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11:20 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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Weighing a White House Bid as Opening a Door to Past Pain  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Cheri Daniels has made no secret of her distaste for politics.  She did not campaign for her husband, Mitch Daniels, during two races for governor.  She did not fully move into the governor's mansion after his election.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Daniels solves Cheri problem?  —  It's long been public, if in a quiet way, that Mitch Daniels' wife's jitters were central to his decision, and that they related to her not wanting media scrutiny on the period in the ‘90s when she left him for another guy.  —  Daniels’ hesitation has now forced …
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Am I Running? Ask My Wife
Discussion: The Page
Indianapolis Star:   Is Cheri Daniels ready to take the plunge?
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Ron Paul wouldn't have approved Osama bin Laden operation  —  Ron Paul says he would not have authorized the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, and that President Barack Obama should have worked with the Pakistani government instead of authorizing a raid.
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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ron Paul would not have ordered bin Laden mission
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hotline On Call
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: CNN, Wonkette, The Note and Big Hollywood
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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.
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Associated Press:
Two Men Arrested Over Alleged Synagogue Plot in New York
Discussion: National Review and Pundit Press
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.
LeAnne Gendreau / msnbc.com:
Obama SEAL doll marks bin Laden killing  —  Company's action figure features muscular president with assault rifle  —  Below:  —  NBCConnecticut.com  —  Navy SEALs have become national heroes since news broke that they took down Osama bin Laden, so it's fitting that the newest action figure …
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Madison Gray / newsfeed.time.com:
Introducing: The Barack Obama SEAL Team Six Action Figure
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and BLACKFIVE
Sebastian Rotella / ProPublica:
New Details in the bin Laden Docs: Portrait of a Fugitive Micro-Manager  —  During his final years, Osama bin Laden expressed interest in everything from killing President Obama to his deputies' personalities to an article in an extremist magazine that he didn't like, according …
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Washington Post:
Bin Laden's preoccupation with U.S. said to be source of friction with followers
Discussion: BBC, The Foundry, FP Passport and FrumForum
The Week Magazine:
John Sides and The Monkey Cage: Blogger of The Year  —  Meet the winner of The Week's Blogger of the Year award  —  The Politico's Politico  —  Nate Silver became a superstar during the 2008 election by bringing serious statistical rigor to the horse-race coverage of presidential polling.
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
The Monkey Cage Named “Blog of the Year”
Discussion: FishbowlDC
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?
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 …
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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The Atlantic Online:
GOP Aide: Republicans Not ‘Intellectually Honest’ on Taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner said he will not agree to any budget compromise that raises taxes, even if it threatens our debt limit, in a speech Monday to the Economic Club of New York.  His message was consistent with the GOP's platform …
New York Times:
Mr. Gingrich's Intolerant History  —  Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and latest entrant in the Republican presidential field, has money, experience and name recognition.  His introductory video is all serenity and hope, a deceptively calm way for many voters to meet a splenetic politician …
Melinda Henneberger / Time:
The Cool Kid  —  Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has just proved he can keep 1,100 graduating college kids awake for 17 minutes — and even led them in a popular local cheer about kicking ass.  But Obama's lean, understated former ambassador to China is really here to prove …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cindy McCain to Glenn Beck: ‘Enough vitriol and hate’  —  Cindy McCain says she's had enough of Glenn Beck's “vitriol and hate.”  —  Her comments, via Twitter Wednesday, came after the conservative Fox News host criticized a public-service announcement on the dangers of skin cancer in which her daughter, Meghan McCain, appeared.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Warren Farrell, The Author Of “Why Men Are the Way They Are.”  —  I really enjoyed Warren Farrell's incredibly insightful book, Why Men Are the Way They Are.  In fact, I liked it so much I put together a list of quotations from the book.  I've also just finished one of his other books, The Myth of Male Power.
Discussion: YID With LID
Michael Wooten / WGRZ-TV:
GOP Alleges Jack Davis “Assault” Caught On Camera; Davis Calls It a Setup  —  The Erie County GOP sent out a chain e-mail that read, “At a campaign event tonight in Greece, NY, congressional candidate Jack Davis assaulted a Republican volunteer.  Video is located at the youtube link below.”
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Increasingly Scared Of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says … WASHINGTON — Democratic congressional staffers are increasingly wary of alienating corporate lobbyists for fear of inciting a massive advertising blitz against their bosses, according to an informal survey by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Schumer ‘optimistic’ on immigration  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told an audience at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast he is “optimistic” Congress will pass an immigration reform bill before the 2012 elections.  —  Schumer said he is committed to working with Republican lawmakers …
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Squeezed Cities Ask Nonprofits for More Money  —  As recession-racked cities struggle to balance their budgets with everything short of feeling behind sofa cushions for loose change, a growing number are seeking more money — just don't use the word taxes — from nonprofit institutions …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Marisa Guthrie / Reuters:
Michael Moore joins new Olbermann venture  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Liberal news anchor Keith Olbermann has tapped filmmaker Michael Moore and comedian Richard Lewis as contributors for his upcoming Current TV program, the network said on Wednesday
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
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.
 
 
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Tom Finn / Guardian:
Yemeni forces kill 18 and wound hundreds as unrest escalates
Discussion: FrumForum
Craig Civale / WFAA-TV:
Dallas keeps $2,000 found by honest teen
Telegraph:
Denmark announces decision to reintroduce border controls ahead of Schengen meeting
Discussion: National Review
William D. Cohan / Opinionator:
Don't Let Go of the Anger
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Fortune:
J.P. Morgan's hunt for Afghan gold
Discussion: The Big Picture
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Seeks Reset in Arab World
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
Photo of pat-down of baby at KCI goes worldwide
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Battle over national debt ceiling has negotiation experts shaking their heads
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and FrumForum
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback
The Atlantic Online:
I Feel Like a Black Republican
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
ACORN's Bertha Lewis Sings ‘Wal-Mart Sucks’ at Church Service
Discussion: Verum Serum and The Other McCain
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, ‘You Believe In Slavery’
Discussion: Lez Get Real
 

 
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.8B, MAUs up 14% YoY to 626M, subscribers up 12% YoY to 246M, above est., and €266M operating income; SPOT jumps 12%+

Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast reports Peacock Q2 revenue up 28% YoY to $1B, a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023, and paying subscribers up 38% YoY to 33M

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC plans to lay off 500 more staff by March 2026 and reports a £263M operating deficit in 2023/24, up from £193M in 2022/23, projected to be £492M in 2024/25

 
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