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5:40 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
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!  —  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 …
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
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
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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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Beyond the Headlines  —  Compared to other political news, the special election in New York is among the least interesting recent developments.  —  This last week has seen a potpourri of interesting political developments on the presidential, senatorial, and congressional election front.
Discussion: Weigel
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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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Jason Mattera / Human Events:
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Peggy McGuinness / Opinio Juris:
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Wall Street Journal:
The IRS Gets Political
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China's Rich Try to Fly Around Red Tape
Discussion: Gizmodo
Hashim Shukoor / Christian Science Monitor:
Deadly Afghan protests erupt following NATO raid
Julie Mason / Reuters:
Obama's one-way conversation
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Media Research Center:
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Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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