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1:15 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.
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 …
David Catanese / Politico:
Deb Fischer wins Nebraska Senate stunner  —  Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer wrested the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Attorney General Jon Bruning Tuesday night, riding a burst of late momentum to pull off an unexpected victory.  —  Her stunning come-from-behind performance amounts …
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
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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: and Hot Air
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
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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.
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.”
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Boehner attacks Obama's courage
Jonathan Allen / Politico:   Earmarks still have friends in high places
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 …
Alastair Jamieson /
Greeks withdraw $894 million in a day: Is this beginning of a run on banks?
Joseph Cotterill / FT Alphaville:
Plug-pulling in Athens
Discussion: Bloomberg, Guardian and Paul Krugman
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
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Coming This Summer: For $24.95, George W. Bush Will Share His ‘Strategies For Economic Growth’
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Alarm Grows Among Dems About Obama's Chances  —  “You can be stylish and powerful, too.  That's Michelle's advice.”  — President Obama telling graduates to temper but preserve their interest in clothing during his commencement address at Barnard College, a women-only college of New York's Columbia University.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bias a Drink  —  It's Obama vs. the New York Times!
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 …
Izabella Kaminska / FT Alphaville:
Why China's RMB exodus IS the story  —  There is a huge developing story in China's currency, the renminbi.  —  After years of structural under-valuation, things are changing.  —  China faces what we have described before as a “dollar shortage” problem, a situation it last faced on a major level in 2008.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Team Mitt ‘physically’ blocks journos
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Administration Opposes Attempt to Bar Same-Sex Marriage on Military Property and Shield Military Chaplains
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Polling: President Has Failed on Housing, Wall Street Accountability
Discussion: US Politics
Fox News:
Catholic university drops student health insurance, cites ObamaCare
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors' money, U.S. coordination
Discussion: and Israpundit
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: Via Meadia and Hullabaloo
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Biden wields Bain against Romney in Ohio
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Capital New York
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal