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5:25 PM ET, May 18, 2011

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NBC's David Gregory Defends Medicare Question As Newt Gingrich Spokesman Blasts Media ‘Minions’ … NEW YORK — When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) sits down on “Meet the Press” this Sunday, he can expect to be asked about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich comparing his Medicare voucher plan to “right-wing social engineering.”
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Schumer: You're damn right we'll use Gingrich's criticism of Ryan against the GOP  —  Newt Gingrich has declared that Dems must not use his now-walked-back criticism of Paul Ryan's Medicare plan against the GOP, but guess what: Dems aren't going to listen to him.
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Newt Apologizes To Paul Ryan, Begs Democrats Not To Use His Own Quotes In Ads  —  Newt Gingrich's walk back tour reached its zenith Tuesday night, as Gingrich personally apologized to Paul Ryan for dismissing his Medicare plan as “right wing social engineering.”
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
Newt Gingrich Gets Asked to Show His Papers  —  Most clear-eyed political observers thought that Newt Gingrich's candidacy would be unsuccessful, but no one could have foreseen just how rapidly it would implode.  Forget about the Tiffany's revelation — after criticizing Paul Ryan's plan …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor tells Gingrich he's out of line
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Gingrich: “Any Ad Which Quotes What I Said On Sunday Is A Falsehood”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP elite see Mitch Daniels as 2012 savior  —  Top Republicans are increasingly convinced that President Barack Obama will be easily reelected if stronger GOP contenders do not emerge, and some are virtually begging Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to add some excitement to the slow-starting nomination race.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
With Huckabee Out, No Clear GOP Front-Runner  —  Bachmann and Cain generate high positive intensity among those who know them  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With Mike Huckabee out of the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, three well-known politicians, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Republicans ‘depressed’ by 2012 options  —  The political story of the day appears to be this piece from Mike Allen, noting that “top Republicans are increasingly convinced that President Barack Obama will be easily reelected if stronger GOP contenders do not emerge.”
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Politico
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Tim Pawlenty And The Conservative Elite
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Eunomia
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The GOP Elite's Not-So-Secret Presidential Hopes And Fears
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Salon and Mother Jones
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Cain generates most enthusiasm among voters, according to Gallup poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama campaign selling ‘birther’ T-shirts  —  President Obama isn't done trying to capitalize on claims that he was not born in the United States.  —  Last month, Obama released his long-form birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii and lampooned billionaire businessman Donald Trump …
Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Hawks Birth Certificate T-Shirt, Campaign Claims Its A “Mobile Version” …
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Joseph Farah says he may sue Esquire for ‘parody’ story on Jerome Corsi book
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gawker
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
White House shuts out Herald scribe  —  The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama's Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper's front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly.”
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Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
King doesn't rule out White House bid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Twitter Trap  —  Last week my wife and I told our 13-year-old daughter she could join Facebook.  Within a few hours she had accumulated 171 friends, and I felt a little as if I had passed my child a pipe of crystal meth.  —  I don't mean to be a spoilsport, and I don't think I'm a Luddite.
Adam Folk / Metro:
Thomas defends ideals of court  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a packed dinner crowd of Augusta's judges, lawyers and politicians Tuesday that while discourse in American society seems to be growing coarser and angrier, the Supreme Court remains a bastion of respectful disagreement …
Discussion: Above the Law and The Politico
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Tony Mauro / The BLT:
The Garner Transcripts: That v. Which, and Other Supreme Court Writing Tips
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Law Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats' plan for millionaire surtax intended to soften up GOP  —  Senate Democrats are using their proposal to raise taxes on millionaires as a stalking-horse to force Republicans to accept other tax increases.  —  Democratic officials privately acknowledge that raising personal income tax rates …
New York Post:
IMF accuser in apt. for HIV vics  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence.  —  The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Senator questions benefits to ‘adult baby’  —  Coburn sees possible fraud  —  Stanley Thornton Jr., 30, is being fed with a bottle by his roommate, Sandra Dias.  They were featured on National Geographic Channel's “Taboo” program.  Sen. Tom Coburn is questioning their disability payment eligibility.
Michelangelo Signorile / Advocate:
Lessons Learned  —  Two notable themes emerge from GOProud: the lack of any actual gay pride in those who run it and the truth about who is still really steering the GOP.  —  There are two things we've learned from GOProud, the small, often obnoxious right-wing gay group that makes the Log Cabin Republicans seem like liberals.
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Police Mace JPMorgan Chase Protesters … WASHINGTON — Police maced several elderly protesters Tuesday at JPMorgan Chase's annual shareholder meeting in Columbus, Ohio, according to activists present at the event.  —  Hundreds of people from dozens of community organizing groups swarmed …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Media Research Center:
Advertised as a “Straight Shooter,” Couric's Liberal Skew Did Nothing to Repair Damage Caused by Dan Rather's Bias  —  Thursday, May 19, marks Katie Couric's last night at the anchor desk of the CBS Evening News.  Five years ago, CBS executives were so excited about the Today show star taking over …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
AIPAC: Don't boo Obama  —  A reader forwards over an email from AIPAC President Lee Rosenberg to delegates to the organization's annual policy conference, which will feature President Obama's and Prime Minister Netanyahu's coming speeches to the organization.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Catholic Church Investigation Says Hippies Made Catholic Priests Sexually Abuse Children  —  Laurie Goodstein reports on the release of an inquiry by American bishops into sex abuse scandals: … This hippie-blaming strategy seems unlikely to persuade anyone.
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald  —  More than 550 health professionals and organizations have signed a letter to McDonald's Corp. asking the maker of Happy Meals to stop marketing junk food to kids and retire Ronald McDonald.  —  The letter, slated to run in the form of full-page ads …
The Politico:
Gates: Details on raid are dangerous  —  The amount of information released by the White House about the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound could jeopardize future missions, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Wednesday.  —  “Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the Situation Room …
Discussion: FrumForum
 
 
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Fay Schlesinger / Daily Mail:
The floodgates open: Strauss-Kahn's tangled love life and the women who claim he abused them
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and FrumForum
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
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BBC:
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Analyst: Military bands to cost Pentagon $50B over next 50 years
Discussion: FrumForum
David Catanese / The Politico:
Can anyone top Tommy Thompson?
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house