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3:20 PM ET, May 17, 2011


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Aharding / CNN:
Gov. Nikki Haley hammers Gingrich over Medicare remarks  —  Dallas (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich might not want to count on a presidential endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.  —  In an interview with CNN Tuesday, Haley sharply admonished Gingrich for his comments …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich owed six figures to Tiffany's  —  Newt Gingrich, a fiscal conservative?  Not when it comes to Tiffany's.  —  In 2005 and 2006, the former House speaker turned presidential candidate carried as much as $500,000 in debt to the premier jewelry company, according …
Discussion: The Hill, The Raw Story, GOP 12 and TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich to House GOP: Drop Dead  —  Newt undermines his former comrades on Medicare.  —  The Republican Presidential campaign is off to a slow start, but judging by the last week not slow enough.  First Mitt Romney defends his ObamaCare prototype in Massachusetts, and now Newt Gingrich …
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
GOP Braces for Bachmania  —  Republican Field Shaping Up Fast after Huck, Trump  —  “Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself.” … Get ready, Republicans.  Hurricane Michelle is heading toward your primaries.  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite …
Discussion: GOP 12, FrumForum and Fox Nation
W. James Antle III / The Politico:
What Rand Paul could teach Ron Paul
The Politico:   House GOP fires back at Newt Gingrich
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Angry Iowan gets in Newt's face
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer on Gingrich's presidential aspirations: 'Now it's over'
Discussion: The Page and Daily Kos
Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff  —  His wife, Maria Shriver, moved out of their Brentwood mansion earlier this year after the former governor acknowledged the child was his.  The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.
Elizabeth Leonard /
Maria Shriver: ‘This Is a Painful & Heartbreaking Time’  —  Maria Shriver has broken her silence and responded to the news that her estranged husband, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, fathered a child with a member of his household staff 10 years ago.
Discussion: The Page, Mediaite and Gothamist
Major Garrett /
Rep. Paul Ryan Staying in House, Won't Run for U.S. Senate  —  Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is staying in the House, and won't run for the U.S. Senate, two well-placed GOP sources tell National Journal.  —  Ryan began informing close friends of his decision Tuesday and is expected to announce later in the day.
The Politico:
Tommy Thompson plans to run for Senate  —  Tommy Thompson, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bush's first secretary of Health and Human Services, has told friends he plans to run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin, according to top Wisconsin sources.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Nearly 20 percent of new Obamacare waivers are gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, fancy hotels in Nancy Pelosi's district  —  Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama's administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Gov. Sarah Palin on Pelosi district's Obamacare waivers: ‘Seriously, this is corrupt’  —  In response to the revelation that about 20 percent of the latest slew of Obamacare waivers went to luxurious restaurants, nightclubs and hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's district …
Healthwatch:   HHS: Pelosi had no influence on healthcare waivers to her district
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Santorum: What does McCain know about torture?  —  The presidential hopeful claims torture survivor John McCain simply doesn't understand how torture works  —  John McCain has been on something of a crusade this week on the question of how we found Osama bin Laden, giving speeches …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
BHL: France's National Disgrace  —  French “philosopher” Bernard Henri-Levy, the non-politician perhaps most responsible for getting NATO into war with Libya, has long been one of the West's most scarequote-worthy intellectuals.  There was the quoting of a literary hoax to attack Immanuel Kant …
Budget Committee:
Shared Scarcity versus Renewed Prosperity  —  Thank you so much, Anne, for the kind introduction.  —  I want to thank you all for inviting me to speak.  It was especially gracious of you to host me, even though I'm a Packers fan and I assume most of you are Bears fans.  —  But that doesn't mean we can't work together.
Janet Hook / Washington Wire:
CBO: Budget Bill Actually Increases Spending  —  The Congressional Budget Office cast a new shadow on Republicans' claim to have made deep cuts in spending in the April law setting the final budget for fiscal 2011.  —  A new analysis released Monday found that the bill would actually produce …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Without Dem help, GOP must pass spending bills on its own
Discussion: CNN
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Real Social Security and Medicare Problem (and a Doable Fix)  —  Bruce Bartlett has served as an economic adviser in the White House, the Treasury Department and Congress.  —  On Friday, the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare systems issued their annual reports for 2011.
Mahmoud Abbas / New York Times:
The Long Overdue Palestinian State  —  SIXTY-THREE years ago, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was forced to leave his home in the Galilean city of Safed and flee with his family to Syria.  He took up shelter in a canvas tent provided to all the arriving refugees.
Associated Press:
Sources: Navy SEALs Knew Bin Laden Mission Was One-Shot Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Those who planned the secret mission to get Usama bin Laden in Pakistan knew it was a one-shot deal, and it nearly went terribly wrong.  —  The U.S. deliberately hid the operation from Pakistan …
Salman Masood / New York Times:
Pakistan and NATO Trade Fire Near Afghan Border  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani ground troops opened fire on two NATO helicopters that crossed into Pakistan's airspace from Afghanistan early Tuesday morning, the Pakistani Army said in a statement.  In the firefight that followed, two Pakistani soldiers were wounded, it said.
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Pakistan's Prime Minister Visits China
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Left Flank  —  In this Chris Hedges piece, Cornel West attacks Obama for betraying progressives, and then descends into some really personal, embittered invective: … There's a lot in there about Obama's inability to return phone-calls, ("I said a prayer on the phone for him, especially before a debate.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms  —  NEW YORK - Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January.  —  Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show …
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Kathie Durbin / Columbian:
Crowd pulls few punches at Herrera Beutler town hall
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Street cleaners arrested in Pope ‘plot’ were overheard discussing attack
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ex-Sen. Feingold says Lieberman, McCaskill, Hoyer fit for ‘shame’
CBS News:
Jon Stewart, Bill O'Reilly debate rapper Common
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WI Attorney General Releases 100 PAGES of Documented Threats Against Lawmakers During the Budget “Negotiations”
Discussion: Weigel and Althouse
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