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2:20 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 …
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Telegraph:
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.
IMF:
IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns  —  Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn today informed the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of his intention to resign as Managing Director with immediate effect.  Mr. Strauss-Kahn made the following statement in a formal letter of resignation to the Board:
Discussion: Guardian, Wonk Room and News Desk
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 …
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 …
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NationalJournal.com:
Obama: ‘The Status Quo is Not Sustainable’  —  Following is President Obama's Middle East speech, as prepared for delivery:  —  I want to thank Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark - one million frequent flyer miles.
Wall Street Journal:
Power Shifts on Foreign-Policy Team
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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) …
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Michael Scherer / Time:
Plouffe, second from left, is looking for new ways to pierce the media clutter  —  DOUG MILLS / NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX  —  When Barack Obama traveled to Texas this month to talk immigration, David Plouffe, his top message guru, decided to stay home and watch Twitter instead.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Poynter
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Associated Press:
Dick Cheney's memoir will have ‘very strong views,’ daughter Liz says
Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Colbert's Free Speech Problem  —  The comedian runs up against campaign-finance law in an attempt to lampoon the Supreme Court.  —  Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert, like most of his friends and allies on the left, thinks that last year's Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC is, literally, ridiculous.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senator McConnell leaves House Republican 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 …
Michael Crowley / Time:
Mr. Nice Guy  —  It was after 8 p.m. at the public library in the quiet town of Adel, Iowa, and staffers were folding up the metal chairs.  Tim Pawlenty's question-and-answer session had wrapped up some 30 minutes earlier, but a handful of voters were still here, and therefore so was Pawlenty …
Discussion: The Blotter and FrumForum
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Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty gets cash haul at Minn. ‘kickoff’ fundraiser
Discussion: GOP 12
Dave McNary / Variety:
Cannes condemns Lars von Trier  —  Danish helmer banned, ‘Melancholia’ still eligible for Palme d'Or  —  The Cannes Film Festival has kicked Lars von Trier out of the festival, banning him from all events and declaring him a “persona non grata” in the wake of the Danish director calling himself …
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!
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Grassley Accuses Asian-American Judicial Nominee Of Holding ‘Communist’ Chinese Worldview  —  Six years ago, Ninth Circuit judicial nominee Goodwin Liu published an op-ed in which he made the utterly banal point that a conservative interest group used the terms “free enterprise,"' …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Dick Ebersol to Leave NBC Sports  —  Dick Ebersol, who has run NBC Sports since 1989 and engineered the network's bids to acquire the rights to more Olympics than any other, resigned on Thursday when he said he could not come to an agreement on a new contract.
Ken Lee / People.com:
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 …
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
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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 …
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Giffords undergoes successful surgery
Discussion: The Politico and Gawker
Bloomberg:
Existing-Home Sales in U.S. Unexpectedly Fall
Discussion: Hot Air and PoliPundit.com
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid offers new legislation to extend several provisions of Patriot Act
Discussion: FrumForum
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Anti-Incumbent Mood Against Congress Persists in 2011
Discussion: Washington Post
TMZ.com:
Botox Mom: I MADE IT ALL UP FOR MONEY!
Discussion: Gawker, Wizbang and Jezebel
Harold Hongju Koh / Opinio Juris:
The Lawfulness of the U.S. Operation Against Osama bin Laden
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
How more stimulus could reduce the deficit, and vice versa
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel
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