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12:50 PM ET, May 16, 2011


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Ryan swipes at Gingrich: ‘With allies like that, who needs the left?’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took a swipe Monday at Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich after the former House Speaker criticized hiss proposed Medicare reforms.  —  “With allies like that, who needs the left?”
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan  —  This morning Republicans are just beginning to assess the damage that former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done to the GOP budget plan currently before Congress.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich Blasts House GOP's Medicare Plan  —  Presidential Candidate Calls It ‘Right-Wing Social Engineering,’ Agrees With Obama About Need for Insurance Mandate  —  White House hopeful Newt Gingrich called the House Republican plan for Medicare “right-wing social engineering,” …
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Gingrich Was for Ryan's Budget Before He Was Against It  —  A couple of weeks ago, I spent a day following Newt Gingrich around New Hampshire.  After a radio interview in Concord, Gingrich had a lunchtime Guinness at the Barley House in Concord with Thomas Wilhelmsen, the CEO of a local hospital who first met Gingrich in the mid-1990s.
GOP's big Medicare gamble
Discussion: The Caucus and
Paul Ryan / Chicago Tribune:   The budget debate we all deserve
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
N.Y. race is referendum on GOP Medicare plan
Discussion: PolitickerNY
Billy Graham /
Transcripts on  —  May 15: Gingrich, Dionne, Noonan, Halperin, Cooper, Bai
Wall Street Journal:
As Debt Limit Reached, Agreement Still Far Off  —  The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default.  —  The Treasury Department plans to announce Monday it will stop issuing …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Held Hostage  —  Six months ago President Obama faced a hostage situation.  Republicans threatened to block an extension of middle-class tax cuts unless Mr. Obama gave in and extended tax cuts for the rich too.  And the president essentially folded, giving the G.O.P. everything it wanted.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:   Geithner tells Congress the US has reached $14.3T debt limit
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Happy debt-ceiling day!
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces further claim of sexual assault  —  Socialist party official says her daughter was left traumatised after alleged attack by Strauss-Kahn in 2002  —  By this time next year, Dominique Strauss-Kahn might well have been president of France.
Mosi Secret / New York Times:
Police Seek Evidence From I.M.F. Chief on Sex Attack  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, spent most of Sunday at the Manhattan Special Victims Unit in East Harlem as prosecutors sought additional evidence, including possible DNA evidence on his skin …
New York Post:
French gals burned by pol ‘in heat’  —  He's un animal.  —  IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn acted like a “chimpanzee in heat” during a creepy previous grab-and-grope with a French journalist — an incident with eerie similarities to his alleged attack on a Manhattan hotel maid Saturday, according to an explosive interview.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Gay CNN Anchor Sees Risk in Book  —  Don Lemon, the weekend prime-time anchor for CNN, was on the air on Sunday night this month when the news broke that President Obama would address the nation at the unusual hour of 10:30 p.m.  —  By the time the news network was confirming the reports …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
President Obama polls well despite jobs fears  —  Despite widespread disapproval of Barack Obama's handling of the economy, more than half of Americans approve of the president and are open to reelecting him.  —  The economy and government spending stand as the dominant issues on the minds …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump has no chance of being prez, Americans say
Discussion: The Politico
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Obama polls well amid bad omens
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Romney's Path  —  With the field clarifying, Mitt Romney's interests now align well with those of one other possible candidate: Michele Bachmann.  Both of them have an interest in seeing her do as well as possible.  —  Like Bob Dole in 1996 or John McCain in 2008, Romney …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Iowa gov says on your marks ...  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad …
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and National Review
Paul Krugman:
What's In A Name?  —  Urk.  Politico: … It's not misleading!  I know that serious people are supposed to be shocked, shocked at the Democrats calling the Ryan plan a plan to dismantle Medicare — but that's just what it is.  If you replace a system that actually pays seniors' medical bills …
Discussion: Yglesias and The Politico
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions From Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — It is an oddity of American health care: Many nursing homes and home care agencies do not provide health insurance to their workers, or they pay wages so low that employees cannot afford the coverage that is offered.  —  The numbers are stark.
Tim Collie /
Gingrich Backs Obamacare's Individual Mandate Requiring Health Insurance
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Herman Cain sounds off on race, a debate win, and the need to simplify government  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Herman Cain's handsome glass-walled office overlooks the first fairway of the Eagle's Landing Country Club in this exurb of Atlanta …
Discussion: Salon, BLACKFIVE and FrumForum
Dan Barry / New York Times:
A Sports Executive Leaves the Safety of His Shadow Life  —  Last month, in a Midtown office adorned with sports memorabilia, two longtime friends met for a private talk.  David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association, sipped his morning coffee, expecting to be asked for career advice.
David Carr / New York Times:
How Drudge Has Stayed on Top  —  For most big news Web sites, about 60 percent of the traffic is homegrown, people who come directly to the site by dint of a bookmark or typing in or  The other critical 40 percent comes by referrals …
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Aaron Mehta / The Politico:
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