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4:20 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.
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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.”
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.”
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
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin jump to top in new Gallup poll  —  With Mike Huckabee's exit from the race, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin are now on top of the Republican field, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.  —  Twenty percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say they'd support …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor tells Gingrich he's out of line
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Cain generates most enthusiasm among voters, according to Gallup poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Tim Pawlenty And The Conservative Elite
Discussion: Eunomia
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
Newt Gingrich Gets Asked to Show His Papers
Discussion: The Caucus, USA Today, TPMDC and Eschaton
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Gingrich: “Any Ad Which Quotes What I Said On Sunday Is A Falsehood”
Discussion: Salon and Wonkette
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The GOP Elite's Not-So-Secret Presidential Hopes And Fears
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Salon and Mother Jones
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 …
Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Hawks Birth Certificate T-Shirt, Campaign Claims Its A “Mobile Version” …
Discussion: Truthdig, The Blaze and Pajamas Media
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
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: Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
Reuters:
U.S. slaps sanctions on Syrian president, top aides  —  (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other top aides for human rights abuses on Wednesday in a dramatic escalation of pressure on Syria to cease its brutal crackdown on protesters.
Discussion: Syria Comment and HotAirPundit
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Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Tanks shell Syrian town, West piles on pressure
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
US slaps sanctions on Syria's Assad for abuses
Discussion: Hot Air and The News Tribune
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.
Discussion: alicublog
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
All Giuliani now  —  Mike Allen scoops this morning that Jon Huntsman …
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
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