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10:30 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.
Ross Douthat:
The Lessons of Gingrich v. Ryan  —  There are two obvious ways to look at the firestorm that greeted Newt Gingrich's criticisms of the Ryan budget, and the humiliating walkback that quickly followed.  From one perspective, it's a sign that Gingrich is hopelessly out-of-touch …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Newt Apologizes To Paul Ryan, Begs Democrats Not To Use His Own Quotes In Ads
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor tells Gingrich he's out of line
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
Newt Gingrich Gets Asked to Show His Papers
Mark Warren / Esquire:
BREAKING: Jerome Corsi's Birther Book Pulled from Shelves!  —  In a stunning development one day after the release of Where's the Birth Certificate?  The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi, World Net Daily Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
How Not to Write Satire  —  An Esquire writer lobs an egg at the birthers, but the yolk's on him.  —  “In a stunning development one day after the release of Where's the Birth Certificate?  The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President, by Dr. Jerome Corsi …
Discussion: Racialicious
Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Hawks Birth Certificate T-Shirt, Campaign Claims Its A “Mobile Version” of Truth Squad to Refute Birther Book  —  President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign today started selling “Made in the USA” t-shirts featuring images of both President Obama and the long-form birth certificate he released copies of last month.
WorldNetDaily:   National mag publishes fabricated report attacking Corsi book
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama campaign selling ‘birther’ T-shirts
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Republicans ‘depressed’ by 2012 options
Frank Newport / Gallup:
With Huckabee Out, No Clear GOP Front-Runner
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin jump to top in new Gallup poll
Discussion: Guardian, Real Clear Politics and CNN
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Poll: Romney Gets Boost as Trump, Huckabee Exit
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Aharding / CNN:
Rep. King: 'I'm not going to say no' to presidential suggestions
Discussion: Daily Kos, Radio Iowa and Mother Jones
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.
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Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
You can be an expert if you try
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Loud cell-phone talker removed from quiet car by police  —  A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police this weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate.  —  Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting …
Daily Mail:
You idiot!  Shamed politician John Edwards rages at mistress Rielle Hunter for not destroying sex tape  —  Furious John Edwards has allegedly vented his anger at mistress Rielle Hunter over the steamy sex video they made during his White House run.  —  In an amazing outburst …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Don Surber
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Many With New College Degree Find the Job Market Humbling  —  The individual stories are familiar.  The chemistry major tending bar.  The classics major answering phones.  The Italian studies major sweeping aisles at Wal-Mart.  —  Now evidence is emerging that the damage wrought …
Julie Mason / Reuters:
Obama's one-way conversation  —  President Obama today met King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office — statements, no questions.  Still, it was better than last week's meeting with the NATO leader: No pool, no statements, no questions, no photos.  —  Yesterday, Obama met with flood victims and first responders in Memphis.
Discussion: White House Dossier
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Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
White House shuts out Herald scribe
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
CDC Warns Public to Prepare for ‘Zombie Apocalypse’  —  Are you prepared for the impending zombie invasion?  —  That's the question posed by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in a Monday blog posting gruesomely titled, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.”
MyFOX Detroit:
Michigan Man Still Receiving Food Assistance Despite Winning $2 Million Jackpot  —  (WJBK) - A Michigan man has continued to accept food aid from the state even though he won big in a state lottery game and said he told officials about it.  —  Leroy Fick won the $2 million jackpot in the “Make Me Rich!” contest in June.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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Christopher Shea / Ideas Market:
Republican and Democratic Professors Grade Differently  —  When it comes to grading, Republican and Democratic professors at one unnamed elite university put their ideologies into practice, a new study finds: Republicans welcomed inequality, handing out more very high and very low grades …
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.
Fay Schlesinger / Daily Mail:
The floodgates open: Strauss-Kahn's tangled love life and the women who claim he abused them  —  The full extent of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's tangled love life emerged today as a string of high-profile women claimed he abused them - and others were said to have had affairs with him.
Discussion: FrumForum
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
New documents suggest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan involved with crafting legal defense of Obamacare  —  Newly released documents reveal Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was more involved with President Obama's health-care law than she disclosed previously.
Discussion: Hot Air, Verum Serum and Cold Fury
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.
New York Times:
Attention Shifts to Schwarzenegger's Housekeeper  —  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — She moved here nearly a year ago, to a four-bedroom home with a pool in this middle-class community more than 100 miles from Los Angeles and the Brentwood mansion where she had worked for 20 years.
BBC:
Syria unrest: Clinton and Ashton in new call for reform  —  Mrs Clinton and Baroness Ashton declined to reveal what measures might be taken against Syria  —  The US and EU have warned of more pressure on Syria over its violent response to anti-government protests.
Discussion: Reuters, Firedoglake and The Page
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Associated Press:
US slaps sanctions on Syria's Assad for abuses
Discussion: Hot Air and The News Tribune
 
 
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