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9:00 AM ET, May 28, 2011

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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  —  As you can see 52% of US adults answered that more than 20% of Americans are gay or lesbian.  —  About 3.5% of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.  —  By contrast roughly 2.2% of Americans are ethnically or religiously Jewish and 4.8% of Americans are Asian.
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  —  The famous daughter of the famous senator shows off her 1,100-square-foot bachelorette home in West Hollywood.  —  LEAST-REPUBLICAN PIECE OF CLOTHING: My black studded Christian Louboutin heels.  They are hard-core.  My friend nicknamed them my dominatrix heels.
Discussion: Wonkette and Gawker
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Are Dems drawing hard line on Medicare after all?  —  Is it possible that Democrats participating in the Biden-led deficit reduction talks are drawing a hard line against any cuts to Medicare benefits?  —  Many liberals fear that Dems will cave on this point.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
McConnell puts Medicare in the ransom note
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
A Cornered Animal Is A Dangerous Animal
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
McConnell: I Won't Agree To Raise The Debt Limit Without Medicare Cuts
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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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Judge strikes down corporate donations ban
Discussion: Associated Press, Gawker and Moe Lane
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rudy Giuliani leads new national poll  —  Here we go again, Rudy Giuliani edition.  —  A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll shows the former New York City mayor atop the slow-forming Republican primary field.  —  The survey shows Giuliani getting 16 percent of independents and Republicans …
Discussion: Fox News
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP 2012 field still up in the air
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Perry ‘thinking’ about presidential run
Discussion: The Note, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
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.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Wikileaks: Speculators Helped Cause Oil Bubble  —  When oil prices surged to a ridiculous $147 a barrel in the summer of 2008, conventional wisdom held that normal supply and demand issues were the cause.  Both the Bush administration (in the form of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) …
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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, The Note and Wake up America
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in America  —  Cambridge, Mass., tops the list with the most books, magazines and newspapers purchased per capita of any city in the United States  —  (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Just in time for the summer reading season, Amazon.com announced its list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America.
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.
videocafe.crooksandliars.com:
Bachmann's Iowa Debacle … I heard it was bad.  I didn't know it was this frigging bad.  —  Video by ABC5, Des Moines.  Story by The Iowa Republican (from the website, “news for Republicans by Republicans"). … A sucky video didn't help matters.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Kevin Hall / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann's Debacle  —  “This is a disaster,” said one prominent Polk County Republican.
Discussion: MinnPost and Mediaite
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
Reuters:
G8 leaders omit mention of 1967 borders in Middle East statement  —  Diplomats say that Canada objected to a specific mention of the 1967 borders in statement issued by world leaders calling for resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks.  —  Group of Eight leaders had to soften …
Discussion: The Lede and Washington Post
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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.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
The Politico:
Spotlight takes toll on first lady's staff  —  Less than three years into the job, first lady Michelle Obama is on her third chief of staff and third social secretary.  She is on her second communications director, the White House chief usher recently departed, and her press secretary's last day is Friday.
The Note:
Mitt Romney Supports Ethanol Subsidies, Opposes Tim Pawlenty's ‘Hard Truth’  —  ABC News' Emily Friedman (@emilyabc) & Matthew Jaffe (@jaffematt) report:  —  Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are at odds on one of the biggest issues to voters in Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucuses.
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Romney Hearts Ethanol Subsidies
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
House GOP Fights To Keep Federal Contractors' Donations Secret
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pawlenty: Stop worrying about bus tours
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
Ed Treleven / host.madison.com:
Marshfield man charged in circuit court with attempt to kill abortion doctor
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Gingrich recalls ‘global cooling’
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
New York's 26th is not Alone
Discussion: Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Breaking: Several Jewish Dems in Congress back Obama on Israel, characterize his stance accurately
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Baker / Healthwatch:
Justice Dept. seeks dismissal of healthcare suit
Discussion: The Politico
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Dark Horse Explores IMF Bid
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
The Reincarnation of Pro-Life  —  Ever since Republicans took control …
Discussion: Jezebel and Ben Smith's Blog
John Nichols / The Nation:
Ed Schultz, Laura Ingraham, a Crude Word, a Classy Apology