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5:25 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  —  Over the past two years, Americans Elect has focused on achieving three clear goals:  —  Through the efforts of thousands of staffers, volunteers, and leadership, Americans Elect has achieved every stated operational goal.
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.
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.
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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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 …
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 Maddow Blog and The Daily Dish
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney looks to define economic debate with anti-debt plea in Iowa
Discussion: CNN
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Romney Runs Against History in Touting CEO Credentials
Ezra Klein:
Taxmageddon sparks rising anxiety  —  Defense contractors have slowed hiring.  Tax advisers are warning firms not to count on favorite breaks.  And hospitals are scouring their books for ways to cut costs.  —  Across the U.S. economy, anxiety is rising about the potential for widespread disruptions …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Geithner warns Boehner not to play with debt ceiling
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
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.”
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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
The New York Times/CBS News poll: 5 takeaways
New York Times:
Politics Seen in Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Support
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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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 …
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.
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
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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Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Paul: I can't win the GOP nomination  —  Ron Paul hinted at it Monday, but today the Texas congressman confirmed something the campaign has never explicitly said before: He cannot win the GOP presidential nomination.  —  But in a convention strategy memo that followed up on his statement Monday …
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Paul campaign lays out delegate strategy
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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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.
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
The Soros Summit  —  A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections.  —  The location of the conference had been kept a closely guarded secret …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
Mj Lee / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Hike taxes across the board  —  Bill Clinton said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's goal of hiking taxes on the rich alone is not enough to solve the country's fiscal woes and suggested that middle class Americans must also eventually contribute more.
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 …
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
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Lady Gaga gagged in Indonesia after Islamic opposition
Discussion: Associated Press and ThinkProgress
Yahoo! News:
Nancy Pelosi: The Democrats' $43-million weapon
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Market Day / msnbc.com:
Poll shows rising user distrust of Facebook
Discussion: The Reaction
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Let's Call Them “Hydrocarbon Deniers”