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4:30 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.
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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 …
The Note:
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Ryan blames NY-26 on Dem ‘scare tactics’  —  Tuesday's special election win by Democrat Kathy Hochul was the result of Democratic scare tactics, and not actually a referendum on the reality of his Medicare plan, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said in his first comments after the polls closed in Western New York.
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ryan: Medicare played role in GOP's special-election defeat
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  Peter R. Orszag, vice chairman …
Henry Olsen / National Review:
A Blue-Collar Warning Sign
Budget Committee:
The Facts on Medicare and How to Save It
Discussion: The Foundry, RedState and TPMDC
Emptywheel:
Obama Misses the Lesson in NY-26
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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” …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Ed Schultz Uses Vulgarity To Attack Conservative Host  —  DEPRAV-ED  —  MSNBC'S Schultz: Laura Ingraham's ‘A Slut’  —  *** RIP: CNBC'S MARK HAINES, ONE OF THE LAST HONEST BUSINESS JOURNALISTS ***  —  Bye-bye, Ed Schultz.  —  We'll especially miss your gigantic ego, unending rage and all-around delightful personality.
Michelle Malkin:
More misogyny at MSNBC: Neanderthal host attacks Laura Ingraham as a “slut”
Discussion: Mediaite
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:   Will MSNBC Suspend Ed Schultz for Calling Laura Ingraham a ‘Right-wing Slut’ and ‘Talk Slut’?
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
CNBC Reports Anchor Mark Haines Has Died
Discussion: MarketBeat
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 …
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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 …
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FOX 10 News:
From Alaska to Arizona — Could Sarah Palin Be Relocating?
Discussion: Politics
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama adviser tells Congress she has more important things to do
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 …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent …
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
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Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Poll: Rick Scott among the least-liked governor's in nation
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Suspect in Giffords Shooting 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: Law Blog and Arizona Republic
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Report: Jared Loughner not competent to stand trial
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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: 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. …
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: Guardian, The Mary Sue and msnbc.com
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Durable goods orders drop 3.6% in April
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
‘Heckuva Job’ Brownie Criticizes Obama For ‘Toasting The Queen’ During Tornadoes
Discussion: News Hounds and Prairie Weather
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: I saw TSA pat down ‘little old lady,’ child, but not Arab man
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Don't Be a Stranger  —  It's the next morning.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: A Formidable Republican Field
 Earlier Items: 
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
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Hoax Site Distressing for Victims of Shooting
G. Scott Thomas / bizjournals:
Texas adds 732,800 jobs in 10 years; no other state tops 100,000
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Doctors and dentists tell patients, “all your review are belong to us”
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