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Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
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.
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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%?
Discussion: WILLisms.com
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Employers in U.S. Added Fewer Jobs Than Forecast in April
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Page
climateconference.heartland.org:
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.
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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
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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.
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TMZ.com:
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 …
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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.
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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
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Maïa De La Baume / New York Times:
New Sex Allegations Against Strauss-Kahn
Discussion: msnbc.com, 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 …
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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
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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
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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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