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3:50 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, PopEater and Jezebel
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.
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
Detroit News:
GOP draft plan targets Peters, Levin  —  Proposal redraws lines of Dem-controlled 9th, 12th Districts  —  Washington— U.S. Reps. Gary Peters and Sander Levin would end up in the same congressional district under a redistricting map Republicans are reviewing that was obtained by The Detroit News.
Discussion: The Hill
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senate Gadfly Who Isn't Shy About Buzzing  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky did not come to this town to be quiet.  —  In the first six months of his tenure, he has designed his own budget (something, point of fact, that Senate Democrats have not accomplished) …
Lisa Gartner / Washington Examiner:
Southeast students served raw onions as snack  — TAGS: - Chartwells - City Year - D.C. Public Schools - Farm Bill - Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - Lisa Gartner - onions - scallions - Turner Elementary School  —  No matter how you slice it, the days of milk and cookies are long gone …
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
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.
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Unimpressed By Palin's Bus Tour, Pawlenty Goes After Obama: ‘Any Doofus Can Go To Washington’  —  After rolling out his campaign infrastructure with an elaborate video and a gaffe or two, Tim Pawlenty is going negative, mildly, and with polls showing almost anyone but Pawlenty …
 
 
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BBC:
Egypt eases blockade at Gaza's Rafah border
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Dispute Threatens Key Deals on Trade
Discussion: FrumForum
Associated Press:
Bachmann notes ‘calling’ to run for president
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
The Atlantic Online:
Once Again, We Cannot Pay For Social Security By Ending the Bush Tax Cuts on High Earners
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Guardian:
WikiLeaks accused Bradley Manning ‘should never have been sent to Iraq’
Discussion: The Raw Story, Emptywheel and FrumForum
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
By blocking its leader, GOP constrains consumer bureau
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran reportedly aiding Syrian crackdown
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Hubbard / Financial Times:
Forget the debt ceiling and focus on debt
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
 

 
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: WBD is no longer pursuing a merger with Paramount, Skydance is doing due diligence, and Comcast is exploring commercial partnerships with Paramount

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Netflix confirms that it has started removing Apple iTunes billing for longtime subscribers, and now requires them to pay directly on its website

Alexandra Topping / The Guardian:
The BBC says it will bolster its procedures for dealing with non-editorial complaints, after finding shortcomings in dealing with a complaint about Huw Edwards

 
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