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2:35 PM 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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Deb Fischer, and what (political) money can't buy
Discussion: Hotline On Call, Hot Air and RedState
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Congratulations to Deb Fischer
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crossroads matches Obama $25 million buy, airs tough new spot  —  Alex reported yesterday that Crossroads GPS was starting to buy time in a number of states, and this morning the group announced an $8 million buy beginning Thursday - part of a larger, $25 million effort that will go up over a month.
Discussion: Wake up America
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Campaign Announces Raising $43.6 Million in April
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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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Sources: Medical report says Zimmerman had broken nose, other injuries after fight  —  (CNN) — A medical report by George Zimmerman's family doctor shows the neighborhood watch volunteer was diagnosed with a fractured nose, two black eyes and two lacerations on the back of the head after his fatal confrontation with Trayvon Martin.
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 …
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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.”
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Boehner attacks Obama's courage
Discussion: CNN, Politico and nation.foxnews.com
Jonathan Allen / Politico:   Earmarks still have friends in high places
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney Debt Speech Ignores Key Facts … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , George Bush, Mitt Romney, Social Security, Barack Obama 2012 , Economy, Health Care, Video, Great Recession, AP, Debt, Mitt Romney Debt Inferno, Mitt Romney 2012, Spending, Politics News
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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.
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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Joseph Cotterill / FT Alphaville:
Plug-pulling in Athens
Discussion: Bloomberg, Guardian and Paul Krugman
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Team Mitt ‘physically’ blocks journos  —  Tweets from the campaign trail: … The Romney campaign did not return a request for comment or explanation (obviously).
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
David Letterman To Brian Williams: ‘What More Do We Want [Obama] To Do For Us, Honest To God?’  —  NBC News anchor Brian Williams appeared on CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night.  Letterman discussed Williams's special on Rock Center about the killing of Osama bin Laden …
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Domestic partner benefits bill clears panel  —  A week after President Barack Obama publicly proclaimed his support for same-sex marriage, a Senate panel easily passed a measure that would extend benefits to gay and lesbian partners of federal workers.  —  On a voice vote …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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:
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.
ACLU:
The First Amendment Applies to Foreign Service Officers, Too  —  Today, the ACLU told the State Department that public employees don't give up their First Amendment rights in exchange for a job with the government.  We sent a letter to the State Department on behalf of Peter Van Buren …
Discussion: Firedoglake and We Meant Well
 
 
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The New / New York Times:
Judge Allows Class-Action Status in Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Walker speeds release of positive jobs data
Michael Rezendes / Boston Globe:
Donors tied to banking desert Obama for Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
John Scalzi / Whatever:
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Putin said Israel would take care of Iran’
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
President Obama's New Role in the Fight Against Black Homophobia
Discussion: Althouse
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Last Lion at Long Last  —  Lots of good books out right …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Why China's RMB exodus IS the story
Fox News:
Catholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare
Edwin Durgy / Fistful Of Dollars:
What Mitt Romney Is Really Worth: An Exclusive Analysis Of His Latest Finances
Discussion: New York Magazine
James Lipton / New York Magazine:
How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal