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6:55 PM ET, May 1, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives  —  Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Openly-Gay Spokesperson Resigns After Facing Pressure From Anti-Gay Right Wing
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?  —  The operators' resentment is real.  And their criticism could undermine the president's clearest-cut victory, the slaying of America's most notorious enemy.  —  President Barack Obama making a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney heckled at event with Giuliani  —  Mitt Romney was heckled Tuesday at a New York City event marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.  —  Romney was campaigning with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at an event at the firehouse where the city of New York set …
Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Giuliani Marks OBL Anniversary With Romney at NY Firehouse
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr / Washington Post:
The path to bin Laden's death didn't start with Obama
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
BuzzFeed:
How The White House Smothered The News Of Obama's Trip To Afghanistan  —  How the White House played whack-a-mole, and why I deleted my tweet.  Drudge wouldn't budge.  —  Shortly before 9:19 a.m. this morning the Afghanistan-based 24-hour broadcast news station TOLONews tweeted that President Barack Obama had landed in Afghanistan.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama, Under Veil of Secrecy, Visits Kabul to Seal Agreement  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - President Obama landed here Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.
ABCNEWS:
Obama Makes Secret Trip to Afghanistan
New York Post:
Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it
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Dan Riehl / BREITBART.COM:
OCCUPY LEADERS APPARENTLY INVOLVED IN BRIDGE BOMB PLOT, SUSPECTS NAMED
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:   OccupyCleveland Cancels May Day Event After Bomb Suspects Arrest (Updated)
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren's embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The NYT reports that “officials involved” in hiring Elizabeth Warren “all said that she was hired because she was an outstanding teacher, and that her lineage was either not discussed or not a factor.”  —  What would you expect them to say? … But you see, in faculty hiring …
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Genealogist says Warren may be able to claim Cherokee heritage; Brown and Warren campaigns continue to trade barbs
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Victims of Communism Day  —  Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have been commemorating this day here at the Volokh Conspiracy as Victims of Communism Day.  Various other websites and blogs have promoted the same concept.  In time, we hope to make this a worldwide commemoration similar to Holocaust Memorial Day.
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown says daughter, 23, insured under health law  —  Senator Scott Brown, who won office vowing to be the 41st vote to block President Obama's health care law and who has since voted three times to repeal it, acknowledged Monday that he takes advantage of it to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Brown benefits from health care act
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Stranger …
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
House Republicans: No offsets for extending Bush-era tax rates  —  House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the Bush-era tax rates, a move that could erase the deficit reduction they have achieved since winning their majority in the chamber in 2010.
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Ezra Klein:
Has Team Romney forgotten that the Bush years were terrible?
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama, campaigner in chief  —  The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.  —  I'm not troubled by President Obama's slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama's appearance on late-night TV.  No, preezy is making me queasy …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Trashed Mission District businesses ask, why us?  —  (05-01) 15:06 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Virginia  —  Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite to win Virginia this fall.  He has a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney in the state.  We have consistently found Obama leading in Virginia by margins similar to his 6 point victory there in 2008- he led Romney by 6 in December …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican Judge Jerry Smith Blocks Pro-Planned Parenthood Order Just Hours After It Was Issued  —  Last month, Republican Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith pitched a tantrum in open court, demanding that the Department of Justice respond to some imprecise political rhetoric by President Obama in an attempt to embarrass the president.
New York Post:
Anguish of Edwards' pal wife  —  By TARA PALMERI in Greensboro, NC, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY  —  The wife of John Edwards' former top aide broke down in tears yesterday as she testified about the insane demands Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, made as the witness helped hide the affair.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kevin Fallon / The Atlantic Online:
The Death of Must See TV: A Former Executive on NBC's Rise and Fall  —  A conversation with Warren Littlefield, who ran NBC's entertainment division from 1993 to 1998  —  “One network, one night, for one decade.”  That's how Warren Littlefield describes the magic of Must See TV.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Quietly Meets With Bloomberg  —  The pursuit of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential endorsement is headed into overdrive.  —  On Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a private breakfast with Mr. Bloomberg at the headquarters of the mayor's philanthropic foundation on Manhattan's Upper East Side …
 
 
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BuzzFeed:
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rubio faces credit card, Rivera, mortgage questions
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Right-Wing Claims Obama's New Campaign Slogan Reveals His Secret Communist And/Or Fascist Allegiances
Panama City News-Herald:
Gaetzes standing up for ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Naked Politics
Charles Mahtesianand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
Congress: It's going to get worse
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Sometimes the death penalty is warranted
Mitch Smith / Inside Higher Ed:
One law school reduces admissions, says that's the future of legal education
Yahoo! News:
What Robert Caro's LBJ biography could teach Obama and Romney
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Trudy Ring / Advocate:
N.Y. Assembly OK's Transgender Rights Bill; Will Senate Follow?
Discussion: The Raw Story
Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant …
Discussion: American Prospect
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Why Condi won't be VP  —  Right now there's some chatter …
Discussion: American Prospect
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lugar Loss Could Provide Pickup Opportunity for Democrats
 

 
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