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12:45 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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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:
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.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney, Palin top narrowed field
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.
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Marco Rubio / MiamiHerald.com:
Looking for Medicare solutions, not politics as usual  —  For me, Medicare is not a political talking point.  My parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s.  They worked hard for over 40 years to provide their children the chance to do all the things they themselves could not.
Discussion: sisu and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:
Wisconsin collective bargaining law struck down
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 …
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Only One Of The Major Approaches To Controlling Health Care Costs Is Unproven  —  David Wessel's overview of the six think tank plans for long-term debt reduction offered yesterday is generally fairminded, but I think there's a mistake in his description of the ideological divide on health care:
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Edwards / Associated Press:
House passes measure to ban funds for teaching abortion techniques in health centers
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: The Debate Link and Weasel Zippers
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker says US Jews should be more pro-Israel
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Doug Ross and TPMDC
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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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Dick Cheney: ‘I worship the ground Paul Ryan walks on’
Russell Berman / The Hill:   House ignores Obama's Libya request
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Dick Cheney: ‘I Worship The Ground Paul Ryan Walks On’
Discussion: The Note and New York Times
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
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Schultz apologizes: ‘This is the lowest of low for me’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
‘Business death penalty’ for hiring illegal workers is upheld by Supreme Court  —  The 5-3 decision gives states more authority to act against illegal immigrants.  Justices rule that states can take away the business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Discussion: CNN and Pat Dollard
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Supreme Court backs Arizona immigration law that punishes businesses
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 …
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: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
DealBook:
Facebook Taps Joel Kaplan to Head Washington Office  —  In an effort to expand its power base in the nation's capital, Facebook has hired Joel Kaplan, an executive vice president at the Texas utility giant Energy Future Holdings, to head the company's office in Washington.
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Tony Romm / The Politico:
Facebook picks up former Bush aides
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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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The squawk of the town  —  A local artist is looking to take a bite …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Moves to Reset Debate
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Noreen Malone / Slate Magazine:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
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New York Post:
DSK hops to luxe lily pad
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Not Let the Dead Pay for Medicare?
Discussion: Democracy in America
Guardian:
China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work
Sophie Borland / Daily Mail:
Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive …