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5:45 PM 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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Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Romney On Obamacare: ‘President Should Have Been More Attuned To What We Did In Our Own State’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Salon
The Note:
Has Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law Worked?
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: No apologies for Mass. plan
Discussion: Jay Bookman
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
RomneyCare: Health Security Theater?
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Aims to Inoculate Himself on Health Care
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.
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Jim Inhofe: Bin Laden photos ‘pretty graphic’
Discussion: USA Today
The Note:   Sen. Jim Inhofe Views ‘Really Bad Graphic’ Osama bin Laden Photos, Calls for Their Release
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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Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Barack Obama's Grandmother Threatened By Al Qaeda
Discussion: Mediaite, Runnin' Scared and FrumForum
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Democrats slam Issa for rejecting witness  —  House Democrats say Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has refused to allow one of their invited witnesses to testify at a hearing on Thursday.  —  Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited Fred Wertheimer …
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Opposition Grows to White House Executive Order on Contractors
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem opposition to disclosure plan grows
Discussion: The Politico
Roll Call:
Ensign Accused of Violating Laws, Senate Rules  —  Senate Ethics Committee special counsel found “substantial credible evidence that provides substantial cause to conclude that [former Sen. John] Ensign violated Senate Rules and federal civil and criminal laws, and engaged in improper conduct reflecting upon …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate ethics committee: Ensign violated federal laws
New York Post:
Two men arrested over alleged terror plot in New York  —  Two men arrested in relation to an alleged terror plot in New York City were of Moroccan and Algerian descent, FOX News reported Thursday.  —  Moroccan Mohammad Mamdouh and Algerian Ahmed Serhani were arrested late Wednesday …
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and Gothamist
David Weigel / Slate Magazine:
People Who Liked This Candidate Also Liked ...  Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Politics … - Vermont's Not-So-Secret Plan To Bring Canadian-Style Health Care Into America- Neo-Nazi Plumber Murder: Can a Court Deny Child Custody to a Parent Who's a White Supremacist?
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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?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Who you calling ‘un-American’?  —  ConocoPhillips, one of the world's largest and most profitable oil companies, yesterday said it's “un-American” to take away taxpayer subsidies from the oil industry.  This wasn't a verbal slip; the comment was put in a press release.
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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 …
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: Wonkette, CNN, The Note and Big Hollywood
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: No to debt ceiling if no entitlement cuts  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he will oppose increasing the debt ceiling unless President Obama and the Democrats agree to short-term cuts in discretionary spending, as well as cuts in entitlement programs over the medium and long terms.
Discussion: The Note
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
President Obama, Completely Wrong on Reason for High Unemployment  —  CBS's Mark Knoller, covering a town hall on the economy with the president this morning, reports: “President Obama blames high unemployment rate on ‘huge layoffs of government workers’ at federal, state and local levels.”
James Taylor / Endpoint Analysis:
NASA-Funded Group Doctors Sea Level Data  —  Catastrophic sea level rise is one of the most valued hole cards played by alarmists in the global warming debate.  In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore showed computer generated images of what Manhattan would look like if sea level rose 20 feet.
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 …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
I.R.S. Begins Enforcing Rule on Gifts to Political Nonprofits  —  Big donors like David H. Koch and George Soros may owe taxes on their millions of dollars in contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups that are playing an increasing role in American politics.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jessica Calefati / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie won't say if he believes in evolution or creationism  —  JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie refused to comment when asked if he believes in evolution or the theory of creationism when asked at a press conference earlier today.  —  “That's none of your business,” Christie said.
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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Third Party candidate in NY-26 labels video dirty trick
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Jon Boone / Guardian:
Taliban join the Twitter revolution
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Trump to Write Policy Book
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cindy McCain to Glenn Beck: ‘Enough vitriol and hate’
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