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1:10 PM ET, May 18, 2011


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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.
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 …
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin jump to top in new Gallup poll
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Cain generates most enthusiasm among voters, according to Gallup poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Gingrich and Romney run against their own party
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Daniels to headline Tennessee GOP dinner
Discussion: GOP 12, The Page and The Politico
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.”
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.”
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Can Newt Gingrich Control Newt Gingrich?
Discussion: CNN, Politics and USA Today
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.”
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.
David Gibson / Religion News Service:
RNS Exclusive: Report spreads blame for Catholic sex abuse
Discussion: Salon, Gothamist and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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.
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: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Healthcare reform waivers part of ‘crony politics,’ Pawlenty says  —  Likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday added to already widespread criticism of healthcare reform law waivers, calling the practice an example of “crony politics.”  —  Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor …
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 …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house  —  The CIA employed sophisticated new stealth drone aircraft to fly dozens of secret missions deep into Pakistani airspace and monitor the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, current and former U.S. officials said.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
All Giuliani now  —  Mike Allen scoops this morning that Jon Huntsman is basing his campaign in Orlando, Florida, setting up a showdown in that state with Romney.  —  Planting a flag like that in Florida will inevitably bring comparisons (first!) to Rudy Giuliani's late strategy …
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
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.
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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Santorum backtracks on McCain criticism
Discussion: Washington Wire, TPMDC and News Hounds
Aharding / CNN:
Air Force One's forecast: missed approach
Discussion: The Politico
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
Why Is Soros Spending Over $48 Million Funding Media Organizations?
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
In Rust Belt, manufacturers add jobs, but factory pay isn't what it used to be
Discussion: Yglesias
Indianapolis Star:
Tully: Daniels says decision on 2012 presidential run is near
Discussion: GOP 12 and The New Republic
David Pietrusza / New York Sun:
Selling Gold at Fort Knox Emerges as Next Big Question in Debate on Federal Debt Limit
 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul fears US will invade Pakistan next
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Gang of Six’ on verge of collapse as Republican Sen. Coburn withdraws
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Fewer Emergency Rooms Available as Need Rises
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Pledge New Mideast Aid

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
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