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8:50 AM ET, May 12, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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
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?
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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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
WikiLeaks: US opens grand jury hearing
Discussion: Danger Room, Salon, NPR, Truthdig and msnbc.com
CNN:
Members of Congress see bin Laden photos  —  Washington (CNN) — More members of Congress are seeing something cleared for only a select group of Americans: Photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse.  —  Republican Sen. James Inhofe told CNN's Eliot Spitzer on Wednesday he saw about 15 photos of bin Laden's body …
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Rep. Schakowsky: Young people felt like America was ‘kind of a loser’ until after OBL ‘murder’
Discussion: Althouse
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: ‘Easy’ to criticize W.H. show  —  Sarah Palin threw some more fuel onto the fire of the Drudge Report-led controversy swirling around the White House's decision to host the rapper Common at a celebration of poetry.  —  “It is just too easy,” Palin said of criticizing the decision …
Discussion: The Note and Big Hollywood
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Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit  —  The Pentagon is considering allowing the families of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to visit them, an unprecedented step to ease the isolation of inmates who in some cases have been held at the U.S. facility for close to a decade, according to congressional aides.
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 …
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Michael Sean Winters / ncronline.org:
Catholic Academics Challenge Boehner
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
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.
Dan Berman / The Politico:
What to watch when Big Oil testifies  —  It's a tradition in Washington: the annual Capitol Hill version of the perp walk for Big Oil.  —  This time, Senate Democrats are hauling the top executives of five major private oil companies to the Finance Committee to rap them on the knuckles …
Discussion: The Page
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The Note:
“The Skunks at the Garden Party”: Dissenting Senate Dems Denounce Their Party's New Big Oil Bill as …
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.
John McCain / Washington Post:
Bin Laden's death and the debate over torture  —  Osama bin Laden's welcome death has ignited debate over whether the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used on enemy prisoners were instrumental in locating bin Laden, and whether they are a justifiable means for gathering intelligence.
Discussion: The Politico, Emptywheel and The Nation
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
John Cogan / Wall Street Journal:
The Millionaire Retirees Next Door  —  Typical retired couples will collect $1 million or more in Social Security and Medicare.  This is more than they paid in, and the cost will fall on today's workers.  —  Readers may recall the 1950s TV show, “The Millionaire,” which portrayed stories …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
ACORN's Bertha Lewis Sings ‘Wal-Mart Sucks’ at Church Service  —  This defies any further explanation.
Discussion: Verum Serum and The Other McCain
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: Oliver Willis and Ben Smith's Blog
The Atlantic Online:
Why Not Charge People to See Bin Laden's Death Photo?  —  The proceeds could help fund America's wars abroad and other efforts in the war on terror or even a scholarship for 9/11 victims  —  People want to see photos of the shot-out face and body of Osama bin Laden?  People want to see a wrapped body dumped into the ocean?
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.
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Am I Running?  Ask My Wife  —  More than 1,000 Republicans will pack an Indianapolis ballroom Thursday night to catch the state's most anticipated political speech in years.  —  The speaker?  Not Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, but his wife, Cheri, a woman who famously hates politics and has long shied from the political spotlight.
Discussion: The Page
governor.nh.gov:
Governor Lynch's Veto Message Regarding HB 474  —  By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on May 11, 2011, I vetoed HB 474.  —  States should not interfere with the rights of businesses and their employees to freely negotiate contracts.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's main idea for getting quality health care at less cost was in jeopardy Wednesday after key medical providers called his administration's initial blueprint so complex it's unworkable.
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
I Feel Like a Black Republican
Discussion: Oliver Willis
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Inside the Alabama Democrats' 5-point comeback plan (Talbot)
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH gov vetoes anti-union bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Dems protest GOP's plans for permanent war against terror
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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
How Microsoft Caused the DotCom Bubble and why their Skype ‘Hail Mary’ is irrelevant
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Associated Press:
Diary: Bin Laden eyed new targets, big body count
Discussion: ABCNEWS, TalkLeft and HotAirPundit
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Upstate New York man says sign pointing to mosque stating ‘BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY’ stays
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Removing the Boot from the Throat of American Businesses