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8:50 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.
Aharding / CNN:
Top Republican says Paul Ryan should run for president
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What GOP leaders were thinking on Medicare
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Josiah Ryan / Healthwatch:
Reid: House Republican budget would ‘shatter a cornerstone of our society’
Discussion: The Politico
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.’
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: ‘We may lose our country’  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Tim Pawlenty formally launched his campaign for president on Monday with a straight talk message explicitly geared to tackle sacred cows in Iowa, Florida, New York and Washington.  —  “Politicians are often afraid that if they're too honest …
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Not the whole truth in Pawlenty claims
Governor Arne Carlson:
Discussion: Washington Post and Politics
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Pawlenty In Iowa: Phase Out Ethanol Subsidies
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Tim Pawlenty bets on boldness
Discussion: Moe Lane, Donklephant and Pajamas Media
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Instapundit and Hot Air
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Special Election Warrants Caution for Forecasters — and for Republicans  —  Two new polls of Tuesday's special election in New York's upstate 26th Congressional District show similar results — and both suggest that the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, is the slight favorite in the traditionally Republican-leaning district.
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Kucinich, Losing District, Looks Very Far Afield  —  SEATTLE — Representative Dennis Kucinich, the liberal Democrat from Cleveland, was a long way from home — 2,000 miles give or take.  But he found plenty of political admirers in this stronghold of progressive political thought.
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Bibi Netanyahu's Victory  —  To further the weekend pushback against the idea that Bibi Netanyahu is somehow blundering by showing Barack Obama the back of his hand, read this article in the Hill: … It's noteworthy that these attacks not only involve misrepresenting what Obama said …
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: Mediaite, Althouse and Ben Smith's Blog
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Adam Ozimek / Modeled Behavior:
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House Beefs Up Online Rapid Response
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Fox News Executives Dispute Quote About Palin
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Truth outweighs consistency
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