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8:30 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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Herman Cain / CNN:
On third endorsement, Cain backs Romney  —  (CNN) - Herman Cain, who suspended his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination amid a flurry of allegations of past sexual impropriety, backed Mitt Romney Wednesday - his third endorsement after dropping out of the race.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Warning Signs in Wisconsin for Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Obama, Romney tied in battleground Wisconsin
Discussion: Politico
BuzzFeed:
Huckabee Letter: Obama Surrounds Himself “With Morally Repugnant Political Whores”  —  A letter sent by the group Citizens United, over Hucakbee's signature, says the day Obama was sworn into office is “the day the country started going to pot.”  Huckabee demands the letter be “pulled,” …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Huckabee demands fundraising letter pulled  —  Mike Huckabee is firmly denying that he approved a fundraising letter which refers to President Obama's advisers as “morally repugnant political whores.”  —  “This was a complete surprise to me,” Gov. Huckabee said in a statement to POLITICO, sent via a spokesperson.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Liberal Values
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Obama, Boehner clash at White House over debt-ceiling hike  —  President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) clashed during a White House meeting on Wednesday, with the Speaker telling the president that he was “not going to allow a debt-ceiling increase without doing something serious about the debt,” Boehner's office said.
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Suzy Khimm / Ezra Klein:
Democrats talk about cutting entitlements.  Republicans don't talk about raising taxes.  —  The line you often hear in Washington is that Republicans won't talk taxes and Democrats won't talk entitlements.  The two parties, the thinking goes, are similarly irresponsible, albeit on opposite sides of the budget.
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Of course Boehner wants another debt-ceiling showdown
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Boehner attacks Obama's courage
Discussion: CNN, nation.foxnews.com and Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Mitt Romney gets away with his lying  —  Yesterday, Mitt Romney gave a big speech in which he accused Obama of lighting a “prairie fire of debt.”  It's a good line, and it has received widespread media coverage.  —  Romney's speech has already been dissected by Jonathan Chait and Steve Benen.
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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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate  —  President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.  —  Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Senate Democrats Achieve a New Standard of Irresponsibility
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.
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Edwin Durgy / Fistful Of Dollars:
What Mitt Romney Is Really Worth: An Exclusive Analysis Of His Latest Finances
Discussion: New York Magazine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Buh-Bye  —  Over recent days we've been following the story of Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, now resident in Singapore, who has renounced his citizenship to avoid the big time tax bill that would have come with the Facebook IPO windfall.  But will Saverin ever be able to set in the US again?
Charles Mahtesian / Associated Press:
Mary Kennedy, RFK Jr.'s estranged wife, found dead  —  NEW YORK - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead in her home Wednesday.  —  Attorney Kerry Lawrence, who had represented her in a drunken-driving case, said he didn't know the cause of her death at age 52.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] The joke that Jimmy Kimmel didn't tell at the WHCA dinner … UPDATE: Tapper confirms to Dylan Stableford that he helped Kimmel:  —  “I tried to help Jimmy with the temperature of the room.  And yes, I thought that joke would cause the room to turn against him …
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Dan Spector / CJAD 800:
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean gets in a car accident while on the air with CJAD  —  Former Vermont Governor and Democratic Party Presidential candidate Howard Dean was in Montreal today, attending a luncheon where he discussed the US presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Guardian
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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Crossroads launches $25 million, monthlong ad campaign hitting Obama
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost
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 …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Washington's Catholic archbishop, Georgetown president spar over graduation invitation to Kathleen Sebelius  —  The already-boiling debate about Georgetown University's decision to invite Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak during graduation hit the highest levels …
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 …
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  National Coalition For Men Endorses GOP Version Of VAWA Bill  —  House GOP legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act got an unexpected endorsement Tuesday — one that Democrats couldn't be happier with.  —  In a letter to all members, provided to TPM by Democratic aides …
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.
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.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Campaign Tries To Physically Prevent Reporters From Asking Questions (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Mitt Romney, Video, Election 2012 Media, Election Media, Mitt Romney Journalists, Mitt Romney Media, Mitt Romney Reporters, Media News  —  Reporters covering Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: Swampland
 
 
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Meghan Neal / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: National Review and Weasel Zippers
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Kucinich won't run in Washington state
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Lamar Alexander / Wall Street Journal:
Time for a Medicaid-Education Grand Swap
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‘Putin said Israel would take care of Iran’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review