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12:30 PM ET, May 12, 2011

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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?
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 …
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: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Hotline On Call
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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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 …
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
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.
The Note:
Orrin Hatch Defends SUV's, Minivans and Oil Company Tax Breaks  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf (@zbyronwolf) reports:  —  Oil company executives have only just started testifying on Capitol Hill.  They'll face questions from Democrats who want to do away with tax breaks for oil companies that are mean …
Discussion: CNN
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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
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
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul to launch W.H. bid Friday  —  Ron Paul is set to officially launch his presidential campaign Friday morning, a Paul source told POLITICO.  —  The Texas congressman will make his announcement from New Hampshire during the 7:00 a.m. hour of ABC's “Good Morning America.”
Discussion: The Page
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?
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Jim Lehrer to step down from daily broadcast at ‘NewsHour’  —  Jim Lehrer, who has anchored PBS's “NewsHour” program for 36 years, said Thursday morning that he is stepping down from the daily broadcast, ending the longest run of a national anchorman.  —  Lehrer, 76, said he would leave …
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 …
BBC:
Setbacks at Japan nuclear plant  —  Workers found a water level monitoring gauge at reactor 1 was faulty  —  A reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear plant has been more badly damaged than originally thought, operator Tepco has said.  —  Water is leaking from the pressure vessel surrounding reactor 1 …
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.”
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
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 …
Aharding / CNN:
Gingrich to barnstorm through Iowa next week  —  (CNN) - One day after formally announcing his candidacy for president, Newt Gingrich announced a six day campaign swing through Iowa.  —  According to a press release from his campaign, the former House speaker will make stops in 17 cities and towns …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
 
 
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Zachary Roth / Yahoo! News:
Employment rate for black men at record low
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Barack Obama's Grandmother Threatened By Al Qaeda
Discussion: Mediaite
The Atlantic Online:
How Perpetual War Became U.S. Ideology
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Schumer ‘optimistic’ on immigration
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Squeezed Cities Ask Nonprofits for More Money
Discussion: Hit & Run
Craig Civale / WFAA-TV:
Dallas keeps $2,000 found by honest teen
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Increasingly Scared Of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
William D. Cohan / Opinionator:
Don't Let Go of the Anger
 Earlier Items: 
Marisa Guthrie / Reuters:
Michael Moore joins new Olbermann venture
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Fortune:
J.P. Morgan's hunt for Afghan gold
Discussion: The Big Picture
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
Photo of pat-down of baby at KCI goes worldwide
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama plan for health care quality dealt a setback
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul: If You Believe In A Right To Health Care, ‘You Believe In Slavery’
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
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