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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 …
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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich apologizes to Paul Ryan  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on “Meet the Press,” where the presidential candidate referred to Ryan's Medicare proposal as “radical change.”
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
GOP Braces for Bachmania
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich to House GOP: Drop Dead
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Newt Gingrich: I Will Not Allow Democrats to Lie About Me... “Democrats Have Nothing to Offer But Fear Itself” (Audio)
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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.
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John Cook / Gawker:
Is This Arnold Schwarzenegger's Love Child?  —  News of Arnold Schwarzenegger having fathered a child with a member of his household staff more than a decade ago shouldn't come as a surprise.  The alleged existence of an out-of-wedlock son, including his name and his mother's name, was reported by the London Daily Mail in 2003.
Discussion: Poynter, The Informer and BuzzFeed
Elizabeth Leonard / People.com:
Maria Shriver: ‘This Is a Painful & Heartbreaking Time’
Discussion: CNN, The Page and Wilshire & Washington
Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
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.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ex-Sen. Feingold says Lieberman, McCaskill, Hoyer fit for ‘shame’  —  Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) has tabbed two Democrats and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) as fit for “shame” for being too beholden to corporate interests.  —  Feingold, the former liberal senator who leads …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Politico
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Russ Feingold, Potential Senate Candidate, Rips Democrats For ‘Corruption’
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Hot Air
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Santorum: What does McCain know about torture?  —  (UPDATED) John McCain has been on something of a crusade this week on the question of how we found Osama bin Laden, giving speeches and writing Op-Eds outlining his position that it was not torture of detainees that led the U.S. to its man.
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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 …
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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 …
Healthwatch:
Business asked for waivers, not Pelosi
Discussion: White House.gov Blog
Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Presumed Innocent, Anyone?  —  Now for a few humble thoughts about Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his recent brush with law and journalism, bearing in mind that it's possible indeed, maybe even likely, that he is guilty as the prosecutors charge:  —  1.)  If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats' Oil Subsidy Repeal Bill Is Actually Unconstitutional  —  Republicans may have a point that Democrats are playing politics with oil subsidies.  To understand why, look no further than the fact that the bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring to the floor for a vote Tuesday evening …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Open Congress
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Closes Ranks Around Continuing Oil Subsidies
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn out of Gang of Six talks  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced Tuesday that he would pull out of the talks with two other Republican and three Democratic colleagues.  —  Coburn said the talks have collapsed over the tough issue of entitlement reform.
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Gang of Six at ‘impasse’ as Tom Coburn drops out
Discussion: TPMDC and National Review
Associated Press:
Clinton says Obama believes 8 years is enough  —  WASHINGTON - Eight years as president is enough, thank you.  At least that's what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Barack Obama told her the other day.  —  Clinton said Tuesday that she and Obama often marvel …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review
Real Clear Politics:
Rick Perry Presidential Push Quietly Gains Steam  —  As many grass-roots Republicans remain in search of a conservative candidate with the pizazz to go toe-to-toe against President Obama, a man from deep in the heart of Texas who was tea party before the tea party was cool, appears to be giving the presidential race some thought.
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.
CNN:
Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, ex-militant says  —  (CNN) — An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been chosen “caretaker” leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.
Reuters:
Skepticism grows on Geithner's US debt limit deadline  —  * Tea Party Republicans say sell assets instead  —  * Skepticism raises stakes in debt limit debate  —  U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is facing growing criticism for his changing predictions on when the country might face a debt default …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kimberly Dozier / Navy Times:
Sources: Raiders knew mission a one-shot deal  —  WASHINGTON — Those who planned the secret mission to get Osama 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, and predicted that national outrage …
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Nordyke numbers expose Obama document fraud?  —  Newly found details about birth registration show president's certificate out of sequence  —  NEW YORK - Newly unearthed information about Hawaii's procedure for numbering birth records at the time Barack Obama was born casts further doubt …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John Stossel / FoxBusiness.com:
Philly Police Harass, Threaten to Shoot Man Legally Carrying Gun  —  A story in today's Philadelphia Daily News shows why it's so important that citizens be allowed to videotape cops - it can be citizens' only way to fight back against police abuse of power.
 
 
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