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5:40 PM ET, May 7, 2012


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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 …
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.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Backer: Obama Taking Credit For Bin Laden Raid Is Like Ronald McDonald Taking Credit For Big Macs
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
It's the Economy, Smartypants
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.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Blogs: A French lesson for Obama
Discussion: Facebook, ABCNEWS and Human Events
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.
Report: CIA foiled al-Qaida plot to destroy US-bound airliner
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Hot Air
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 and The PJ Tatler
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Obama administration advises new French president: For sake of world economy, don't raise taxes and increase spending  —  “Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes...”  —  President Obama was quick to invite France's Socialist president-elect to Washington for a visit, but the White House …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H. won't say whether Obama supports gay marriage
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Report: Rahm Emanuel Doubts New French President
Discussion: Guardian and Hullabaloo
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Failed Mission: Bipartisan Congressional Intelligence Leaders Say Taliban Stronger After Afghan Surge
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: Eschaton
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 …
Jonathan Rauch / NY Daily News:
Brace for Ted Kennedy's revenge  —  The path to national health insurance  —  President Obama and Ted Kennedy championed health care reform — a cause that may, paradoxically, be advanced if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.  —  “You know, liberals will be the big winners …
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 …
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 and GOP 12
Rosie Gray / 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
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:
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
INFOGRAPHIC: House GOP's Deficit Reduction Efforts Dwarfed By Cost Of Tax Cuts For The Rich
Discussion: Associated Press
Old feud appears to sink Obama's Fed nominees
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
4 years after Wall Street crash, regulation of financial markets is still spotty
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Opinion: Vote in French presidential election should be a warning for America
Discussion: Washington Wire and neo-neocon
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Pentagon Quit The Avengers Because of Its ‘Unreality’
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
Robert Costa / National Review:
Chris Christie Goes National
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Why Ron Paul's big wins in Maine and Nevada matter
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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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Power Line
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Civil rights lawyers told The Daily Caller that President Barack …
Dave Umhoefer / PolitiFact:
Behind the rhetoric: Why Scott Walker was able to raise unlimited funds
Discussion: FreakOutNation