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12:05 PM ET, May 5, 2012


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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Former AG Michael Mukasey: Obama Officials Drafted Memo to Blame Military If OBL Mission Failed (Video)  —  Leadership: Obama Administration Drafted Memo to Blame Military if OBL Mission Failed  —  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey told Sean Hannity tonight that the Obama Administration drafted …
Rep. Tim Griffin / Politico:
Can Democrats retake the House in November?  —  Interviewed by POLITICO's Andrea Drusch  —  We have to do the fundamentals: get the message out, raise money and organize at a grassroots level.  Assuming that we execute on all of those fronts and do what we need to do …
Nicole Gelinas / City Journal:
The Life of Zachary  —  Imagining how the next generation will fare in the Obama administration's scenario  —  The Obama reelection campaign has created a fictional character, “Julia,” whose starring role in an online slideshow, “The Life of Julia,” has gone viral online.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Liz Cheney eyes the political stage  —  Liz Cheney has been making the rounds at Wyoming political events this spring and her desire to move back to the state has Republicans from Cheyenne to Washington buzzing about a potential future campaign.  —  With little fanfare, Cheney …
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Adam Yauch, 1964-2012: Adam Yauch, a Founder of the Beastie Boys, Dies at 47  —  Adam Yauch, a rapper and founder of the pioneering and multimillion-selling hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died on Friday in Manhattan.  He was 47.  —  His mother, Frances Yauch, confirmed his death.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Occupy Violence: It's Different, Somehow  —  The Occupy movement has a horrific record of violence.  Occupy Wall Street Exposed has counted a dozen deaths, including three murders; more than a dozen rapes; more than 25 disgusting cases of indecent exposure, public defecation, etc …
Discussion: National Review
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Center-Right Meltdown Spreads  —  It appears the United States may not be the only country in which the unpopularity of a conservative agenda pushes conservatives even further to the Right.  —  At TNR, David Bell contemplates the incoherence of Nicolas Sarkozy's ideology …
Discussion: Firstpost and Balloon Juice
David A. Bell / The New Republic:
Midnight in Paris  —  The implosion of the French right.
Discussion: Althouse
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Abby Huntsman: Romney's Chen Guangcheng Criticism Was ‘Very Foolish’  —  Abby Huntsman Livingston, daughter of the former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, waded into the controversy surrounding the Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng today, lambasting both President Obama …
Discussion: The Raw Story and ABCNEWS
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Kristol: Romney's Attacks On Obama For Handling Of Chinese Dissident Are ‘Foolish’
Discussion: Reuters and FP Passport
Booth Gunter / Investigation …:
Investigation, Lawsuit Expose Barbaric Conditions at For-Profit Youth Prison in Mississippi  —  Michael McIntosh couldn't believe what he was hearing.  He had come to visit his son at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility near Jackson, Miss., only to be turned away.  His son wasn't there.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
North Carolina's Ban on Gay Marriage Appears Likely to Pass  —  On Tuesday, North Carolina will vote on a state constitutional amendment that declares, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” thereby banning recognition of same-sex marriage …
Washington Post:
The EPA is earning a reputation for abuse  —  MAYBE AL ARMENDARIZ — until Monday, one of the Environmental Protection Agency's top administrators — didn't mean his comments to sound quite how they did.  But they didn't sound good.  In a 2010 speech, now circulating online …
David Cross / Movoto Real Estate Watch:
White House For Sale (Infographic)  —  Like it or not, the election season is here.  Along with heated debates and campaign promises, the politically savvy will start tossing around a tried and true adage: The White House is for sale.  —  This got us thinking: What would the Executive Mansion in the heart of Washington D.C. fetch?
Discussion: Politico and DCist
Ronald Brownstein / 2012 Decoded:
Will Hispanic Immigration Trends Hurt Obama in 2012?  —  The cresting of the great generation-long wave of legal and illegal immigration from Mexico won't meaningfully affect the political leverage of Hispanics in the U.S. for decades, if ever.  But some Hispanic leaders worry …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Burns / Politico:
What Rick told Mitt  —  Rick Santorum urged Mitt Romney in a Friday meeting to address the “economic and family issues” that animated Santorum's own campaign for president, sources familiar with the conversation said.  —  The two met for nearly an hour at the Pittsburgh office of Brabender Cox …
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Wire
Rick Santorum / CNN:
TRENDING: Aide: Santorum endorsement could come in ‘next week or so’
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
GOP's Violence Against Women Act Would Open Up Undocumented Victims To More Abuse … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Immigration, Video, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Sandy Adams, Chuck Grassley, Domestic Violence, Immigrant Rights, U-Visa, Undocumented Immigrants, Latino Politics, Vawa, Violence Against Women Act, War On Women, Politics News
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden thumps GOP over Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Kevin Noble Maillard / Campaign Stops:
Elizabeth Warren's Birther Moment  —  If you are 1/32 Cherokee and your grandfather has high cheekbones, does that make you Native American?  It depends.  Last Friday, Republicans in Massachusetts questioned Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's racial ancestry.
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Discussion: Gov 2.0, Politico and Gothamist
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Obama's re-election rallies on Saturday to be blitzed by Romney campaign
Christian Schneider / National Review:
Ryan: Obama's ‘Julia’ is ‘Creepy’
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Hoyer, Cantor have a deal to extend Export-Import Bank
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and RedState
Mitt Romney's Eldest Son Has Twins Via Surrogate
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Republicans say Obama is running out of excuses to delay Keystone pipeline
Discussion: Politico
Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Asked whether Obama supports his re-election, Rangel says it's ‘a good question’
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters, NOW unite to force Limbaugh off the air
Ezra Klein:
An interview with Paul Krugman
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Woman in Secret Service case calls agents ‘fools’
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