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1:30 PM ET, May 17, 2011


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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.
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 …
The Politico:
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.
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 …
W. James Antle III / The Politico:
What Rand Paul could teach Ron Paul  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R- Texas) found himself in an unusual position at the South Carolina GOP presidential debate.  According to most polls, Paul was the frontrunner of the five candidates on stage.  Though some big names were missing, it signals how far Paul has come in four years.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Angry Iowan gets in Newt's face
Discussion: The Daily Caller
RSS Govt-and-politics Ryan out, Thompson likely to run for Kohl's Senate seat
Discussion: The Nation
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.
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 …
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 …
The Moderate Voice:   Are Perp Walks Legal, Let Alone Constitutional?
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.
Paul Krugman:
Do Do That Voodoo  —  So Paul Ryan gave his big speech defending his plan — and demonstrated, in case you were wondering, that there's no there there (and there never was).  —  Remember how everyone declared that Ryan was a serious person, truly willing to face up to our deficit problem?
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CINDY CRAWFORD FLIP-FLOPS FOR MITT ROMNEY  —  During her modeling career, Cindy Crawford was skilled at switching outfits.  Now, she's switching presidential candidates, it seems.  —  Eric Fehrnstrom, a spokesman for Mitt Romney, took to Twitter Monday to oh-so-subtly boast that Team Romney …
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Cindy Crawford now backing Romney?
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP congressman wants clean debt-limit vote to show lack of support  —  A Republican congressman on Tuesday pressured leadership to hold a clean vote on raising the debt ceiling in order to show Democrats it cannot pass the House.  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), an outspoken second-term lawmaker …
Discussion: The Politico, AmSpecBlog and The Hill
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Democrats want gas price-fixing probe
Discussion: The Note, The Hill and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Confidential Federal Audits Accuse Five Biggest Mortgage Firms Of Defrauding Taxpayers [EXCLUSIVE] … WASHINGTON — A set of confidential federal audits accuse the nation's five largest mortgage companies of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes purchased …
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 …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Fred Malek on the 2012 field  —  GOP veteran big-wig, Fred Malek , dished on the 2012 field on The Daily Rundown today.  —  On Newt Gingrich's spat with Paul Ryan: … But Malek added that Newt was still a viable contender.  —  On Sarah Palin, whom he forged a fairly close, professional friendship with since 2008:
The Atlantic Online:
Black Confederates Revealed  —  Though they certainly didn't tell anyone: … I've spent much of my adult life studying various theories of race and racism, and the last few years in a rather intensive mode of study.  In all of that time one inescapable conclusion has dogged me: Race is such bulls**t.
Discussion: Moe Lane
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ex-Sen. Feingold says Lieberman, McCaskill, Hoyer fit for ‘shame’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
CBS News:
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Melinda Henneberger / Swampland:
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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Google Plays the Yield Curve
Victor Davis Hanson / Pajamas Media:
The End of an Idea — Why Affirmative Action Should Stop
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WI Attorney General Releases 100 PAGES of Documented Threats Against Lawmakers During the Budget “Negotiations”
Discussion: Althouse
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court gives police leeway in home searches
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Pakistan and NATO Forces Exchange Fire
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Without Dem help, GOP must pass spending bills on its own
Discussion: CNN
Inside Higher Ed:
In for Nasty Weather  —  Maybe it's because tenured professors …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
OOPS! Historic ‘Spending Cut’ Bill Increased Spending By $3 Billion