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12:45 PM ET, May 7, 2012


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Those Revolting Europeans  —  The French are revolting.  The Greeks, too.  And it's about time.  —  Both countries held elections Sunday that were in effect referendums on the current European economic strategy, and in both countries voters turned two thumbs down.
Brian Topp / Globe and Mail:
With Hollande's defeat of Sarkozy, France dodges a bullet  —  On election day in Paris, Place de la Bastille (home of the left) was full and Place de la Concorde (home of the right) was empty.  As sure a sign as any that the Socialist Party was about to win the presidency, as it went on to do.
Discussion: The Reaction
John Cassidy / Rational Irrationality:
Sarko's Defeat: Good and Bad News for Obama
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Outside the Beltway
Noah Barkin / Reuters:
Analysis: Greek, French voters reject German-led austerity
Anne Penketh / Pundits Blog:
After French vote, will Europe switch course?
Discussion: Reuters
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat  —  A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the presidential race six months before the election.  —  Mitt Romney edged out President Barack Obama 48 percent to 47 percent among likely voters …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing states' poll: Big challenges loom for Obama, Romney  —  Six months out, it's a tie.  —  The first USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll since the GOP settled on a presumptive nominee shows big challenges for each side: Mitt Romney in generating enthusiasm and a personal connection with his supporters …
James Hohmann / Politico:   Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat
Republican poll analysis: The race to November begins
Discussion: CNN
James Hohmann / Politico:
Poll: 2012 race a dead heat
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
A Scramble as Biden Backs Same-Sex Marriage  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriages and was heartened by their growing acceptance across the country, a position that moves well beyond the “evolving” views that President Obama has said he holds on the issue.
Washington Wire:
What Did Joe Biden Actually Say on Gay Marriage?
Discussion: Politicker and Wall Street Journal
BuzzFeed:   Another Obama Cabinet Member Comes Out For Gay Marraige
Mitt Romney Was Arrested For Disorderly Conduct In 1981  —  The charges were dropped after Romney threatened to sue.  “I was not a disorderly person,” Romney said.  —  Mitt Romney campaigns in Pittsburgh.  —  It's a little reported anecdote, but in 1981 presumptive Republican Presidential …
Discussion: GOP 12, Naked DC and Indecision Forever
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace  —  KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence …
Secret Meeting Has ‘Washington Post’ Buzzing As paper struggles, big-name journalists meet with the paper's top business exec By Lucia Moses  —  Washington Post staffers are buzzing about a secret meeting between some 10 big-name Post journalists including Dana Priest, David Finkel and Carol Leonnig …
Mark Halperin / Swampland:
The View from One Prudential Plaza: Why the Obama Campaign Is So Confident About Beating Romney  —  President Obama pauses while speaking at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, on May 5, 2012  —  Barack Obama's decision to base his re-election campaign outside of Washington seems to be working pretty darn well.
Discussion: American Prospect
Dave Umhoefer / PolitiFact:
Behind the rhetoric: Why Scott Walker was able to raise unlimited funds  —  Democrats and their recall allies decry the law that has helped Gov. Scott Walker out-raise his opponents combined by $11 million dollars without regard to normal campaign contribution limits.
Discussion: FreakOutNation
Michelle Kosinski /
Prostitute at center of Secret Service scandal: Agents were ‘stupid brutes’  —  MADRID, Spain — A woman identifying herself as the Colombian prostitute at the center of a scandal involving U.S. Secret Service personnel has called the group of agents “stupid brutes” who put partying above President Barack Obama's security.
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Why Colleges Don't Teach the Federalist Papers  —  At America's top schools, graduates leave without reading our most basic writings on the purpose of constitutional self-government.  —  It would be difficult to overstate the significance of The Federalist for understanding the principles …
Discussion: Power Line
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Civil rights lawyers told The Daily Caller that President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign managers may have violated employment law by hiring an overwhelmingly white office staff for his campaign headquarters in Chicago.  —  That skewed workforce is starkly visible in an April photo released …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The American Prospect, a little journal that looms large
Discussion: FishbowlDC and The PJ Tatler
Washington Post:
Virginians less optimistic about McDonnell, direction of state, Post poll finds
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Hip-hop legend MCA passes on; Obama says not a word
Wall Street Journal:
For Most Graduates, Grueling Job Hunt Awaits
Pamela Owen / Daily Mail:
Did dinosaurs cause climate change? …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Mitt Romney's Top 30 Potential Picks For Vice-President
Discussion: JustOneMinute
 Earlier Items: 
David Ford / ABCNEWS:
ABC News President Ben Sherwood Announces Plans for New Joint Venture with Univision to News Division
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
David Catanese / Politico:
Dick Lugar's political twilight?
Khaled Yacoub Oweis / Reuters:
Syria's Muslim Brotherhood rise from the ashes
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Jihad Watch
James O'Keefe / Twitchy:
N.H. Attorney General tried to serve a criminal subpoena on me