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10:20 PM ET, May 31, 2011

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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.
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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.
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Weighing in on Weiner  —  I know many of you have been following every twist, turn, and awful pun related to Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter-gate fiasco.  I'm still catching up after being offline with family over the holiday weekend, but I do know this:
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
Aharding / CNN:
Liberal congressman plays down Twitter controversy over lewd photo  —  (CNN) - A prank or a possible glimpse of scandal?  —  Liberal Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner tried Tuesday to deflect attention away from a controversy involving a lewd photo briefly posted on his Twitter account …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Rep. Weiner Has Angry Exchange With Capitol Hill Reporters Over Twitter Scandal
Discussion: Verum Serum
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.
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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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel
Aharding / CNN:
Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: ‘This family has been tested’
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
What Palin and Trump Might Say to Each Other
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   THE HILL POLL: Voters oppose raising the $14.3T debt ceiling
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
House rejects debt ceiling increase, 318-97
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Dirty Secret About Today's “Clean” Debt Ceiling Vote
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Dems 6.  Wisconsin Republicans 0.  —  Conservatives and some political observers are making a big deal out of the fact that the Dem candidate in the closely watched state Supreme Court race in Wisconsin finally conceded defeat today, as had long been expected.
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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
United States Department of Health and Human Services:
HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance  —  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.
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Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan To Offer Much Lower Premiums
Discussion: USA Today and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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.
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 …
The Conference Board:
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Declines  —  The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had improved in April, decreased in May.  The Index now stands at 60.8 (1985=100), down from 66.0 in April.  The Present Situation Index decreased to 39.3 from 40.2.
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.
 
 
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