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6:25 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Big Government
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 …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
A Twitter Whodunit: Big Government Posts Lewd Photo Claiming It's From Rep. Anthony Weiner  —  In what could develop into one of the most bizarre media stories in recent memory, Big Government is reporting that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) attempted to send a close-up photo — that's extreme in more ways than one — to a user via Twitter.
Discussion: Big Journalism and The Raw Story
Stranahan / Patterico's Pontifications:
Rep. Anthony Weiner Selectively Edits Himself  —  I'm one of those people who thinks sex scandals are funnier when they happen to Republicans.  Sorry, I do.  But this one is too funny.  Anthony Weiner is a real favorite of a lot of Democrats because he's not afraid to put it out there.
Discussion: Capital Tonight
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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama's Euro paean ends  —  WARSAW, Poland - It could be called a spring fling.  —  For six days, President Barack Obama hopscotched through Europe, greeted by rapturous crowds that remain obsessed with all things Obama, from the bulletproof Cadillac that whisks him around to the kitten heels on the first lady's feet.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
BBC:
Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills top police commander  —  General Daud was attending a meeting with other officials when the bomber struck, reports say  —  The police commander for northern Afghanistan has been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the provincial governor's compound in Takhar.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and FrumForum
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Judge Denies James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles' First Amendment Defense  —  James O'Keefe has had a mixed blessings week.  The IRS has granted his ridiculously hacky “investigative” group C3 (non-profit) status. … I don't know, seems to me that illegal acts like attempting to break and enter …
Discussion: The Raw Story and AmSpecBlog
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Lifts Blockade, Along With the Gazans' Hopes  —  RAFAH BORDER CROSSING, Egypt — Hundreds of Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip arrived here by the busload on Saturday to pass through the reopened border into Egypt, taking the first tangible steps out of a four-year Israeli blockade.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Balloon Juice
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BBC:
Egypt eases blockade at Gaza's Rafah border
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
A Coming Arab Winter?  —  The Fatah-Hamas deal may presage a new Iranian approach to the Middle East.  —  It can't give many Americans much lasting pleasure that the Israeli prime minister humbled our commander in chief this week on his home turf.  To be sure, a president who seems …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and FrumForum
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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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
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Detroit News:
GOP draft plan targets Peters, Levin
Discussion: The Hill
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senate Gadfly Who Isn't Shy About Buzzing
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
John Edwards: A jerk, not a felon
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