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6:25 PM ET, May 23, 2011


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Sen. Scott Brown / The Politico:
Why I don't back Ryan Medicare plan  —  As part of the 2012 budget discussions, Congress is dealing with Medicare reform.  This debate is long overdue, since its increasing cost must be addressed if we are serious about the nation's growing $14 trillion debt and $1.6 trillion annual deficit.
The Politico:
Republicans ignored warnings on Paul Ryan plan  —  It might be a political time bomb — that's what GOP pollsters warned as House Republicans prepared for the April 15 vote on Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed budget, with its plan to dramatically remake Medicare.  —  No matter how favorably pollsters …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor nudges Rep. Ryan to jump into 2012 White House race  —  Count House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as one top Republican who'd like to see Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) jump into the presidential race.  —  Cantor responded immediately when asked Monday whether Ryan …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
“The Tea Party itch has not been scratched”: How the Ryan plan went down  —  “The Tea Party Itch Has Not Been Scratched”  —  Any political observer with even a modicum of sense could see that the Ryan Plan was going to be a complete disaster.  And most of us have been wondering ever since what the hell made them go for it.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Things Done Changed
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What GOP leaders were thinking on Medicare
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Mediscare  —  Paul Ryan's GOP critics are ObamaCare's best friends.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates  —  The 5-4 decision represents one of the largest prison release orders in U.S. history.  The court majority says overcrowding has caused ‘suffering and death.’ In a sharp dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia warns ‘terrible things are sure to happen.’
Daily Mail:
The best-protected car in the world... defeated by an Irish ramp: Obama's limo ‘The Beast’ gets stuck at U.S. Embassy  — Red faces all round as President and First Lady forced to swap vehicles for trip to ancestral home  —  It's supposed to protect him from terror attacks but President Barack Obama …
Discussion:, Hot Air and The Other McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Biden tells donors: Keep me in mind for 2016  —  Vice President Joe Biden surprised a gathering of donors in Cincinnati last week when he floated the prospect of his succeeding President Barack Obama in the White House.  —  Biden, who started in the Senate young and would be just 70 in 2012 …
More Severe Weather Expected Today  —  The area will have little time to clean up as another round of severe weather is expected again today.  —  A complex of severe thunderstorms tracked across Joplin and southwestern Missouri this morning producing gusty winds and hail.
A.G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Death Toll Rises Above 100 From Missouri Tornado  —  JOPLIN, Mo. — Much of this southwestern Missouri city lay in ruins on Monday after a massive tornado, the latest storm to ravage the Midwest and South this spring, tore through the area, killing more than 100 people.  Officials say they expect the death toll to climb.
Governor Arne Carlson:
THE PRESIDENCY: A BIT SHORT IS PAWLENTY  —  One thing is certain about Monday's Presidential announcement by former Governor Tim Pawlenty: he will not bring up the fact that he presided over one of the larger tax increases in Minnesota's history.  Yes, that is quite correct.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politics
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Wisconsin Orders Recall Election For Three GOP State Senators  —  Despite massive protests, procedural obstacles, and restraining orders, the Wisconsin GOP hustled Gov. Scott Walker's (R) anti-union bill into law in March.  Now, they're paying a steep political price.
Board orders July 12 recall election for Kapanke
Discussion: TPMDC and AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Wisconsin OKs recall elections for GOP Sens. Randy Hopper, Luther Olsen, Dan Kapanke
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dominique Strauss-Kahn / Telegraph:
DNA samples confirm sperm traces on maid's dress  —  DNA samples taken in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case have confirmed traces of sperm on the maid's dress, according to reports.  —  Mr Strauss-Kahn has been indicted on seven charges.  If he is convicted, he would face up to 25 years in prison
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Still Split Along “Pro-Choice,” “Pro-Life” Lines  —  Majorities believe abortion is morally wrong, legal access to it should be restricted  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are closely divided between those calling themselves “pro-choice” and those who are “pro-life,” now 49% and 45% …
Steven Ertelt /
Gallup Poll: Americans Want All or Most Abortions Illegal
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich: 'I'm not a Washington figure'  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said he doesn't view himself as a “Washington figure,” positioning himself as an anti-D.C. candidate in his campaign for president.  —  Gingrich railed against the Washington, D.C. establishment …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich, citing record, says ignore record
Discussion: Daily Kos
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Pawlenty Campaign Already Dead?  —  Tim Pawlenty's hometown newspaper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, ran the story of his presidential campaign announcement on the Obituary page this morning, City Pages reports.
Discussion: The Blotter
Kevin Hoffman / The Blotter:
DOA: Pioneer Press runs Tim Pawlenty presidential announcement on obit page
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
‘Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,’ by former staffer Frank Bailey  —  By Frank Bailey with Ken Morris & Jeanne Devon  —  Howard.  383 pp.  $26  —  Frank Bailey joined Sarah Palin's campaign for governor of Alaska in its earliest days, showing up at her shabby headquarters in Anchorage with a paintbrush …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Mediaite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hochul continues to lead in NY-26  —  Democrat Kathy Hochul continues to appear poised for an upset victory in Tuesday's special election for Congress in New York's 26th Congressional District.  She is polling at 42% to 36% for Republican nominee Jane Corwin and 13% for Tea Party candidate Jack Davis.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Special Election Warrants Caution for Forecasters — and for Republicans
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Next President Isn't Currently Running (Updated)  —  There's no GOP operative for whom I have higher regard than former RNC chair and senior Bush advisor Ed Gillespie.  He deserves to be taken seriously when he says (according to Politico): “For all intents and purposes, the field is set.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House Beefs Up Online Rapid Response … White House , Jesse Lee Staff , New Media White Hosue , Obama Administration Response , Online Response Jesse Lee , Online White House , White House Jesse Lee , White House Online Response , White House Staff , Politics News
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Obama digging up dirt on potential opponent Chris Christie  —  President Obama's re-election campaign is trying to dig up dirt in the Garden State.  —  Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's repeated pronouncements that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination …
Daily Mail:
Codename ‘smart alec’: British police label Obama with ‘mildly offensive’ Punjabi word for visit to UK  —  More than one person has wanted to call Barack Obama a ‘smart alec’, and now British police will get the chance to do so without getting reprimanded.  —  That's because Scotland Yard …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pataki group to push debt issue in New Hampshire
Discussion: CNN
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox News Executives Dispute Quote About Palin
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Kucinich, Losing District, Looks Very Far Afield
Discussion: Althouse
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Truth outweighs consistency
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama motorcade limousine gets stuck
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
GE, Intel Advise Obama While Investing Profits Overseas
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Taxes vs. tax rates
Discussion: Yglesias, Jared Bernstein and CNN
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Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Now popular Republicans ‘not natural-born citizens’