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9:20 PM ET, May 31, 2011

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Peter Ingemi / New York Post:
Too many coincidences in Weiner's tale  —  In the New York of the late 1800s, Boss Tweed famously complained about Thomas Nast cartoons: Though many immigrants in the city couldn't read, even the illiterate could understand “those damn pictures.”  Rep. Anthony Weiner and his staff now face a similar problem.
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Anthony Weiner Is Not Doing Himself Any Favors  —  We won't pretend to know the truth behind Weinergate — whether Weiner was the victim of a hacker or prankster or conservative conspiracy, or whether he was personally responsible for sending a college girl a photo of a man's bulge over Twitter.
The Note:
Woman Targeted in Tweet from Rep. Anthony Weiner Account “Tweets Out”  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: The Washington State college student who was the target of a lewd photo posted to Rep. Antony Weiner's Twitter account Friday appears to be defending her electronic ties to the congressman.
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
Weiner's Actual Tweet Stream Disputes His Version, Raises Valid Questions  —  The second image below is an exact duplication, in top-to-bottom chronological order of Rep. Anthony Weiner's actual Twitter timeline on the night of what's now being called Weinergate.
Discussion: Associated Press and Verum Serum
The Daily Caller:
Rep. Anthony Weiner refused to answer questions outside his Capitol Hill office about how a photo of an underwear-clad erect penis ended up on his Twitter account over the weekend.  —  In a brief gaggle with reporters Tuesday, Weiner said he's done talking about it and refused to say whether the photo was of him.
Aharding / CNN:
Liberal congressman plays down Twitter controversy over lewd photo
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Seriously?  A Canadian Politician Is In Trouble For Tweeting A Picture Of His Penis This Weekend Too!
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Sarah Palin's bus tour treats reporters like paparazzi  —  Sarah Palin and her advisers are refusing to tell members of the media where she is going on her current bus tour - and the former Alaska governor seems to be enjoying the cat and mouse game that's resulted.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Carney: Obama ‘not paying much attention’ to Palin bus tour
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Aharding / CNN:
Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: ‘This family has been tested’
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Palin: I don't owe the media
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer urges House Dems to vote no on clean debt-ceiling hike  —  The House Democrats' top vote-counter is advising rank-and-file members to vote against an unconditional increase in the federal debt limit to avoid political attacks from Republicans.  —  Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Fail: House defeats Obama request to raise the debt ceiling, 318-97  —  Why would the GOP bring it to the floor knowing that they had more than enough votes to kill it?  Simple: To make the Democrats choke on it, of course.  The public is on the GOP's side of this issue, unambiguously …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
As Debt Bill Fails, Neither Party Blinks in Fiscal Fight  —  WASHINGTON — In a bit of political stagecraft, House Republicans brought to a vote on Tuesday evening a measure that President Obama and the Democrats were demanding not so long ago: a clean increase in the national debt ceiling …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House torpedoes unconditional hike to $14.3 trillion debt ceiling  —  The House overwhelmingly voted down an unconditional increase to the $14.3 trillion debt limit Tuesday, as the Republican majority delivered a symbolic rebuke to President Obama ahead of a meeting at the White House.
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Dirty Secret About Today's “Clean” Debt Ceiling Vote
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
House rejects debt ceiling increase, 318-97
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Note:
Sarah Palin, Donald Trump Meet In New York City Tuesday Night, Eat Pizza  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  UPDATED Sarah Palin sat down with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday night for just over a half hour at the former Alaska governor continued her roadtrip up the Eastern seaboard.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Issa blasts Commerce nominee as ‘green evangelist’  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) blasted President Obama Tuesday for nominating John Bryson to be the next Commerce secretary, calling the decision “deeply out-of-touch with our current energy challenge.”
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
44 GOP Senators Already Have Pledged To Filibuster John Bryson's Commerce Department Nomination
JSOnline:
Panel OKs recall elections against 3 more Republicans  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - State election officials on Tuesday approved recall elections against three Republican senators but put off decisions on certifying recall petitions against three Democrats.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Dems 6. Wisconsin Republicans 0.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
‘Birther’ book soars  —  (CNN) - A new book, now number six on the New York Times' Best Sellers list, is putting the so-called “birther” issue back on the national stage.  —  “Where's the Birth Certificate?” by Jerome Corsi, which debuted on the list out Sunday, argues President Obama …
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New York Times:
DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU? …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Are Taxes in the U.S. High or Low?  —  Bruce Bartlett has served as an economic adviser in the White House, the Treasury Department and Congress.  —  Historically, the term “tax rate” has meant the average or effective tax rate — that is, taxes as a share of income.
CNN:
Egyptian general admits ‘virginity checks’ conducted on protesters  —  Cairo (CNN) — A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.
JSOnline:
Kloppenburg concedes election to Prosser  —  Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg said Tuesday that she was conceding the Supreme Court race to Justice David Prosser, ending what had been a contentious campaign that culminated in a rare statewide recount.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newt Gingrich's Image Slides Among Republicans  —  Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann continue to lead in positive intensity  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's Positive Intensity Score dropped to 6 in the two weeks spanning May 16-29, down from 11 for May 9-22.
New York Times:
Book by Mayor's Daughter Is Fiction, With Tell-All References  —  Those who inhabit the rarefied world of Michael R. Bloomberg, with all its perks and payouts, have long adhered to a strict code of silence about his personal life: jaunts to Bermuda are cloaked in secrecy …
CNBC:
‘Double-Dip’ in Housing Prices Even Worse Than Expected  —  U.S. single-family home prices dropped in March, dipping below their 2009 low, as the housing market remained bogged down by inventory and weak demand, a closely watched survey said Tuesday.  —  The S&P/Case Shiller composite index …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
One Year After Debunking Breitbart's “Slander,” CNN Welcomes Him Back As Newsmaker  —  Proving once again that there's no standard by which many mainstream media outlets are willing to hold sloppy propagandist Andrew Breitbart, CNN this afternoon invited the discredited blogger on the air …
Discussion: Mediaite, Sky Dancing and Hullabaloo
Noah / Noahpinion:
PSST: The end of economics as we know it  —  (Note: I wrote this post quite a while ago, and never published it.  Since I'll be mostly too busy to blog for a few weeks, I've decided to publish some of these old “backup posts”...)  —  Since the recession began, Arnold Kling has been trumpeting …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
‘Mediscare’ Works Because The Consequences of Privatizing Medicare Are Scary  —  Ruth Marcus has many virtues as a political pundit, but her weekend remarks on Medicare (flagged by Steve Benen) reveal that the right is having some success in its plan to cry “mediscare” in an effort …
Harvey Mansfield / Wall Street Journal:
Sociology and Other ‘Meathead’ Majors  —  Archie Bunker was right to be skeptical of his son-in-law's opinions.  —  In this happy season of college graduations, students and parents will probably not be reflecting on the poor choices those students made in selecting their courses and majors.
 
 
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Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
EPA Says It's ‘Prohibited’ From Considering Costs When Issuing Air-Quality Regulations
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Deborah Highland / Daily News:
Bowling Green Iraqis face terrorism charges
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
Progressive Military Chaplains Fight Back
Sarah Palin / SarahPAC:
Reminding Reporters, too, of America's Foundations
Discussion: USA Today
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Did waterboarding work?
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Feds, Edwards argue over campaign finance law
Discussion: WRAL-TV
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Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Moral Issue Dividing Americans Most
myfoxny.com:
Bangladeshi Woman Takes Attacker's Penis To Police