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8:25 AM ET, May 26, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Senate Republicans Vote Overwhelmingly To End Medicare
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Five GOP senators jump ship in Ryan budget vote
Discussion: msnbc.com, Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
CNN:
Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul
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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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 …
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.
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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Ynetnews:
The Netanyahu-Obama gap  —  Op-ed: Gap between president …
Discussion: Israpundit
Anne Bayefsky / Fox News:
Obama Is the Most Hostile Sitting U.S. President In the History of Israel
Discussion: Fox Nation and Atlas Shrugs
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israelis See Netanyahu Trip as Diplomatic Failure
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
BBC:
US withdraws diplomats from Yemen amid clashes  —  Jeb Boone of the Yemen Times: “It feels pretty unstable” in Sanaa  —  The US has ordered all its non-essential diplomats and family members of embassy staff to leave Yemen as fighting there escalates.  —  Medical sources say 72 people …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Travel.State.Gov:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Discussion: Guardian and Truthdig
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 …
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: The Atlantic Online and Law Blog
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Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Judge: Ariz. shooting suspect mentally incompetent
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 …
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
The Atlantic Online:
How America's Building the 21st-Century Mall  —  Here's a conundrum for the American capitalist: How can malls, those decades-old bastions of shoppers everywhere, compete with the shopping technology and up-to-the-minute gratification of the Internet?  —  The simple answer is that they can't—yet.
Lupe / RADAR:
California's Attorney General Launching Criminal Inquiry Into Arnold Schwarzenegger  —  The Californian Attorney General will conduct what's being termed an “inquiry” into former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's alleged misuse of tax payer funds to cover up sexual liaisons.
Jake Berry / Nashuatelegraph.com:
Vice President Biden in Nashua for fundraiser  —  NASHUA - Vice President Joe Biden, a two-time veteran of the New Hampshire primary, has seen the seasons change before in the Granite State.  And he knows it's ready to happen again, he told a gathering of state Democrats on Wednesday at the Radisson Hotel Nashua.
Discussion: The Hill and JammieWearingFool
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
Sophie Borland / Daily Mail:
Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive, reveals devastating report on hospital care  —  The measure - to remind nurses of the most basic necessity - is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
The Huffington Post:
WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange Calls Media Coverage Of Bradley Manning ‘Appalling’ … NEW YORK — WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange called out the Obama administration for its aggressive pursuit of leakers and criticized media coverage of suspected WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning during …
Discussion: WL Central, Raw Replay and The Nation
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Not Let the Dead Pay for Medicare?
Guardian:
China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work
David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
Minnesota Governor “Vetoes” Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment (Letter)
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Daily Kos
Dan Gainor / Media Research Center:
Soros-Funded Lefty Media Reach More Than 300 Million Every Month
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
John Eligon / City Room:
Strauss-Kahn Finds a New Home
Discussion: New York Magazine
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
EPA Administrator Confirms: No fracking water contamination
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker's numbers continue to get worse
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality …:
Time to PANIC!!:  Second-Quarter Real GDP Growth Looks Slow Enough to Put No Upward Pressure …
 

 
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