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6:15 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”
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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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 …
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.
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Joseph Farah says he may sue Esquire for ‘parody’ story on Jerome Corsi book
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gawker
WorldNetDaily:   National mag publishes fabricated report attacking Corsi book
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.”
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Tim Pawlenty And The Conservative Elite
Aharding / CNN:
Rep. King: 'I'm not going to say no' to presidential suggestions
Discussion: Daily Kos, Radio Iowa and Mother Jones
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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Julie Mason / Reuters:
Obama's one-way conversation
Discussion: White House Dossier
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.
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.
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
The Garner Transcripts: That v. Which, and Other Supreme Court Writing Tips  —  In late 2006 and early 2007, legal writing guru Bryan Garner stealthily interviewed eight of the nine then-sitting Supreme Court justices to glean their thoughts about writing and advocacy.
Discussion: Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
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Adam Folk / Metro:
Thomas defends ideals of court
Discussion: Above the Law and The Politico
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.
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.
David Ingram / The BLT:
Key Senators to Support Filibuster of Goodwin Liu  —  Three Republicans who have rarely supported filibusters of judicial nominees said today they will vote to filibuster appellate nominee Goodwin Liu, a bad omen for Liu a day before a crucial Senate vote.  —  Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham …
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
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 …
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.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Limbaugh Claims 'Nation's Creditworthiness Would Go Up' If The Debt Ceiling Isn't Raised  —  The United States officially hit its legal debt limit on Monday, forcing the Treasury Department to dip into federal pension funds to prevent the country from defaulting on its obligations for the first time in history.
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Perry performance fuels talk of 2012 draft  —  Texas governor stirs GOP interest in White House run  —  DALLAS — He's not on the ballot for 2012, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry strongly impressed a gathering of top Republican officials here Tuesday, with many high-ranking GOP officials saying …
 
 
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New York Times:
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Leader and 6 Aides
Discussion: Swampland and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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:
Open Educational Resources
Media Research Center:
Advertised as a “Straight Shooter,” Couric's Liberal Skew …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Billions of Lonely Planets, Adrift in Space
Discussion: Boing Boing and This Just In
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Under Pressure to Fire Ronald
The Politico:
Gates: Details on raid are dangerous
Discussion: FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Analyst: Military bands to cost Pentagon $50B over next 50 years
Discussion: FrumForum
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
In close vote, anti-gay marriage amendment moves to House floor
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
Why Is Soros Spending Over $48 Million Funding Media Organizations?
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA flew stealth drones into Pakistan to monitor bin Laden house