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4:10 PM ET, May 26, 2011

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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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Electoral Consequences of the Rapture  —  Voters nationally are evenly divided on Barack Obama's job performance at 48% approving and 48% disapproving.  Despite the mixed feelings toward him he leads Mitt Romney by 7 at 49-42, Newt Gingrich by 14 at 51-37, and Sarah Palin by 17 at 54-37 in hypothetical match ups.
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin looks good for Obama
Discussion: GOP 12, JSOnline and TPMDC
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin's “Exploratory” Campaign: A Nationwide Bus Tour  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — In a move designed to propel her closer to a presidential run, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will set out on a bus tour of the country on Sunday, making stops at symbolic sites along the way.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sarah Palin to embark on bus tour as presidential speculation builds  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will begin a nationwide bus tour on Sunday designed to drum up support for a potential presidential bid.  —  Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, will start her tour in Washington …
Ben Child / Guardian:
Sarah Palin likened to Joan of Arc in two-hour documentary film
Fuel Fix:
Dick Cheney: Arab uprisings unlikely to disrupt oil flows for long  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he doesn't think the “Arab Spring” will significantly cut the flow of oil to world markets, but the Middle East is far different when he sought cooperation for the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.
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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.
The Note:
Pawlenty Says If He Were President He Would Sign Paul Ryan's Budget  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@JaffeMatt) reports:  —  After facing criticism in recent days for sidestepping the issue, Tim Pawlenty today in New Hampshire said if he were president and Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal came to his desk, he would sign it.
Marco Rubio / MiamiHerald.com:
Looking for Medicare solutions, not politics as usual
Discussion: Hot Air, sisu and iOwnTheWorld.com
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
In Britain Obama repeats his error on Israel  —  President Obama is in Europe, supposedly trying to dissuade the Europeans from participating in the Palestinians' attempt to gain statehood without offering peace to Israel.  At his press conference he, no surprise to his critics …
Discussion: Moe Lane
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   Joe Walsh's ongoing struggles with reality
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Supreme Court backs Arizona immigration law that punishes businesses
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The Dreamer Goes Down For The Count  —  I had never thought there were many similarities between the pleasure-loving Charles II of England and the more upright Barack Obama until this week.  Listening to his speeches on the Middle East at the State Department, US-Israel relations …
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Doug Saunders / Globe and Mail:
On Israel, Harper stands alone at G8 summit
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Sen. Rand Paul Delays Renewal of Patriot Act Provisions  —  Sen. Rand Paul has single-handedly stopped the extension of three key provisions of the Patriot Act until after they expire at midnight Thursday.  Unless he folds. … The Senate voted to end debate on the measure, but Sen. Paul …
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The Note:
Patriot Act Passes Key Vote, Could Still Briefly Lapse
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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 …
John Eligon / New York Times:
Two New York City Police Officers Acquitted of Rape  —  Two New York City police officers were acquitted on Thursday of the most serious charges in the rape of a drunken woman who had been helped into her apartment by the officers while on patrol.  —  The verdict provides some measure …
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie announces N.J. pulling out of regional environmental initiative  —  TRENTON — In a blow to clean energy advocates throughout the Northeast, Gov. Chris Christie said this morning that the state will pull out of the region's cap-and-trade program by the end of the year.
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
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NorthJersey.com:
Christie to pull N.J. out of cap-and-trade energy program
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC chief attacks GOP field on American ‘exceptionalism’  —  Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attacked the GOP presidential contenders on their own terms Thursday.  —  The Florida representative questioned just how dedicated they were to “American exceptionalism.”
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA to search bin Laden compound  —  Pakistan has agreed to allow the CIA to send a forensics team to examine the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, giving the agency permission to use sophisticated equipment in a search for al-Qaeda materials that might have been hidden inside walls or buried at the site, U.S. officials said.
Discussion: Reuters, Guardian and Battleland
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A 62% Top Tax Rate?  —  Democrats have said they only intend to restore the tax rates that existed during the Clinton years.  In reality they're proposing rates like those under President Carter.  —  Media reports in recent weeks say that Senate Democrats are considering a 3% surtax on income …
Brendan Nyhan / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Where Are the Obama Scandals?  —  One of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals.  Since Watergate, presidential and executive branch scandal has been an inescapable feature of the American presidency, but the current administration has not yet suffered …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Aharding / CNN:
Santorum to announce candidacy first Monday in June
Discussion: The Note
Murray Waas / Reuters:
Special report: Disgraced John Ensign back in legal jeopardy
Bob Ivry / Bloomberg:
Fed Gave Banks Crisis Gains on Secretive Loans
The Atlantic Online:
From the Yearbook to the White House: The 2012 Republicans in High School
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Schultz apologizes: ‘This is the lowest of low for me’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Only One Of The Major Approaches To Controlling Health Care Costs Is Unproven
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
Barack Obama snubs British scientists by refusing to receive Royal Society medal
New York Post:
DSK hops to luxe lily pad
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Not Let the Dead Pay for Medicare?
Sophie Borland / Daily Mail:
Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive …