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2:45 PM ET, May 7, 2012


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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: Taylor Marsh and ABCNEWS
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama-Romney Race Competitive in 2012 Swing States  —  Obama currently holds advantage on strength of support and enthusiasm  —  PRINCETON, NJ — In the first USA Today/Gallup swing-state poll conducted since Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee, Romney and President Barack Obama …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
It's the Economy, Smartypants
Discussion: Mother Jones and ABCNEWS
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
Discussion: The Reaction
Report: Rahm Emanuel Doubts New French President
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Guardian
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 …
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.
Drew Katchen /
Education Secretary Arne Duncan: I believe in same-sex marriage
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Arne Duncan Endorses Marriage Equality
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Clinton hopes to see female US president  —  KOLKATA, India (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she has no desire to make another run for the White House but hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.  —  Politely turning aside questions …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Hillary Clinton : I will see a woman in White House  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the United States will have a female president in her lifetime — but it won't be her.  —  Clinton said at a town hall meeting in Kolkata, India, that she wants to see “that final glass ceiling broken,” The Associated Press reported.
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Why Ron Paul's big wins in Maine and Nevada matter  —  When Ron Paul delegates show up at the Republican National Convention in August, they may be strong enough to throw the event into disarray - just at the moment Mitt Romney needs to show the GOP united behind him.
Discussion: Business Insider and Hit & Run
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 …
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 …
Kate Taylor / New York Times:
Another Cuomo Book, This Time by Him  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, already the subject of two forthcoming books, is planning to write one of his own.  —  Mr. Cuomo's book will not be a memoir, aides said Sunday, but a reflection on his tenure as governor and his approach to governing.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Andy's life & tome
Discussion: Gothamist
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
Robinson /
Official: Obama Admin Drafted Memo to Blame Military If Bin Laden Mission Failed  —  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 a memo …
Bryan Fischer's Last Stand Against The Gays  —  From Idaho to Tupelo, how the last, loudest, proudest scourge of homosexuality made it to the center of the presidential campaign.  He thinks Obama is punishing us for our racism, and says he's Romney's “best friend,” whether the candidate knows it or not.
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Opinion: Vote in French presidential election should be a warning for America  —  The French have now elected a socialist government.  This event should be instructive to us.  —  France currently has a government that absorbs more than 50 percent of its economy.
Discussion: Washington Wire and neo-neocon
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Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Fortune 500 List Boasts More Female CEOs Than Ever Before
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘60 Minutes’ Gets Younger, and Its Viewers Do Too
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Pentagon Quit The Avengers Because of Its ‘Unreality’
Discussion: Mediaite
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
No guarantee Colorado civil-unions bill will go to final committee
Robert Costa / National Review:
Chris Christie Goes National
Discussion: Mediaite and Taegan Goddard's …
Russell Roberts / EconTalk:
Schmidtz on Rawls, Nozick, and Justice
Discussion: Will Wilkinson and Cafe Hayek
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Cyd Zeigler jr / Outsports:
Josh Dixon comes out as gay, aims for spot on Olympic gymnastics team
Discussion: ThinkProgress
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Discussion: FishbowlDC and The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
For Most Graduates, Grueling Job Hunt Awaits
Pamela Owen / Daily Mail:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Mitt Romney's Top 30 Potential Picks For Vice-President
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Civil rights lawyers told The Daily Caller that President Barack …
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Behind the rhetoric: Why Scott Walker was able to raise unlimited funds
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