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4:35 AM ET, May 17, 2012

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BuzzFeed:
Huckabee Letter: Obama Surrounds Himself “With Morally Repugnant Political Whores”  —  A letter sent by the group Citizens United, over Hucakbee's signature, says the day Obama was sworn into office is “the day the country started going to pot.”  Huckabee demands the letter be “pulled,” …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Huckabee demands fundraising letter pulled  —  Mike Huckabee is firmly denying that he approved a fundraising letter which refers to President Obama's advisers as “morally repugnant political whores.”  —  “This was a complete surprise to me,” Gov. Huckabee said in a statement to POLITICO, sent via a spokesperson.
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] The joke that Jimmy Kimmel didn't tell at the WHCA dinner … UPDATE: Tapper confirms to Dylan Stableford that he helped Kimmel:  —  “I tried to help Jimmy with the temperature of the room.  And yes, I thought that joke would cause the room to turn against him …
Discussion: Politico
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Dylan Stableford / Associated Press:
Kimmel cut WHCD joke per Jake Tapper's advice  —  Jimmy Kimmel delivered a barrage of edgy jokes at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (WHCD) late last month in Washington.  But after consulting with ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, Kimmel decided several were too over-the-top to make the cut.
Jake Shermanand Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Health care reform: GOP preps plan for ruling on law  —  House Republican leaders are quietly hatching a plan of attack as they await a historic Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  If the law is upheld, Republicans will take to the floor to tear …
Discussion: RedState, BuzzFeed, Hot Air and CNN
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Zimmerman Case - Keeping Hate Alive At The Times  —  The NY Times can't quite bring itself to report on the latest news in the Zimmerman case - Zimmerman's medical file shows he was banged up and Martin's autopsy showed bloody knuckles - so they hand the mike to the Ben Crump …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate  —  President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.  —  Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Senate Democrats Achieve a New Standard of Irresponsibility
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker, Kleefisch lead in recall  —  Milwaukee, Wis. - A new Marquette Law School Poll shows that with three weeks to go until the recall election Governor Scott Walker has taken a six-percentage point lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 50-44 percent, among likely voters.
Maggie Habermanand Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama and Mitt Romney's common enemy  —  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spend a lot of time trumpeting their differences, but they do share at least one common conviction: disdain for a political news media they see as eager to vaporize them for the sheer sport of it.
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Pvictorwins / CBS New York:
Robert F. Kennedy's Estranged Wife Found Dead In Westchester Home  —  BEDFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was found dead inside her Westchester County home on Wednesday.  —  Photos: Notable Deaths 2012  —  Mary Kennedy, 52, was discovered …
Discussion: CBS News, New York Magazine and TMZ.com
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Charles Mahtesian / Associated Press:
Mary Kennedy, RFK Jr.'s estranged wife, found dead
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Dylan Byers / Politico:
No media love for asymmetric polarization  —  “Polarization also has affected the two parties differently.  The Republican Party has drifted much farther to the right than the Democratic Party has drifted to the left.... In other words, the story of the past few decades is asymmetric polarization.”
Sam Ser / The Times of Israel:
Did a WikiLeaks document doom Iranian ‘Mossad agent’?  —  Leaked diplomatic cable apparently pointed to Majid Fashi, who was hanged in Tehran on Tuesday for allegedly killing a nuclear scientist  —  W  —  ikiLeaks may have been responsible for exposing Majid Jamali Fashi …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Mitt Romney gets away with his lying  —  Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a big speech in which he accused Obama of lighting a “prairie fire of debt.”  It's a good line, and it has received widespread media coverage.  —  Romney's speech has already been dissected by Jonathan Chait and Steve Benen.
DealBook:
JPMorgan's Trading Loss Is Said to Rise at Least 50%  —  The trading losses suffered by JPMorgan Chase have surged in recent days, surpassing the bank's initial $2 billion estimate by at least $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the losses.  —  When Jamie Dimon …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Obama pulls ahead of Romney as presidential race heats up  —  President Obama tops Republican Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup, according to the latest Fox News poll, which finds American voters feeling more positive about the economy.  —  Obama would have an advantage …
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Walker speeds release of positive jobs data  —  By Craig Gilbert and John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel  —  In an unusual effort to rebut bad news on the jobs front, the Walker administration is speeding up release of new numbers showing job gains rather than job losses in Wisconsin last year.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats' Odds of Retaining Senate Improve  —  When we last took an overview of Senate races in December, Republicans appeared to be slight favorites to take control from Democrats, with a net gain of four to five seats representing the most likely outcome.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Warning Signs in Wisconsin for Obama  —  In a potentially ominous sign for the Obama campaign, a new poll has declared Wisconsin a true tossup state, finding President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a 46%-46% tie among likely voters.  —  As the Obama team eyes potential paths to victory in November …
Discussion: GayPatriot and Weasel Zippers
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Batty ‘Birther’ Movie Divides Conspiracy Diehards  —  “Birthers” are flipping their tinfoil hats over a new film that claims President Barack Obama's father was not a Kenyan goat herder but rather a communist journalist nearly four decades older than his mother.  The problem?
Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
CNN Hits Lowest Primetime Demo Rating at 9 PM In 15 Years  —  Last night was a typical, boring Tuesday, with little earth-shattering news to drive TV viewers to cable news.  It was also May sweeps, with the season finale of “NCIS: LA,” “America's Got Talent” on NBC and “Dancing With the Stars” …
ABCNEWS:
Dinner for 2?  Romney Spox Throws a Question at Biden at Dinner Run-In  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One of Mitt Romney's spokesmen, in Ohio to attend Vice President's Joe Biden's speech today in nearby Youngstown, Ohio, got some unexpected one-on-one time with the veep tonight when he was seated next …
Discussion: The Page
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The 3 economic charts that could crash Obama's reelection hopes  —  Vice President Joe Biden is telling Ohio voters today that “things really are starting to come back.”  —  Is one of those “things” the U.S. economy?  Because as the following three charts show, the U.S. economy …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Gallup
Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Democrats talk about cutting entitlements.  Republicans don't talk about raising taxes.  —  The line you often hear in Washington is that Republicans won't talk taxes and Democrats won't talk entitlements.  The two parties, the thinking goes, are similarly irresponsible, albeit on opposite sides of the budget.
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Pharmacists In Kansas Can Now Deny Women Access To Birth Control  —  Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill yesterday that will allow pharmacists in the state to refuse to fill a prescription they think could be used to induce abortion.  But since the “conscience” measure says they cannot …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Buh-Bye  —  Over recent days we've been following the story of Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, now resident in Singapore, who has renounced his citizenship to avoid the big time tax bill that would have come with the Facebook IPO windfall.  But will Saverin ever be able to set in the US again?
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
George W. Bush Briefly Visits Washington
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. DeMint defends his role in upset in Nebraska's GOP Senate primary
Peter Hamby / CNN:
2012 bellwether emerges in central Virginia
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Crossroads launches $25 million, monthlong ad campaign hitting Obama
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost
Meghan Neal / NY Daily News:
Two Earths would be needed to sustain human activity by 2030, report finds
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Kucinich won't run in Washington state
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Dan Spector / CJAD 800:
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean gets in a car accident while on the air with CJAD
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Guardian
Herman Cain / CNN:
On third endorsement, Cain backs Romney
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS