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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Wisconsin recall: Democrats prepare for recall recount  —  Brace yourself: Wisconsin Democrats say they are preparing for the event that the hotly contested recall race could drag on for weeks, or even longer.  —  Floating the prospect of a recount is, of course, a message that bolsters …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Late Polls Find Walker Is Still Favored  —  Two polls released over the weekend suggest that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Republican, remains the clear favorite to win Tuesday's recall election.  —  Although the contest is fairly close, polls of gubernatorial races are ordinarily quite reliable in the late stages of a race.
Washington Examiner:
Wisconsin labor fight started ugly, ended ugly  —  Protesters chant ‘shame’ in protest after the House voted to pass the state's controversial budget bill in the Wisconsin assembly chamber on March 10, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Discussion: Hot Air
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Notes on Wisconsin  —  Notes on Wisconsin: 1) Tomorrow's recall may not be the “second most important election this year,” as some observers have claimed.  It may be the first; 2) The ramifications for American government, which are profound, vastly outweigh ramifications …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Wisconsin Governor Recall Election Is Today
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Intrade Has Walker's Chances over 90%; NY Times in Panic Mode
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Wisconsin's resentment factor
Ezra Klein:
The Keynesian case for Romney  —  Even if you disagree with every one of Mitt Romney's policies, there's a chance he's still the best candidate to lift the economy in 2013.  —  That's not because he has business experience.  For all his bluster about the lessons taught by the private sector …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama joins Dem blitz before Senate vote on equal pay measure
Chad Stone / cbpp.org:
Misguided “Fiscal Cliff” Fears Pose Challenges to Productive Budget Negotiations
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Post:
Team O turns tone-deaf  —  Remember how all the buzz about the 2008 campaign was how young and fresh and new and exciting and YouTube-y and Internet-y and Will.I.AM-y the Obama campaign was?  Well, the Obama 2012 campaign is turning into . . . a raffle.  Or a school auction.  Or something.
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Betsy's Page
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Giffords's potential successor runs from Obama  —  When it comes to President Barack Obama and the special House election to succeed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, there's the personal and then there's the political.  —  The personal: Days after bullets pierced his thigh and cheek in the shooting rampage …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Ballot Box
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Proxy battles and recall matches
Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Clark County GOP erects billboard touting Ron Paul, deriding Mitt Romney  —  It sits at Decatur and Russell in Las Vegas, a stark reminder of the Ron Paul takeover of the Republican Party in the state's largest county.  —  The message is unmistakable: Ron Paul is like Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney is like George W. Bush.
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BuzzFeed:
Bill Clinton: Romney Presidency Would Be Calamitous For The World  —  Last week he complimented Romney, today he doesn't pull any punches.  —  (AP / Ronald Zak)  —  Former President Bill Clinton warned of global danger in the event Mitt Romney wins in the fall — a shift in tone …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
A speech I'd like to hear Obama deliver  —  Later this month, the Supreme Court will deliver its ruling in the Obamacare case.  Suppose the government loses.  What will Obama say?  Perhaps his speech will go something like this:  —  “My fellow citizens.  I'm not going to mince words.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years  —  Trends in American Values: 1987-2012  —  OVERVIEW  —  As Americans head to the polls this November, their values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - THE VETTING - SENATOR BARACK OBAMA ATTENDED BILL AYERS BARBECUE, JULY 4, 2005  —  As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama disavowed any connection with former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground radical who was one of Obama's early backers and his colleague …
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Unemployed bussed in to steward river pageant  —  Coachloads of jobless people brought in to work unpaid on river pageant as part of Work Programme  —  Call for inquiry into use of unpaid jobseekers as jubilee stewards  —  A group of long-term unemployed jobseekers were bussed into London …
New York Post:
Boastful babbling a gift to our foes  —  Last week's media bombshell that we'd infiltrated the Iranian nuclear program with a super-secret computer virus made it undeniable: There's been way too much aired about sensitive US operations over the last year or so.  —  Someone ought to tell Team Obama.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Therapy Survivor Calls Out Ex-Gay Advocate's Bullying On Dr. Drew  —  Last night on his HLN show, Dr. Drew interviewed Janet Boynes, friend of Marcus and Michele Bachmann, about her ex-gay identity and advocacy.  She unsurprisingly reiterated her belief that “change is possible through …
Discussion: Good As You
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
NASA gets two military spy telescopes for astronomy  —  The secretive government agency that flies spy satellites has made a stunning gift to NASA: two exquisite telescopes as big and powerful as the Hubble Space Telescope.  They've never left the ground and are in storage in Rochester, N.Y.
Reuters:
Fear factors: What worries Romney backers  —  Mitt Romney has done the unthinkable: silenced the legions of conservatives who saw him as too starched, too ideologically wobbly and too Richie Rich to win a few months ago.  —  Now comes the hard part: getting those same conservatives …
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Crossroads GPS knocks Obama on debt, economy in new $7 million buy  —  A new $7 million ad buy from a prominent conservative group accuses President Barack Obama of “reckless spending” and will air across key swing states in the November election.  —  The commercial, funded …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Muslim Yelling “Allahu Akbar” Beheads His Wife In Front of Their Six Children Before Throwing Her Dismembered Head From Roof of Their Apartment  —  Maybe Orhan Sircasi is a “moderate” like his fellow wife-beheader Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan.  How many more of these bloody massacres will we see in Europe …
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney Edges Obama in Battle for Middle-Income Voters
Discussion: Hot Air and Campaign 2012
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
US: Israel ‘supportive’ of new Iranian sanctions if nuclear talks fail
Sylvia Westall / Reuters:
Kuwaiti gets 10 years for Twitter blasphemy
Kate Taylor / City Room:
Gay Rights Groups to Join Others in Condemning Stop-and-Frisk
The Atlantic Online:
Tiananmen Square, Then and Now  —  Twenty-three years ago today …
Discussion: Gawker
William Bergstrom / Politico:
Andrew Cuomo proposes lower pot possession charge
Discussion: Associated Press and ThinkProgress
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Goldman Sachs Cuts a Little Deeper
Discussion: New York Magazine and Felix Salmon
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Obama a socialist? Many scoff, but claim persists
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Messina: We're Doing Great! Oh, and We May Lose Wisconsin.
Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Erupting Urinal Soaks House Press Gallery
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Heritage Foundation ‘Expert’ Cannot Cite Any Examples Of Actual Voter Fraud
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN Panelist: ‘You Are An Idiot’ If Your Presidential Vote Depends On Marijuana Legalization
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
North Carolina GOP Platform Says Government Should Be Able To Discriminate Against Gays
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Have We Reached an Economic Tipping Point for the President? - Today's Q's for O's WH - 6/4/2012
Discussion: Taylor Marsh