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5:50 PM ET, May 31, 2011

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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.
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The Note:
Sarah Palin, Donald Trump To Meet In New York City Tuesday Night  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:  —  Sarah Palin plans to meet Tuesday night with Donald Trump in New York City, according to sources close to Trump.  —  Palin's office reached out to meet with Trump …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel  —  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin pulled a clever bait and switch on reporters in Gettysburg on Tuesday, as her “One Nation” bus tour rolls into its third day.  —  The Palin family and a few members of her staff sneaked out of their hotel early …
Aharding / CNN:
Todd Palin on possible 2012 campaign: ‘This family has been tested’  —  Dillsburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Todd Palin told a handful of reporters Tuesday that his wife will decide on her own whether or not to seek the presidency.  He is not pushing her one way or the other, he said.
Discussion: The Note and The Hill
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin: Eliminate All Energy Subsidies  —  DILLSBURG, Pa. — Asked Tuesday whether she supports the federal subsidy of ethanol, an always critical issue in the presidential nominating cycle, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went one step further and called for the elimination of all energy subsidies.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Carney: Obama ‘not paying much attention’ to Palin bus tour
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Palin and Trump to meet Tuesday night in New York
Christian Heinze / The Hill:
Palin: I don't owe the media
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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.
iowahawk:
Help Me Bring the Weiner Hacker to Justice  —  I have never been much of a community activist, but I can no longer sit idly while America remains at risk of attack by the most nefarious identity thief in the history of Internet.  And cheap page views are to be had.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Weiner: Let's move on, shall we?
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.) …
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
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Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Dirty Secret About Today's “Clean” Debt Ceiling Vote
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
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.
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.
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 Official Home of the Department of Defense:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  DOD Announces Charges Sworn Against Five Detainees Allegedly Responsible for 9/11 Attacks  —  The Department of Defense announced today the office of military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay …
Discussion: The Politico, Emptywheel and Battleland
myfoxny.com:
Bangladeshi Woman Takes Attacker's Penis To Police  —  DHAKA, Bangladesh - A 40-year-old Bangladeshi woman cut off a man's penis during an alleged attempted rape and took it to a police station as evidence, police in a remote part of the country said Monday.
New York Times:
The Numbers Are Grim  —  A month ago, when an initial gauge of first-quarter economic growth came in surprisingly weak, many policy makers and economists expected the bad news to prove fleeting.  But when revised data were released last week, the growth estimate remained stuck at an annual rate …
David Brooks / New York Times:
It's Not About You  —  Over the past few weeks, America's colleges have sent another class of graduates off into the world.  These graduates possess something of inestimable value.  Nearly every sensible middle-aged person would give away all their money to be able to go back to age 22 and begin adulthood anew.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Moral Issue Dividing Americans Most  —  Pornography, gay relations produce biggest generational gaps  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Doctor-assisted suicide emerges as the most controversial cultural issue in Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, with Americans divided 45% vs. 48% …
Wall Street Journal:
Cyber Combat: Act of War  —  Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military Force  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S …
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 …
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Barack Obama's decision to play golf on Memorial Day was disrespectful and hardly presidential  —  Can you imagine David Cameron enjoying a round of golf on Remembrance Sunday?  It would be inconceivable for the British Prime Minister to do so, and not just because of the usually dire weather at that time of the year.
Sports Illustrated:
SI investigation reveals eight-year pattern of violations under Tressel … The character traits that have made Jim Tressel a successful football coach and a beloved figure in Ohio are numerous and frequently cited.  Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has praised Tressel's “integrity” …
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.
Rachel Deahl / Publishers Weekly:
Deals: Week of 5/30/2011  —  Rick Wolff at Grand Central's Business Plus imprint pre-empted world rights to the new, currently untitled, work by novelist and business book author John Spooner, which is written as a collection of letters to his grandchildren offering investment and general life advice.
Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
A Change of Mind on Corporate Campaign Contributions?  —  A federal judge last week shocked the political system by ruling that companies should be allowed to make campaign donations directly to candidates.  The decision appeared to strike down a century of precedent.  —  Now the judge may be changing his mind.
CNN:
Counterprotesters confront Westboro Baptist Church at Arlington  —  Washington (CNN) — Protesting members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were met with an unlikely group of counterprotesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery.  —  Hours before President Barack Obama led the nation's Memorial …
 
 
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Issa blasts Commerce nominee as ‘green evangelist’
Discussion: Reuters
David H. Rittgers / Los Angeles Times:
Did waterboarding work?
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Washington Post
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
One Year After Debunking Breitbart's “Slander,” CNN Welcomes Him Back As Newsmaker
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Noah / Noahpinion:
PSST: The end of economics as we know it
Associated Press:
Experts say cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans, classify in same category as DDT
Discussion: Truthdig
 Earlier Items: 
Aharding / CNN:
Liberal congressman plays down Twitter controversy over lewd photo
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
New York Times:
Book by Mayor's Daughter Is Fiction, With Tell-All References
Discussion: Capital Tonight and Gawker
The Note:
Congress Mulls Cuts to Food Stamps Program Amid Record Number of Recipients
Stephen DeMaura / National Review:
‘Loser Pays,’ Texas Small Business Wins
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Reelecting Obama