Morning Examiner: You’re either with him, or against him 

Pawlenty: The liberal media is capable of writing only two stories about Republicans and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan: Republicans stand by the Ryan plan or Republicans abandon the Ryan plan. Despite their professed love of centrism and compromise, the media elites do not allow for any middle ground on this question.

So, Tim Pawlenty was finally forced to admit yesterday that he would sign Ryan’s plan if it came to his desk as president. Democrats can now target Pawlenty with the same attacks they are now throwing at Ryan, regardless of what Pawlenty unveils on Medicare in the coming months.

Later in the day, Pawlenty tried to shift the focus back onto President Obama, tweeting out: “@BarackObama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?”

Palin: Sarah Palin may have announced an East Coast bus tour yesterday, but all signs point to the event being more about keeping Palin relevant, and less about competing in actual primaries. As The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza reports, Palin still has no real presence in any of the early primary states. Also, Fox News is insisting there has been no change in Palin’s status; she is not running and is still a paid contributor for the network.

Bachmann: Just hours after Palin announced her tour, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., told a hotel conference room full of reporters in Des Moines, Iowa, that she will be in Waterloo, Iowa, next month, to announce her presidential campaign.

Bachmann also raised $240,000 during her planned Thursday “moneybomb” although the original goal was $250,000 and it took her longer than 24 hours to do it.

Romney: Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he would be making his formal presidential campaign announcement next Thursday in New Hampshire.

Libya: The odds of the White House winning any type of congressional approval for Obama’s war in Libya fell yesterday when the House approved two amendments to the Defense Authorization bill indicating their skepticism about the White House’s policy.

One amendment passed on voice vote and read: “Nothing in this Act or any amendment made by this Act shall be construed to authorize military operations in Libya. The other passed 416-5 and prevented “funds from being used to deploy, establish, or maintain a presence of Members of the Armed Services or private security contractors on the ground in Libya.”

Obama: Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., confirmed to the Examiner yesterday that the Senate will be holding pro-forma sessions over Memorial Day to prevent Obama from recess appointing Elizabeth Warren as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Board.

Righty playbook:

  • The Heritage Foundation‘s Lisa Curtis asks: “Why are deadlines OK for Afghanistan but not for Libya?”
  • Cato‘s Trevor Burrus responds to Obama regulation czar Cass Sunstein’s claims that he is reducing burdensome regulations.
  • The Corner‘s Mark Krikorian explains why Arizona’s victory in the Supreme Court yesterday is such a huge win for immigration law enforcement.
  • The Boston Herald reports that Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., got his then-boyfriend a job at Fannie Mae while he was overseeing Fannie Mae.

Lefty playbook:

  • The top story at The Huffington Post is on President Obama’s signing of the Patriot Act extension.
  • Talking Points Memo warns that the House GOP has introduced a bill the would “keep federal contractors donations secret.”
  • Digby compares Tim Pawlenty to Walter Mondale.
  • Jonathan Bernstein makes the case that deficits are good.

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