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10:05 AM ET, May 16, 2012

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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Deb Fischer pulls off upset victory in Neb. Senate primary  —  State Sen. Deb Fischer (R) pulled off an upset victory Tuesday in Nebraska's GOP Senate primary, dealing a blow to both the Republican establishment and the Tea Party.  —  Fischer, a rural rancher who has never held statewide office …
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Romney-Christie ticket a loser in N.J., poll finds  —  Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) would not be able to deliver the Garden State if he were chosen as Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, a new survey shows.  —  Without running mates, Romney gets 39 percent to the president's 49 percent in New Jersey …
Discussion: CNN and Hotline On Call
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
The Bind That Ties Obama And Romney Together (The Note)  —  NOTABLES:  — SHADOW BOXING: Both President Obama and Mitt Romney have a common foe: neither receives majority support for some of their own signature policy proposals, new ABC News-Washington Post polling shows.
Discussion: Politico, GOP 12 and NewsMax.com
www.wftv.com:
Autopsy results show Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles  —  SANFORD, Fla. —  WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.  —  The information could support George Zimmerman's claim that Martin beat him up before Zimmerman shot and killed him.
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Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting  —  George Zimmerman appears for a bond hearing with his attorney Mark O'Mara, left, at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 12, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/Pool/AP Photo)
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bias a Drink  —  It's Obama vs. the New York Times!  —  It's not the first time the New York Times has been accused of bias, but it may be the funniest.  Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner reports that the charge was leveled this morning by the Obama campaign.
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Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Alarm Grows Among Dems About Obama's Chances
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A 30,000-Foot View on the Presidential Race  —  We are beginning to see more national surveys now, including this week's New York Times/CBS News poll, which show Mitt Romney with a slight lead over Barack Obama in the general election matchup.  To be sure, there are also a number of polls that put Mr. Obama slightly ahead.
Wall Street Journal:
As Bank Withdrawals Surge, Athens Relies More on ECB  —  Greek depositors withdrew €700 million ($898 million) from the country's banks on Monday, fueling fears of a bank run amid the growing political disarray.  —  With deposits falling, Greek banks become even more dependent …
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Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
Obama lunches with congressional leaders, Romney campaigns in Florida, plus more to watch for Wednesday in politics  —  President Barack Obama is focusing Wednesday on efforts to get Congress to act on his “To Do List,” which he says would aid the economic recovery.
Discussion: Associated Press and Yahoo! News
BuzzFeed:
Karl Rove Super PAC Matches Obama Campaign Ad Spending  —  Crossroads GPS, the Super PAC backed by Karl Rove, is spending $25 million on television ads this month — the same amount as the Obama campaign.  New ad attacks Obama for broken promises.  —  Source: youtube.com
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden wields Bain against Romney in Ohio  —  In just-released excerpts of Joe Biden's planned speech today in Youngstown, Ohio, the vice president takes aim at Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital and goes into rather more detail about the company's involvement in GST Steel than you can fit in a 30-second (or even 2-minute) ad:
Discussion: CNN and Capital New York
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Obama, Dems raise $43.6 million in April  —  President Obama raised $43.6 million for the Democratic Party and his re-election campaign in April.  —  The total is down from $53 million in March, although May is lining up to be a strong fundraising month for the campaign …
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.
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BuzzFeed:
7 Very Bad Predictions About Americans Elect
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 …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Peter Peterson Spent Nearly Half A Billion In Washington Targeting Social Security, Medicare … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Bill Clinton, John Boehner, Social Security, Health Care, Paul Ryan, Taxes , Video, David Walker, Pete Peterson, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Peter Peterson …
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 …
Metro Weekly:
Threat Prompts D.C. Evacuations: Los Angeles Police convey bomb threat to “national gay rights organizations”  —  News:  —  Following a reported bomb threat, the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT organizations in Washington evacuated their offices today.
Washington Post:
Bigotry blocks a gay Virginian from the bench  —  IF ANYTHING, Tracy Thorne-Begland, a top state prosecutor in Richmond with a decade of courtroom experience, is overqualified for a judgeship on the General District Court.  Mr. Thorne-Begland, who has prosecuted dozens of homicides and other major felonies …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
States Diverting Mortgage Settlement Money to Other Uses  —  Hundreds of millions of dollars meant to provide a little relief to the nation's struggling homeowners is being diverted to plug state budget gaps.  —  In a budget proposed this week, California joined more than a dozen states …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Ron Paul's Sneaky Maneuver: Why He's Scaling Back His Campaign  —  How can the libertarian gadfly build power ahead of the Republican convention without taking blame for poor primary results—or making his son Rand look bad?  Ben Jacobs says by ‘no longer spending resources,’ Paul may do just that.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hit & Run and Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney Calls President Obama Out On ‘Beef’ With Clintons  —  Speaking at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at President Obama for abandoning the “Clinton Doctrine.”  He went on to suggest that there is some level …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Export-Import Bank reauthorized by Senate  —  On a broad bipartisan vote of 78 to 20, the Senate voted Tuesday to extend the life of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and expand its authority to make loans to U.S. exporters.  —  In the “Schoolhouse Rock” version of how Capitol Hill works …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain huddles with Dems on campaign finance reform  —  Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year's elections to disclose their donors.  —  McCain (R-Ariz.), once Congress's leading champion …
Ezra Klein:
Sen. Tom Coburn, part one: Defusing the debt bomb  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) served on the Simpson-Bowles commission, is a member of the Gang of Six, and just published “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America.”  We spoke last week in his office.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Hot Air
RH Reality Check:
Brownback Signs Law Allowing Expansive Refusal of Medication Based on “Belief” About Abortion  —  With the signing of a new expanded conscience clause bill in Kansas, Republican Governor Sam Brownback has now legally blessed a virtually open-ended number of situations in which “religious” …
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Newsweek:
Ah, our favorite nwktumblr feature is back: the also-rans!  These are the alternate versions of our ‘First Gay President’ Newsweek cover that were left on the cutting room floor.  —  Which one's your favorite?  Your tumblrs are really digging Oliver Munday's #2, but also like the simplicity #6 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
 
 
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James Lipton / New York Magazine:
How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio
Discussion: Business Insider
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Hollande, new French president, forced to backtrack on Afghanistan pullout vow
Washington Post:
Justice launches criminal probe into JPMorgan's $2 billion trading loss
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and DealBook
Richardmillett / RichardMillett's Blog:
Camera grabbed, rucksack snatched and racially abused at SOAS.
Discussion: Melanie Phillips and Harry's Place
Speaker.gov:
FULL TEXT: Speaker Boehner's Address on the Economy, Debt Limit, and American Jobs
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Work Is Work: Why Free Internships Are Immoral
Discussion: EconLog
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Maybe I'm missing something, but if Obama's pal Dr. Eric Whitaker …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and CatholicVote.org
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BuzzFeed:
Video Exclusive: “Raghead” Attack On Nikki Haley
Discussion: FITSNews and Dependable Renegade
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics group calls on GOP leadership to demand Rep. Buchanan's resignation
Discussion: Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans See Obama as Solid Favorite to Win Election
Tom Crowe / CatholicVote.org:
No, you can't keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.
Agence France Presse:
Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says