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12:10 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 …
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Things Done Changed  —  Remember how it was the beltway conventional wisdom that the Ryan plan was “serious” and “adult” and that it was up to the Democrats to offer a counter and yadda, yadda, yadda.  Things sure have changed in a few months, haven't they?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Eschaton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown a ‘no’ on Ryan budget
Digby / Hullabaloo:
“The Tea Party itch has not been scratched”: How the Ryan plan went down
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 …
The Politico:
Behind the Daniels family veto  —  On Friday, the pieces were coming together nicely for a Mitch Daniels-for-president campaign.  Some top potential staffers were told they would have a job, and to keep their powder dry just a little bit longer.  Several Washington Republicans expected a declaration in the next few days.
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.
New York Times:
Daniels Is Out, in Another Jolt to G.O.P. Field  —  WASHINGTON — The announcement Sunday by Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana that he would not run for the Republican presidential nomination ended one major chapter of uncertainty in the race but ignited new debate over whether the current field contains …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Report: Obama camp researching Gov. Christie
Discussion: GOP 12
Mitch Daniels / Washington Post:
With Daniels out, GOP presidential field takes clearer shape
Randy Turner / The Huffington Post:
Death, Destruction Hit Joplin, Missouri  —  Each year, my eighth graders at Joplin East Middle School look forward to their first official visit to Joplin High School.  —  They have heard the horror stories about the school, how they, as freshmen the next year, will need to stay clear …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and National Review
Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest; 89 Dead in Joplin, Mo.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Death Toll Rises to 89 From Missouri Tornado
Discussion: The Hill, The Lede and Balloon Juice
The Note:
Is Donald Trump Back in the 2012 Race?  —  ABC News' Sheila Marikar and Rick Klein report: Perhaps Donald Trump didn't really bow out after all.  —  The billionaire business mogul phoned into Fox News' “Fox & Friends” this morning to lament the state of the Republican field.
Juana Summers / Reuters:   Donald Trump: Late entry still possible
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 …
Eric Cantor:
Leader Cantor's Remarks to AIPAC  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  The following remarks are as prepared for delivery:  —  It's great to be here.  I'm really honored to be able to address …
Obama's achievement: the mouse that roared
Will Kane / San Francisco Chronicle:
Harold Camping ‘flabbergasted’; rapture a no-show  —  (05-22) 19:18 PDT ALAMEDA — The man who said the world was going to end appeared at his front door in Alameda a day later, very much alive but not so well.  —  “It has been a really tough weekend,” said Harold Camping …
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:   John Boehner finds litigation suits him
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
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Pawlenty Announces Candidacy a Day Early
Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
If I Take Down Fox, Is All Forgiven?  —  David Brock has spent the last decade apologizing to liberals for his role in creating the vast right-wing conspiracy.  Now he's trying something more ambitious and hoping it gains him the respect he craves from the White House.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When Austerity Fails  —  I often complain, with reason, about the state of economic discussion in the United States.  And the irresponsibility of certain politicians — like those Republicans claiming that defaulting on U.S. debt would be no big deal — is scary.
Neil Rosekrans / StateBrief Blog:
Pictures of Sarah Palin's Rumored Scottsdale House  —  Photos of Rumored Palin Arizona House  —  The rumors are still just rumors and we don't know for sure yet whether or not Sarah Palin and family have purchased a North Scottsdale house.  The paper trail says that the property in question …
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We didn't realise you were such a big Jedward fan, Michelle. …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Jawa Report
Channel NewsAsia:
Afghanistan says Mullah Omar has “disappeared”
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Steele signs up with MSNBC
Eric Dash / New York Times:
As Lenders Hold Homes in Foreclosure, Sales Are Hurt
Ben White / The Politico:
Barack Obama sees auto rescue as 2012 plank
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