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10:20 AM ET, May 31, 2011

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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.
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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 …
The Politico:
Anthony Weiner hires attorney in Twitter incident  —  'This was a prank, and a silly one.  I'm focused on my work,' said Weiner of the Twitter mishap.  AP Photo  —  New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has retained an attorney to advise him “what civil or criminal actions should be taken” …
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 …
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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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Confusion on Day 2 of Palin bus tour
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Cost of war in Afghanistan will be major factor in troop-reduction talks  —  Of all the statistics that President Obama's national security team will consider when it debates the size of forthcoming troop reductions in Afghanistan, the most influential number probably will not be how many insurgents …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
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David Rogers / Reuters:
House Democrats unite on Afghanistan exit
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taylor Marsh
Ben Shapiro / Townhall.com:
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
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
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 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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Bernstein: Obama Economic Team Had “No Appetite” for Direct, Public Job Creation  —  Paul Krugman had a good column today on how America needed to end its “learned helplessness” on the jobs crisis.  He cited multiple options of things the government could do right now to create jobs …
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Healthwatch:
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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Associated Press:
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