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11:45 AM ET, May 26, 2011

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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 …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Republican Lost in NY-26  —  The Ryan Medicare plan needs a clearer and more populist defense.  —  Five and a half weeks after House Republicans passed their budget, Democrats and liberal pundits have decided it is political kryptonite that will fatally weaken the GOP.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Dick Cheney: ‘I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on’  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney doesn't want Paul Ryan to run for president — he likes the House Budget chairman too much.  —  “I worship the ground the Paul Ryan walks on,” Cheney said Wednesday during a rare public appearance, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Dick Cheney: ‘I Worship The Ground Paul Ryan Walks On’
Discussion: The Note and New York Times
The Note:
Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan on Medicare Election: ‘Give me a Call’
Fuel Fix:
Dick Cheney: Arab uprisings unlikely to disrupt oil flows for long
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and FrumForum
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Palin Lead Reduced GOP Field for 2012  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney (17%) and Sarah Palin (15%) now lead a smaller field of potential Republican presidential candidates in rank-and-file Republicans' preferences for the party's 2012 nominee.  Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Who wins (and loses) if Palin runs  —  Who wins if Palin runs: Romney and Obama... Who loses: Pawlenty and Huntsman... Does Palin moving to AZ raise Team Obama's chances of being able to play in the state in 2012?... A reality check: Palin's polarizing poll numbers …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Palin top narrowed field
New York Times:
Signs Grow That Palin May Run
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.”
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Lauren Skowronski / nbcuniversal.presscentre.com:
STATEMENT FROM MSNBC REGARDING ED SCHULTZ
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
MSNBC suspends Schultz for calling Ingraham a ‘slut’
Discussion: theblogprof and Fox Nation
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
UPDATED: MSNBC's Ed Schultz Calls Radio Host Laura Ingraham A ‘Right Wing Slut’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Joe Walsh's ongoing struggles with reality  —  Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), one of Congress' more notable right-wing freshmen, has an angry column in the Daily Caller today on U.S. policy towards Israel.  Take a wild guess what the Republican lawmaker argued. … It pains me to say this, but Rep. Joe Walsh is not smart.
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Rep. Joe Walsh / The Daily Caller:
President Obama is not Israel's friend
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker says US Jews should be more pro-Israel
Discussion: Doug Ross and TPMDC
CNBC:
Stubborn Jobless Claims Still Keep On Climbing Higher  —  New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed to 424,000 last week from a revised 414,000 in the prior week, pointing to a painfully slow improvement in the nation's job markets.  —  The Labor Department on Thursday revised …
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Reuters:
Corporate profits fall, jobless claims up
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Climbed Last Week
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Page
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House ignores Obama's Libya request  —  House leaders are ignoring a request from President Obama for a congressional endorsement of the U.S. military mission in Libya.  —  Five days after Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders seeking a resolution of support, there has been no action in the House …
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The Politico:
House wrestles over war-on-terror measure
Discussion: FrumForum
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Libya Effort Is Called Violation of War Act
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Lawfare
JSOnline:
Dane County judge strikes down collective bargaining law  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A Dane County judge has struck down Gov. Scott Walker's legislation repealing most collective bargaining for public employees.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
St. Petersburg Times:
Who would you rather have lunch with - Obama, Palin or Romney?  —  A new Sachs/Mason Dixon poll gets to the heart of the presidential choices in front of us.  Who would you rather have lunch with?  More than three times as many Americans - 53 percent - would choose to have a one-on-one lunch chat …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ben Smith's Blog
New York Times:
Top Serbian War Crimes Suspect Caught  —  PARIS — Serbian President Boris Tadic announced at a news conference in Belgrade on Thursday that Ratko Mladic, the fugitive accused of masterminding the massacre at Srebrenica in 1995, had been captured but refused to give details.
Discussion: New York Magazine and The BLT
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin Makes History By Signing Into Law Single Payer Health Care  —  Last month, the Vermont Senate passed legislation, approved earlier by the House, that would establish a single payer health care system in the state.  The legislation would make Vermont …
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
Barack Obama snubs British scientists by refusing to receive Royal Society medal  —  Barack Obama has snubbed Britain's most eminent scientists by refusing to attend a Royal Society banquet in his honour at which he was to be awarded with a prestigious medal.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Walt Disney Surrenders to Navy's SEAL Team 6  —  Less than a month after a daring raid on Osama bin Laden's secret hideout, the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team 6 notched a victory over the Magic Kingdom.  —  Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it would pull an application with the U.S. Patent …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Not Let the Dead Pay for Medicare?  —  So here's an idea: why not reform Medicare by means testing it?  Conservatives should love this idea.  —  Here's how it works.  Basically, we leave Medicare alone.  Oh, we can still go ahead with some of the obvious reforms.
Discussion: Democracy in America
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Big Bump In Florida, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Nelson Leads Gop Challengers, With No Clear Leader  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating in Florida is 51 - 43 percent approve, a jump from his negative 44 - 52 percent score April 7, before the killing of Osama bin Laden …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
UBS Plans to Distance a Key Unit
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New York Post:
DSK hops to luxe lily pad
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David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
Minnesota Governor “Vetoes” Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment (Letter)
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Daily Kos