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2:15 PM ET, May 31, 2011


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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 Hill and National Review
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Dismisses the Press, but They Come Back for More  —  GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sarah Palin has apparently decided that she can treat the media any way she wants — and they will be there regardless.  —  And she might not be wrong.  —  On Monday night, the media following the former Alaska governor …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Sarah Palin bus tour arrives in Philadephia  —  PHILADELPHIA — After starting the morning at the battlefield in Gettysburg and driving across Pennsylvania, Sarah Palin and her family arrived here Tuesday for a tour of some of the city's historic sites.  —  Heading into Independence Hall …
Palin to news media: Catch me if you can
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
The Media's Wild Search for Sarah Palin's Bus Tour
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Talks to the Media, for Three Minutes
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.
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 …
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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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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: The Daily Caller
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Ben Shapiro On His New Book, “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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 …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Bachmann Signs Top Pollster  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is taking another step toward making her presidential bid official, signing a prominent Republican pollster to conduct surveys for her campaign, sources tell The Hotline.  —  Bachmann will work with Ed Goeas, president of The Tarrance Group, several sources said.
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Reelecting Obama  —  We are beginning to see the contours of the upcoming 2012 reelection campaign of Barack Obama.  Whether always officially sanctioned or not, Obama's campaign will focus on three general themes: a) the 2008 meltdown of the economy on Bush's watch; b) …
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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% …
The Note:
Congress Mulls Cuts to Food Stamps Program Amid Record Number of Recipients  —  ABC News' Huma Khan reports: Congress is under pressure to cut the rapidly rising costs of the federal government's food stamps program at a time when a record number of Americans are relying on it.
Discussion: Examiner and The Real Revo
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Capital Tonight
‘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 …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Eschaton
Todd Starnes / FOX News Radio:
Does V.A. Have a ‘Jesus Prayer’ Problem?  —  A Texas pastor who was told he could not pray in the name of Jesus during a Memorial Day ceremony at Houston National Cemetery has been granted a temporary restraining order.  —  U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes issued the order preventing the Dept …
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Stephen DeMaura / National Review:
‘Loser Pays,’ Texas Small Business Wins
Discussion: Pajamas Media and GOP 12
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Good Banker  —  Not long ago, as I was leaving a business lunch …
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Bertram de Souza / Blogs:
Jim Tressel for United States Senate?
Discussion: USA Today and Hotline On Call
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Autocars And The Benefits Of Relative American Decline
Discussion: Eschaton
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
In Showdown Over Debt Ceiling, Neither Party Is Blinking
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Aharding / CNN:
Ex-utility exec nominated for Commerce chief
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New York Post:
2nd banker in hotel sex bust
Discussion: NY Daily News and Hot Air
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama's approval rating edges up thanks to foreign policy