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10:40 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 …
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 …
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: IMF head ‘hired prostitutes from Manhattan madam’
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Jezebel
New York Times:
Lawyers Push for Bail to Free I.M.F. Leader From Rikers
Howard Schneider / Washington Post:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of IMF
Jonathan Ferziger / Bloomberg:
Arab Spring Spurs Israel to Ice Peace Plan Before Obama Meeting  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been preparing to greet President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow with a proposal to resurrect Middle East peace talks, advisers said.  —  That was until Palestinian …
Discussion: The Agonist
Ed Henry / CNN:
Stakes high — again — for Obama speech  —  Washington (CNN) — By now, top aides to President Barack Obama, like Dan Pfeiffer, have learned to just tune out the round-the-clock punditry that tends to build up every speech by this commander-in-chief as the pivotal moment in his presidency.
Washington Post:
New Hampshire, meet Jon Huntsman  —  Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman makes his maiden voyage to New Hampshire Thursday.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman arrives in New Hampshire today for a four-day visit in what could well be a make or break state for his 2012 presidential aspirations.
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Moderate Jon Huntsman, possible 2012 candidate, tests the waters in today's GOP  —  View Photo Gallery — Who's in and who's out?:   Republicans are beginning to announce whether they will pursue a bid for the presidency.  —  Jon Huntsman Jr. sets off Thursday on his first campaign …
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.”
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
What the GOP is really trying to tell Newt
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
GOP Donors Deserting Newt Gingrich
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Year of Living Adulterously  —  What is it with Republicans lately?  —  Nobody wants to run for the presidential nomination.  Mike Huckabee said God told him to stay on Fox News.  NBC told Donald Trump to stay on “Celebrity Apprentice.”  —  Whatever happened to putting your country first?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Daniels feel ‘death hug’ on their healthcare records
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Dick Cheney memoir set for Aug. 30 release  —  Clear a spot on those summer reading lists: Dick Cheney's memoir will be in stores Aug. 30.  —  And expectations are running high for the 544-page book, finished earlier this month.  —  “As his vice presidency was novel, Dick Cheney's memoir is unique …
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
Dick Cheney's memoir will have ‘very strong views,’ daughter Liz says
Discussion: Wizbang
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell leaves House GOP budget twisting in the wind  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is leaving Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan to its own fate in the Senate by not whipping his GOP colleagues on the vote.  —  Republican senators say McConnell has made it clear …
Sami Aboudi / Reuters:
Al Qaeda releases posthumous bin Laden audio recording  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - Al Qaeda released a posthumous audio recording by Osama bin Laden in which he praised revolutions sweeping through several Arab countries, and called for more Muslim “tyrants” to be toppled.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Rogue tweet by Secret Service!  —  How embarrassing, Secret Service!  (Gawker image)  —  Courtesy  —  Oh, the dangers of social media!  Those instant, regrettable outbursts of unvarnished truth and scantily clad photos.  Today's victim: the Secret Service!
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gary Johnson's rough start  —  There's sometimes a cheerful lightness to the low expectations that come with being a no-hope minor candidate, but Gary Johnson appears not even to be meeting those.  First Ron Paul, whose space he was primed to take refused to leave.
Ken Lee /
Maria Shriver Hires a Divorce Attorney  —  Maria Shriver, who has split from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger amid a love-child scandal, has hired a divorce lawyer, sources tell PEOPLE.  —  Prominent Los Angeles family law attorney Laura Wasser is now representing California's former first lady, according to sources close to Shriver.
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
The Debt Ceiling Fiasco  —  Fights over the budget are normal and proper in a democracy.  But threatening to default could have dire consequences for the dollar, interest rates and the economy.  —  The debt ceiling “crisis” started on Monday when the U.S. government reached the legal limit …
Meredith Whitney / Wall Street Journal:
The Hidden State Financial Crisis  —  My latest research into opaque state financial statements suggests taxpayers will be surprised by how much pensions are underfunded.  —  Next month will be pivotal for most states, as it marks the fiscal year end and is when balanced budgets are due.
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings
Discussion: Yglesias and Unfogged
Tom Coburn / Washington Post:
Why is the Senate stalling on the debt debate?
Discussion: The Raw Story and National Review
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
GOP's last-gasp stall on 'don't ask'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Quinnipiac University:
Blackwell Leads GOP Pack To Challenge Brown In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Gets Almost No Osama Bounce
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Clinton Aims to Improve Ties With Latin America
Discussion: The Page
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Don't repeat Osama raid, says Feinstein
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Gates: ‘No evidence’ Pakistani leaders knew bin Laden was there
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ron Paul: The US will end up occupying Pakistan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
 Earlier Items: 
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.
Dorothy Parvaz: Inside Syria's secret prisons
Discussion: KOMO News and Guardian
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Socialist Senator Sanders Hawks His Book Like an Evil Capitalist
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
The White House:
President Obama Nominates Justice Morgan Christen for the United States Court of Appeals
Christopher Shea / Ideas Market:
Republican and Democratic Professors Grade Differently
Daily Mail:
You idiot!  Shamed politician John Edwards rages at mistress Rielle Hunter for not destroying sex tape
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Don Surber