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12:35 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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama to Address Arab Spring in Middle East Speech
Wall Street Journal:
Power Shifts on Foreign-Policy Team
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,"' …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Daily Kos and Wonk Room
Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu deserves a vote
Discussion: ACS Blog and The Politico
Trish Turner / Fox News:
GOP On Track To Block Obama Judicial Nominee For First Time
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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
Aharding / CNN:
Romney stepping up South Carolina presence  —  (CNN) - He hasn't been spotted in South Carolina since the summer of 2010, but Mitt Romney, the presumptive frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, is making his campaign debut in the pivotal early primary state this weekend.
Discussion: GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Daniels feel ‘death hug’ on their healthcare records
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Year of Living Adulterously
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
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!
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty gets cash haul at Minn. ‘kickoff’ fundraiser  —  Hundreds of people attended a “kickoff” fundraiser for likely GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty in his home state of Minnesota Wednesday night, designed to give his bank account a jolt before he makes his bid official.
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
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.
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.
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Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
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Associated Press:
Dick Cheney's memoir will have ‘very strong views,’ daughter Liz says
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