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4:15 PM ET, May 4, 2012


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Tyler Durden /
People Not In Labor Force Soar By 522,000, Labor Force Participation Rate Lowest Since 1981  —  it is just getting sad now.  In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to  —  88,419,000.  This is the highest on record.
Calculated Risk:
April Employment Report: 115,000 Jobs, 8.1% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … This was below expectations of 165,000 payroll jobs added.  —  Click on graph for larger image.  —  Job growth started picking up early last year, but then the economy was hit by a series of shocks …
Laura D'Andrea Tyson / Economix:
Structural Unemployment and Good Jobs
Discussion: Economist's View
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
New Jobs Slow; Unemployment Drops as Work Force Shrinks
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The awful April jobs report: Is the ‘real’ unemployment rate 11.1%?
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Employers in U.S. Added Fewer Jobs Than Forecast in April
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Page
Our Billboards  —  Do You Still Believe in Global Warming?  —  Billboards in Chicago paid for by The Heartland Institute point out that some of the world's most notorious criminals say they “still believe in global warming” - and ask viewers if they do, too.
Leo Hickman / Guardian:
Global warming belief compared to murder  —  US thinktank launches poster campaign comparing Unabomber and Osama Bin Laden to those concerned about global warming  —  It really is hard to know where to begin with this one.  But let's start with: “What on earth were they thinking?”
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
See the pale-faced Warren redden  —  Dances with truths about her ethnicity  —  Is “Liz Warren” how you say “affirmative action” in Cherokee?  —  When the “Faux-cahontas” story first broke, I looked at it mostly as a laugh line — a truth-stretching liberal hoist on the left's identity-politics petard.
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and Althouse
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Harvard won't say if Liz Warren listed as minority  —  Harvard Law School lists one lone Native American faculty member on its latest diversity census report — but school officials and campaign aides for Elizabeth Warren refused to say yesterday whether it refers to the Democratic Senate candidate.
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren brings no peace to Dems  —  Elizabeth Warren's stumbling efforts to douse the firestorm surrounding her claims of being a Native American minority have raised concerns among local and national Democrats who are questioning her campaign's competence.
Rolling Stone:
Beastie Boys Co-Founder Adam Yauch Dead at 47  —  Influential rapper was diagnosed with cancer in 2009  —  Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47, Rolling Stone has learned.  Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009.
MCA Adam Yauch Dead — Beastie Boys Rapper Dies at 47  —  11:30 AM PT — MCA's publicist just released a statement, writing, “It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch ... passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.
Discussion: Gothamist, Gawker and The Daily Caller
Plain Dealer:
Mitt Romney issues Ohio challenge to President Obama  —  Welcome to Ohio.  I have a simple question for you: Where are the jobs?  —  As we enter the fourth year of your term, unemployment is over 8 percent and has been for your entire term.  Nearly 23 million men and women are unemployed …
Indianapolis Star:
Indiana senator: Poll gives Mourdock sizable lead over Lugar  —  A new poll shows Treasurer Richard Mourdock building a commanding lead over Sen. Richard Lugar.  —  The Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll, conducted by two prominent Republican and Democratic pollsters, shows Mourdock with a 48 percent to 38 percent lead over Lugar.
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
The tea party's second act: Was 2010 a steppingstone or a high-water mark?
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Dick Lugar In Deep Trouble, A New Poll Finds
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Dominique Strauss-Kahn could face gang rape charges after US hotel orgy  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn could face gang rape charges after an escort girl said the former International Monetary Fund chief and three others held her down and forced her to have anal sex.  —  Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Discussion: The Raw Story, BBC, Taylor Marsh and Reuters
Maïa De La Baume / New York Times:
New Sex Allegations Against Strauss-Kahn
Discussion:, DCist and New York Magazine
New York Times:
Deal Appears Near on Dissident, But Clinton Expresses Caution  —  BEIJING — China has agreed to accept an application by the dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng to travel to the United States as a student, the State Department said on Friday, pointing to a quick resolution of an eight …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Kristol: Romney's Attacks On Obama For Handling Of Chinese Dissident Are ‘Foolish’  —  Yesterday Mitt Romney attacked President Obama over the administration's handling of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.  Citing “very troubling developments,” Romney said yesterday was …
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Ted Nugent's Bizarre CBS Interview Culminates In Profanity-Laced Speech About Being Moderate  —  Musician and activist Ted Nugent sat down with CBS' Jeff Glor for his first on-camera interview since his talks with the Secret Service over comments he'd made about President Barack Obama …
Discussion: his vorpal sword
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Ted Nugent to Keep Up Obama Flames
Bob Kerrey / NY Daily News:
President Obama's Bin Laden indiscretion  —  He spoke too soon and said too much  —  In the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011, President Obama and his national security team receive an update on the Osama Bin Laden raid.  —  The operation that resulted in the death …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
At Sunday Meetings, Team Obama Prepares for a Tough Fight
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Speaks Out On Grenell Resignation: We Don't Select People Based On ‘Their Sexual Preference’  —  Mitt Romney spoke out about the resignation of ex-foreign policy adviser Richard Grenell during an appearance on Fox News this morning.  In doing so, the former Massachusetts governor failed …
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Medical reports show Adolf Hitler used cocaine, suffered extreme flatulence  —  Records up for bid online through Alexander Historical Auctions reveal the Nazi leader's many quirks  —  An X-ray copy of Adolf Hitler's skull is part of the cache of medical documents on the Nazi leader given …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Unreal... Obama to Officially Launch 2012 Campaign on Karl Marx's Birthday  —  From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.  —  You just can't make this stuff up.  —  Barack Obama will officially launch his 2012 re-election campaign on Karl Marx's birthday.  —  Freedom Post reported:
Orlando Sentinel:
Source: Zimmerman says Trayvon circled his SUV, frightened him  —  George Zimmerman told investigators that while he was on the phone with a Sanford police dispatcher reporting Trayvon Martin as suspicious, the teenager was circling his vehicle on foot, a source familiar with the investigation told the Orlando Sentinel.
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