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Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition  —  Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he's in critical condition.  —  According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Rebecca Burgin, a long-time girlfriend of former North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley, told The Daily Caller that she believes Parmley infected her with HIV.  —  Parmley resigned on April 15 amid sexual harassment allegations from a former young male staffer.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Glenn Thrushand Donovan Slack / Politico:
For President Obama, Carolina no longer so sweet
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and CNN
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
In North Carolina, more evidence of Obama's delicate approach to gay rights
Discussion: Gay Politics, US Politics and The Page
NBC's Alex Moe / msnbc.com:
Gingrich hints he may drop from race this week  —  WILMINGTON, Del. - Newt Gingrich hinted he may withdraw from the presidential race if he has a poor showing in the Delaware primary Tuesday - a state where he has been actively campaigning for several weeks.  —  David Duprey / AP
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?  —  Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware.  —  With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O'Donnell of the 2012 race …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter  —  Each year, thousands of migrants cross southern border on their way to the U.S. (AP)  —  A four-decade tidal wave of Mexican immigration to the United States has receded, causing a historic shift in migration patterns …
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Pew Hispanic Center:
Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less
Justin Sink / The Hill:
DNC head: ‘Entirely reasonable’ Boehner fears losing House  —  DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) said Tuesday that it was “entirely reasonable” for Speaker John Boehner to express doubts about the GOP's ability to hold the House in November's elections.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
New Fashion Wrinkle: Stylishly Hiding the Gun  —  Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.  —  And they are great for hiding a handgun.
Metro Weekly:
Transgender Breakthrough: EEOC ruling that gender-identity discrimination is covered by Title VII is a “sea change” that opens the doors to employment protection for transgender Americans  —  News:  —  An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis …
Sally Goldenberg / New York Post:
McCain courts Mike  —  John McCain is trying to convince Mayor Bloomberg to support Mitt Romney's bid for president.  —  McCain — the GOP Arizona senator who lost to President Obama in 2008 — visited the mayor at City Hall yesterday to talk up the likely Republican nominee.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's abject failure on entitlement reform  —  President Obama's dearth of leadership on entitlement reform has consequences.  The Wall Street Journal reports: … Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Michael Ramlet from the American Action Forum provide some useful detail.
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
On the fourth Armenian Remembrance Day of his presidency, President Obama has for the fourth time in a row broken his promise to the Armenian community to use the word “genocide” in describing what happened at the hands of the Turks roughly a century ago.  —  As a senator, and then as a …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Governor Rick Scott Vetoes Funds For Rape Crisis Centers During Sexual Assault Awareness Month … FOLLOW:  —  Rick Scott, Video, Gop-Violence-Against-Women-Act, Rick Scott Budget Cuts, Rick Scott Florida, Rick Scott Sexual Violence, Violence Against Women Act, Politics News
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Wall Street Journal:
The Islamist Road to Democracy  —  Muslims cannot be dragged to an embrace of secularism and the liberal values that spring from it.  They have to arrive voluntarily at this understanding.  —  For many on the American left and right, the “Arab Spring” has become the “Arab Winter” of triumphant fundamentalists.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘The War on Terror Is Over’  —  In the wake of the Arab Spring …
Ian Johnston / msnbc.com:
‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change  —  British environmental guru James Lovelock, seen on March 17, 2009 in Paris, admits he was “alarmist” about climate change in the past.  —  By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com  —  James Lovelock, the maverick scientist …
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — April 2012  —  The April poll gauged Americans' opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of the Supreme Court oral arguments in the legal challenges to the health reform law in March.  —  The increased public attention to the Affordable Care Act generated …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Campaign 2012
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
No invention: Al Gore's Internet honor  —  If you invent the Internet, you should probably get some sort of recognition, right?  —  Former Veep Al Gore is now getting a bit of credit for his infamous 1999 claim that “I took the initiative in creating the Internet”: He'll be one of the first inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Discussion: Gizmodo, New York Magazine and Engadget
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grassley: Colombian prostitutes may have been Russian spies  —  Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said the Colombia prostitutes at the center of the Secret Service scandal may have been spies planted by the Russian government.  —  In an interview with Iowa reporters, Grassley argued the actions …
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Malcolm / Associated Press:
Obama recruits an army of community organizers to ensure his reelection  —  President Obama's election campaign is recruiting an army of determined community organizers to walk the streets of the nation's cities this summer and autumn in the footsteps of a young Chicago community organizer named Barack Obama.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Wall Street Journal:
Diamond and Saez: High Tax Rates Won't Slow Growth  —  We're not close to the top of the Laffer Curve.  Raising tax rates is part of a sensible deficit reduction strategy.  —  The share of pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% of earners in the U.S. has more than doubled to about 20% in 2010 from less than 10% in the 1970s.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Economist's View
Ileana Llorens / The Huffington Post:
Flag Football Team Wears Hijab To Support Irum Khan, Muslim Player, At Florida School … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Football Hijab, Hijab, Hijab Fifa, Hijab Regulations, Hijab Soccer, Irum Khan, Muslim Hijab, West Broward High, Teen News  —  A flag football team took a stand …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Protest by Catholic activists may hamper Obama reelection bid  —  President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse.
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Insurers Alter Cost Formula, and Patients Pay More  —  Despite a landmark settlement that was expected to increase coverage for out-of-network care, the nation's largest health insurers have been switching to a new payment method that in most cases significantly increases the cost to the patient.
Discussion: The Reaction
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
How the Pennsylvania Senate Primary Explains Democrats' Chances to Keep the Senate  —  In swing states like this one across the country, Republican candidates are squabbling while Democratic senators rejoice over the lack of strong challengers.  —  PHILADELPHIA - On Tuesday …
Discussion: msnbc.com
 
 
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Earth to Ben Bernanke
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
‘Scandals’ don't predict election results. But this formula might.
Washington Examiner:
Marion Barry criticizes hospitals for hiring Filipina nurses
Discussion: Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Note Then-Senator Obama Didn't Show Up for Vote on Student Loan Bill in 2007
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BBC:
Brazil actor playing Judas dies from accidental hanging
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CNN:
Montana governor defends ‘polygamy’ remarks regarding Romney's heritage
Discussion: Politico and Campaign 2012
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA:
COMPARED WITH RESULTS OF MOST RECENT WINTHROP POLL (FEB. 2012), ALMOST 25% MORE RESPONDENTS SAY S.C. IS ON RIGHT TRACK
Discussion: GOP 12 and CNN
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Call for Growth Rises to Counter German Push for Austerity
David Weigel / Slate:
Ron Paul Wins Minnesota Delegates by a Landslide
CNN:
Ad uses Solyndra and GSA to bring it to Obama
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
NPR FAILS TO DISCLOSE REPORTER'S TIES TO ACTIVIST GROUP
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Set to Break Spending Cap Agreement
 

 
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