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8:55 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.
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BuzzFeed:
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Romney Silent As Woman Says Obama Should Be Tried For Treason  —  A town hall bubbles over.  —  EUCLID, Ohio — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn't comment on a supporter's assertion that President Barack Obama should be tried for treason at a town hall event here.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama team: Romney must rebuke ‘extreme voices’ after ‘treason’ call at rally  —  President Obama's campaign is looking to seize on a pair of controversial comments by supporters at Mitt Romney's town hall meeting in Cleveland Monday, calling on the presumptive Republican nominee to “stand up to the extreme voices in his party.”
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Refuses To Stand Up To Woman Who Says Obama Should Be ‘Tried For Treason’  —  At a town hall event in Ohio this afternoon, a woman asked Mitt Romney what he would do to roll back the size of government, and commented that President Obama “should be tried for treason.”
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama Accused Of Treason At Mitt Romney Town Hall (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Video, Election 2012, Barack Obama Treason, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Treason, Obama Treason, Politics News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Crowd, host steal attention at Romney event in Ohio
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
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CBS News:
CIA thwarts new al Qaeda underwear bomb plot  —  (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON — The CIA thwarted a plot by al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, a U.S. counter-terrorism official tells CBS News.
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
CIA thwarts al Qaeda plot timed near bin Laden anniversary
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Pam Benson / CNN:   Official: New bomb plot foiled
msnbc.com:
Report: CIA foiled al-Qaida plot to destroy US-bound airliner
Dylan Byers / Politico:
W.H. embargoed Al Qaeda bomb threat
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 …
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Hillary Clinton : I will see a woman in White House
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Chelsea Clinton's Childhood: No Pizza, Cartoons on Weekdays
Discussion: Gretawire
Daily Kos:
WTF?  Democratic Party of Wisconsin Cancels post-primary Unity Rally  —  Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8th, Wisconsin voters will vote in a special recall election primary.  On the Democratic ballot for governor are four legitimate contenders.  The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Governor Scott Walker on June 5th.
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.
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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 …
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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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
The Washington Post Is In Even Worse Shape Than You Think  —  The Washington Post Co. reported its first-quarter earnings on Friday, and the news coming out of the newspaper division was mostly grim.  The unit lost $22.6 million in the quarter, with revenue down 8% and revenue from print advertising specifically falling 17%.
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BuzzFeed:
Delta Pulls “Daily Show” Ads After Catholic Complaints  —  Catholic League chief Bill Donohue is still on his campaign against Jon Stewart for a weeks-old “vagina manger” bit.  The next target: Kellogg's.  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue declared an early victory in his campaign …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Bloomberg:
Look Who's Pushing Homeowners Off the Foreclosure Cliff  —  One of the more confounding aspects of the U.S. housing crisis has been the reluctance of lenders to do more to assist troubled borrowers.  After all, when homes go into foreclosure, banks lose money.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
The Daily Beast:
Why Can't Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice?  —  Despite his populist posturing, the president has failed to pin a single top finance exec on criminal charges since the economic collapse.  Are the banks too big to jail—or is Washington's revolving door at to blame?  Peter J. Boyer and Peter Schweizer investigate:
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Rick Berg, GOP Senate Candidate In North Dakota, Stumped On Minimum Wage (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, North Dakota, North Dakota Democratic Party, Heidi Heitkamp, Minimum Wage, Rick-Berg, Rick-Berg-Campaign-Ad, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
This 93-Year-Old Grandmother Is Suing Pennsylvania Over Voter ID Laws  —  The first time Viviette Applewhite went to the polls, she cast her vote for John F. Kennedy.  But this year, a strict new voter identification law will likely prevent the now-93-year old woman and many others in Pennsylvania …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
INFOGRAPHIC: House GOP's Deficit Reduction Efforts Dwarfed By Cost Of Tax Cuts For The Rich  —  House Republicans will today finalize their deficit reduction plans as required under the Budget Control Act, the deal reached last August to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
ABCNEWS:
Rob Portman: No More Mr. Nice Guy  —  He's polite, smart and a little nerdy.  But as Rob Portman has climbed to the top of the list of potential running mates for Mitt Romney, the political world is now seeing a different side of him: the attack dog.  —  Just over the past week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Reuters:
Old feud appears to sink Obama's Fed nominees  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Federal Reserve appear likely to fall victim to a long-running political feud, which would leave the central bank short-handed as it struggles with tough regulatory and monetary policy questions.
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.
 
 
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Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
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Tea party set to topple Sen. Richard Lugar. Could he try third-party run?
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Comparing Gary Johnson to Past Libertarian Party Nominees
Boston Globe:
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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
U.S. Confirms Afghan Airstrike Mistake
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Jonathan Rauch / NY Daily News:
Brace for Ted Kennedy's revenge
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Opinion: Vote in French presidential election should be a warning for America
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Pentagon Quit The Avengers Because of Its ‘Unreality’
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
Cyd Zeigler jr / Outsports:
Josh Dixon comes out as gay, aims for spot on Olympic gymnastics team
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Why Colleges Don't Teach the Federalist Papers
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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
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