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1:50 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.
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 …
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.
David Frum / FrumForum:
Paul Ryan: 2012's Goldwater?  —  I used to worry that Sarah Palin would be the Barry Goldwater of 2012.  My bad.  Paul Ryan is the Barry Goldwater of 2012.  —  The Goldwater effect continues on this morning after the NY-26 debacle.  Henry Olsen of AEI, as smart a political numbers guy …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ryan: Medicare played role in GOP's special-election defeat
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Voters like their single-payer health care
Obama Misses the Lesson in NY-26
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Firedoglake
Phil Galewitz / Kaiser Health News:
Most Americans Oppose GOP Plan To Cut Medicaid
Discussion: Wonk Room and Balloon Juice
Henry Olsen / National Review:
A Blue-Collar Warning Sign
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:   Justice Department plans to indict John Edwards
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Edwards to Face Criminal Charges
Discussion: TigerHawk and
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 …
Paul Bedard / US News:
Royals, Obamas Sip $1,000 Vino
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Obama botches toast to the queen
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachmann: Obama ‘too busy gallivanting around Europe’
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
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” …
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for the Atlantic, is the author of “Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror.”  He was formerly a Washington correspondent and a Middle East correspondent for the New Yorker.  —  Why Palestinians Have Time on Their Side
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
White House: Jewish “refugees” right of return should be “on the table”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Doc's Talk, Salon and TPMDC
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
Marc Caputo /
Poll: Rick Scott among the least-liked governor's in nation
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
Howie / The Jawa Report:
White House's New Director of Progressive Media & Online Response
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Signs Controversial Bill Requiring Women To Get Sonogram 24 Hours Before An Abortion  —  Yesterday afternoon, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed the state's controversial sonogram bill into law.  The bill passed the legislature earlier this month and will require doctors to perform …
Jay Root / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Governor Won't Rule Out 2012 Run
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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. …
The White House:
Remarks by the President to Parliament in London, United Kingdom Westminster Hall, London, United Kingdom  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  —  My Lord Chancellor, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister, my lords, and members of the House of Commons:
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 …
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J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality …:
Time to PANIC!!:  Second-Quarter Real GDP Growth Looks Slow Enough to Put No Upward Pressure …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and MarketBeat
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
DOJ Tells Arizona It Illegally Obtained Death Penalty Drug
Discussion: Law Blog
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Hoax Site Distressing for Victims of Shooting
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House panel moves to cut disaster aid
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wonk Room
G. Scott Thomas / bizjournals:
Texas adds 732,800 jobs in 10 years; no other state tops 100,000
Discussion: Hot Air
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Top Colleges, Largely for the Elite
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Doctors and dentists tell patients, “all your review are belong to us”
Discussion: Althouse and Yglesias
New Scientist:
Rewriting the textbooks: When science gets it wrong
Yonat Shimron / USA Today:
Study suggests ‘born-again’ believers have smaller brains
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Unspoken Re-Election Edge
Discussion: Betsy's Page

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President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

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