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11:35 PM ET, May 11, 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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire
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.
David / Blue Mass Group:
Romney backed a *federal* individual health care mandate in 1994  —  Bumped, for Seamus. - promoted by david  —  We're all positively breathless with anticipation over what Mitt Romney might have to say about health care tomorrow in Michigan.  He's tried so many times to explain …
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
No bin Laden bounce on generic ballot
Discussion: FrumForum and HotAirPundit
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 …
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?
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
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Condemns Some of Common's Lyrics but Praises his Larger Body of Work
NBC New York:
NJ State Police “Outraged” Over Rapper Invite to White House
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
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 …
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
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Dems protest GOP's plans for permanent war against terror  —  Nearly three dozen House Democrats are calling on Republicans to withdraw a section of the 2012 defense authorization bill that they say would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.
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.
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
ACORN's Bertha Lewis Sings ‘Wal-Mart Sucks’ at Church Service  —  This defies any further explanation.
Discussion: Verum Serum
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
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman's pro-civil unions stance breaks with GOP orthodoxy  —  In the days after he was nominated as U.S. ambassador to China, congratulations poured in to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., including one from Bob Page, a North Carolina businessman.  —  “I write to thank you for your leadership …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Oliver Willis
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.
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Inside the Alabama Democrats' 5-point comeback plan (Talbot)  —  Can Mark Kennedy lead the Alabama Democratic Party out of the wilderness?  —  That's the question facing the former state Supreme Court Justice as he takes on one of the most daunting tasks in American politics.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Brian Calle / Orange Punch:
Lifeguarding in OC is totally lucrative; some make over $200k  —  High pay and benefits for lifeguards in Newport Beach is the latest example of frustrating levels of compensation for public employees.  More than half the city's full-time lifeguards are paid a salary of over $100,000 …
Discussion: RedState, Pajamas Media, Hot Air and Wizbang
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 …
Galactic Empire Times:
Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says  —  CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Lungren blasts Obama's joke about moats and alligators for border security
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Schakowsky: Young people felt like America was ‘kind of a loser’ until after OBL ‘murder’
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH gov vetoes anti-union bill
Discussion: Daily Kos, ThinkProgress and TPMDC
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Executive Order on Campaign Spending Disclosure Threatened by GOP Antagonists, Democratic Hand-Wringers
David Allen Green:
The £12m question: how WikiLeaks gags its own staff
Discussion: Threat Level and The Raw Story
Hilary Abramson / Kaiser Health News:
Letter From California: Exchange Board Has Daunting Task
Discussion: Doug Ross
Aharding / CNN:
ConocoPhillips angers senator by declaring tax proposal ‘un-American’
 Earlier Items: 
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
How Microsoft Caused the DotCom Bubble and why their Skype ‘Hail Mary’ is irrelevant
Discussion: TigerHawk
Associated Press:
Diary: Bin Laden eyed new targets, big body count
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
President to Renew Muslim Outreach