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1:15 PM ET, May 28, 2011

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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 …
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
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.”
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 …
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Edward Lewine / New York Times:
Inside Meghan McCain's Bachelorette Pad
Discussion: Good As You, Wonkette and Gawker
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: Don Surber and Prairie Weather
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.
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
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Stop worrying about bus tours
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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 …
Discussion: Reuters, naked capitalism and The Note
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
Dr. Helen:
Is “Now Hiring” the new “We do our part” sign of the Depression?  —  Why are there “Now Hiring” signs in front of so many businesses these days when so many people are complaining about not finding a job?  Everywhere I go in Knoxville, there are generic “Now Hiring” signs from the hotels …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and alicublog
Glenn Hubbard / Financial Times:
Forget the debt ceiling and focus on debt  —  On May 15, the US hit its “debt ceiling” of $14,300bn, covering publicly owned debt held by the Federal Reserve and government trust funds, and Washington is in a furore.  While budget debates are often more talk than action, this one needs more talk - but of a different kind.
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
This Time Lapse Video of the Very Large Telescope At Work is the Coolest Thing You'll See Today  —  Your Universe (As Seen From the Home Planet) ESO/Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado  —  There's very little we can write to preface the imagery below, so we'll just set the scene and get out of the way.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Judge Voids Ban on Campaign Donations by Business  —  A federal judge in Virginia has declared unconstitutional a century-old law banning political contributions from corporations, a ruling that, if upheld, could have major implications for the rules governing campaign fund-raising and spending.
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
Once Again, We Cannot Pay For Social Security By Ending the Bush Tax Cuts on High Earners
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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
Larry Downing / The Atlantic Online:
Supreme Court Dives Into Arizona's Immigration Laws
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Romney Hearts Ethanol Subsidies
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