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12:40 PM ET, May 27, 2011

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Palin creates buzz but rivals bet she won't run  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  “The bottom line is Sarah Palin is not going to run for president,” says a Republican adviser close to front-runner Mitt Romney.  “She's making money, she's moved on, she's kind of an entertainer rather than a politician.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
State of Uncertainty for Romney Camp as It Looks to Iowa  —  URBANDALE, Iowa — At this point four years ago, Mitt Romney's television commercials had been running here for 13 weeks.  His campaign headquarters, bustling with activity, provided one of the best jobs around for Republican operatives.
Kevin Hall / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann's Debacle  —  “This is a disaster,” said one prominent Polk County Republican.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Bus Tour Launching This Weekend On East Coast
The Note:
Obama Won't Personally Sign Patriot Act Extension  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@jaffematt) and Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) report: Congress officially passed an extension of the Patriot Act tonight, just hours before key provisions of the national security law were due to lapse at midnight.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama signs Patriot Act extension
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Ballot Box
Emptywheel:
“Robo-signing” the PATRIOT Act
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Julian Sanchez / Cato @ Liberty:
Manufactured Panic over Patriot Act
Discussion: Danger Room, Emptywheel, Weigel and Eschaton
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Medicare and Mediscares  —  Yes, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a sore loser.  Why do you ask?  —  To be sure, Mr. Ryan had reason to be upset after Tuesday's special election in New York's 26th Congressional District.  It's a very conservative district …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Not ‘Right Now’  —  Paul Ryan opens the door for a presidential run.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
What Obama did to Israel  —  Every Arab-Israeli negotiation contains a fundamental asymmetry: Israel gives up land, which is tangible; the Arabs make promises, which are ephemeral.  The long-standing American solution has been to nonetheless urge Israel to take risks for peace …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman doesn't drive American  —  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears to drive a foreign car, despite criticizing Republican presidential candidates for supposedly favoring foreign auto manufacturers.  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
New DNC Boss Calls GOP ‘Anti-Women’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
DNC chairwoman supports U.S. auto industry so much she owns a Japanese car
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Hill
Aharding / CNN:
Pawlenty spins low poll numbers  —  (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said he sees his low national poll numbers as an opportunity for his candidacy.  —  “I like the fact that these folks who are established, well known and yet and there's no real favorite in the face …
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Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
Pawlenty knocks out Obama in one tweet
The Note:
Mitt Romney Sends Leftover Pizza to Obama Chicago HQ  —  ABC's Emily Friedman (@abcemily) reports: After spending the day in Chicago fundraising, Mitt Romney sat down with small business owners at Gino's East, a pizza joint famous for their deep-dish pizza.  —  Not wanting any of the leftover slices …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Medicare Survival Guide  —  Sometime this summer, the Democrats and the Republicans will go toe-to-toe over whether to raise the debt ceiling.  At the height of the confrontation, President Obama may well address the country and say that even though he has offered the Republicans …
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Brendan Greeley / Business Week:
Tyler Cowen, America's Hottest Economist  —  The George Mason University professor has written a bestseller, The Great Stagnation, keeps an influential blog, and reads way too many books  —  Tyler Cowen sits with a cranberry juice and a pile of books he no longer intends to read.
Paul Krugman:
No Ideas  —  Ezra Klein points us to the House GOP's rather pitiful jobs manifesto.  Ezra describes it as “now more than ever”: the GOP's response to the employment crisis is to demand exactly the same things it demands when the economy is doing well.  —  Actually, the same is true of the Ryan plan …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and Daily Kos
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When a party declares intellectual bankruptcy
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Neighborly Advice to the Palins: In Arizona, the Sun Burns  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Alaska may have a midnight sun, but Arizona's burns a little hotter.  So the first advice that Sarah Palin's new neighbors have for her is: wear sunscreen.  —  And while she's at it, the former governor …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Fiona Roberts / Daily Mail:
Mama Grizzly strikes again: Sarah Palin ‘furious’ at Bristol's new Disney Show star boyfriend
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Jesus' General
New York Post:
A Supreme conflict of interest  —  Judicial Watch, a public-interest watch dog group, just unearthed a cache of e- mails showing that Elena Kagan participated in preparing the government's defense of ObamaCare during her time as President Obama's solicitor general.
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry says he will consider White House run  —  Gov. Rick Perry today gave his strongest indication yet that he may run for president.  —  “I'm going to think about it” after the legislative session ends Monday, Perry said.  —  For years, Perry has said that he would not run for president and that he had no interest.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Swampland
Jeré Longman / New York Times:
Badminton's New Dress Code Is Being Criticized as Sexist  —  In an attempt to revive flagging interest in women's badminton as the 2012 London Olympics approach, officials governing the sport have decided that its female athletes need to appear more, how to put it, womanly.
Discussion: Jezebel and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Federal judge strikes down ban on corporate giving to candidates  —  A ruling by a federal judge in Virginia makes it legal for corporations to contribute directly to candidates for federal office in a case likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris' ruling …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Economy Is Wavering.  Does Washington Notice?  —  The latest economic numbers have not been good.  Jobless claims rose last week, the Labor Department said on Thursday.  Another report showed that economic growth at the start of the year was no faster than the Commerce Department initially reported …
Ed Treleven / host.madison.com:
Marshfield man charged with coming to Madison to kill abortion provider  —  IMAGE (2)  —  The Marshfield man who drove to Madison to kill an abortion doctor will appear in federal court Friday around 10:30 a.m.  —  Ralph Lang, 63, faces federal charges after he was arrested Wednesday night …
Discussion: Shakesville, Pharyngula and Feministing
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
GOP Cuts Disaster Preparedness Funds By $1.5 Billion  —  FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate surveys a damaged fire station with a Joplin firefighter.  —  In response to the deadliest spring of climate disasters in decades, House Republicans are slashing billions from disaster preparedness programs, including support for firefighters.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Shakesville
New York Post:
Koepp decamps Newsweek, returns to Time Inc.  —  Turns out, you can go home again.  —  Time Inc. raided Tina Brown and Newsweek to bring Steve Koepp back inside the tent as editorial director of its fledgling book unit, Time Home Entertainment, Inc.  —  The news created a buzz among …
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clyburn protests McClatchy article on Obama and race  —  WASHINGTON — House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn objected Thursday to coverage of his views on the impact of President Barack Obama's race on assessments of his performance in the White House.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
 
 
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Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Video of the Pima County SWAT Raid
Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
G-8 leaders pledge $20B to support Arab Spring reforms
Discussion: FrumForum
Eric Roper / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Dayton vetoes voter ID
Rick Perlstein / New York Times:
America's Forgotten Liberal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Obama appointee who crafted health-care bill …
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Weasel Zippers
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Tax dollars fund shrimp on treadmills, Jell-O wrestling in Antarctica
Colin Freeze / Globe and Mail:
Mumbai massacre terrorist tells court of second scheme to hit Danish newspaper
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Palin's road trip
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Rogers / Washington Post:
Huntsman-Bachmann in 2012!  —  Former governor and ambassador …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pirate's Cove
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
In 2012 campaigns, spoilers from the Tea Party worry GOP
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Meghan Daum / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's fast brain vs. slow mouth
Discussion: Opinion L.A.