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5:00 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
And the award for the most ridiculous poll sampling goes to ...  Move over, CBS.  Hang up the kid-leather gloves, WaPo/ABC.  There's a new sample-skewing sheriff in town, and it's the Associated Press.  In a new definition of “outlier,” the AP reported that its latest poll …
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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!
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
No bin Laden bounce on generic ballot  —  President Obama did not receive a significant bump in support against a generic Republican opponent following the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to a new poll released Wednesday.  —  Despite a seven-point boost to a 54 percent approval rating …
Discussion: FrumForum and HotAirPundit
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.
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Bin Laden death now part of Obama's re-elect message
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Bump Hasn't Transferred to 2012 Prospects
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
House GOP freshmen conveniently forget 2010  —  A wide variety of House Republicans, especially freshmen in competitive districts, heard from their constituents over the recent two-week break, and discovered that voters aren't impressed with the GOP plan to end Medicare.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Eschaton
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Paul Ryan takes aim at AARP, but misses
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump blames Ryan budget for GOP woes in NY special election
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ryan: GOP faces messaging challenge in selling 2012 budget
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Freshmen On Medicare Attacks: Let's Let Bygones Be Bygones
Discussion: Wonkette and New York Magazine
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
GOP frosh protest Dems' rhetoric on Medicare
Discussion: The Reid Report and FrumForum
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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Bloomberg:
Boehner's Views on Economy Contradicted by Studies  —  House Speaker John Boehner, giving Wall Street leaders his prescriptions for growing the U.S. economy and reducing the nation's debt, built his case on several assertions that are contradicted by market indicators and government reports.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Catholic Professors Criticize Boehner in Letter  —  House Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican who grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family in Ohio, is scheduled to give the commencement address this Saturday at the Catholic University of America in Washington, a prestigious venue …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Booman Tribune
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Catholic Scholars To Boehner: Your Agenda Defies 'Church's Most Ancient Moral Teachings' On Helping Poor
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
NBC New York:
NJ State Police “Outraged” Over Rapper Invite to White House  —  Common at the 2011 Common Ground Foundation gala fundraiser at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago last month.  —  The invitation of rapper Common to the White House this week is drawing the ire of the union representing New Jersey state police.
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Condemns Some of Common's Lyrics but Praises his Larger Body of Work
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid defends labor board's decision  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday defended the National Labor Relations Board, which has come under heavy criticism from Republicans.  —  Reid said the NLRB “acts as a check on employers and employees alike” and is consistent with the …
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
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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.
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 …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Romney Backed Health Care Mandate in 1994
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Pajamas Media
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House backs down after subpoena threat from Rep. Issa  —  The Obama administration will send an official to testify at a House Oversight Committee hearing after Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened to issue a subpoena.  —  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Hoyer Bucks Obama on Disclosure Plan
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Wall Street Journal:
President to Renew Muslim Outreach  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is preparing a fresh outreach to the Muslim world in coming days, senior U.S. officials say, one that will ask those in the Middle East and beyond to reject Islamic militancy in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death and embrace a new era of relations with the U.S.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Same-sex marriage and the '16 nomination  —  It's basically self-parody here at POLITICO to write about the 2016 presidential campaign, and I don't plan to do it much.  But I thought it was worth passing on a point Bob Shrum made to me yesterday about one of the three or four Democrats already operating …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Moderate Voice
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.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
As Breitbart and Loesch Cover Their Tracks, Professors Cleared By University Officials  —  You may recall this video.  It was the first of two posted on Big Government's site two weeks ago alleging that UMSL Professor Don Giljum and UMKC Professor Judy Ancel were teaching impressionable young college students …
Erica Sackin / FREEwilliamsburg:
Citing modesty concerns, hipster website removes “sexually suggestive” male images from Sit Room Photo … One Response to “Citing modesty concerns, hipster website removes “sexually suggestive” male images from Sit Room Photo”
 
 
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
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Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
Let in the Super-Immigrants!
Discussion: Yglesias and The Huffington Post
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Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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Discussion: RedState and Wizbang
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
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The Business Insider:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and The Market Ticker
Kevin Lamarque / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway