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1:25 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?”
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,” …
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.
Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Gingrich Was for Ryan's Budget Before He Was Against It
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Paul Ryan to sharpen attacks on Obama's Medicare board
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
GOP's big Medicare gamble
Discussion: The Caucus and
Paul Ryan / Chicago Tribune:   The budget debate we all deserve
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
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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.
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.
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn to face fresh sex assault complaint
The Note:
Trump Not Running for President: ‘Decision Does Not Come Easily Or Without Regret’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone, Jen Wlach, & Sara Just report:  —  After a roller-coaster flirtation with a presidential bid, Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion …
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Post and TPMDC
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
BREAKING: Trump not running for president
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
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
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:
Trump has no chance of being prez, Americans say
Discussion: Mediaite and The Politico
Andy Barr / The Politico:   Obama polls well amid bad omens
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sizing Up Iowa Without Huckabee  —  Mike Huckabee's decision not to run for president in 2012 may be the most consequential event of the Republican primary campaign so far.  And nowhere will that impact be felt more than in Iowa, where Mr. Huckabee won the caucuses in 2008.
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Romney's Path  —  With the field clarifying, Mitt Romney's interests …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Iowa gov says on your marks ...  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad …
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and National Review
Sean Daly / New York Post:
Big Trump news due today  —  Donald Trump plans to announce today whether he'll fire himself from “Celebrity Apprentice,” a source told The Post last night.  —  The billionaire businessman, who has been mulling a run for the White House, has been trying to decide whether to trade his TV show for politics.
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:   Not a Good Sign for Donald Trump
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Newt Gingrich: Oil Subsidies Are Good Because Liberals Want “All Of Us To Live In Big Cities In High Rises, Taking Mass Transit.”  —  As I've often said, conservative politics in the United States of America has nothing to do with free markets.  It has a lot to do with identity politics …
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
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Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
New York 26: Move to Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Requiem for Huckabee  —  Most candidates for the highest office …
Discussion: Yglesias, Eunomia, AmSpecBlog and
Precious Life / National Post:
Do no harm: How a Gazan baby's life became tangled in politics
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Pakistan Whisperer
The Daily Caller:
When it comes to Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann …
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
President Obama short on campaign surrogates
Discussion: Right Wing News
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Money Troubles Take Personal Toll in Greece
Discussion: National Review
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions From Health Law
Schools arrange secret abortions
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