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Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Priebus Says Gender Battle as Fictonal as Caterpillar War  —  The leaders of the two political parties clashed over the role of gender in U.S. elections, with the Democrat saying her opponents have been “shockingly out of touch” on women's issues and the Republican saying Democrats and the media have created a phony conflict.
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Reuters:
White House in damage control over Obama Supreme Court remarks  —  (Reuters) - The White House was forced on the defensive on Wednesday as it sought to explain controversial remarks President Barack Obama made earlier in the week about the Supreme Court's review of his signature healthcare reform law.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Ed Gillespie joins Team Romney
Discussion: msnbc.com, CNN and The Huffington Post
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney takes the lead in Pennsylvania  —  Mitt Romney's taken the lead in PPP's newest poll of Rick Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.  Romney has 42% to 37% for Santorum with Ron Paul at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%.  The numbers represent a dramatic turnaround from when PPP polled the state a month ago.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Santorum Meets Conservatives to Pressure Gingrich to Exit  —  A group of conservative leaders met with Rick Santorum on Thursday to consider how to persuade Newt Gingrich to drop out of the Republican presidential nominating contest.  —  The conservative leaders met with Mr. Santorum and his top aides in northern Virginia.
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and New York Times
myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
Santorum Taking Four-Day Break from Campaign Trail
Discussion: Ballot Box and American Spectator
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum may drop out rather than lose home state of Pennsylvania
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Scott Walker Says His Sons “Targeted on Facebook” Over Recall Effort  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says the vitriol over the effort to recall him has gotten so bad at times that his children have been “targeted on Facebook.”
Discussion: JSOnline
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Gov. Walker: My family's been targeted
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Scott Walker on Recall: “God's Got A Plan”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: It's time for Augusta golf club to admit women members  —  President Obama thinks women should be allowed membership in the Georgia golf club that is hosting the Masters tournament this week, according to the White House.  —  “His personal opinion is women should be admitted,” …
Discussion: JSOnline
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Report: Marion Barry: ‘Dirty’ Asian stores  —  Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry referred to “dirty” Asian-owned businesses after winning the city's Council Ward 8 primary, demanding that “they ought to go,” according to a report.  —  “We got to do something about these Asians coming …
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Marion Barry / nbcwashington.com:
Barry Comment Critical of Asian Business Owners
Politico:
Bay State not buying ‘war on women’  —  Political analysts shocked by Republican Scott Brown's 2010 victory to replace Ted Kennedy as Massachusetts senator should brace themselves.  This year's contest between Sen. Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren remains a key battleground …
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger at The Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC.  His work focuses on domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up.  —  Don't Worry About Deficit That Will Heal Itself
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin  —  The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly.  Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.  —  Two tragedies are apparent in the Trayvon Martin case.
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Dave Williams / bizjournals:
Newt Gingrich think tank files bankruptcy … Newt Gingrich's health-care think tank has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  —  The Center for Health Transformation  —  , which has offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and St. Louis, plans to liquidate its assets, according to a filing Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta.
BBC:
Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat  —  A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said.  —  District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
Daily / Telegraph:
Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint  —  An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large.  —  Greater London had the lowest carbon emissions per person, with six tonnes each
Peter Overby / NPR:
Boycotts Hitting Group Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’ … Two of America's best-known companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile conservative organization behind the national proliferation of “stand your ground” gun laws.
Ruben Navarrette Jr. / CNN:
GOP version of Dream Act holds promise  —  Young Latino protesters hold placards outside Mitt Romney' s Nevada campaign headquarters in Las Vegas in February  —  Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist
Discussion: GOP 12 and Naked Politics
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV  —  (Reuters) - Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
United States v. $35,131  —  Reader Rob Carty has directed our attention to this week's opinion by Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in the forfeiture case of The United States of America v. $35,131.00 in United States Currency.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan sees rise in ‘dancing boys’ exploitation  —  DEHRAZI, Afghanistan — The 9-year-old boy with pale skin and big, piercing eyes captivated Mirzahan at first sight.  —  “He is more handsome than anyone in the village,” the 22-year-old farmer said, explaining why he is grooming the boy as a sexual partner and companion.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
On the stump, Dems split with Obama over Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don't have the same luxury.  —  Eight of the 18 non-incumbent Democrats running for Senate surveyed …
ca1.uscourts.gov:
First Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in the following three appeals:  —  Case No. 11-1775 United States v. Jason Wayne Pleau  —  Case No. 11-1782 In Re: Jason Wayne Pleau  —  Panel: Judges Lynch, Torruella, Boudin, Howard, and Thompson  —  Case No. 10-2204 Commonwealth …
JSOnline:
Waukesha County clerk needs to step down  —  Upcoming elections - from the gubernatorial recall to the presidential - are too important to leave in the hands of Kathy Nickolaus.  —  Imagine this: It's 9 p.m. on June 5, recall election day, and the polls have been closed for an hour.
utsandiego.com:
Records hint Iraqi woman's death not a hate crime  —  EL CAJON — Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.  —  Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five …
BREITBART.COM:
FORMER OBAMA STUDENT: OBAMA'S IGNORANCE OF CONSTITUTION EMBARRASSING  —  Prof. Thom Lambert of the University of Missouri Law School has responded with alarm to President Barack Obama's attack on the Supreme Court and the power of judicial review by recalling his own days as Obama's student at the University of Chicago.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Connecticut Senate votes to abolish death penalty
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Jared Konczal / Growthology:
Economics Bloggers Forum 2012
Discussion: EconLog
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
American intelligence agencies spooked by Britain's open courts
Discussion: Guardian and emptywheel
U.S. Senator Scott Brown / baywindows.editme.com:
Guest Opinion: by U.S. Senator Scott Brown, (R-MA)
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Advocate
New York Times:
Iran's Efforts to Stir Afghan Violence Worry U.S.
Discussion: emptywheel, National Review and Salon
Andrea Louise Campbell / New York Times:
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