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9:20 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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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:
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 …
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.
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: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
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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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 …
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
Discussion: FrumForum and HotAirPundit
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Bump Hasn't Transferred to 2012 Prospects
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.
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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats eagerly set stage for big Romney speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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NBC New York:
NJ State Police “Outraged” Over Rapper Invite to White House
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
White House Condemns Some of Common's Lyrics but Praises his Larger Body of Work
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.
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
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 …
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Executive Order on Campaign Spending Disclosure Threatened by GOP Antagonists, Democratic Hand-Wringers  —  The draft executive order that would force any corporation doing business with the federal government to disclose its political donations is this close to being held back, I'd gather.
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Hoyer Bucks Obama on Disclosure Plan
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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) …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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”
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
How Microsoft Caused the DotCom Bubble and why their Skype ‘Hail Mary’ is irrelevant  —  Since the mid-nineties, I have nurtured a thesis about the dotcom bubble, tech bust, and the role Microsoft played in it.  The opportunity to discuss it has never came up.  —  That is, until Microsoft's purchase of Skype yesterday.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Polling-Based Forecast of the Republican Primary Field  —  This is the finale of a four-part series (Part I, Part II, Part III) evaluating the utility of early presidential primary polls as forecasting instruments.  My contention is that these polls have enough predictive power …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gallup and National Review
 
 
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David Allen Green:
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Hilary Abramson / Kaiser Health News:
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Erica Ho / newsfeed.time.com:
Survey: 85% of New College Grads Move Back in with Mom and Dad
Discussion: Firedoglake
Aharding / CNN:
ConocoPhillips angers senator by declaring tax proposal ‘un-American’
Edward Wyatt / Media Decoder:
F.C.C. Commissioner Leaving to Join Comcast
Associated Press:
Diary: Bin Laden eyed new targets, big body count
Discussion: ABCNEWS, TalkLeft and HotAirPundit
The Note:
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Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
Let in the Super-Immigrants!
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Yglesias
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP blasts NEA grants to Frisco mimes, accordion festival
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Same-sex marriage and the '16 nomination
Discussion: Mediaite
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
IRS gift tax move could hit new anonymous groups
Discussion: Firedoglake, msk.com, Don Surber and Salon
The Business Insider:
Irish Bombshell: Government Raids PRIVATE Pensions To Pay For Spending
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Market Ticker
Wall Street Journal:
President to Renew Muslim Outreach