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12:30 PM ET, May 25, 2011


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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Democrat Wins G.O.P. Seat; Rebuke Seen to Medicare Plan  —  Democrats scored an upset in one of New York's most conservative Congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party's plan to overhaul Medicare.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Six Months After Midterm Disaster, Hopeful Signs for Democrats  —  Here's what I wrote two weeks ago about the special election in New York's 26th Congressional district, which was won by the Democrat Kathy Hochul Tuesday night: … Ms. Hochul, with most of the vote counted, has 48 percent of the total, so she has met this threshold.
Chris Lee Resignation / Buffalo News:
Hochul takes House seat in stunner  —  Kathleen Courtney Hochul, the Erie County clerk and longtime Democratic figure who defied political experts giving her little chance of success, ground out a stunning and surprisingly comfortable victory Tuesday in the special election for the predominantly Republican 26th Congressional District.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
G.O.P. on the Defensive as Voters Resist Medicare Plan  —  WASHINGTON — When they proposed just last month to overhaul Medicare, House Republicans were confident that the wind of budget politics was at their backs and that the country's looming fiscal problems provided justification …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Warning shot: 4-point Dem. victory in heavily GOP district where Medicare was issue — Ryan video tries to shift debate to ‘Saving Medicare’ — Geithner's #PlaybookBreakfast livestream  —RAHM MAY TESTIFY AT BLAGO II: ChiTrib p. 1 tease, “Sources: Emanuel, Blagojevich to testify …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ryan: Medicare played role in defeat
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
After Dem win in NY special election, group eyes NH race
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A surprisingly productive May for Democrats
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Obama Misses the Lesson in NY-26
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:   NY-26 does mean something
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards: U.S. Green-Lights Prosecution for Alleged Campaign Law Violations Tied to Affair Cover-Up  —  Former Sen. John Edwards speaks at a campaign rally Jan. 26, 2008, in Columbia, S.C. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)  —  The United States Department of Justice has green-lighted the prosecution …
CBS News:
Report: John Edwards set to be indicted
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   John Edwards may face criminal charges
Sources: Edwards investigation close to wrapping up
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, CNN and TalkLeft
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama miscues on toast  —  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and U.S. President Barack Obama during a state banquet in Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday May 24, 2011.  —  AP Photo  —  LONDON - It was all going so well.  —  But when the time came for President Obama to deliver his toast …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, AmSpecBlog and Salon
Paul Bedard / US News:
Royals, Obamas Sip $1,000 Vino
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachmann: Obama ‘too busy gallivanting around Europe’
Discussion: GOP 12
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Obama botches toast to the queen
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June  —  Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Decorum Breaks Down at House Hearing  —  WASHINGTON — A House committee hearing into the structure of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau disintegrated into heated accusations of lying to Congress on Tuesday, with the panel's chairman accusing Elizabeth Warren of giving misleading testimony …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama adviser tells Congress she has more important things to do
Maya Jackson Randall / Wall Street Journal:   Spat Over New Consumer Bureau
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems might join rebuff of Obama on Israeli border issue  —  Senate Democrats are expected to support a resolution intended as a rebuff to President Obama's call for basing Middle East peace talks on the 1967 Israeli-Palestinian borders.  —  It would be a rare rebuke of the president …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House: Jewish “refugees” right of return should be “on the table”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Salon, Doc's Talk and TPMDC
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
FreedomWorks' Goal: Stop Mitt Romney In 2012 … WASHINGTON - A top goal of the nation's most influential national Tea Party group is to stop Mitt Romney from winning the Republican nomination for president.  —  Interviews with top officials at FreedomWorks, a Washington-based organizing hub …
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” …
Discussion: Mediaite, DealBook, Gawker and HotAirPundit
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans fear higher national debt than default  —  The debate over whether to raise the legal limit on government borrowing has riveted Americans, with a large majority worried about the potential consequences whether or not Congress votes to allow the national debt to keep rising.
Ben White / The Politico:
Dave Camp reassures Wall St. on debt limit
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  Question: What do the following have in common?  Eckert Cold Storage Co., Kerly Homes of Yuma, Classic Party Rentals, West Coast Turf Inc., Ellenbecker Investment Group Inc. …
New Scientist:
Rewriting the textbooks: When science gets it wrong  —  THE business of gaining understanding of the world about us rarely follows a simple path from A to B. False starts, dead ends and U-turns are part of the journey.  Science's ability to accept those setbacks with aplomb - to say …
Frances Cronin / BBC:
Egyptian pyramids found by infra-red satellite images  —  Two new finds are at Saqqara, an older but lesser known pyramid site than Giza  —  Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.  —  More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements …
Discussion: and Outside the Beltway
Quinnipiac University:
Florida Voters Turn Thumbs Down On Gov. Scott 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Property Insurance Is Getting Worse  —  Florida voters disapprove 57 - 29 percent of the job Gov. Rick Scott is doing, the worst score of any governor in the states surveyed by Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
David Steinberg / Pajamas Media:
(UPDATED: Uh oh — Lee's wife, Nita Chaudary, behind the “Betray Us” Ad?)  Googling Jesse Lee  —  UPDATE: Lee is married to Nita Chaudary.  Here is a CSPAN transcript from Sep. 10, 2007, wherein Chaudary represents — and ardently defends — for publishing the Petraeus smear ad prior …
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The Huffington Post:
War Dog Adoption Requests Rise Following Bin Laden Mission
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Top Colleges, Largely for the Elite
Discussion: Yglesias, The New Republic and Economix
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Live blog from President Obama's address to British Parliament
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
The Limits Of Radical Exurbanism
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Doctors and dentists tell patients, “all your review are belong to us”
Discussion: Yglesias and Althouse
Yonat Shimron / USA Today:
Study suggests ‘born-again’ believers have smaller brains
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Joe Lieberman mentors GOP freshmen
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Governor Won't Rule Out 2012 Run
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IAEA: Syria site bombed by Israel ‘was likely nuclear’
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
James R. Healey / USA Today:
Americans say ‘no’ to electrics despite high gas prices
Discussion: Right Wing News
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Public Schools Charge Kids for Basics, Frills
Discussion: Gawker
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
GOP activists are confident that they'll gain additional votes …
Discussion: The Right Sphere
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Unspoken Re-Election Edge
Richard Simon / Los Angeles Times:
House members handed out bonuses to staffs during budget crisis
Brian Leiter / Leiter Reports:
Sanctimonious Jackass Brad DeLong vs. Political Philosopher Chris Bertram

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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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