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4:55 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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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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin to tour East Coast, New Hampshire  —  Sarah Palin is launching a nationwide bus tour starting Sunday in Washington, a Palin source has confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The first stop will be at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.  Palin will then travel up the East Coast …
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: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin looks good for Obama
Discussion: GOP 12, JSOnline, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sarah Palin to embark on bus tour as presidential speculation builds
Ben Child / Guardian:
Sarah Palin likened to Joan of Arc in two-hour documentary film
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin launching multi-city tour amid 2012 buzz
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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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty would sign Ryan's plan  —  There's a line of thinking among Republicans that, in opposition, you don't actually have to take specific positions and that Paul Ryan's politically risky plan is best avoided.  —  Tim Pawlenty, though, seems to have concluded he has no choice but to …
Discussion: TPMDC and CNN
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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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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Associated Press:
Supreme Court upholds Ariz. law punishing employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants
Discussion: FrumForum
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
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
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Barney Frank Mae have to find new friends  —  Please, try not to let what I'm about to tell you destroy your faith in the integrity of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton).  —  It appears that back in 1991, Barney went to the mat in obtaining a six-figure hack job for his then-boyfriend, Herbie Moses, at, of all places, Fannie Mae.
Discussion: GayPatriot
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Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Barney Frank knocked on his Fannie
Discussion: Salon
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Iraq, Iran ...  A trail goof for Pawlenty, who fielded a question on Iran policy with an answer on Iraq policy in a video sent over by the new Democratic group American Bridge, in what seems to be its first tracking hit:  —  REPORTER: U.S. foreign policy towards Iran [unintelligible] how would you address contradictions in the U.S?
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
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.”
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 …
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, msnbc.com and Battleland
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: The White House and Moe Lane
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 …
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Mark Zuckerberg's new challenge: Eating only what he kills (and yes, we do mean literally...)  —  Last year Mark Zuckerberg set out to learn Chinese.  Now he's determined to get in touch with his food.  If the goats, lobsters and chickens of Silicon Valley aren't trembling, they should be.
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 …
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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Sean Lengell / Washington Times:
House Republicans debut new-jobs plan
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Why hasn't Roger Ailes been called out by the media for recruiting Chris Christie to run for president?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Magazine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NYSE Tries to Body Slam TPM!
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
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie announces N.J. pulling out of regional environmental initiative
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Only One Of The Major Approaches To Controlling Health Care Costs Is Unproven
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Joe Walsh's ongoing struggles with reality
Heidi Blake / Telegraph:
Barack Obama snubs British scientists by refusing to receive Royal Society medal
New York Post:
DSK hops to luxe lily pad