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3:30 PM ET, May 15, 2012

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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Americans Elect without a nominee  —  Americans Elect, the deep-pocketed nonprofit group that set out to nominate a centrist third-party presidential ticket, admitted early Tuesday that its ballyhooed online nominating process had failed.  —  The group had qualified for the general election ballot …
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BuzzFeed:
7 Very Bad Predictions About Americans Elect  —  The would-be third political force Americans Elect wowed elites with its promise to run an independent, centrist candidate, but instead it spent millions to go nowhere. .  Who could have seen that coming?  Not these folks.  —  Thomas Friedman
Discussion: Paul Krugman
americanselect.org:
Statement by Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Americans Unelect
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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.
New York Times:
Politics Seen in Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Support  —  WASHINGTON — Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.
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Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Obama campaign: New York Times poll is ‘biased’  —  Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter dismissed today's CBS/New York Times poll showing that 67 percent of people believed Obama made his decision on gay marriage for political reasons.  Only 24 percent said that Obama did it “mostly because he thinks it is right.”
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama OK with Biden comments  —  NEW YORK - President Barack Obama isn't upset at the vice president for speaking out on gay marriage.  —  “I was OK with it because it came out of a generosity of spirit.  You know, when you get to know Joe Biden, he is the most honest, straightforward guy …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
The New York Times/CBS News poll: 5 takeaways
Ezra Klein:
Why isn't Obama getting crushed right now?  —  “If you look at the fundamentals,” writes David Brooks, “the president should be getting crushed right now.”  —  The rest of the column is an attempt to explain why President Obama isn't getting crushed right now.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The ESPN Man  —  Two of the nation's smartest analysts have just come out with reports on how the presidential election looks six months out.  Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution argues that at this point President Obama has a modest advantage over Mitt Romney.
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.
www.wftv.com:
FBI may charge George Zimmerman with hate crime  —  SANFORD, Fla. —  WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious.  —  State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him …
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Jonathan Macey / Wall Street Journal:
Losing Money Isn't a Crime  —  J.P. Morgan lost $2 billion.  They'll learn from experience.  Regulators rarely do.  —  Regulators, politicians and news reporters are hysterical at the news of J.P. Morgan's recent $2 billion trading loss.  The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating to see whether laws were broken.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Boehner: We'll Do Debt Limit Brinksmanship All Over Again  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants Congress to raise the debt limit again later this year “without drama, pain and damage.”  —  House Speaker John Boehner has other ideas.  —  In remarks at the 2012 Peter G …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Geithner warns Boehner not to play with debt ceiling
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Ezra Klein:
Taxmageddon sparks rising anxiety
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
After Repeatedly Mocking Palin for What She'd Do on ‘Jeopardy!’  Matthews Comes In Last  —  On at least four occasions, MSNBC's Chris Matthews mocked Sarah Palin for how he felt she'd do if she were ever on the hit television game show Jeopardy!.  —  In a delicious example of instant karma …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Palin-backed candidate Deb Fischer surging in Nebraska Senate primary  —  An establishment candidate, a favorite of Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) and a candidate backed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) square off Tuesday in a GOP primary for Nebraska's open Senate seat.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Close race in Nebraska
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.
Bob Edgar / CommonBlog:
Why We're Suing the Senate Over the Filibuster  —  I spent 12 of the most interesting years of my life in Congress and I grew to love the place.  I was fortunate to work with people of good will and good ideas in both political parties; service was particularly satisfying when we were able …
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Misleading, But Effective  —  The centerpiece of Mitt Romney's campaign today is a web video on the human cost of the “Obama economy.”  It focuses on three individuals, still out of work, and ends on this note: “Hope and change has not been kind to millions of Americans …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: ‘A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across our nation’
Discussion: CNN
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
House of Delegates rejects gay judge Tracy Thorne-Begland  —  Virginia's General Assembly rejected a gay man for a Richmond judgeship early Tuesday, after conservatives argued that his support for gay marriage and challenge to the military's now-defunct “don't ask, don't tell” policy made him unfit for the bench.
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Brooks charged with perverting the course of justice  —  Former News International chief executive, her husband and four others charged in phone-hacking inquiry  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has been charged over allegations that she tried to conceal evidence …
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Romney Runs Against History in Touting CEO Credentials  —  Shortly after his election as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney gathered the people who would fill the state's top jobs for a get-acquainted luncheon.  —  As the group tucked in to plates of pasta salad and greens, Romney …
 
 
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Insurers Face $1 Trillion Revenue at Stake in Health Law
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Hike taxes across the board
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Rep. Hoyer: Recent deals with Cantor are no sign of cooperation to come
Discussion: Politico
Agence France Presse:
Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says
Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Obama In For A Battle In The Fourth, Romney On Cruise Control
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The PJ Tatler
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
George W. Bush Returns to Washington to Celebrate Freedom
Alex Lawson / Firedoglake:
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Reuters:
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Paul campaign lays out delegate strategy
Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: Associated Press and ThinkProgress
Yahoo! News:
Nancy Pelosi: The Democrats' $43-million weapon
Market Day / msnbc.com:
Poll shows rising user distrust of Facebook
Discussion: The Reaction
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Let's Call Them “Hydrocarbon Deniers”