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Stephen Colbert lauded an ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper on Monday night after the paper photoshopped Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of a now-iconic image of the president and his staff watching the bin Laden raid unfold.

"Impressive," Colbert said "Usually getting rid of Hillary Clinton takes an entire presidential primary."

As TPM reported on Monday, a Brooklyn-based Hasidic paper removed Clinton and Director for Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason from that famous photo due to an editorial policy that stipulates that they not intentionally include women in photos because they could be construed as being "sexually suggestive."

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The special election to replace the topless ex-Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) is proving far more competitive than the district's Republican-leaning makeup would suggest, with Democrat Kathy Hochul leading Republican Jane Corwin and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis in the most recent poll.

Democrats are using the race as a testing ground for attacks on the GOP's budget, with Hochul positioning her campaign almost entirely as a referendum on Paul Ryan's plan to privatize and cut Medicare.

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Jon Stewart gave some free campaign advice to presidential aspirant Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) last night, telling him that to all he has to do to secure the Republican nomination is give up his convictions like he says John McCain did, becoming a "shell" of his former self.

Reflecting on last week's Republican debate, Stewart said Paul had missed a prime opportunity to leapfrog the competition by saying what he believed rather than saying what he believed the audience wanted to hear.

"All you gotta do is compromise your libertarian principles a bit, feed these people some Christian conservative red meat," Stewart said. "You know, 'life begins at conception and ends at our borders,' and, 'the three most important people in the world are Reagan, Jesus and Reagan again.'"

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In his debt limit speech before a Wall Street crowd at the Economic Club of New York Monday evening, House Speaker John Boehner defended the GOP's Medicare plan in broad terms. But in particular, he defended one aspect of the proposal that's largely distinct from its two most controversial parts -- privatization, and deep benefit cuts. Specifically, Boehner endorsed the idea that Medicare -- whether private or public -- should be means tested.

In a Q&A session with one of the event's moderators -- Wall Street billionare-turned-deficit-scold Pete Peterson -- Boehner said wealthy beneficiaries should pay for their Medicare premiums.

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Obama Administration Fights To Save Healthcare Law Reuters reports: "Lawyers for President Barack Obama go to court on Tuesday to try to save the cornerstone of his healthcare overhaul, arguing that the requirement for Americans to buy insurance is constitutional. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will consider whether a lower court was correct in striking down the requirement. But they will not be the final arbiter in a fight that is expected to reach the Supreme Court. Legal scholars see the case as pivotal because it is the first to have oral arguments before an appeals courts. That means its ruling could affect other courts and become the first challenge to the law to reach the high court."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. Obama will depart from the White House at 10:30 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 10:45 a.m. Et, arriving at 2:40 p.m. ET in El Paso, Texas. At 3:30 p.m. ET, he will deliver a speech on the importance of fixing the immigration system. He will depart from El Paso at 4:40 p.m. ET, arriving at 6 p.m. ET in Austin, Texas. He will deliver remarks at a DNC event at 6:50 p.m. ET, and at another DNC event at 8:25 p.m. ET. He will depart from Austin at 10:15 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 1 a.m. ET, and back at the White House at 1:15 a.m. ET.

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President Obama will deliver a speech in Texas Tuesday intended to revive interest in a far-reaching approach to immigration, one of the nation's most divisive political issues.

The White House hopes to use the speech to "create a sense of urgency in Congress and the nation," according to a senior administration official. With a divided Congress and fewer advocates for comprehensive immigration than in 2007, the last time Congress tried to push through a comprehensive immigration solution, the speech undoubtedly will do more to reaffirm Obama's commitment to a key voting block in 2012 than to gain any legislative traction on Capitol Hill.

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Updated 5/10/2011

In a Monday speech before top Wall Street executives at the Economic Club of New York, House Speaker John Boehner said Congress should not increase the national debt limit at all unless it simultaneously cuts federal spending by a dollar figure that's larger than the amount of new borrowing authority it gives the government.

"Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase," Boehner said. "And the cuts should be greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority the president is given."

Boehner and other top Republicans have said for weeks that they won't raise the debt limit without huge concomitant spending cuts. But his speech tonight will lay down a new marker. And it suggests Congress will only give the Obama administration as much new borrowing authority as the Obama administration is willing to accept in spending cuts.

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Newton Massachusetts Mayor Setti Warren (D) formally added his name to the growing list of Democrats aiming to take on incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) when he seeks reelection next year in one of the nation's bluest states.

In a campaign video posted to his website, Warren talked at length about his parents' lives as civil rights activists, and how they founded in him a sense of "shared responsibility." Warren often returned to that theme throughout the five-minute video, taking some direct swipes at Brown along the way.

"I believe Scott Brown is an honorable man, but he has not been the independent voice in the Senate that so many expected him to be," Warren says in the video.

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