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1:20 AM ET, May 12, 2011

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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Freshmen On Medicare Attacks: Let's Let Bygones Be Bygones  —  House Republican freshmen admit that their so-called “MediScare” attacks on Democrats helped them win a big majority in 2010.  Democrats had voted for the health care law, which included $500 billion in “cuts” to Medicare …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump blames Ryan budget for GOP woes in NY special election  —  If Republican Jane Corwin goes down in defeat in the May 24 special election in New York's 26th congressional district, blame Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) budget, Donald Trump said Wednesday.  —  Trump, speaking in the first-in-the …
CNN:
House Democrats say Medicare vote already hurting GOP with voters, cite NY special election  —  Washington (CNN) - House Democrats are pointing to a special election to fill an upstate New York congressional seat as evidence that House Republicans' support for a proposal to dramatically change Medicare …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire  —  (CNN) - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Donald Trump took a departure from his sideshow topics Wednesday to tout his past remarks on Osama bin Laden, weigh in on the budget negotiations and assess his chances of moving into the White House.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and Ballot Box
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
House GOP freshmen conveniently forget 2010
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Paul Ryan takes aim at AARP, but misses
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Running Mate  —  Mitt Romney's ObamaCare problem.  —  Mitt Romney travels to Ann Arbor today to deliver what his campaign bills as a major address laying out his “2012 principles for health-care reform.”  These are likely to be sensible, but what we'll be listening for is how he explains …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Romney Death Watch, Even Deathier Edition  —  Tomorrow Mitt Romney ventures straight into the lion's den — Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of Jonathan Cohn, where he will deliver a health care speech attempting to explain the unexplainable.  Just as Luke Skywalker was bound to seek out and confront Darth Vader, Romney must confront Cohn.
Southern Fried Scientist / Southern Fried Science:
Florida Senate fails basic biology, accidentally outlaws sex.  —  Question: If your elected officials fail basic taxonomy, promote anti-science curriculum, and consistently attempt to undermine the fundamental unpinning of all biology, what happens when they start trying to legislate from this flawed view of reality?
Michael Sean Winters / ncronline.org:
Catholic Academics Challenge Boehner  —  A group of prominent Catholic academics have signed a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, on the occasion of his forthcoming commencement address at the Catholic University of America.  I will provide commentary later today …
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Critical Letter By Catholics Cites Boehner On Policies  —  Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican who grew up in a Roman Catholic family in Ohio, is scheduled to give the commencement address on Saturday at the Catholic University of America in Washington, a prestigious setting in church circles …
Greg / New York Communities for Change:
May 12'ers taking over NYC!  —  Leading up to Thursday, the On May 12 Coalition has been paying surprise visits to JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and House Speaker John Boehner!  —  The momentum for Thursday's On May 12th actions to hold big banks and corporations accountable for crashing …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:   The People vs. Goldman Sachs
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
WikiLeaks Threatens Its Own Leakers With $20 Million Penalty  —  Julian Assange.  Photo: Wikimedia Commons  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now makes his associates sign a draconian nondisclosure agreement that, among other things, asserts that the organization's huge trove of leaked material is …
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David Allen Green:
The £12m question: how WikiLeaks gags its own staff
Discussion: The Raw Story
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
After approving NBC buyout, FCC Commish becomes Comcast lobbyist  —  Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, plans to step down—and right into a top lobbying job at Comcast-NBC.  —  The news, reported this afternoon …
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Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Leaving to Join Comcast
Amy Schatz / Washington Wire:
Republican FCC Commissioner Baker Expected to Leave Post
Discussion: Hit & Run and Oliver Willis
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses  —  President Obama has the opportunity to prove that he cares about keeping jobs for working class families in America.  He can speak up about his appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who have their boots on The Boeing Company's neck.
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid defends labor board's decision
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Latest AP Poll Sample Skews to Democrats by 17 Points  —  Wow!  The AP poll has Obama's approval rating hitting 60 percent!  And 53 percent say he deserves to be reelected!  —  And on the economy, 52 percent approve of the way Obama's handling it, and only 47 percent disapprove!
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Erik Hedegaard / Rolling Stone:
Donald Trump Lets His Hair Down  —  A conversation with the host of The Celebrity Apprentice  —  Like you, we've always wondered what's inside Donald Trump's wallet.  So, on a recent visit to his office at the top of Trump Tower in Manhattan, the epicenter of his vast real estate empire …
Al Baker / New York Times:
Two Men Arrested in New York Terror Case  —  Two men who the authorities said intended to carry out a terrorist attack in New York City were arrested late Wednesday, two law enforcement officials said.  —  Details were not immediately available, and the identities of the men were not released.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Oliver Willis
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, ‘You Believe In Slavery’  —  Conservatives have slung all kinds of hyperbolic, outlandish, and phony attacks on attempts to provide health care to all Americans over the years, but tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
Discussion: Lez Get Real
Erica Ho / newsfeed.time.com:
Survey: 85% of New College Grads Move Back in with Mom and Dad  —  The kids are coming home to roost.  —  Surprise, surprise: Thanks to a high unemployment rate for new grads, many of those with diplomas fresh off the press are making a return to Mom and Dad's place.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Obama way ahead of Republicans for 2012 election  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has a wide lead over potential Republican rivals for the presidential election in 2012, but faces serious doubts about his handling of the U.S. economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found Wednesday.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape  —  WASHINGTON — Jess Smochek arrived in Bangladesh in 2004 as a 23-year-old Peace Corps volunteer with dreams of teaching English and “helping the world.”  She left six weeks later a rape victim after being brutalized in an alley by a knife-wielding gang.
Haaretz:
Hamas accepts 1967 borders, but will never recognize Israel, top official says  —  Speaking to Palestinian news agency Ma'an, Mahmoud Zahar says recognition of Israel would deprive future Palestinian generations of the possibility to ‘liberate’ their lands.  —  Hamas would be willing to accept …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Schakowsky: Young people felt like America was ‘kind of a loser’ until after OBL ‘murder’  —  There's no question that the U.S. raid in Pakistan to take out Osama bin Laden was an important event for the lives of many Americans, but how much of a game changer was it?
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Lungren blasts Obama's joke about moats and alligators for border security  —  Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) on Wednesday night said he is “disappointed” that President Obama chose to mock those who are demanding tighter border security in his Tuesday speech in El Paso.
Tom Geoghegan / BBC:
Why are Americans so angry about petrol prices?  —  Rising petrol prices in the US are expected to be one of the key issues in the 2012 presidential election.  But Americans still pay half of what Europeans fork out on the forecourt.  So why is it such a big deal?
Discussion: Climate Progress
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Upstate New York man says sign pointing to mosque stating ‘BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY’ stays  —  An angry upstate New York man says there's not a prayer that he'll remove a nasty sign prompted by a feud with the mosque next door.  —  “BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY,” reads the stenciled message on the front lawn of Michael Heick.
 
 
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George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Inside the Alabama Democrats' 5-point comeback plan (Talbot)
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman's pro-civil unions stance breaks with GOP orthodoxy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Oliver Willis
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH gov vetoes anti-union bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
ACORN's Bertha Lewis Sings ‘Wal-Mart Sucks’ at Church Service
Discussion: Verum Serum
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Executive Order on Campaign Spending Disclosure Threatened by GOP Antagonists, Democratic Hand-Wringers
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Dems protest GOP's plans for permanent war against terror
Aharding / CNN:
ConocoPhillips angers senator by declaring tax proposal ‘un-American’
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How Microsoft Caused the DotCom Bubble and why their Skype ‘Hail Mary’ is irrelevant
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
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Discussion: ABCNEWS, TalkLeft and HotAirPundit
The Note:
“The Skunks at the Garden Party”: Dissenting Senate Dems Denounce Their Party's New Big Oil Bill as …
Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
Let in the Super-Immigrants!
Discussion: Guardian and Yglesias
Erica Sackin / FREEwilliamsburg:
Citing modesty concerns, hipster website removes “sexually suggestive” male images from Sit Room Photo
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Polling-Based Forecast of the Republican Primary Field
Discussion: Hot Air, Gallup and National Review
Brian Calle / Orange Punch:
Lifeguarding in OC is totally lucrative; some make over $200k
Discussion: RedState, Pajamas Media, Hot Air and Wizbang