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11:30 PM ET, May 15, 2012

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Paul Krugman:
Thing Falls Apart  —  And the center not only did not hold, it couldn't seem to get any attention whatsoever.  Americans Elect, a lavishly funded “centrist” group that was supposed to provide an alternative to traditional political parties, has been a ridiculous flop.
Discussion: driftglass
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Americans Elect without a nominee  —  Americans Elect, the deep-pocketed nonprofit group that set out to nominate a centrist third-party presidential ticket, admitted early Tuesday that its ballyhooed online nominating process had failed.  —  The group had qualified for the general election ballot …
BuzzFeed:   7 Very Bad Predictions About Americans Elect
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Our Centrist Savior Misses His/Her Deadline
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Americans Unelect
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Democratic Strategist
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney Calls President Obama Out On ‘Beef’ With Clintons  —  Speaking at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at President Obama for abandoning the “Clinton Doctrine.”  He went on to suggest that there is some level …
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Misleading, But Effective  —  The centerpiece of Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Daily Dish
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney looks to define economic debate with anti-debt plea in Iowa
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Ballot Box
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'  —  Mitt Romney has the support of George W. Bush.  —  “I'm for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans See Obama as Solid Favorite to Win Election  —  Fifty-six percent think Obama will win; 36% think Romney will  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win.
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Wire and ABCNEWS
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Fordham piece called Warren Harvard Law's ‘first woman of color’  —  Elizabeth Warren has pushed back hard on questions about a Harvard Crimson piece in 1996 that described her as Native American, saying she had no idea the school where she taught law was billing her that way and saying …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Obama Leads by Only 7 in Arkansas's Democratic Primary  —  A new poll of Arkansas Democrats shows Barack Obama receiving support from only 45 percent of Democratic primary voters in Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District, while 38 percent support his underfunded and relatively unknown primary challenger …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
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Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Obama In For A Battle In The Fourth, Romney On Cruise Control
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New O'Keefe video exposes non-citizens on voter rolls in NC, voter fraud comfort at UNC  —  Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a new video on Tuesday that contains several stabs at voter fraud in North Carolina.  —  One part demonstrates that non-U.S. citizens living …
Discussion: Wonkette and The PJ Tatler
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
FACT CHECK: “Non-Citizen” Voter In James O'Keefe's Voter Fraud Video Is Actually A Citizen  —  Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe released a new video today supposedly exposing voter fraud in North Carolina by highlighting non-citizens like Zbigniew Gorzkowski who have voted in recent elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting  —  George Zimmerman appears for a bond hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara, left, at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 12, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/Pool/AP Photo)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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www.wftv.com:
FBI may charge George Zimmerman with hate crime
Agence France Presse:
Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says  —  He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death
Discussion: The Stranger … and Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
GM to Stop Advertising on Facebook  —  General Motors Co. plans to stop advertising on Facebook after the auto maker's executives determined their paid ads had little impact on consumers' car purchases, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The largest U.S. auto maker by sales will continue …
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Obama Drops His Name Into the Other Presidential Biographies  —  Many of President Obama's fervent devotees are young enough not to have much memory of the political world before the arrival of The One.  Coincidentally, Obama himself feels the same way—and the White House's official website reflects that.
Tom Crowe / CatholicVote.org:
No, you can't keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.  —  Author's note: After a discussion in the comments and investigation on my part I have added a postscript clarifying something that may have been inaccurate but was not.  Cheers.  —  “If you like your health care coverage you can keep it. ”
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Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Insurers Face $1 Trillion Revenue at Stake in Health Law
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
BuzzFeed:
Video Exclusive: “Raghead” Attack On Nikki Haley  —  “We got a raghead in Washington.  We don't need a raghead in the state house,” State Senator Jake Knotts said in this legendary, previously unseen 2010 video.  The backlash against his comments helped elect Governor Nikki Haley.  —  View Video ›
Discussion: FITSNews and Dependable Renegade
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Tom Coburn, part one: Defusing the debt bomb  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) served on the Simpson-Bowles commission, is a member of the Gang of Six, and just published “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America.”  We spoke last week in his office.
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
RH Reality Check:
Brownback Signs Law Allowing Expansive Refusal of Medication Based on “Belief” About Abortion  —  With the signing of a new expanded conscience clause bill in Kansas, Republican Governor Sam Brownback has now legally blessed a virtually open-ended number of situations in which “religious” …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Newsweek:
Ah, our favorite nwktumblr feature is back: the also-rans!  These are the alternate versions of our ‘First Gay President’ Newsweek cover that were left on the cutting room floor.  —  Which one's your favorite?  Your tumblrs are really digging Oliver Munday's #2, but also like the simplicity #6 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Mj Lee / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Hike taxes across the board  —  Bill Clinton said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's goal of hiking taxes on the rich alone is not enough to solve the country's fiscal woes and suggested that middle class Americans must also eventually contribute more.
Ezra Klein:
Is the filibuster unconstitutional?  —  According to Best Lawyers — “the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession” — Emmet Bondurant “is the go-to lawyer when a business person just can't afford to lose a lawsuit.”  He was its 2010 Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust and Bet-the-Company Litigation.
 
 
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Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Maybe I'm missing something, but if Obama's pal Dr. Eric Whitaker …
Discussion: CatholicVote.org
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Alarm Grows Among Dems About Obama's Chances
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Businessweek’ editor won't say whether they're making money, describes the ‘luxury’ of doing long pieces
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics group calls on GOP leadership to demand Rep. Buchanan's resignation
Discussion: Politico
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama has two accounts with JPMorgan
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Coat Hanger Abortions Are Fine, Says Mississippi Lawmaker, Because ‘Hey, You Have To Have Moral Values’
Discussion: Truthdig and Business Insider
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama teases David Beckham
Yahoo! News:
Nancy Pelosi: The Democrats' $43-million weapon
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