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6:55 PM ET, May 7, 2012

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Mark Halperin / Swampland:
The View from One Prudential Plaza: Why the Obama Campaign Is So Confident About Beating Romney  —  President Obama pauses while speaking at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, on May 5, 2012  —  Barack Obama's decision to base his re-election campaign outside of Washington seems to be working pretty darn well.
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Silent As Woman Says Obama Should Be Tried For Treason  —  A town hall bubbles over.  —  EUCLID, Ohio — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn't comment on a supporter's assertion that President Barack Obama should be tried for treason at a town hall event here.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the presidential race six months before the election.  —  Mitt Romney edged out President Barack Obama 48 percent to 47 percent among likely voters …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama team: Romney must rebuke ‘extreme voices’ after ‘treason’ call at rally  —  President Obama's campaign is looking to seize on a pair of controversial comments by supporters at Mitt Romney's town hall meeting in Cleveland Monday, calling on the presumptive Republican nominee to “stand up to the extreme voices in his party.”
Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing states' poll: Big challenges loom for Obama, Romney  —  Six months out, it's a tie.  —  The first USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll since the GOP settled on a presumptive nominee shows big challenges for each side: Mitt Romney in generating enthusiasm and a personal connection with his supporters …
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
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CBS News:
CIA thwarts new al Qaeda underwear bomb plot  —  (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON — The CIA thwarted a plot by al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, a U.S. counter-terrorism official tells CBS News.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
msnbc.com:
Report: CIA foiled al-Qaida plot to destroy US-bound airliner
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Those Revolting Europeans  —  The French are revolting.  The Greeks, too.  And it's about time.  —  Both countries held elections Sunday that were in effect referendums on the current European economic strategy, and in both countries voters turned two thumbs down.
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Alan Cowell / New York Times:
François Hollande's Victory Sharpens European Austerity Debate
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Clinton hopes to see female US president  —  KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she has no desire to make another run for the White House but hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.  —  Politely turning aside questions …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Hillary Clinton : I will see a woman in White House  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the United States will have a female president in her lifetime — but it won't be her.  —  Clinton said at a town hall meeting in Kolkata, India, that she wants to see “that final glass ceiling broken,” The Associated Press reported.
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Chelsea Clinton's Childhood: No Pizza, Cartoons on Weekdays
Discussion: Gretawire
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Was Arrested For Disorderly Conduct In 1981  —  The charges were dropped after Romney threatened to sue.  “I was not a disorderly person,” Romney said.  —  Mitt Romney campaigns in Pittsburgh.  —  It's a little reported anecdote, but in 1981 presumptive Republican Presidential …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Obama administration advises new French president: For sake of world economy, don't raise taxes and increase spending  —  “Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes...”  —  President Obama was quick to invite France's Socialist president-elect to Washington for a visit, but the White House …
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Adweek:
Secret Meeting Has ‘Washington Post’ Buzzing As paper struggles, big-name journalists meet with the paper's top business exec By Lucia Moses  —  Washington Post staffers are buzzing about a secret meeting between some 10 big-name Post journalists including Dana Priest, David Finkel and Carol Leonnig …
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Washington Post Is In Even Worse Shape Than You Think
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rick Berg, GOP Senate Candidate In North Dakota, Stumped On Minimum Wage (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, North Dakota, North Dakota Democratic Party, Heidi Heitkamp, Minimum Wage, Rick-Berg, Rick-Berg-Campaign-Ad, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
BuzzFeed:
Delta Pulls “Daily Show” Ads After Catholic Complaints  —  Catholic League chief Bill Donohue is still on his campaign against Jon Stewart for a weeks-old “vagina manger” bit.  The next target: Kellogg's.  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue declared an early victory in his campaign …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
ENDANGERED SPECIES IN CHINESE MEDICINES  —  Chinese alternative medicines contain traces of endangered species, a study has found.  —  Many of the remedies are more than 2,000 years old - and claim to be alternative methods for curing disease.  —  The use of rhino horns in Chinese medicines has been widely criticised.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
This 93-Year-Old Grandmother Is Suing Pennsylvania Over Voter ID Laws  —  The first time Viviette Applewhite went to the polls, she cast her vote for John F. Kennedy.  But this year, a strict new voter identification law will likely prevent the now-93-year old woman and many others in Pennsylvania …
Bloomberg:
Look Who's Pushing Homeowners Off the Foreclosure Cliff  —  One of the more confounding aspects of the U.S. housing crisis has been the reluctance of lenders to do more to assist troubled borrowers.  After all, when homes go into foreclosure, banks lose money.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Comparing Gary Johnson to Past Libertarian Party Nominees  —  He has the most executive experience and the potential to win votes from conservatives and liberals.  —  Over the weekend the Libertarian Party decided that Gary Johnson would be its presidential nominee.  He's likely to appear on the ballot in all 50 states.
ABCNEWS:
Rob Portman: No More Mr. Nice Guy  —  He's polite, smart and a little nerdy.  But as Rob Portman has climbed to the top of the list of potential running mates for Mitt Romney, the political world is now seeing a different side of him: the attack dog.  —  Just over the past week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Why Ron Paul's big wins in Maine and Nevada matter  —  When Ron Paul delegates show up at the Republican National Convention in August, they may be strong enough to throw the event into disarray - just at the moment Mitt Romney needs to show the GOP united behind him.
 
 
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