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4:30 PM ET, May 16, 2012

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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.
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Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Walker speeds release of positive jobs data
Politico:
Why Mitt Romney should tap Bobby Jindal  —  As Congress muddles along and the 2012 election cycle heads toward the summer doldrums, there will be increasing speculation about whom Mitt Romney could pick as a running mate.  —  Romney would do well to have a wing man who can astutely explain …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hot Air interview with Mitt Romney  —  Earlier today, I had an opportunity to speak with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney about the campaign and the economy, as well as Romney's official endorsement of Connie Mack in the Republican primary for the US Senate race in Florida.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
CNN:
Obama, Romney tied in battleground Wisconsin  —  (CNN) - The race between President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney is in a dead heat in Wisconsin, a poll released Wednesday indicated.  —  The survey from Marquette Law School showed both Obama and Romney garnering support from 46% of likely voters in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Politico
Edwin Durgy / Fistful Of Dollars:
What Mitt Romney Is Really Worth: An Exclusive Analysis Of His Latest Finances
Discussion: New York Magazine
Herman Cain / CNN:
On third endorsement, Cain backs Romney
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Joe Biden: Mitt Romney doesn't get economic reality
Discussion: CNN
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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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Voters Disillusioned With Obama and Romney Policies
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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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Super-O-Rama  —  So today we learn from Politico's Ken Vogel that the people behind the three biggest pro-Democratic Super-PACs (the Senate-focused Majority PAC, the House Majority PAC, and the presidentially-oriented Priorities USA Action) are planning a gigantic, coordinated blowout fundraising effort …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Campaign Announces Raising $43.6 Million in April
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Coming This Summer: For $24.95, George W. Bush Will Share His ‘Strategies For Economic Growth’  —  Former President George W. Bush jumped back into presidential politics this week, endorsing presumptive 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.  He also, according to the New York Times …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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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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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).
BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee: Obama Surrounds Himself “With Morally Repugnant Political Whores”  —  In a letter sent to supporters of Citizens United, the former Arkansas governor, says the day Obama was sworn into office is “the day the country started going to pot.”  —  UPDATE: Jeff Marschner …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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 …
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
OWS RIP  —  Remember when Occupy Wall Street was sweeping the nation?  The media branded it the left's answer to the Tea Party, the start of a grand national mobilization; depending on who you ask, half of America once supported the OWS protestors, double the amount who back the Tea Party.
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.”
John Scalzi / Whatever:
Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is  —  I've been thinking of a way to explain to straight white men how life works for them, without invoking the dreaded word “privilege,” to which they react like vampires being fed a garlic tart at high noon.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Defeating National Defense  —  Former government attorneys and defense experts fear that foreign terrorists could capitalize on a new House proposal that would afford them full protection under the U.S. legal system, potentially spurring a domestic influx of would-be terrorists who may seek to exploit the legal loophole.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Weekly Standard
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:
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.
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 …
Al Baker / City Room:
Sharply Critical of Police, Judge Widens Stop-and-Frisk Suit  —  Saying the New York Police Department seems to have little regard for constitutional rights, a federal judge on Wednesday elevated to class-action status a lawsuit accusing officers of using race as a factor in stopping people …
 
 
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Lamar Alexander / Wall Street Journal:
Time for a Medicaid-Education Grand Swap
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Do-Nothing Democrats  —  Senate Democrats are poised to continue …
Discussion: Wake up America
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Domestic partner benefits bill clears panel
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Putin said Israel would take care of Iran’
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
ACLU:
The First Amendment Applies to Foreign Service Officers, Too
Discussion: Firedoglake and We Meant Well
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
Wall Street Journal:
As Bank Withdrawals Surge, Athens Relies More on ECB