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12:55 AM ET, May 16, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Misleading, But Effective  —  The centerpiece of Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Daily Dish
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney looks to define economic debate with anti-debt plea in Iowa
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Ballot Box
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.
Discussion: driftglass
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BuzzFeed:   7 Very Bad Predictions About Americans Elect
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Our Centrist Savior Misses His/Her Deadline
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Americans Unelect
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Democratic Strategist
www.wftv.com:
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.
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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)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
www.wftv.com:
FBI may charge George Zimmerman with hate crime
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'  —  Mitt Romney has the support of George W. Bush.  —  “I'm for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.
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 …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
FACT CHECK: “Non-Citizen” Voter In James O'Keefe's Voter Fraud Video Is Actually A Citizen  —  Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe released a new video today supposedly exposing voter fraud in North Carolina by highlighting non-citizens like Zbigniew Gorzkowski who have voted in recent elections.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New O'Keefe video exposes non-citizens on voter rolls in NC, voter fraud comfort at UNC
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Wonkette
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Obama Leads by Only 7 in Arkansas's Democratic Primary  —  A new poll of Arkansas Democrats shows Barack Obama receiving support from only 45 percent of Democratic primary voters in Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District, while 38 percent support his underfunded and relatively unknown primary challenger …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
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Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Obama In For A Battle In The Fourth, Romney On Cruise Control
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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Agence France Presse:
Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says  —  He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Obama Drops His Name Into the Other Presidential Biographies  —  Many of President Obama's fervent devotees are young enough not to have much memory of the political world before the arrival of The One.  Coincidentally, Obama himself feels the same way—and the White House's official website reflects that.
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: CatholicVote.org
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.
BuzzFeed:
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
Tom Crowe / CatholicVote.org:
No, you can't keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.  —  Author's note: After a discussion in the comments and investigation on my part I have added a postscript clarifying something that may have been inaccurate but was not.  Cheers.  —  “If you like your health care coverage you can keep it. ”
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Alex Wayne / Bloomberg:
Insurers Face $1 Trillion Revenue at Stake in Health Law
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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
 
 
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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
Newsweek:
Ah, our favorite nwktumblr feature is back: the also-rans!
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics group calls on GOP leadership to demand Rep. Buchanan's resignation
Discussion: Politico
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama has two accounts with JPMorgan
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
Is the filibuster unconstitutional?  —  According to Best Lawyers …
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Coat Hanger Abortions Are Fine, Says Mississippi Lawmaker, Because ‘Hey, You Have To Have Moral Values’
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Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers
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Yahoo! News:
Nancy Pelosi: The Democrats' $43-million weapon
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