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11:00 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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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 …
The Hill:
Anxious GOP vows to improve Medicare message after NY loss  —  A day after a crushing defeat in a New York special election, House GOP lawmakers defended their vote to reform Medicare but grumbled that their leaders must do a better job of messaging.  —  “If we'll just stay with our argument …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Rep. Ryan Stands His Ground on Medicare Reform
Discussion: The Note
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Palin top narrowed field
New York Times:
Signs Grow That Palin May Run
Associated Press:
Romney version 2012 means smaller Iowa presence
Discussion: The Page
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
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
UPDATED: MSNBC's Ed Schultz Calls Radio Host Laura Ingraham A ‘Right Wing Slut’
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
MSNBC suspends Schultz for calling Ingraham a ‘slut’
Discussion: theblogprof and Fox Nation
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  —  A woman browses job openings at a job fair in Los Angeles, California, October 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Corporate profits contracted in the first quarter for the first time in more than two years and the economy grew …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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 …
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Kimberly Houghton / unionleader.com:
Biden visits, revs up Granite State Dems
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker says US Jews should be more pro-Israel
Ynetnews:
The Netanyahu-Obama gap  —  Op-ed: Gap between president …
Discussion: Israpundit
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Israelis See Netanyahu Trip as Diplomatic Failure
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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Tony Romm / The Politico:
Facebook picks up former Bush aides  —  Facebook has friended two top former aides to former President George W. Bush, as the burgeoning social network continues to ramp up its lobbying and public policy work in Washington.  —  Former Bush deputy chief of staff Joel Kaplan will join Facebook …
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Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:   Privacy debate ahead, Facebook adds Bush aides to lobby team
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
Scott / Power Line:
The real unemployment...  Walt Whitman famously observed to a friend in 1863 that “the real war will never get in the books.”  Whitman knew what he was talking about, so the proposition can't be discounted.  But in the case of the Civil War, if the real war hasn't gotten into the books, it's not for lack of trying.
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 …
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 …
New York Post:
DSK hops to luxe lily pad  —  The Upper East Side rejected him, and he quickly wore out his welcome downtown, but yesterday, Parisian pariah Dominique Strauss-Kahn finally landed a posh pad in TriBeCa.  —  The uber-luxury, $50,000-a-month townhouse at 153 Franklin St. — replete with a home theater …
Discussion: Law Blog, City Room, Politics and FrumForum
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.
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.
Discussion: The Politico and ThinkProgress
 
 
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Alan Travis / Guardian:
US to store passenger data for 15 years
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Wall Street Journal:
UBS Plans to Distance a Key Unit
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Mets Seem to Settle on Buyer Who Will Own Less Than Half
Discussion: Deal Journal and Clusterstock
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House ignores Obama's Libya request
Alok Jha / Guardian:
Freedom of information laws are used to harass scientists, says Nobel laureate
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and AMERICAblog News
New York Post:
No bang for the buck  —  By BRENDAN SCOTT in Utica, NY, and CARL CAMPANILE in NYC
Discussion: City Room and JammieWearingFool
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Obama court nominee Goodwin Liu withdraws after filibuster
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
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Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive …
David Badash / The New Civil Rights Movement:
Minnesota Governor “Vetoes” Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment (Letter)
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
The hangover from the Hollywood strikes has lasted longer than anyone anticipated, as studios, networks, and streaming services simply aren't buying as much

Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
PE firm Blackstone offers ~$1.5B to purchase Hipgnosis, about 7% higher than the bid made earlier this week by Concord to which Hipgnosis' board had agreed

John Koblin / New York Times:
Antenna: ~25% of subscribers to US streaming video services, or 29M+ users, canceled 3+ of them in the past 2 years, as they increasingly jump between services

 
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