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4:30 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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Was More Supportive Of Individual Mandates Than Mitt Romney … Elections 2012 , Newt Gingrich , Romney Health Care , Gingrich Mandates , Gingrich Mandates Health Care , Healt Care Reform , Newt Gingrich Individual Mandate , Newt Health Care , Romney Individual Mandates , Politics News
The Note:
Has Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law Worked?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney doesn't apologize for Massachusetts healthcare law
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: No apologies for Mass. plan
Discussion: Jay Bookman
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
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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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.
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
The Note:
John McCain: Waterboarding, Torture Did Not Help Hunt for Osama Bin Laden
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Political Insider
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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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ethics Panel Asks That Ensign Inquiry Be Reopened  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to reopen its investigation of former Senator John Ensign, saying it had found evidence that he had conspired to help his former aide violate a lobbying ban …
Discussion: The Note
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate ethics committee: Ensign violated federal laws
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  —  Security has been increased around the home of President Barack Obama's step-grandmother in Kenya after an African al Qaeda branch issued a personal threat against her, police said today.  —  Kenyan police told ABC News they are patrolling round …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Mediaite and FrumForum
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?
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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner dodges specifics on debt limit cuts
Discussion: The Hill, The New Republic and The Page
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
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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, Wonkette, CNN and Big Hollywood
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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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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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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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dem opposition to disclosure plan grows
Discussion: The Politico
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Kerry: Libya mission a ‘stalemate’  —  The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday described the Libyan conflict as a “stalemate,” while the panel's top Republican called the mission a “diversion” for Washington.  —  Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) …
Discussion: FrumForum and The Page
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 …
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.
Melinda Henneberger / Time:
Jon Huntsman: The Would Be Republican Presidential Candidate Democrats Most Fear  —  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.
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.”
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about the search giant, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons reveals—a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war.
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias / Yglesias:
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Trump to Write Policy Book
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Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Palestinian Flag to Fly at CUNY Commencement
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Weasel Zippers
Annie Lowrey / Slate Magazine:
Is College a Rotten Investment?
Discussion: Yglesias and Democracy in America
Wendell Potter / The Huffington Post:
Dear Mr. President, I Wish I Had Known...
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Ron Paul to launch W.H. bid Friday
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Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Democrats Increasingly Scared Of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cindy McCain to Glenn Beck: ‘Enough vitriol and hate’
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and CNN
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Interview With Warren Farrell, The Author Of “Why Men Are the Way They Are.”
Discussion: YID With LID
Washington Post:
Guantanamo Bay detainees' family members may be allowed to visit
 

 
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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, and a $348M loss, down from $651M in Q2 2023; paying subs were up 38% YoY to 33M but down from 33.5M in Q1

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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