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9:05 PM ET, May 15, 2012

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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
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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 …
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
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
Our Centrist Savior Misses His/Her Deadline
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Americans Unelect
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama campaign: NYT/CBS poll ‘biased’  —  The Obama campaign is criticizing today's New York Times/CBS News poll, which suggests that Mitt Romney is leading among female voters and that two-thirds of voters think Obama supported same-sex marriage “for political reasons.”
Susan Page / USA Today:
Americans more optimistic economy is looking up, poll says
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
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
The New York Times/CBS News poll: 5 takeaways
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Wonkette and The PJ Tatler
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
FACT CHECK: “Non-Citizen” Voter In James O'Keefe's Voter Fraud Video Is Actually A Citizen
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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
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
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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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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
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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics group calls on GOP leadership to demand Rep. Buchanan's resignation
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama has two accounts with JPMorgan
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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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Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama teases David Beckham
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