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9:20 AM ET, May 16, 2012


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Autopsy results show Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles  —  SANFORD, Fla. —  WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.  —  The information could support George Zimmerman's claim that Martin beat him up before Zimmerman shot and killed him.
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting  —  George Zimmerman appears for a bond hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara, left, at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 12, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/Pool/AP Photo)
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Deb Fischer pulls off upset victory in Neb. Senate primary  —  State Sen. Deb Fischer (R) pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in Nebraska's GOP Senate primary, dealing a blow to both the Republican establishment and the Tea Party.  —  Fischer, a rural rancher who has never held statewide office …
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Alarm Grows Among Dems About Obama's Chances  —  “You can be stylish and powerful, too.  That's Michelle's advice.”  — President Obama telling graduates to temper but preserve their interest in clothing during his commencement address at Barnard College, a women-only college of New York's Columbia University.
Discussion: American Power
Greece to hold new election on 17 June  —  President Papoulias appointed a senior judge to take over the running of the country  —  Greece will hold fresh elections on 17 June and a judge has been appointed to head an interim government.  —  Council of State president Panagiotis Pikramenos …
Discussion: Reuters, and Harry's Place
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney Calls President Obama Out On ‘Beef’ With Clintons  —  Speaking at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at President Obama for abandoning the “Clinton Doctrine.”  He went on to suggest that there is some level …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Romney-Christie ticket a loser in N.J., poll finds  —  Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) would not be able to deliver the Garden State if he were chosen as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, a new survey shows.  —  Without running mates, Romney gets 39 percent to the president's 49 percent in New Jersey …
Discussion: CNN and Hotline On Call
Karl Rove Super PAC Matches Obama Campaign Ad Spending  —  Crossroads GPS, the Super PAC backed by Karl Rove, is spending $25 million on television ads this month — the same amount as the Obama campaign.  New ad attacks Obama for broken promises.  —  Source:
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden wields Bain against Romney in Ohio  —  In just-released excerpts of Joe Biden's planned speech today in Youngstown, Ohio, the vice president takes aim at Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital and goes into rather more detail about the company's involvement in GST Steel than you can fit in a 30-second (or even 2-minute) ad:
Discussion: CNN and Capital New York
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Fordham piece called Warren Harvard Law's ‘first woman of color’  —  Elizabeth Warren has pushed back hard on questions about a Harvard Crimson piece in 1996 that described her as Native American, saying she had no idea the school where she taught law was billing her that way and saying …
Paul Krugman:
Thing Falls Apart  —  And the center not only did not hold, it couldn't seem to get any attention whatsoever.  Americans Elect, a lavishly funded “centrist” group that was supposed to provide an alternative to traditional political parties, has been a ridiculous flop.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New O'Keefe video exposes non-citizens on voter rolls in NC, voter fraud comfort at UNC  —  Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a new video on Tuesday that contains several stabs at voter fraud in North Carolina.  —  One part demonstrates that non-U.S. citizens living …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Wonkette
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
FACT CHECK: “Non-Citizen” Voter In James O'Keefe's Voter Fraud Video Is Actually A Citizen
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
GM to Stop Advertising on Facebook  —  General Motors Co. plans to stop advertising on Facebook after the auto maker's executives determined their paid ads had little impact on consumers' car purchases, people familiar with the matter said.  —  The largest U.S. auto maker by sales will continue …
RH Reality Check:
Brownback Signs Law Allowing Expansive Refusal of Medication Based on “Belief” About Abortion  —  With the signing of a new expanded conscience clause bill in Kansas, Republican Governor Sam Brownback has now legally blessed a virtually open-ended number of situations in which “religious” …
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Maybe I'm missing something, but if Obama's pal Dr. Eric Whitaker did offer Rev. Wright $150,000 to stay silent for the duration of the campaign, as charged by Ed Klein, how exactly is that different from John Edwards' pal Fred Baron giving Rielle Hunter money to stay out of the limelight for the duration of the campaign?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Export-Import Bank reauthorized by Senate  —  On a broad bipartisan vote of 78 to 20, the Senate voted Tuesday to extend the life of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and expand its authority to make loans to U.S. exporters.  —  In the “Schoolhouse Rock” version of how Capitol Hill works …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain huddles with Dems on campaign finance reform  —  Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year's elections to disclose their donors.  —  McCain (R-Ariz.), once Congress's leading champion …
FULL TEXT: Speaker Boehner's Address on the Economy, Debt Limit, and American Jobs  —  Following is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) address to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2012 Fiscal Summit on efforts to put our nation back on a path …
Metro Weekly:
Threat Prompts D.C. Evacuations: Los Angeles Police convey bomb threat to “national gay rights organizations”  —  News:  —  Following a reported bomb threat, the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT organizations in Washington evacuated their offices today.
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Tom Coburn, part one: Defusing the debt bomb  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) served on the Simpson-Bowles commission, is a member of the Gang of Six, and just published “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America.”  We spoke last week in his office.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Hot Air
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Peter Peterson Spent Nearly Half A Billion In Washington Targeting Social Security, Medicare … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Bill Clinton, John Boehner, Social Security, Health Care, Paul Ryan, Taxes , Video, David Walker, Pete Peterson, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Peter Peterson …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans See Obama as Solid Favorite to Win Election  —  Fifty-six percent think Obama will win; 36% think Romney will  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win.
Video Exclusive: “Raghead” Attack On Nikki Haley  —  “We got a raghead in Washington.  We don't need a raghead in the state house,” State Senator Jake Knotts said in this legendary, previously unseen 2010 video.  The backlash against his comments helped elect Governor Nikki Haley.  —  View Video ›
Discussion: FITSNews and Dependable Renegade
Ah, our favorite nwktumblr feature is back: the also-rans!  These are the alternate versions of our ‘First Gay President’ Newsweek cover that were left on the cutting room floor.  —  Which one's your favorite?  Your tumblrs are really digging Oliver Munday's #2, but also like the simplicity #6 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A 30,000-Foot View on the Presidential Race  —  We are beginning to see more national surveys now, including this week's New York Times/CBS News poll, which show Mitt Romney with a slight lead over Barack Obama in the general election matchup.  To be sure, there are also a number of polls that put Mr. Obama slightly ahead.
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Washington Post:
Justice launches criminal probe into JPMorgan's $2 billion trading loss
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and DealBook
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Ron Paul's Sneaky Maneuver: Why He's Scaling Back His Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hit & Run and Politico
Richardmillett / RichardMillett's Blog:
Camera grabbed, rucksack snatched and racially abused at SOAS.
Discussion: Melanie Phillips and Harry's Place
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Work Is Work: Why Free Internships Are Immoral
Discussion: EconLog
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Businessweek’ editor won't say whether they're making money, describes the ‘luxury’ of doing long pieces
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics group calls on GOP leadership to demand Rep. Buchanan's resignation
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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No, you can't keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Coat Hanger Abortions Are Fine, Says Mississippi Lawmaker, Because ‘Hey, You Have To Have Moral Values’
Discussion: Truthdig and Business Insider
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Agence France Presse:
Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'