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12:25 PM 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 …
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: IMF head ‘hired prostitutes from Manhattan madam’  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn hired prostitutes from the “Manhattan Madam” who infamously also served Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former Governor of New York, she claimed on Wednesday night.
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 …
Bruce Crumley / Time:
Smoke and Fire: Why France Was Silent About Strauss-Kahn's Womanizing  —  IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at a news conference during the IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington on April 16, 2011  —  When news of the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn broke in France, Emmanuel Pierrat remembered …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
MESpeech: President to back democratic reform with economic incentives — Huntsman focuses on U.S. competitiveness; doesn't hit Obama or rivals - Dick Cheney takes gloves off in book - Rummy's sequel  —  TWITTER AS THE NEW DIAL GROUP — TIME magazine “White House Memo: To spread the Gospel of Barack …
Discussion: The Foundry
Michael Scherer / Time:
Can They Win, One Tweet at a Time?  —  Plouffe, second from left …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Address Arab Spring in Middle East Speech
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Power Shifts on Foreign-Policy Team
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
REPORT: Jon Huntsman's Secret Life As A Progressive  —  Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) left his post as President Obama's ambassador to China last month in order to pursue a potential bid for the presidency.  During his ambassadorship, Huntsman penned multiple letters to Obama in which he praised …
First Read /
First Thoughts: Now this is change  —  Previewing Obama's speech …
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Moderate Jon Huntsman, possible 2012 candidate, tests the waters in today's GOP
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Daniels feel ‘death hug’ on their healthcare records  —  President Obama and his liberal allies tried to kill some of the Republicans' top presidential candidates with kindness on Thursday.  —  The president had fun at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) …
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Year of Living Adulterously
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu deserves a vote  —  Goodwin Liu's nomination has unfairly languished for more than a year.  The U.S. Senate should give him a straight up-or-down vote.  —  The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on whether to debate the judicial appointment of UC Berkeley professor Goodwin Liu.
Discussion: ACS Blog and The Politico
Trish Turner / Fox News:
GOP On Track To Block Obama Judicial Nominee For First Time
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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!
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Dick Cheney memoir set for Aug. 30 release
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
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 …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Private Prisons Found to Offer Little in Savings  —  PHOENIX — The conviction that private prisons save money helped drive more than 30 states to turn to them for housing inmates.  But Arizona shows that popular wisdom might be wrong: Data there suggest that privately operated prisons …
Discussion: Yglesias and Unfogged
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.
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.
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 …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Disability-Claim Judge Has Trouble Saying ‘No’  —  Near-Perfect Approval Record; Social-Security Program Strained  —  HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits will often appeal to one of 1,500 judges who help administer the program, where the odds of winning are slightly better than even.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Don Surber
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How more stimulus could reduce the deficit, and vice versa  —  “Mentions of unemployment have been dwindling since they spiked to 154 in the month ending August 15, 2010; over the month ending Sunday, there were 63,” reports Clifford Marks.  “Deficit mentions, meanwhile …
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 …
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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
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John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Gates: ‘No evidence’ Pakistani leaders knew bin Laden was there
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