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12:35 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 …
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’  —  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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.”
Kevin Noble Maillard / Campaign Stops:
Elizabeth Warren's Birther Moment
Discussion: Althouse and Boston Herald
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
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!
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 …
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.
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: Gov 2.0, Politico and Gothamist
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.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Hoyer, Cantor have a deal to extend Export-Import Bank
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and RedState
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
GOP's Violence Against Women Act Would Open Up Undocumented Victims To More Abuse
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: 
Alexander Burns / Politico:
What Rick told Mitt
Ezra Klein:
An interview with Paul Krugman
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Woman in Secret Service case calls agents ‘fools’
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Republicans Use Crowdsourcing to Attack Obama Campaign
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
Mitt Romney's Secret Weapon To Woo Latinos?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12