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8:10 PM ET, May 6, 2012

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BBC:
Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency  —  Francois Hollande: “French people, on the 6th of May, have chosen change”  —  French socialist Francois Hollande has won a clear victory in the country's presidential election.  —  Mr Hollande - who got an estimated 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off …
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Roy Gutman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exit polls: Sarkozy loses in France, Greek voters also turn on leaders  —  ATHENS $mdash; Voters in France and Greece delivered a harsh judgment on their ruling parties in elections Sunday, almost certainly ousting President Nicolas Sarkozy from power in France and severely punishing …
A Wsj / Wall Street Journal:
Hollande Wins French Vote, Pollsters Say  —  PARIS—French Socialist candidate François Hollande won Sunday's presidential runoff, defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy after a hard-fought campaign that pitted two radically different personalities against each other …
New York Times:
Hollande Defeats Sarkozy in France  —  PARIS — François Hollande swept into office on Sunday, becoming the first Socialist to be elected president of France since François Mitterrand left office in 1995.  —  Mr. Hollande's campaign promised a kinder, gentler, more inclusive France …
Associated Press:   Socialist Francois Hollande defeats Nicolas Sarkozy in French presidential election
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage  —  Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people.  His comments signify a split within the Obama administration and may pave the way for President Obama …
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Gregg Re / The Daily Caller:
SNL cuts sketch critical of Obama, replaces it with Fox News parody  —  The Daily Caller has obtained a scrapped sketch critical of President Barack Obama that was intended for airing at the opening of last night's “Saturday Night Live” on NBC.  —  In the skit, President Obama addresses Americans soon …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
David Plouffe on crowd size: 'We're happy to have that debate'
Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN EMPTY ARENA
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
The Answer Isn't Socialism; It's Capitalism That Better Spreads the Benefits of the Productivity Revolution  —  China Economy , François Hollande , Francois Hollande French Election , Joblessness , Socialism , Business News  —  Francois Hollande's victory doesn't and shouldn't mean …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Los Angeles Times:
GOP, take down that small tent  —  California's Republican Party used to work toward solutions.  Now it's an exclusive club where members' ideological cards must be checked at the door.  —  From left: Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Nathan Fletcher.  (National Archives, Bob Galbraith …
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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Schwarzenegger: GOP too narrow, rigid
ABCNEWS:
Sen. John McCain's Advice to Mitt Romney: Pick a Running Mate You Trust  —  This morning on ABC's This Week, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., weighed in on Mitt Romney's hotly anticipated vice presidential pick.  The former presidential candidate's advice was clear.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Carlo Munoz / The Hill:   Gingrich 'can't imagine' being VP
Ted Strickland / CNN:
Strickland, Davis weigh in on crucial battleground states
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Spin of the Times: Bias cloaked as front-page news  —  It's no surprise to anyone who pays attention that mainstream media tilt their coverage in favor of Democrats and leftish ideas.  But it's not confined to endless puff pieces about the president, or the ignoring of unpleasant facts.
Discussion: Althouse
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Ron Paul supporters capture majority of Nevada's national delegates  —  Delegates to national GOP convention must vote in first round according to caucus results but are free to vote for others if there is a second round  —  Ron Paul supporters wave campaign signs at the Nevada state GOP convention …
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Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Paul supporters oust two Romney backers
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun and Politico
Daniel Gross / Wall Street Journal:
Renting Prosperity  —  Americans are getting used to the idea of renting the good life, from cars to couture to homes.  Daniel Gross explores our shift from a nation of owners to an economy permanently on the move—and how it will lead to the next boom.  —  In the American mind …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Calculated Risk
 
 
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Never Mind Europe. Worry About India.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Via Meadia
Washington Examiner:
Warren ancestry claim puts light on corrupt system
Discussion: Althouse
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Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50,000 residents eked out a grimy living in the most densely …