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10:55 AM ET, May 30, 2011


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Gennette Cordova / NY Daily News:
Statement from Gennette Cordova, student who was sent lewd Twitter photo from Rep. Weiner's account  —  Friday evening I logged onto Twitter to find that I had about a dozen new mentions in less than an hour, which is a rare occurrence.  When I checked one of the posts that I had been tagged …
New York Post:
Weiner goes to great lengths  —  By S.A. MILLER in Washington, DC and SALLY GOLDENBERG and LEONARD GREENE in NY  —  US Rep. Anthony Weiner yesterday spent the day on the grill after a lewd photo purporting to be of him was sent to a pretty Seattle coed from his Twitter account — but the young woman insisted a stalker was the culprit.
Discussion: Verum Serum and FrumForum
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Alleged Recipient Of Alleged Rep. Weiner Photo Gennette Nicole Issues Statement
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Against Learned Helplessness  —  Unemployment is a terrible scourge across much of the Western world.  Almost 14 million Americans are jobless, and millions more are stuck with part-time work or jobs that fail to use their skills.  Some European countries have it even worse: 21 percent of Spanish workers are unemployed.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Palin's Path May Be Unclear, but Her Ride Is Revved Up  —  WASHINGTON — For sheer mastery of celebrity theater, Sarah Palin cannot be beat.  —  Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, let the anticipation build for hours on Sunday in the Pentagon's North Parking Lot, where thousands of bikers …
SarahPAC:   Roll On, Rolling Thunder!
Fox News:   Palin Appearance at ‘Rolling Thunder’ Feeds Election Speculation Fury
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Mixed feelings about Sarah Palin at Rolling Thunder
Discussion: The Daily Pulp, The Raw Story and TPMDC
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
George Will: Everyone Knows Sarah Palin Should Not Be Trusted With Nuclear Weapons  —  With Sarah Palin fever sweeping across the media again, persistent Palin critic and conservative commentator George Will clearly was not excited by the speculation surrounding her potential run for President.
David W. Blight / New York Times:
Forgetting Why We Remember  —  MOST Americans know that Memorial Day is about honoring the nation's war dead.  It is also a holiday devoted to department store sales, half-marathons, picnics, baseball and auto racing.  But where did it begin, who created it, and why?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Pawlenty should rethink the ‘doofus’ line  —  Tim Pawlenty talked to CNN the other day, and raised a line of attack I hadn't heard him make before. … It's a strange pitch, and not just because of Pawlenty's apparent willingness to refer to the president as a “doofus.”
Frank Newport / Gallup:
U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans Give Obama Lower Marks  —  Younger, active-duty military less likely to have an opinion on Obama either way  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. military veterans and those currently on active military duty are less likely to approve of President Obama's job performance …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Family Tours Washington ‘Incognito’  —  Sarah Palin and her family sneaked out in Washington on Sunday night for what she called an “incognito” tour of the national monuments, having successfully created a media frenzy and then ditched the press.  —  Details of the visit …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What the media establishment refuses to understand  —  It was quite a roundtable on “Meet the Press” yesterday.  Viewers got to see a Republican strategist, a conservative pundit, a conservative Democrat, and an ostensibly center-left columnist who thinks that Democrats are big meanies when it comes to Medicare.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Jonathan Franzen / New York Times:
Liking Is for Cowards.  Go for What Hurts.  —  A COUPLE of weeks ago, I replaced my three-year-old BlackBerry Pearl with a much more powerful BlackBerry Bold.  Needless to say, I was impressed with how far the technology had advanced in three years.  Even when I didn't have anybody to call …
Afghanistan: Twin blasts hit western city of Herat  —  BBC's Quentin Somerville: “As is often the case, it is Afghans who bear the brunt of the attacks”  —  At least five people were killed and about 30 wounded after twin bomb blasts struck the Afghan city of Herat.
Associated Press:
Germany Will Shut Down All Nuke Plants by 2022  —  BERLIN — Gremany's governing coalition said Monday it will shut down all the country's nuclear power plants by 2022.  The decision, prompted by Japan's nuclear disaster, will make Germany the first major industrialized nation to go nuclear-free in years.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
The Atlantic Online:
A Memorial Day Look at Afghanistan: May 2011  —  Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day set aside to remember and honor those who have died in military service.  It's now been almost a decade since the start of the current war in Afghanistan, during which nearly 1,600 U.S. service members …
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Fiona Harvey / Guardian:
Worst ever carbon emissions leave climate on the brink
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
No Sheeples Here:
This Memorial Day, Be Their Hero
Discussion: Proof Positive
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Can I See Your License, Registration and C.P.U.?
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Voice of America:
Egyptian Court Fines Mubarak, Ex-Officials $90 Million for Telecom Shutdown
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Daniels: I could have beaten Obama
Discussion: Marbury and National Review