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2:30 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 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cherokee Nation, cont'd  —  In a 1998 editorial celebrating the law school's award of tenure to — how to put it? — great legal scholar Lani Guinier, the Harvard Crimson noted: “Harvard Law School currently has only one tenured minority woman, Gottlieb Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren, who is Native American.”
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry  —  NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord's bounty in return.  —  The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
For China, a Dissident in Exile Is One Less Headache Back Home  —  After more than a week of high-level diplomacy over the fate of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese government was widely seen as making a major concession on Friday by agreeing to allow Mr. Chen to apply to leave for the United States.
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Abby Huntsman: Romney's Chen Guangcheng Criticism Was ‘Very Foolish’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Raw Story and ABCNEWS
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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Tears Into Romney For Giving Money To Mormon Church Instead Of Directly To Charity  —  On last week's edition of Real Time, Bill Maher argued during the panel discussion that Mitt Romney should be giving money to an actual charity rather than just the standard tithe to the Mormon church.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
US should return stolen land to Indian tribes, says United Nations  —  UN's correspondent on indigenous peoples urges government to act to combat ‘racial discrimination’ felt by Native Americans  —  A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called …
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
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Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
State Bonds in Jeopardy as Tobacco Cash Fades
Booth Gunter / Investigation …:
Investigation, Lawsuit Expose Barbaric Conditions at For-Profit Youth Prison in Mississippi
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Washington Post:
The EPA is earning a reputation for abuse
David Cross / Movoto Real Estate Watch:
White House For Sale (Infographic)
Discussion: Politico and DCist
TSA Reveals Passenger Complaints ... Four Years Later
Discussion: Gov 2.0, Politico and Gothamist
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Obama's re-election rallies on Saturday to be blitzed by Romney campaign
Discussion: The Caucus and ABCNEWS
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ronald Brownstein / 2012 Decoded:
Will Hispanic Immigration Trends Hurt Obama in 2012?
Mitt Romney's Eldest Son Has Twins Via Surrogate
Glynnis MacNicol / Capital New York:
Juan Williams misses NPR; Ben Smith competes with Taco Bell Health Channel
Alexander Burns / Politico:
What Rick told Mitt