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11:40 AM ET, May 16, 2012


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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.
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 …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Voters Disillusioned With Obama and Romney Policies  —  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.
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
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:
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Obama, Dems raise $43.6 million in April
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Of course Boehner wants another debt-ceiling showdown  —  “We shouldn't dread the debt limit,” said Speaker John Boehner at the Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Summit.  “We should welcome it.  It's an action-forcing event in a town that has become infamous for inaction.”
Jonathan Allen / Politico:   Earmarks still have friends in high places
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Boehner attacks Obama's courage
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.
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 …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Pete Peterson's crusade of a lifetime
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
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: ABCNEWS, CNN and Hotline On Call
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney Calls President Obama Out On ‘Beef’ With Clintons
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
National Mood a Drag on Obama's Re-Election Prospects  —  U.S. satisfaction and economic ratings low compared with years incumbents won  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Some six months before voters head to the polls to choose the next president of the United States, Gallup finds several indicators …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and Politico
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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Catholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare  —  A Catholic university in Ohio said Tuesday it is being forced to end a student health insurance program over the Obama administration's contraception mandate and costs associated with other provisions of the health care overhaul.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Van Jones Cops a Plea  —  A sharp-eyed Power Line reader directed us to this C-SPAN video featuring Van Jones, President Obama's short-lived “green jobs” czar, admitting around the 19:14 mark what is plain to anyone who pays attention, namely, that the environmental movement is basically an adjunct of the Democratic Party:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Polling: President Has Failed on Housing, Wall Street Accountability  —  Voters see Obama as not holding Wall Street accountable  —  The issues of housing policy and Wall Street criminality have not appeared at the top of the agenda in the Presidential campaign, certainly not among horse race journalists.
Discussion: US Politics
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 …
Valerie Jarrett / The Huffington Post:
Just Plain Wrong: House Republican Bill Undermines the Violence Against Women Act  —  Barack Obama , Civil Rights , Republican Party , LGBT , Republicans , Native Americans , Valerie Jarrett , Native American Women , Vawa , Vawa Reauthorization , Violence Against Women , Violence Against Women Act , Politics News
Discussion: Daily Kos
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James Lipton / New York Magazine:
How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Business Insider
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
States Diverting Mortgage Settlement Money to Other Uses
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Hollande, new French president, forced to backtrack on Afghanistan pullout vow
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden wields Bain against Romney in Ohio
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Capital New York
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Fordham piece called Warren Harvard Law's ‘first woman of color’