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Morning EDition: May 24, 2011

Still working on some of the formatting here. That said, in no particular order, here are some of the stories I scooped up so far this morning.

Still working on some of the formatting here. That said, in no particular order, here are some of the stories I scooped up so far this morning. Caveats from yesterday apply. 




    Polls in NY-26 close at 9pm

    Obamas spend night at Buckingham Palace

    Biden leading debt talks this afternoon

    Senate vote on USA PATRIOT Act extensions (unless Sen. Paul filibusters)



    Will a GOP loss send other reps fleeing from the Ryan plan?

    Ezra Klein wonders whether the base will let anyone flee from the Ryan plan.

    The race suggests GOP is starting to own a share of this economy.

    Tough to run against Washington when you control the House.

    Republicans brace for the possibility of a loss.

    Quick guide of things to watch for.

    Five things to watch.

    Hochul won't be voting. She's ineligible.

    The GOP spin: It won't matter if we lose.

    The fake Koch brother volunteers for the Corwin campaign. Hilarity ensues.

    Cantor: NY-26 isn't a referendum on the Ryan plan.

    Weigel: Did American Crossroads sense trouble even before the polls did?

    Corwin blames Medicare messaging; after Politico already revealed even GOP polls showed people hated GOP plan.



    Senators Leahy and Paul team up to revise USA PATRIOT Act provisions. Paul wants amendments.

    Report: Mumbai suspect implicates Pakistan.



    Sens. Kerry and McCain team up for pro-privacy op-ed.



    Nation enjoys dramatic declines.



    Running whip count on debt ceiling. 



    Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) says Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) should be ashamed of himself for opposing Ryan plan.  

    Why seniors won't really have the power to punish inefficient health-care companies.

    GOP braces for blowback.



    He's toast: Pardoned statutory rapist so his victim/wife could open child-care center; then raped the daughter he had with his victim.

    And he said the era of small government is over.

    Corn: His record as a truth-teller is spotty.

    Jeb Bush gives a thumbs-up.


GOP 2012

    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) says Giuliani is thisclose to getting in.

    Giuliani's charade is see-through.

    Gingrich will pick and choose what questions to answer and policy details to reveal.

    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) says he's considering getting in.

    Huntsman takes hunting shot at Romney.

    Poll: Four percent of Texas Republicans would vote for Gov. Perry.

    How Obama's team sees the GOP field.

    Huntsman in 2009 said the stimulus probably wasn't big enough.

    Santorum announcement expected week of June 5.



    House Dem. Oversight report recommends taking steps to rein in speculators.

    Op-ed: Speculation driving up prices needlessly.

    Ezra Klein: GOP using the financial crisis to justify denying the regulation needed to stop another financial crisis.

    House GOP report accuses White House of trying to raise gas prices.



    Op-ed: Food prices pose growing threat to US national security.



    FLASHBACK: It's a bright spot in the bleak economy.



    Dems focus on auto bailout as Chrysler says it will repay its loan.

    More on the Dem plan to highlight the auto-industry save.

    Granholm, Strikland, UAW hold conference call.

    VIDEO: DNC video targeting GOP for opposing auto bailout.



    Drive under way to unionize Target.



    Senate GOP preparing to stymie the board that will cut Medicare spending.

    POLL: Approval of Obama's handling of health care at all-time high.



    Military chaplains are worried they won't be able to preach hate after DADT takes effect.



    Schools chief rebukes Gov. Walker for expanding vouchers while cutting public-school funds.

    Popular professor flees the state.



    He's off the investigative pace he promised.



    GOP aiming to gut nutritional programs.



    Pres. Obama will visit Missouri this weekend.

(Some of the sites I'm reading: Greg Sargent's Plum Line, Think Progress, The Wonk Room, Talking Points MemoTPMDC, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, the National Journal, Ezra Klein, Politico's Playbook and Huddle, Dave WeigelFiredoglake. What Pandora has me listening to: Misinformed, by Soul Coughing. Irony duly noted.)