Precipitous Rise In Unemployment Across America
Rasmussen Reports:
59% Favor Cutoff of Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities  —  New legislation being considered by the House would stop all federal funding for cities that give sanctuary to illegal immigrants, and most voters like the idea.  But very few believe Congress is likely to pass such a measure.
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Corrie MacLaggan / Reuters:
Texas House restricts cities aiding illegal immigrants
Matt Bai / The Caucus:
Gingrich Run Reflects His Sense of History  —  Whatever can Newt Gingrich be thinking?  —  That's the question a lot of political handicappers are asking now that Newt, as he is universally known in Washington, has decided to enter the 2012 campaign, with an announcement expected on Wednesday.
Judy L. Randall / Staten Island Advance:
Gingrich candidacy won't sit well with Staten Island's Guy Molinari  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As a right-of-center GOP candidate for president, he probably won't spend much time campaigning in New York City anyway.  —  But controversial former House Speaker Newt Gingrich …
Discussion: GOP 12
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CNN:
Giuliani on Gingrich and ‘the’ question for Obama's 2012 run
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Bruce Andriatch / Buffalo News:
Lawn sign advances feud between mosque, neighbor  —  A feud between two Transit Road neighbors — a homeowner and a mosque — turned ugly this weekend when the homeowner staked a sign on his front lawn insinuating that the new 11,600-square-foot Islamic worship site is home to a “bomb making” operation.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Report: Up to 44m more uninsured under GOP budget  —  WASHINGTON - The House Republican budget would leave up to 44 million more low-income people uninsured as the federal government cuts states' Medicaid funding by about one-third over the next 10 years, nonpartisan groups said in a report issued Tuesday.
 
 
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Patrick Caldwell / American Prospect:
Republican Electoral Strategy: Don't Let the Democrats Vote
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Ally of Assad Says Syria Will Fight Protests Till ‘the End’
Discussion: News Desk, The Lede and Syria Comment
Ron Bloom / White House.gov Blog:
How Tough Love Averted Catastrophe & Led to 4,200 New American Jobs
Discussion: The Hill
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
If “America Can Do Whatever We Set Our Mind To,” How Come Our Leaders Won't Set Their Minds on Jobs?
Lane Kenworthy / Consider the Evidence:
Taxes and work  —  Working-age Belgians, French, and Germans spend …
Discussion: Yglesias
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Steve Kroft explains why he broke interviewing rules when questioning Obama about bin Laden death for ‘60 Minutes’
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Dancing In The Glory of Monsters
Discussion: Foreign Affairs and Eunomia
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Indiana Gov. Daniels thinks he could beat Obama
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton: Chinese System Is Doomed, Leaders on a 'Fool's Errand'
Discussion: Political Punch and Swampland
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Democrats up 50-46 percent in battle for House
Discussion: The Hill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Beyond Obama's Bin Laden Bounce
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Gingrich Set to Run, With Wife in Central Role