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2:30 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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CBS News:
“Major indicator” of Sarah Palin run on the way?  —  Insider to CBS News: “Several reliable sources” say sign is coming that former vice-presidential candidate will run in 2012  —  In the strongest sign yet of a possible Sarah Palin run at the presidency, filmmaker Stephen Bannon …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin looks good for Obama
Discussion: GOP 12 and TPMDC
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Electoral Consequences of the Rapture
Discussion: GOP 12
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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Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Haaretz poll: Netanyahu's popularity soaring following Washington trip
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Doug Saunders / Globe and Mail:
On Israel, Harper stands alone at G8 summit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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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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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate rejects Ryan budget
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.
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CNN:
High court upholds punishing those who hire illegals
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Supreme Court backs Arizona immigration law that punishes businesses
Discussion: The Politico
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’
Discussion: Salon and New York Times
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House ignores Obama's Libya request
Discussion: Salon
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
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Climbed Last Week
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Page
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: GOP 12
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: Pajamas Media and GOP 12
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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
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: The Note, Weasel Zippers and Nice Deb
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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Bob Ivry / Bloomberg:
Fed Gave Banks Crisis Gains on Secretive Loans
Discussion: Truthdig and New York Magazine
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
House members in the know score ‘abnormal’ stock profits, study says
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
Noreen Malone / Slate Magazine:
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
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Libya Effort Is Called Violation of War Act
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
Barack Obama snubs British scientists by refusing to receive Royal Society medal
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
DSK hops to luxe lily pad
Discussion: City Room, Law Blog, Politics and FrumForum
Scott / Power Line:
The real unemployment...  Walt Whitman famously observed …
The Atlantic Online:
How America's Building the 21st-Century Mall
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 …