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11:45 AM ET, May 29, 2011

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The Politico:
Lewd photo was hack, Weiner says  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner says social networking identity hacking is to blame for the lewd material that a conservative news website reported was sent from his Twitter and yfrog handles to an unidentified woman from Seattle, Washington.
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Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
Undies in a twist over ‘Weiner wiener’  —  Call it Weiner-gate.  —  Twitter followers of Rep. Anthony Weiner were shocked when a lewd photo popped up on his official account late Friday night.  —  The photo of a bulging male member cloaked in gray briefs was directed to a single Twitter user …
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
Weinergate: Why Would Rep Weiner Care What Time It Was In Seattle?  —  Given the current mystery surrounding Weinergate, there's an interesting Tweet that (as of this writing) still remains in Rep. Weiner's Tweet stream.  While we've gone to some length to protect the identity of the woman involved …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Photos: Anthony Weiner's Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend is a 21-Year Old Coed, only 25 Years Younger Than the Married Congressman  —  Earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have made an underwhelming debut on Twitter.  Which is to say, Weiner seems to have fat-fingered a direct message …
Stranahan / Patterico's Pontifications:
Rep. Anthony Weiner Selectively Edits Himself
Discussion: Gawker and Capital Tonight
Publius / Big Government:
Weinergate: Congressman Claims ‘Facebook Hacked’ as Lewd Photo Hits Twitter
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
McCain: Palin can beat Obama  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said he thinks Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in next year's presidential election, but he's far from certain that she will actually jump into the race.  —  The GOP's standard-bearer in 2008 also shrugged off …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Pro-Obama media always shocked by bad economic news  — TAGS: - Barack Obama - Bloomberg News - Business Insider - Christina Romer - cnbc.com - commerce department - Congressional Budget Office - Council of Economics Advisers - David Leonhardt - durable goods - George W. Bush - Glenn Reynolds …
Peter Dobrin / Philly.com:
THE ARTS  —  Cutbacks, changes in Philadelphia Orchestra's new strategic plan  —  The Philadelphia Orchestra will shrink the number of its subscription concerts 15 percent and cut its artistic budget an equal amount.  —  International touring will go on hiatus unless it can be fully funded …
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Republican Legislators Push to Tighten Voting Rules  —  MIAMI — Less than 18 months before the next presidential election, Republican-controlled statehouses around the country are rewriting voting laws to require photo identification at the polls, reduce the number of days of early voting or tighten registration rules.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Gen. James Cartwright, on tap to lead Pentagon, became target for criticism  —  President Obama summoned one of his favorite and most trusted military advisers, Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, to the White House on May 21 for a one-on-one meeting.  It was a Saturday, less than three weeks since …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
‘Comforter-in-chief’ heading to tornado-ravaged Missouri for memorial service
Discussion: The Hill
Online NewsHour:
Shields, Brooks on Patriot Act, N.Y. Race Upset, Medicare Politics, Palin Tour  —  Transcript  —  JUDY WOODRUFF: Now it's time for our weekly analysis from Shields and Brooks.  That's syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.  —  Welcome, gentlemen.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
The Note:
Mitch Daniels Says He Could Have Beaten Obama If He Had Run  —  ABC News' Jessica Desvarieux reports:  —  Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he has no regrets about his recent decision not to run for the Republican presidential nomination, but says he believes he could have beaten President Obama if he had run.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Vows to Unplug Internet  —  An Iranian engineer who helped design and run the country's Internet filters says he subtly undermined some censorship until fleeing into exile  —  Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could …
 
 
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Palin goes behind enemy lines
BBC:
Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills top police commander
Discussion: Jihad Watch and FrumForum
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama's Euro paean ends
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Lifts Blockade, Along With the Gazans' Hopes
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Balloon Juice
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Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
A Coming Arab Winter?
Discussion: Pajamas Media and FrumForum
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Unimpressed By Palin's Bus Tour, Pawlenty Goes After Obama: ‘Any Doofus Can Go To Washington’
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Gil Scott-Heron, Voice of Black Culture, Dies at 62