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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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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, The Hill and National Review
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Sarah Palin mobbed at Philadephia stops  —  PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — 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.  —  Palin acknowledged that she has kept …
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.
Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
The Media's Wild Search for Sarah Palin's Bus Tour
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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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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Congressman, Sharp Voice on Twitter, Finds It Can Cut 2 Ways
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
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Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
The Dirty Secret About Today's “Clean” Debt Ceiling Vote
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
House Democrats should vote ‘no’ on Republican debt limit ploy
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.
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: The Daily Caller
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Audio: What Hollywood really thinks about conservatives
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 …
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 …
Bertram de Souza / Vindy.com Blogs:
Jim Tressel for United States Senate?  —  Thus far, the speculation about Jim Tressel's future centers on football, but the former Ohio State University head football coach would certainly be a formidable candidate if he chose to run next year in the Ohio Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and USA Today
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 and Emptywheel
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.
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) …
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% …
 
 
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Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
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Aharding / CNN:
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