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12:45 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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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 …
New York Post:
Weiner cops out, hires att'y
Discussion: Gothamist and JammieWearingFool
The Politico:
Anthony Weiner hires attorney in Twitter incident
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 …
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Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Day 3: Palin meets voters at Pa. diner
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Talks to the Media, for Three Minutes
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?, by Steven Tyler.  (Ecco, $27.99.)  The singer and showman recounts the rise, fall and rise of Aerosmith.  —  LIES THAT CHELSEA HANDLER TOLD ME, by Chelsea Handler, Glen Handler, Roy Handler and others.  (Grand Central, $24.99.)
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 …
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Associated Press:
Egyptians decry ‘virginity tests’ on detained protesters, urge military rulers to investigate
Discussion: The Real Revo
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Audio: What Hollywood really thinks about conservatives  —  What does Hollywood really think of conservatives?  Ben Shapiro talked to the movers and shakers in Hollywood to find out — and recounts his adventures in his new book, Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV:
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Ben Shapiro / Townhall.com:   Exploring the Hollywood Propaganda Machine
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.
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 …
New York Post:
2nd banker in hotel sex bust  —  Another international moneyman has been busted for sexually assaulting a maid at a luxury Manhattan hotel, cops said last night.  —  Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar — the 74-year-old former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria — allegedly groped and “gyrated” …
Discussion: Hot Air
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NY Daily News:
Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar accused of sexually abusing hotel maid at The Pierre
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 …
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 …
Guardian:
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Medicare Plan for Payments Irks Hospitals  —  WASHINGTON — For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Eschaton
Aharding / CNN:
Obama to name new Commerce secretary  —  By: CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday that he is nominating former Edison International CEO John Bryson to serve as Commerce secretary, according to two administration officials.
Discussion: Reuters
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.
 
 
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John Edwards to be indicted this week?
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Reelecting Obama
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Kathy Kiely / Hotline On Call:
Group Launches Effort To Draft Ryan For WH Bid
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAirPundit
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Mitt Romney gives Barack Obama an ‘F’
The Politico:
When ‘coordinate’ is a dirty word
Steve Rothaus / Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida:
Transgender McFatter senior crowned prom queen
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Are Taxes in the U.S. High or Low?
 Earlier Items: 
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Romney's Twilight side
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Healthwatch:
Who said that? Dems and GOP display dizzying shift on Medicare rhetoric
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Dangerous Precedent for Press
Discussion: Moe Lane and Ironic Surrealism