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2:10 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 …
Discussion: and The Raw Story
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Scott Brown a ‘no’ on Ryan budget
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   What GOP leaders were thinking on Medicare
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Mediscare  —  Paul Ryan's GOP critics are ObamaCare's best friends.
Discussion: The New Republic and Betsy's Page
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 …
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.
Jordan Fabian / Ballot Box:
Pawlenty's in: We've tried Obama's way and ‘his way has failed’  —  Tim Pawlenty on Monday officially announced his candidacy for president, insisting he would “tell the truth” about the serious problems facing the country in a way he said President Obama has not.
Discussion: The Politico and Left Coast Rebel
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
With Daniels out, GOP presidential field takes clearer shape
Discussion: GOP 12, and Ballot Box
A.G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Death Toll Rises to Nearly 100 From Missouri Tornado  —  JOPLIN, Mo. — Much of this southwestern Missouri city lay in ruins on Monday morning after a massive tornado, the latest storm to ravage the Midwest and South this spring, tore through the area, killing at least 90 people.
Discussion: The Lede, The Hill and Balloon Juice
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama monitors response to Joplin, Missouri tornado from abroad
Discussion: CBS News, Politics and HotAirPundit
More Severe Weather Expected Today
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, Hot Air and Wizbang
Obama's achievement: the mouse that roared  —  I don't know what strategic purpose Obama had in mind for addressing the Middle East impasse when last Thursday he made the first of a series of speeches on the subject.  Whatever this may have been, that speech produced one satisfactory result.
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
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 …
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: The Other McCain
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Taxes vs. tax rates
Discussion: Yglesias and CNN
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
High court backs cuts in Calif. prison population
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Sam Inglot / Michigan Messenger:
Tea Party, Amash deny entry to townhall meeting
Governor Arne Carlson:
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and TPMDC
The National Magazine Award and Guantánamo: A Tall Tale Gets the Prize Scott Horton's …
Daily Mail:
Codename ‘smart alec’: British police label Obama with ‘mildly offensive’ Punjabi word for visit to UK
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
Glenn Beck to Offer Discount Deals
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Kovacs / WorldNetDaily:
Now popular Republicans ‘not natural-born citizens’
Discussion: FP Passport, Weigel and Joe. My. God.
Channel NewsAsia:
Afghanistan says Mullah Omar has “disappeared”
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Steele signs up with MSNBC
Discussion: Gawker
Eric Dash / New York Times:
As Lenders Hold Homes in Foreclosure, Sales Are Hurt
Wall Street Journal:
Spy, Military Ties Aided bin Laden Raid
Discussion: The Politico and BBC