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4:30 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 …
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
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 and reflection …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
The Donald ducks
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Not a Good Sign for Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Post and The Note
Sean Daly / New York Post:
Big Trump news due today
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Santorum slams Gingrich, defends Ryan
Discussion: National Review and TPMDC
Paul Volpe / The Caucus:
Gingrich Seeks to Clarify Comments on Individual Mandate
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Page
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Paul Ryan to sharpen attacks on Obama's Medicare board
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
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.
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.
IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charged With Rape, Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Imprisonment  —  International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly forced a New York City hotel housekeeper to perform oral sex and submit to anal sex, in addition to allegedly attempting to rape her …
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces further claim of sexual assault
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 …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Geithner tells Congress the US has reached $14.3T debt limit
Discussion: The Politico and 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
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 …
The Politico:
Democratic analysis: GOP's 2010 win short-lived
Discussion: Yglesias and Booman Tribune
Ian Sample / Guardian:
Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'  —  In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence  —  A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a “fairy story” for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Exclusive: Private letter from CIA chief undercuts claim torture was key to killing Bin Laden  —  CIA chief Leon Panetta has written a private letter to Senator John McCain that offers the most detailed answer yet to questions about the relationship between torture and Osama Bin Laden's death …
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 …
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.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Obama misses shuttle launch  —  President Obama was not able to watch the rescheduled launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday morning.  —  Obama was en route to Memphis, Tenn., to tour damage from flooding there and speak at a high-school graduation …
Discussion: CNN
M-Bone's life in photos.  —  At about 10:30 p.m. PT Sunday night, police were called to the 400 block of North La Brea in Inglewood.  When police arrived on the scene, they found Talbert seated in the driver's seat of a black unspecified vehicle with at least two gunshot wounds to the head.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama honors Memphis school
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: I can win on the economy
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The Huffington Post:
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