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2:55 AM ET, May 18, 2011


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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 …
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.”
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 …
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
GOP Braces for Bachmania
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Newt the Unreliable
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
I.M.F. Chief May Claim Consensual Sex as a Defense  —  As Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, spent his first full day on Rikers Island, the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexual assault is struggling with what her lawyer says is a life upended by the case.
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 …
Felix Salmon:
Ben Stein Watch, DSK edition  —  Without further ado, the top ten lines from Ben Stein's article on Dominique Strauss-Kahn:  — If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women, why didn't he ever get charged until now?  — This is a case about the hatred of the have-nots for the haves, and that's what it's all about.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Placed on Suicide Watch
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.
The Atlantic Online:
Schwarzenegger Fathered Child With Household Staffer, Hid It as Governor
Discussion: AlterNet, Gawker, Jezebel, Hot Air and Moe Lane
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 …
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.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama: “My People, You Continue to Have My Blessing.”  —  What kind of political leader tells his supporters this? … President Obama does.  That's what he said toward the end a speech at a campaign fundraiser last night in Washington to a relatively youthful crowd of supporters …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
State Department snubs the Elders  —  Former President Jimmy Carter and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari were hoping to visit the State Department this week to brief officials on their recent trip to North Korea, but nobody at the State Department was available to meet with them.
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
Egyptian Saif al-Adel appointed acting leader of al Qaeda  —  (CNN) — An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been appointed “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.
Noel Sheppard /
Chris Matthews: ‘Sarah Palin Has Proven Herself To Be Profoundly Stupid’  —  When MSNBC's Chris Matthews isn't calling a potential Republican presidential candidate racist, he's calling them idiots.  —  On Tuesday's “Hardball,” after one of his guests said, “We shouldn't forget Sarah Palin” …
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.
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 …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Russ Feingold, Potential Senate Candidate, Rips Democrats For ‘Corruption’
Discussion: Hot Air and Hotline On Call
Romalley / Fox Nation:
Protester Dumps Confetti on Newt and Wife  —  GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista were hit with glittery confetti by a protester Tuesday during the couple's appearance at a book-signing.  —  The man approached the Gingriches during the signing at a downtown Minneapolis hotel …
Discussion: and Nice Deb
Chimene Keitner / Opinio Juris:
Why Has DSK Not Yet Asserted Immunity?  Because He Can't.  —  Many thanks to Duncan for his great post on Dominique Strauss-Kahn's (DSK) potential immunity, and for inviting me to follow up.  My short answer: status-based immunity (often referred to as “diplomatic immunity") is not available.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and BBC
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
What CNN's story on political sex scandals left out: Eliot Spitzer  —  A TVNewser reader Tweeted at us today: … The answer: yes it did.  —  Suzanne Malveaux's story, which aired at 2:30pmET, made mention or showed images of politicians ranging from John F. Kennedy to John Edwards …
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.
Marissa Bagg / WPTV Newschannel 5:
Prayer request for Osama bin Laden at Catholic Church in West Palm Beach  —  Priest to honor request at Sunday Mass  —  Last Updated: 3 hours and 54 minutes ago  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The name of Osama bin Laden appears in the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday bulletin.  There's a cross next to it.
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 …
Business, not Pelosi, asked for waivers
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.
Michael Ausiello / TVLine:
House Shocker: A ‘Disappointed’ Lisa Edelstein Calls It Quits  —  House fandom, brace for impact: Dr. Cuddy is checking out.  —  Lisa Edelstein — whose long-term contract expires this month — has opted not to return for the show's eighth and likely final season.
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama had no reaction to Trump?!  —  The president had a ‘surprisingly subdued reaction’ to the Trump news, says Jay Carney.  —  AP Photo  —  Despite ribbing Donald Trump in front of Washington's top media and political players, President Obama didn't have any noteworthy reaction …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Foreign-money bashing Center for American Progress takes foreign money
Xinhua News Agency:
Israeli media reveals U.S. president's forthcoming Mideast speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Yale Restricts a Fraternity for Five Years
Discussion: Jezebel and FrumForum
Queen lays wreath on Republic of Ireland state visit
Discussion: Guardian and Truthdig
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump, Palin would lose even to Kucinich
Discussion: Liberal Values and Daily Kos
Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight:
Grisanti Would Vote ‘No’ On Gay Marriage
 Earlier Items: 
Skepticism grows on Geithner's US debt limit deadline
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Condé Nast Will Be Anchor of 1 World Trade Center
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Jerome R. Corsi / WorldNetDaily:
Nordyke numbers expose Obama document fraud?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Clifford Marks /
In Media Coverage, Deficit Eclipses Unemployment