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11:05 AM ET, May 5, 2012


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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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.
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.
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’
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
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Republicans Use Crowdsourcing to Attack Obama Campaign
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden thumps GOP over Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Leading GOPer chastises right wing group for comparing climate believers to mass murderers  —  As you may have heard, the Heartland Institute, a right-wing anti-climate-science think tank, has launched a billboard campaign that's getting widely pilloried on the Web — it compares people …
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
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
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 …
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Obama's re-election rallies on Saturday to be blitzed by Romney campaign  —  Mitt Romney's campaign is working hard to steal President Barack Obama's spotlight this weekend, when the president is set to hold the first major rallies of his 2012 re-election campaign.
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 …
Christian Schneider / National Review:
Ryan: Obama's ‘Julia’ is ‘Creepy’  —  Back in his Wisconsin district today to hold a series of listening sessions, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan commented on President Obama's latest campaign mascot, a hypothetical woman whom the campaign calls “Julia.”
Mitt Romney's Eldest Son Has Twins Via Surrogate  —  O'HARA, Pa. - Tagg Romney, the eldest son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, announced via Twitter that he and his wife Jen have new twin boys, delivered by a surrogate today.  —  “Happy 2 announce birth of twin boys David Mitt and William Ryder.
TSA Reveals Passenger Complaints ... Four Years Later  —  From intrusive pat-downs to body scans to perceived profiling, the Transportation Security Administration always seems to be the target of complaints.  —  Here's another one: It took the TSA almost four years to tell me what people complained about — in 2008.
Discussion: Politico and Gothamist
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Booth Gunter / Investigation …:
Investigation, Lawsuit Expose Barbaric Conditions at For-Profit Youth Prison in Mississippi
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Hoyer, Cantor have a deal to extend Export-Import Bank
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and RedState
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’
Glynnis MacNicol / Capital New York:
Juan Williams misses NPR; Ben Smith competes with Taco Bell Health Channel
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters, NOW unite to force Limbaugh off the air
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Noble Maillard / Campaign Stops:
Elizabeth Warren's Birther Moment
Ezra Klein:
An interview with Paul Krugman
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Woman in Secret Service case calls agents ‘fools’
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
The tea party's second act: Was 2010 a steppingstone or a high-water mark?
Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Recall Amnesia
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Mitt Romney's Secret Weapon To Woo Latinos?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12