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10:00 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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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.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
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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  —  Likely GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said this week he would not have authorized the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, raising concerns about international law.  —  Paul, a congressman from Texas with a libertarian bent …
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, The Note and Big Hollywood
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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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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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
A serious Trump turns up in New Hampshire
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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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Am I Running? Ask My Wife
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: The Sideshow
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
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 …
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
cbpp.org:
Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits  —  Economic Recovery Measures, Financial Rescues Have Only Temporary Impact  —  Some lawmakers, pundits, and others continue to say that President George W. Bush's policies did not drive the projected federal deficits …
The Atlantic Online:
I Feel Like a Black Republican  —  David White picks up on the Common piece and expounds a bit: … I think that first paragraph captures a lot of what I meant when I asked “Who will they accept?  This is different from \"Who will they agree with?  " I think Liz Cheney's attacks on Eric Holder …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
 
 
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Battle over national debt ceiling has negotiation experts shaking their heads
Discussion: Washington Wire and The Hill
The Atlantic Online:
Why Not Charge People to See Bin Laden's Death Photo?
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Lungren blasts Obama's joke about moats and alligators for border security
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Inside the Alabama Democrats' 5-point comeback plan (Talbot)
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Huntsman's pro-civil unions stance breaks with GOP orthodoxy
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Ben Smith's Blog
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH gov vetoes anti-union bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, ‘You Believe In Slavery’
Discussion: Lez Get Real
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
Larry McShane / NY Daily News:
Upstate New York man says sign pointing to mosque stating ‘BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY’ stays
 

 
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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: comedian Dax Shepard signs an $80M podcasting deal with Amazon, shifting his Armchair Expert show to Amazon's Wondery service from Spotify

 
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