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3:55 PM ET, May 5, 2012

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CNN:
Obama outlines case for re-election at first official campaign rally  —  Columbus, Ohio (CNN) — President Barack Obama used the first official rally of his re-election bid to highlight the accomplishments made during his three and a half years in the White House, and to make a case for a second term in office.
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
The gloves come off as Obama launches reelection campaign  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - The gloves are off.  —  Opening what is likely to be a bitter and grueling election, President Obama held his first official campaign rally here in the Buckeye State, cranking up his populist pitch while slamming …
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Obama's re-election rallies on Saturday to be blitzed by Romney campaign
Discussion: The Caucus and ABCNEWS
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Former AG Michael Mukasey: Obama Officials Drafted Memo to Blame Military If OBL Mission Failed (Video)  —  Leadership: Obama Administration Drafted Memo to Blame Military if OBL Mission Failed  —  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity tonight that the Obama Administration drafted …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Tears Into Romney For Giving Money To Mormon Church Instead Of Directly To Charity  —  On last week's edition of Real Time, Bill Maher argued during the panel discussion that Mitt Romney should be giving money to an actual charity rather than just the standard tithe to the Mormon church.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Other McCain
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cherokee Nation, cont'd  —  In a 1998 editorial celebrating the law school's award of tenure to — how to put it? — great legal scholar Lani Guinier, the Harvard Crimson noted: “Harvard Law School currently has only one tenured minority woman, Gottlieb Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren, who is Native American.”
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry  —  NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord's bounty in return.  —  The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station …
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Krugman:
Economic Tribalism  —  Hmm.  This seems to be meta Saturday, with reactions to how people think - or, all too often, don't think — about economics taking center stage.  —  Justin Fox has an interesting post documenting something I more or less knew, but am glad to see confirmed …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Dave Winer's …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Liz Cheney eyes the political stage  —  Liz Cheney has been making the rounds at Wyoming political events this spring and her desire to move back to the state has Republicans from Cheyenne to Washington buzzing about a potential future campaign.  —  With little fanfare, Cheney …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
For China, a Dissident in Exile Is One Less Headache Back Home  —  After more than a week of high-level diplomacy over the fate of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese government was widely seen as making a major concession on Friday by agreeing to allow Mr. Chen to apply to leave for the United States.
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Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Abby Huntsman: Romney's Chen Guangcheng Criticism Was ‘Very Foolish’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Raw Story and ABCNEWS
Reuters:
Connecticut Passes Marijuana Bill  —  HARTFORD (Reuters) — The Connecticut Senate passed a bill on Saturday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with tight restrictions intended to avoid the problems that have plagued some of the other states where it is now legal.
Rep. Tim Griffin / Politico:
Can Democrats retake the House in November?  —  Interviewed by POLITICO's Andrea Drusch  —  We have to do the fundamentals: get the message out, raise money and organize at a grassroots level.  Assuming that we execute on all of those fronts and do what we need to do …
Nicole Gelinas / City Journal:
The Life of Zachary  —  Imagining how the next generation will fare in the Obama administration's scenario  —  The Obama reelection campaign has created a fictional character, “Julia,” whose starring role in an online slideshow, “The Life of Julia,” has gone viral online.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
North Carolina's Ban on Gay Marriage Appears Likely to Pass  —  On Tuesday, North Carolina will vote on a state constitutional amendment that declares, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” thereby banning recognition of same-sex marriage …
 
 
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