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2:25 PM ET, May 28, 2011

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Publius / Big Government:
Weinergate: Congressman Claims ‘Facebook Hacked’ as Lewd Photo Hits Twitter  —  Hacked or hung?  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY 9″) finds himself in a late night online pickle.  —  This evening a photo surfaced on Congressman Weiner's yfrog account and in his verified Twitter timeline of a man in his underwear with an erection.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Don't Scorn Paul Ryan  —  I hadn't realized until I met him on Tuesday that Paul Ryan had been a protégé of Jack Kemp.  But the minute I heard him talking about his late mentor, everything suddenly made sense.  —  Kemp — the former pro football quarterback …
Daoud Tyler-Ameen / NPR:
Gil Scott-Heron, Poet And Musician, Has Died  —  Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported.  He was 62.  The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Culture, Dies at 62  —  Gil Scott-Heron, the poet and recording artist whose syncopated spoken style and mordant critiques of politics, racism and mass media in pieces like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” made him a notable voice of black protest culture …
Discussion: Telegraph, Mediaite and Jezebel
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian  —  Those with lower incomes, the less educated, women, and young people give the highest estimates  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian.
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Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Asking People About Statistics
Discussion: Mother Jones
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Shale Boom in Texas Could Increase U.S. Oil Output  —  CATARINA, Tex. — Until last year, the 17-mile stretch of road between this forsaken South Texas village and the county seat of Carrizo Springs was a patchwork of derelict gasoline stations and rusting warehouses.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weasel Zippers
First Read / msnbc.com:
Rolling Thunder: Sarah Palin not invited  —  By Andrea Mitchell and Lauren Stephenson, NBC News  —  WASHINGTON — One day after Sarah Palin announced her bus tour, a group sponsoring a Memorial Day weekend event she plans to attend said they never invited her.  —  “She wasn't invited.
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservatives4Palin
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
John Edwards: A jerk, not a felon  —  As far as I'm concerned, John Edwards is pond scum.  Last I checked, that's not a crime.  —  We can stipulate, I think, to the pond scum part.  The man cheated on his wife — and defended himself by noting that her cancer was in remission at the time.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Don Surber
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Comedy Gold: Meghan McCain Blames Her Lousy Dating Life on Sarah Palin  —  America's Most Famous Dumb Blonde:  —  Jay Leno: Are you dating anyone?  —  Meghan McCain: No. I'm in, like, dating Babylon.  Like, I go on dates with men and, literally, like Sarah Palin will come up in like the first 20 minutes …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
By blocking its leader, GOP constrains consumer bureau  —  Republicans might have found a way to constrain the power of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: make it an agency without a leader.  —  The increasingly bitter fight over whether Elizabeth Warren should head the new agency might …
Guardian:
WikiLeaks accused Bradley Manning ‘should never have been sent to Iraq’  —  Guardian exclusive: Soldier held over US intelligence leak was known to be mentally fragile and unsuited to army life  —  The American soldier at the centre of the WikiLeaks revelations was so mentally fragile …
Discussion: The Raw Story, FrumForum and Emptywheel
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran reportedly aiding Syrian crackdown  —  U.S. officials say Iran is dispatching increasing numbers of trainers and advisers — including members of its elite Quds Force — into Syria to help crush anti-government demonstrations that are threatening to topple Iran's most important ally in the region.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Aljazeera:   Fresh fatalities as Syrians brave crackdown
The Atlantic Online:
Once Again, We Cannot Pay For Social Security By Ending the Bush Tax Cuts on High Earners  —  I would have you understand that I am all for recycling.  Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without—it was sound advice during World War II, and it still is today.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Associated Press:
Bachmann notes ‘calling’ to run for president  —  JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann made it clear Friday that she was leaning toward a presidential run, saying on an Iowa public affairs program the she felt a “calling” to seek the Republican nomination.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Bachmann's Iowa Debacle
 
 
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Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Dispute Threatens Key Deals on Trade
Discussion: FrumForum
Glenn Hubbard / Financial Times:
Forget the debt ceiling and focus on debt
Dr. Helen:
Is “Now Hiring” the new “We do our part” sign of the Depression?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and alicublog
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani leads new national poll
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Fox News
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Wikileaks: Speculators Helped Cause Oil Bubble
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Breaking: Several Jewish Dems in Congress back Obama on Israel, characterize his stance accurately