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10:25 AM ET, May 31, 2011


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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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Congressman, Sharp Voice on Twitter, Finds It Can Cut 2 Ways  —  For nine months, Representative Anthony D. Weiner has been tweaking others via Twitter, poking fun at Sarah Palin, John A. Boehner and especially Michele Bachmann as he offers his 46,000-plus followers an unusually candid window …
The Politico:
Anthony Weiner hires attorney in Twitter incident
New York Post:
Weiner cops out, hires att'y
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 snuck out of their hotel early …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Palin in Gettysburg as Day 3 begins  —  GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The sun was barely up Tuesday morning when supporters and reporters gathered in front of Sarah Palin's bus in a hotel parking lot, hoping to catch a glimpse of the former Alaska governor, whose third day of her East Coast tour is expected …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Dismisses the Press, but They Come Back for More
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 …
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.
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama's approval rating edges up thanks to foreign policy  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's performance on national security and international affairs and his image as a strong leader appear to be behind his rising approval rating, according to new national poll conducted …
Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya  —  Five of Gaddafi's generals are among latest defectors to rebels as South African president seeks to broker ceasefire  —  Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and ThinkProgress
Ben Shapiro /
Exploring the Hollywood Propaganda Machine  —  Hollywood matters.  —  It matters because we watch Hollywood product day in and day out.  Your children spend six or seven hours at school, and couple of hours with their friends, and a couple of hours with you.  They spend a full three hours with the television.
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Growth Slowdown Becomes a Concern  —  Weakness in First Quarter Now Showing Signs of Persisting  —  The world's largest economy may be facing a growth problem.  —  After a disappointing first quarter, economists largely predicted the U.S. recovery would ramp back up as short-term disruptions …
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.
Discussion: The Agonist
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Romney's Twilight side  —  (CNN) - A different side of all-but-declared presidential candidate Mitt Romney came out to play Tuesday morning when he admitted to reading the “Twilight” book series and watching “American Idol.”  —  “American Idol I watched, this year it was Scotty (McCreery) …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney sets his odds of beating Obama at ‘better than 50-50’  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) sees his chances of beating President Obama as “better than 50-50,” he said Tuesday.  —  The Republican presidential candidate assessed his own chances of beating the Democratic president as …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Housing Index Is Expected to Show a New Low in Prices  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The desire to own your own home, long a bedrock of the American Dream, is fast becoming a casualty of the worst housing downturn since the Great Depression.  —  Even as the economy began to fitfully recover in the last year …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Who said that?  Dems and GOP display dizzying shift on Medicare rhetoric  —  Just a little over a year ago, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) took to the House floor to warn America of the perils facing seniors if Democrats' healthcare reform bill wasn't stopped.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Cost of war in Afghanistan will be major factor in troop-reduction talks
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and Reuters
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House sets vote on debt, to focus on budget talks with White House
NY Daily News:
Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar accused of sexually abusing hotel maid at The Pierre
Associated Press:
Nigeria hit by multiple blasts after inauguration
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Nancy Folbre / Economix:
Shared Capitalism  —  Nancy Folbre is an economics professor …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
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Irish Times / BBC:
Food prices ‘will double by 2030’, Oxfam warns
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Dangerous Precedent for Press
Discussion: Ironic Surrealism
Mark Judge / The Daily Caller:
Rolling Stone slimes Fox