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4:55 PM ET, May 1, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives  —  Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Openly-Gay Spokesperson Resigns After Facing Pressure From Anti-Gay Right Wing
Discussion: Washington Post
BuzzFeed:
Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?  —  The operators' resentment is real.  And their criticism could undermine the president's clearest-cut victory, the slaying of America's most notorious enemy.  —  President Barack Obama making a statement on the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
McCain on Bin Laden raid: 'The thing about heroes, they don't brag'  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued to hammer the Obama re-election team over its use of the death of Osama bin Laden in a campaign commercial, echoing Mitt Romney's statement that any president - including Jimmy Carter - would have made the same call.
Jose A. Rodriguez Jr / Washington Post:
The path to bin Laden's death didn't start with Obama
Daily Mail:
SEALs slam Obama for using them as ‘ammunition’ in bid to take credit for bin Laden killing during election campaign
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich: Thanks and goodbye
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
How The White House Smothered The News Of Obama's Trip To Afghanistan  —  How the White House played whack-a-mole, and why I deleted my tweet.  Drudge wouldn't budge.  —  Shortly before 9:19 a.m. this morning the Afghanistan-based 24-hour broadcast news station TOLONews tweeted that President Barack Obama had landed in Afghanistan.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama, Under Veil of Secrecy, Visits Kabul to Seal Agreement  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - President Obama landed here Tuesday, on a surprise visit, to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan meant to mark the beginning of the end of a war that has lasted for more than a decade.
ABCNEWS:
Obama Makes Secret Trip to Afghanistan  —  President Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, overnight on a secret trip that coincides with the one-year anniversary of the U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  —  Obama touched down at Bagram Air Field just outside …
Michael Barbaro / The Caucus:
Romney Quietly Meets With Bloomberg  —  The pursuit of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential endorsement is headed into overdrive.  —  On Tuesday, Mitt Romney had a private breakfast with Mr. Bloomberg at the headquarters of the mayor's philanthropic foundation on Manhattan's Upper East Side …
New York Post:
Obama arrives in Afghanistan report says; White House denies it
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Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren's embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The NYT reports that “officials involved” …
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Genealogist says Warren may be able to claim Cherokee heritage; Brown and Warren campaigns continue to trade barbs
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
House Republicans: No offsets for extending Bush-era tax rates  —  House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the Bush-era tax rates, a move that could erase the deficit reduction they have achieved since winning their majority in the chamber in 2010.
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Ezra Klein:
Has Team Romney forgotten that the Bush years were terrible?
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Taxes and Employment  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles …
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
Brown says daughter, 23, insured under health law  —  Senator Scott Brown, who won office vowing to be the 41st vote to block President Obama's health care law and who has since voted three times to repeal it, acknowledged Monday that he takes advantage of it to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Brown benefits from health care act
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Stranger …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Victims of Communism Day  —  Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have been commemorating this day here at the Volokh Conspiracy as Victims of Communism Day.  Various other websites and blogs have promoted the same concept.  In time, we hope to make this a worldwide commemoration similar to Holocaust Memorial Day.
Discussion: Haemet, iOwnTheWorld.com and Moe Lane
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
President Obama, campaigner in chief  —  The preezy of the United Steezy is making me queasy.  —  I'm not troubled by President Obama's slow jam with Jimmy Fallon, who dubbed the commander in chief “preezy” during Obama's appearance on late-night TV.  No, preezy is making me queasy …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Virginia  —  Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite to win Virginia this fall.  He has a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney in the state.  We have consistently found Obama leading in Virginia by margins similar to his 6 point victory there in 2008- he led Romney by 6 in December …
Kevin Fallon / The Atlantic Online:
The Death of Must See TV: A Former Executive on NBC's Rise and Fall  —  A conversation with Warren Littlefield, who ran NBC's entertainment division from 1993 to 1998  —  “One network, one night, for one decade.”  That's how Warren Littlefield describes the magic of Must See TV.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Post:
Anguish of Edwards' pal wife  —  By TARA PALMERI in Greensboro, NC, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY  —  The wife of John Edwards' former top aide broke down in tears yesterday as she testified about the insane demands Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, made as the witness helped hide the affair.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reuters:
Occupy's May Day protests off to slow, soggy start in NYC  —  (Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street's call for a general strike to mark International Workers Day got off to a slow start on Tuesday, with sparse gatherings at a handful of spots around a rainy New York City.
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
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Vivian Ho / San Francisco Chronicle:
Protesters trash Mission District businesses, cars  —  (05-01) 06:46 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Broken glass littered several streets in San Francisco's Mission District after protesters vandalized cars and buildings Monday night, including a police station.  —  The vandals were in a group …
Benjamin J. Dueholm / Washington Monthly:
Rules of Misbehavior  —  Dan Savage, the brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist, has become one of the most important ethicists in America.  Are we screwed?  —  ive months after the death of Esther “Eppie” Lederer in 2002, the bulk of her estate—a sprawling Chicago apartment's worth of furniture …
Discussion: American Prospect
 
 
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rubio faces credit card, Rivera, mortgage questions
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Right-Wing Claims Obama's New Campaign Slogan Reveals His Secret Communist And/Or Fascist Allegiances
Panama City News-Herald:
Gaetzes standing up for ‘Stand Your Ground’ law
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Naked Politics
Charles Mahtesianand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
Congress: It's going to get worse
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Sometimes the death penalty is warranted
Mitch Smith / Inside Higher Ed:
One law school reduces admissions, says that's the future of legal education
Discussion: Gawker
Yahoo! News:
What Robert Caro's LBJ biography could teach Obama and Romney
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Why Condi won't be VP  —  Right now there's some chatter …
Discussion: American Prospect
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Lugar Loss Could Provide Pickup Opportunity for Democrats
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Averages 47% Job Approval in April
Discussion: Ballot Box and Firedoglake
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
No alternative to austerity  —  Spanish unemployment is nearing 25 per cent.
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog