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9:20 AM ET, May 19, 2011

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Gerry Mullany / New York Times:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns From I.M.F.  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned Wednesday as head of the International Monetary Fund after explosive allegations that he had sexually attacked a cleaning lady in a midtown Manhattan hotel room.  —  “It is with infinite sadness that I feel compelled today …
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New York Times:
A Favorite Emerges for Helm of I.M.F.  —  PARIS — The French finance minister, Christine Lagarde, was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos this January when her usual smile turned into a frown.  Next to her, Robert E. Diamond Jr., chief executive of Barclays and one of the most powerful bankers …
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of IMF
Fay Schlesinger / Daily Mail:
The floodgates open: Strauss-Kahn's tangled love life and the women who claim he abused them
Discussion: FrumForum
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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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: Israel Matzav and Elder of Ziyon
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.
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 …
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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: WorldNetDaily
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Mark Warren / Esquire:
BREAKING: Jerome Corsi's Birther Book Pulled from Shelves!
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Don't repeat Osama raid, says Feinstein  —  Pakistan should be left to deal with the new leader of al Qaeda if intelligence shows he is there, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Wednesday.  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said the U.S. should not repeat …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Gates: ‘No evidence’ Pakistani leaders knew bin Laden was there  —  U.S. officials have “no evidence” that current Pakistani leaders knew Osama bin Laden had been holed up near their capital city for half a decade, but they suspect someone — perhaps a retired official — did know about the al Qaeda leader's whereabouts.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Socialist Senator Sanders Hawks His Book Like an Evil Capitalist  —  Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders is a different kind of socialist: the kind who will partake in the capitalist venture of freely exchanging money for products... at least when it comes to selling his own book.
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Associated Press:
Dick Cheney's memoir will have ‘very strong views,’ daughter Liz says  —  NEW YORK — Dick Cheney has finished his memoir, according to his daughter, and the book is scheduled to come out on Aug. 30.  —  Liz Cheney said that the former vice president's manuscript was turned in at the beginning of the month.
Discussion: Wizbang
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ron Paul: The US will end up occupying Pakistan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
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Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria's secret prisons
Discussion: Guardian and KOMO News
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
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
China's Rich Try to Fly Around Red Tape
Discussion: Gizmodo
Christopher Shea / Ideas Market:
Republican and Democratic Professors Grade Differently
MyFOX Detroit:
Michigan Man Still Receiving Food Assistance Despite Winning $2 Million Jackpot
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
New documents suggest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan involved with crafting legal defense of Obamacare
Julie Mason / Reuters:
Obama's one-way conversation
Discussion: White House Dossier
David Ingram / The BLT:
Key Senators to Support Filibuster of Goodwin Liu
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Twitter Trap  —  Last week my wife and I told our 13-year …