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11:40 PM ET, May 25, 2011

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Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan on Medicare Election: ‘Give me a Call’  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) reports:  —  The day after the stunning upset in the special congressional election in upstate New York, Rep. Paul Ryan is a man under fire.  —  But ABC News was behind the scenes …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate rejects Ryan budget  —  The Senate on Wednesday resoundingly rejected a budget sponsored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that calls for significant cuts to future Medicare benefits.  —  Five Republican senators voted against the ambitious budget plan …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Five GOP senators jump ship in Ryan budget vote  —  Five Republican senators jumped ship and voted against House Republicans' 2012 budget on Wednesday.  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined four other Republican senators who'd previously announced their opposition to the budget …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Republicans Vote Overwhelmingly To End Medicare  —  The GOP continued its bloody walk into the Medicare buzzsaw Wednesday, when 40 out of 47 Senate Republicans voted in support of the House GOP budget, and its plan to phase out and privatize the popular entitlement program.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich now defending Paul Ryan  —  Newt Gingrich is resurfacing in the battle over Medicare, but this time on Rep. Paul Ryan's side.  —  The former House speaker sent a letter to members of Congress Wednesday morning claiming that “Democrats and their allies in the elite media …
David Frum / FrumForum:
Paul Ryan: 2012's Goldwater?
CNN:
Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
UPDATED: MSNBC's Ed Schultz Calls Radio Host Laura Ingraham A ‘Right Wing Slut’  —  Late Update [7:08 pm ET]: MSNBC has suspended Schultz for one week.  —  MSNBC host Ed Schultz is known for his hyperbolic attacks on Republicans but it looks like he may have crossed the line on his show yesterday …
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Laura Ingraham / Facebook:
Response to Ed Schultz  —  Re. the crude comments made about me by Ed Schultz on his radio program: First, I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show.  Is it only available online?  Second, I have to get back to recording the audio edition of my new book “Of Thee I Zing.”
Lauren Skowronski / nbcuniversal.presscentre.com:
STATEMENT FROM MSNBC REGARDING ED SCHULTZ  —  STATEMENT FROM MSNBC REGARDING ED SCHULTZ:  —  MSNBC management met with Ed Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take one week of unpaid leave for the remarks he made yesterday on his radio program.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Dies Unexpectedly at Age 65  —  Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening.  He was 65 years old.  —  Haines, founding anchor of CNBC's morning show “Squawk Box,” was co-anchor of the network's “Squawk on the Street” …
Michelle Malkin:
More misogyny at MSNBC: Neanderthal host attacks Laura Ingraham as a “slut”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Mediaite
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Suspect in Shooting of Giffords Ruled Unfit for Trial  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Jared L. Loughner was not mentally competent to stand trial on charges of opening fire at a constituent event for an Arizona congresswoman in January, killing 6 and injuring 13.
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Law Blog
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Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Judge: Ariz. shooting suspect mentally incompetent
Discussion: TalkLeft and Pajamas Media
John Edwards / Associated Press:
Suspect in Ariz. shooting spree that wounded Rep. Giffords found incompetent to stand trial
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Key Jewish Donor Breaks With Obama  —  One of the most important Democratic donors in the past two decades, whose generous contributions helped pay for the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C., has indicated that he will not contribute to President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012, because of the administration's stance on Israel.
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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent …
SpyTalk:
Gingrich wife worked for committee heavily lobbied by Tiffany  —  At the same time Tiffany & Co. was extending Callista (Bisek) Gingrich a virtual interest-free loan of tens of thousands of dollars, the diamond and silverware firm was spending big bucks to influence mining policy in Congress …
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Felix Salmon:
The Gingriches and Tiffany: When a loan becomes lobbying
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Have Democrats cracked the code for 2012?  —  The battle over the federal deficit hasn't flipped in favor of the Democrats.  The GOP isn't suddenly at grave risk of losing its House majority.  —  But after two years of getting pummeled over spending and the size of government …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Six Months After Midterm Disaster, Hopeful Signs for Democrats
Jerry Zremski / The New Republic:
Buffalo Wild Win
New York Times:
Signs Grow That Palin May Run  —  WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin is fortifying her small staff of advisers, buying a house in Arizona — where associates have said she could base a national campaign — and reviving her schedule of public appearances.  The moves are the most concrete signals yet that Ms. Palin …
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Racism to blame for Obama's problems, key Democrat says  —  WASHINGTON — House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, on Wednesday blamed most of President Barack Obama's political problems on racism.  —  Clyburn, who's from South Carolina …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain Says All Americans Deserve Due Process, Opposes Assassinating U.S. Citizens  —  One of the most controversial national security policies of the Obama administration revolves around the case of radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen living in Yemen.
Discussion: A Spork in the Drawer
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Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
There's a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says  —  You may think you understand how the Patriot Act allows the government to spy on its citizens.  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it's worse than you've heard.  —  Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions of the surveillance law as early as Thursday.
Discussion: TPMDC, Emptywheel and Cato @ Liberty
J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality …:
Time to PANIC!!:  Second-Quarter Real GDP Growth Looks Slow Enough to Put No Upward Pressure at All on the Employment-to-Population Ratio  —  Time to push the panic button.  —  Macroeconomic Advisers is revising their tracking forecast of real GDP growth in the second quarter.
Associated Press:
AP sources: Army chief picked to head Joint Chiefs  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A general installed just last month as the Army's top officer is President Barack Obama's surprise choice to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker's numbers continue to get worse  —  Scott Walker's popularity has continued to decline over the last three months and Wisconsin voters now say they would vote to recall him if there was an election today.  They also say they would pick either Russ Feingold or Tom Barrett over Walker in a head to head match up.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Chicago Tribune:
Emanuel takes stand in Blago trial — for 3 minutes  —  (David Pierini, Chicago Tribune / May 25, 2011)  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spent just three minutes on the stand this morning in the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich.  —  Rod Blagojevich's lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky, began by asking Emanuel his most recent position.
 
 
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