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4:20 PM ET, May 24, 2012

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weaskamerica.com:
Turnout  —  You have to hand it to Wisconsin's electorate: they are passionate about their politics.  When we first polled the Dairy State's voters about Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plummeting approval ratings, many right-leaning types let the blogosphere know how We Ask America's minions …
Discussion: Wake up America
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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Has recall election made Scott Walker a GOP hero?  —  Democrats leapt at the chance to use Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to send a message to all the budget-cutting, union-busting conservatives across the land: If you mess with Big Labor, there's a heavy price to pay.  —  But if you shoot at the king, you'd better not miss.
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
WI: Gov. Walker Looking Strong Before Recall  —  Tom Barrett, Scott Walker (photo: WisPolitics.com/flickr)  —  With less than two weeks until the recall election in Wisconsin, it appears Republican Governor Scott Walker currently stands a very good chance of surviving the effort.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Has recall election made Scott Walker a GOP hero?”
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC polls: Obama edges Romney in three key battleground states  —  President Barack Obama holds a narrow advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in three of the most pivotal presidential battleground states — Florida, Ohio and Virginia — according to new NBC-Marist polls.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Mr. 48%  —  Mr. 48%: Obama at or near 48% …
TMZ.com:
Bill Clinton — SURROUNDED By Porn Stars in Monaco  —  SURROUNDED  —  By Porn Stars  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Bill Clinton just out-Clinton'd himself — posing with two famous porn stars in Monaco moments ago ... and one of them's a real up-and-comer.  —  Clinton's in a Monte Carlo casino right …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Senate Dems Betray Lilly  —  A group of Democratic female senators on Wednesday declared war on the so-called “gender pay gap,” urging their colleagues to pass the aptly named Paycheck Fairness Act when Congress returns from recess next month.  However, a substantial gender pay gap exists …
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What Does President Obama's May Approval Rating Tell Us About His Reelection Chances?  —  According to a Gallup Poll analysis of recent polling data on the mood of the American public, President Obama appears to face a difficult road to winning a second term in November.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
'Those of us who've spent time in the real world ...'  —  The Obama campaign has tried in a number of ways to define Mitt Romney as a guy who's out of touch with the reality most Americans experience, and at a campaign event in Denver last night the president trotted out this Mitt-just-doesn't-get-it line:
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Romney ventures onto Democratic turf, gets earful in Philadelphia  —  Former Massachusetts governor and Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney participates in a sixth-grade language class at Universal Bluford Charter School in Philadelphia.  (Mario Tama / Getty Images / May 24, 2012)
Discussion: Political Economy and Philly.com
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CNN:
Romney defends class size stance to teachers
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Rachel Maddow fails the Carney test  —  Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow attributed statements to Mitt Romney that he did not make.  —  In a segment pegged, ironically, to White House criticism of the Washington press corps, Maddow attempted to rise to the White House's challenge by calling …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
On Health Care, Romney Goes Retro  —  Editor's Note: After looking at the economic platform of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, this installment of our series on his policy plans examines the details of his health care agenda.  —  The gist: Repeal the Affordable Care Act …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: Most individual insurance plans fall short of health law's standards
New York Post:
Man implicated himself in Etan Patz disappearance: Commissioner Kelly  —  A man is in custody for the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed this morning.  —  Kelly issued a release stating that the man made statements to NYPD detectives implicating himself in the boy's disappearance.
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Two Dem recruits back away from Obama  —  National Democrats are upbeat about former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp's prospects as a Senate candidate.  And on the House level, Dems are optimistic that former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber will keep Giffords's open seat in Democratic hands.
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Associated Press:
Competitive Senate race shaping up in North Dakota
Discussion: Politico and Taking Note
Michael Fumento / Salon:
My break with the extreme right  —  I worked for Reagan and wrote for National Review.  But the new hysterical right cares nothing for truth or dignity  —  Gosh!  When did I end up in bed with Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber?  Could it be because I did specialize in blowing things …
Boston Globe:
Unabomber sends Harvard class update  —  Ted Kaczynski — the domestic terrorist known as the Unabomber, who is serving life in prison for sending deadly mail bombs — will not be able to attend his 50th class reunion at Harvard College.  But he did contribute a bizarre entry to the alumni report for the class of 1962.
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
Cory Booker got it right  —  The attacks on Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D) by the more vitriolic liberal commentators for what he said about Bain Capital on this past Sunday's “Meet the Press” are just as indefensible as the Republican Party's cynical and dishonest attempt to exploit …
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Forget Bain — Obama's public-equity record is the real scandal
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UrbanGrounds
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Maryland Polling Memo  —  A new Public Policy Polling survey in Maryland finds a significant increase in support for same-sex marriage among African American voters following President Obama's historic announcement two weeks ago.  The referendum to keep the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage …
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Elizabeth Warren pulls even with Scott Brown in new poll  —  Elizabeth Warren, emerging from what many consider the roughest patch yet in her Senate campaign, has pulled into a virtual tie with US Senator Scott Brown, according to a new Suffolk University/7News poll.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren's identity politics
BuzzFeed:
Obama Appeared At 1996 Event Hosted By Socialist Group  —  It's a reminder that the President presented himself as much more progressive during his time in Chicago.  In this little-seen advertisement that ran in the Hyde Park Herald in 1996, Obama was listed on a panel sponsored …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Nice Deb
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Real federal deficit dwarfs official tally  —  The typical American household would have paid nearly all of its income in taxes last year to balance the budget if the government used standard accounting rules to compute the deficit, a USA TODAY analysis finds.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Misses His Entrance  —  President Obama failed to appear on cue last night at the Fox Theater in Redwood, California, a weird lapse for a president who may have been exhausted at the end of a marathon day of speechifying and campaigning.  —  Pool reporter Peter Baker of the New York Times offers …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
“Refreshing Contacts”: The Revolving Door Shuffle in Washington  —  Keeps on spinning (photo: lrargerich/flickr)  —  I always find the revolving door to be an intriguing subject of inquiry.  The combination of big money in influencing policy, as well as the transient nature of most political jobs …
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
NewsMax.com:
Trump to Newsmax: I'm Mulling Own Super PAC to Defeat Obama  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Billionaire businessman Donald Trump tells Newsmax he is seriously considering launching …
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate approves bill striking word ‘lunatic’ from federal law
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Tony Listi / Campus Reform:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama's DOJ Forces University to Allow 38 Year Old Male To Access Women's Restrooms
Kyle Mantyla / rightwingwatch.org:
‘God Is Working’ Through New Evangelism Tool to Help Gays get to Heaven
Sabrina Ford / New York Post:
Arabic mandatory at city public school
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Joe Biden's act growing old for more Americans
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