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2:35 PM ET, May 27, 2011

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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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The Hill:
McConnell: Saying Medicare is off the table is ‘silly talk’ and ‘nonsense’  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that Medicare reform must be part of an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, despite indications that changing the entitlement will be politically unpopular.
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McConnell: I Won't Agree To Raise The Debt Limit Without Medicare Cuts  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says substantial Medicare cuts must be part of a spending and deficit cut package to get his support to raise the debt limit.  —  In a Capitol briefing with reporters Friday …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McConnell puts Medicare in the ransom note  —  The Republican debt-ceiling strategy hasn't been subtle: GOP officials are threatening to cause a recession, on purpose, unless Democrats give them the spending cuts they want.  It's Hostage Taking 101.  —  The trick has been identifying the ransom.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP 2012 field still up in the air  —  Washington (CNN) - Call it a sign of how unsettled the GOP presidential field remains: Two of the three people at the top of new national poll in the battle for the Republican nomination may not even run for the White House.
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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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty was ‘open to’ mandate, a ‘worthy goal,’ in '06 speech  —  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said in a 2006 speech that mandated health insurance was a “potentially helpful” — but incomplete — solution to the problem of the uninsured.  —  Pawlenty described a Massachusetts-style mandate …
Discussion: The New Republic
Aharding / CNN:
Pawlenty spins low poll numbers
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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Political Punch:   ROBAMA: Is It OK for a President to Autopen a Bill Into Law?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rep. Graves questions Obama's autopen signing of Patriot Act extension
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Uses Autopen to Sign Patriot Act Extension Remotely
Emptywheel:
“Robo-signing” the PATRIOT Act
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.
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's considering a run for the White House
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Rick Perry says he will “think about” running for president
Discussion: FrumForum
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Judge strikes down corporate donations ban  —  A federal court in Alexandria, Va. on Thursday struck down a federal ban on corporate campaign contributions, in a case with potentially dramatic ramifications for a campaign finance regulatory system under siege by legal and regulatory attacks.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Gawker
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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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Stogie / Saberpoint:
Soquel High School Students Suspended for Wearing White T Shirts (They're Signs of “White Supremacy")  —  Soquel, California — on the Central Coast:  —  Several high school seniors wore white t shirts to their class's group picture last Wednesday and were suspended for doing so.
Discussion: Five Feet of Fury
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Azenith Smith / kionrightnow.com:
Soquel Students Suspended for White Supremacy Claims
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Daily Caller
Kevin Hall / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann's Debacle  —  “This is a disaster,” said one prominent Polk County Republican.  An elected official called it “an embarrassment”.  The embarrassing disaster was the result of Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann's last minute cancellation of her appearance at the Polk County GOP's Robb Kelley Dinner.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When a party declares intellectual bankruptcy  —  The good news is, House Republicans unveiled a plan yesterday that's intended to create jobs.  The bad news is, the plan can charitably be described as a bad joke.  —  As we discussed yesterday, the jobs agenda, such as it is …
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Paul Krugman:
No Ideas  —  Ezra Klein points us to the House GOP's rather pitiful jobs manifesto.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
Fernanda Echavarri / Arizona Daily Star:
Complex drug probe triggered SWAT raid  —  The man shot and killed by SWAT officers, as well as his brother and another man, were listed as suspects in a complex drug investigation being conducted by the Sheriff's Department, according to documents released Thursday.
Discussion: The Agitator and Pajamas Media
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Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Video of the Pima County SWAT Raid
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.
Associated Press:
Herman Cain: Federal Reserve Chairman, Tea Party Champion  —  The businessman's tenure with the Kansas City Fed should make for interesting debates with anti-Fed stalwart Ron Paul  —  There's no question that Herman Cain is the big winner in the the latest national Gallup poll …
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 …
Rick Perlstein / New York Times:
America's Forgotten Liberal  —  JANUARY was the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, and the planet nearly stopped turning on its axis to recognize the occasion.  Today is the 100th anniversary of Hubert H. Humphrey's birth, and no one besides me seems to have noticed.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Questions about Ratko Mladic  —  The individual whom The New York Times describes as Europe's “most wanted war crimes suspect” was captured yesterday in Serbia and will likely be extradited to be tried before an international war crimes tribunal at the Hague: … I have two questions about this:
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 …
 
 
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Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
About Virginia Postrel  —  Virginia Postrel writes about commerce …
Discussion: Dynamist Blog
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
According to a recent Mason-Dixon poll obtained exclusively …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hit & Run
The Note:
Rolling Thunder Riders Praise Sarah Palin's Participation in Rally
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Larry Flynt Calls Trig Palin “Brain Dead Virtual Vegetable”
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama, GOP unveil competing plans for job growth
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Frank bashes GOP ‘thugs’ over possible Warren appointment
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
Tim Pawlenty's Doing It Wrong
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Neighborly Advice to the Palins: In Arizona, the Sun Burns
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Post:
A Supreme conflict of interest
Jeré Longman / New York Times:
Badminton's New Dress Code Is Being Criticized as Sexist
Discussion: Jezebel and ECHIDNE of the snakes
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Clyburn protests McClatchy article on Obama and race
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
Koepp decamps Newsweek, returns to Time Inc.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
In 2012 campaigns, spoilers from the Tea Party worry GOP
Discussion: Prairie Weather