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3:40 PM ET, May 26, 2011

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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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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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sarah Palin to embark on bus tour as presidential speculation builds
Discussion: SarahPAC and Ben Smith's Blog
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  —  In 2000 and 2004 Wisconsin was one of the most closely contested battleground states in the country.  In 2008 Barack Obama won it in a blowout.  Right now it looks like the 2012 race in the state will shape up more like 2008 than 2000 or 2004.
Discussion: GOP 12, JSOnline and TPMDC
David Weigel / Weigel:
Gallup: Herman Cain at 8 Percent in GOP Primary
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Supreme Court backs Arizona immigration law that punishes businesses
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
In Britain Obama repeats his error on Israel
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
Discussion: Hot Air, sisu and iOwnTheWorld.com
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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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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hit & Run
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The Note:
Patriot Act Passes Key Vote, Could Still Briefly Lapse
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
NorthJersey.com:
Christie to pull N.J. out of cap-and-trade energy program  —  Governor Christie said this morning that he will pull New Jersey out of a regional cap-and-trade energy program.  —  The move drew strong criticism from environmental advocates who argued it was a rollback of clean energy efforts.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
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Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie announces N.J. pulling out of regional environmental initiative
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
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 …
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: Wake up America and Scared Monkeys
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Murray Waas / Reuters:
Special report: Disgraced John Ensign back in legal jeopardy  —  (Reuters) - It was one of the most high-profile investigations of a senator in years: John Ensign of Nevada had conducted an affair with his campaign treasurer, Cynthia Hampton, the wife of his closest friend and chief of staff.
The Independent:
Exclusive: Battered Libya sues for peace  —  As President Obama vows ‘We will not relent until the shadow of tyranny is lifted’, Gaddafi's Prime Minister offers Nato a ceasefire, amnesty for rebels, reconciliation, constitutional government - and an exit strategy
Eric Alterman / Center for American Progress:
Think Again: The Times' Frank Bruni, or How to Succeed in Journalism Without Really Caring (About Issues)  —  New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal announced the appointment of Frank Bruni to the august position of op-ed page columnist this week.
Discussion: The Nation and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Brendan Nyhan / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Where Are the Obama Scandals?
Breitbart.tv:
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA to search bin Laden compound
Discussion: Reuters and Guardian
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
Doug Saunders / Globe and Mail:
On Israel, Harper stands alone at G8 summit
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Schultz apologizes: ‘This is the lowest of low for me’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
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The Case—Please Hear Me Out—Against the Em Dash
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 …