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6:35 AM ET, May 19, 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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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Schumer: You're damn right we'll use Gingrich's criticism of Ryan against the GOP
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor tells Gingrich he's out of line
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, The Hill and FrumForum
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Harsh Light on Two Men, but Glare Falls on Women  —  A flotilla of TV news trucks was stationed outside a Bronx apartment building this week, as photographers scrambled to get a shot of the hotel cleaning woman who accused the managing director of the International Monetary Fund of sexually assaulting her.
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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: FrumForum
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 …
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Mark Warren / Esquire:
BREAKING: Jerome Corsi's Birther Book Pulled from Shelves!
WorldNetDaily:   National mag publishes fabricated report attacking Corsi book
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Osama bin Laden praises Arab spring in posthumously released tape  —  Bin Laden praises protest movements across Middle East and predicts revolutions will spread  —  A tape recorded by Osama bin Laden before his death in a US special forces raid earlier this month has been released posthumously onto Islamist militant websites.
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President will call for a new chapter of support for Arab Spring
Discussion: The Politico
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Bibi and Barack  —  Reading the headlines from the Middle East …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Israel Matzav
The Politico:
Hamas poisons peace process
Discussion: Washington Post and Israel Matzav
Agence France Presse:
Peter Fonda calls Obama ‘traitor’ at Cannes  —  CANNES, France — Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Cornel West on Obama is no better than a birther  —  Anyone who knows me, and knows me well, knows that I have little patience for the “Blacker than thou” crowd.  These are the self-appointed guardians of what it means to be black — a decidedly limited and ignorant perspective …
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
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
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.”
The White House:
President Obama Nominates Justice Morgan Christen for the United States Court of Appeals  —  WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Justice Morgan Christen for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  —  “I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve …
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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Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.  —  Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas.  When he greeted me at the door one evening last October …
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 …
Aljazeera:
Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria's secret prisons  —  ‘We could clearly hear the interrogator pummelling his fists into his subject,’ writes our correspondent.  —  I was standing in two fist-sized pools of smeared, sticky blood, trying to sort out why there were seven angry Syrians yelling at me.
Discussion: Guardian and KOMO News
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.
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ron Paul: The US will end up occupying Pakistan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Socialist Senator Sanders Hawks His Book Like an Evil Capitalist
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Beyond the Headlines  —  Compared to other political news …
Discussion: Weigel
Peggy McGuinness / Opinio Juris:
Harold Koh to Guest Blog on Legality of Osama Bin Laden Killing
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Gets Political
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China's Rich Try to Fly Around Red Tape
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Obama's one-way conversation
Discussion: White House Dossier
David Ingram / The BLT:
Key Senators to Support Filibuster of Goodwin Liu
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Police Mace JPMorgan Chase Protesters
Discussion: The Talking Dog
Media Research Center:
Advertised as a “Straight Shooter,” Couric's Liberal Skew …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Cast Adrift in the Milky Way, Billions of Planets, All Alone
Discussion: Nature and Boing Boing
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
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