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7:05 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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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
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: Guardian
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.
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
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.
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans See Obama as Solid Favorite to Win Election
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Wire
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney looks to define economic debate with anti-debt plea in Iowa
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Ballot Box
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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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Misleading, But Effective  —  The centerpiece of Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Daily Dish
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
The New York Times/CBS News poll: 5 takeaways
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 …
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.
Roby Brock / Talk Business:
Obama In For A Battle In The Fourth, Romney On Cruise Control  —  A week ago, federal inmate and Democratic Presidential candidate Keith Judd pulled 42% of the West Virginia primary vote against incumbent Barack Obama.  —  The President's 57% tally in a state that will be non-competitive …
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:   Obama Leads by Only 7 in Arkansas's Democratic Primary
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 …
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
Discussion: The Stranger … and Boing Boing
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 …
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
Ezra Klein:
Is the filibuster unconstitutional?  —  According to Best Lawyers — “the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession” — Emmet Bondurant “is the go-to lawyer when a business person just can't afford to lose a lawsuit.”  He was its 2010 Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust and Bet-the-Company Litigation.
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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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics group calls on GOP leadership to demand Rep. Buchanan's resignation  —  A watch-dog group is calling on House GOP leadership to demand that Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) resign, claiming that ongoing ethics allegations impede his ability to serve in Congress.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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