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11:40 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 …
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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Runnin' Scared and Jezebel
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 …
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
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and News Desk
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 …
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Moderate Jon Huntsman, possible 2012 candidate, tests the waters in today's GOP
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
GOP Donors Deserting Newt Gingrich … WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich's catastrophic first week as an official Republican primary candidate may knock him out of the race before it even gets started.  And if he stays in, fundraising will now be much more difficult, and that could hasten his exit, Republican sources said.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NBC's David Gregory Defends Medicare Question As Newt Gingrich Spokesman Blasts Media ‘Minions’
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: The Note and Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Daniels feel ‘death hug’ on their healthcare records
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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 …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling  —  The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling.  —  In a 42-57 vote, the Senate failed to move forward with the bill, which was opposed by the White House and most Senate Democrats.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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!
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Veritas
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
Michael Scherer / Time:
Can They Win, One Tweet at a Time?  —  Plouffe, second from left, is looking for new ways to pierce the media clutter  —  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
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Ron Paul, Herman Cain & The Tea Parties
Discussion: alicublog
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Disability-Claim Judge Has Trouble Saying ‘No’
Discussion: Don Surber and Hullabaloo
Meredith Whitney / Wall Street Journal:
The Hidden State Financial Crisis
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 …
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Don't repeat Osama raid, says Feinstein
 Earlier Items: 
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Gates: ‘No evidence’ Pakistani leaders knew bin Laden was there
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Mariah Blake / Washington Monthly:
Revisionaries  —  How a group of Texas conservatives is rewriting your kids' textbooks.
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