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2:40 PM ET, May 16, 2011


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The Note:
Trump Not Running for President: ‘Decision Does Not Come Easily Or Without Regret’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone, Jen Wlach, Sara Just & Devin Dwyer report:  —  After a roller-coaster flirtation with a presidential bid, Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 contest in true Trump fashion …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
BREAKING: Trump not running for president  —  (CNN) - Real estate mogul and television celebrity Donald Trump, who generated a media publicity blitz by saying he might run for president in 2012, announced Monday that he will instead remain a businessman.  —  “After considerable deliberation …
Full release:  —  “After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency.  This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country.
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Donald Trump says he won't run in 2012
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Post:
Donald Trump will not run for Republican presidential nomination
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Not a Good Sign for Donald Trump
Discussion: The Note and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
New York Times:
Judge Denies Bail to I.M.F. Chief in Sexual Assault Case  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the International Monetary Fund, was ordered on Monday to be held without bail over allegations that he had sexually assaulted a maid in a $3,000-a-night suite at a Midtown hotel.
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 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
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
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
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 …
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Requiem for Huckabee  —  Most candidates for the highest office in the land spend months, if not years, currying favor with the rich and powerful: glad-handing at fund-raising dinners, schmoozing in mansions, pressing the flesh in Aspen and Manhattan and Nob Hill.  —  Not so Mike Huckabee.
David Frum / CNN:
With no Huckabee, who in GOP will stand for jobs, middle class?
Discussion: The Nation and FrumForum
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 …
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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Matthew Vadum / AmSpecBlog:
Surprise! Obama's ACORN Thugs Are Alive And Preparing for 2012
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Blaze
Lynne Hendricks / The Daily News of Newburyport:
Senator gets candid about nation's troubles in speech to Greater Newburyport Chamber
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Emanuel begins new chapter
Discussion: The Note and ABCNEWS
Stuart Rothenberg / The Rothenberg Political Report:
New York 26: Move to Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Newt Gingrich: Oil Subsidies Are Good Because Liberals Want “All Of Us To Live In Big Cities …
Aaron Mehta / The Politico:
Former Blue Dogs find lobbying jobs
Discussion: Firedoglake
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The Daily Caller:
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