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10:40 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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
10 things about Deb Fischer's win  —  Deb Fischer upset favorite Jon Bruning to win the Nebraska Republican primary for Senate by a 41 to 36 percent margin.  There are (at least) 10 aspects of the race worth noting.  —  1. Neither Fischer nor Bruning was the tea party candidate and neither is a non-politician.
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.
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.
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:
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Super PAC ‘Super-O-Rama’ for President Obama  —  Strapped for cash and facing a tidal wave of big-money Republican attack ads, Democratic super PACs are putting an unlikely plan in motion: the Super-O-Rama.  —  The kitschy name is for a massive fundraising push at the national convention in Charlotte …
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Obama, Dems raise $43.6 million in April
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.
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 …
Edwin Durgy / Fistful Of Dollars:
What Mitt Romney Is Really Worth: An Exclusive Analysis Of His Latest Finances  —  W. Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.  —  This is a version of a story that appears in the June 4, 2012 issue of Forbes Magazine.  —  Mitt Romney isn't the richest person to ever run for President …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Earmarks still have friends in high places  —  A provision for a uranium-enrichment plant in Ohio keeps cropping up all over Capitol Hill: $150 million in the Senate's highway bill, $150 million in a Senate energy bill, $100 million in that bill's House counterpart.
Washington Post:
Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors' money, U.S. coordination  —  Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States …
Discussion: and Israpundit
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
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 …
CHART: Spending, Taxes, And Deficits Are All Lower Today Than When Obama Took Office  —  Our guest blogger is Michael Linden, Director for Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Federal spending is lower now than it was when President Obama took office.
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 …
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
James Lipton / New York Magazine:
How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio  —  A special imaginary edition of Inside the Actors Studio.  —  A few months ago, Brian McFadden's weekly comic strip in the Sunday Times offered ways for Mitt Romney to improve his image.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Hollande, new French president, forced to backtrack on Afghanistan pullout vow
Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
Obama lunches with congressional leaders, Romney campaigns in Florida, plus more to watch for Wednesday in politics
Discussion: Associated Press and Yahoo! News
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Export-Import Bank reauthorized by Senate
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Ron Paul's Sneaky Maneuver: Why He's Scaling Back His Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hit & Run and Politico
Richardmillett / RichardMillett's Blog:
Camera grabbed, rucksack snatched and racially abused at SOAS.
Discussion: Melanie Phillips and Harry's Place
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
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Ezra Klein:
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Discussion: Sky Dancing, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Dish
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Discussion: FITSNews and Dependable Renegade
Tom Crowe /
No, you can't keep it: Franciscan University drops student coverage.