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5:40 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 …
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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
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 …
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Newt Gingrich / CNN:
TRENDING: GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together  —  (CNN) - Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be joined in Las Vegas next week by two of his backers: former candidate Newt Gingrich and reality television star Donald Trump.
CNN:
Romney defends class size stance to teachers
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:   Romney ventures onto Democratic turf, gets earful in Philadelphia
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 …
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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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Mr. 48%  —  Mr. 48%: Obama at or near 48% …
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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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Obama's campaign manager huddles with Senate Democrats  —  President Obama's campaign manager huddled with Democratic senators on Thursday to brief them on the campaign's grassroots strategy, according to lawmakers in attendance.  —  Speaking to reporters afterward, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Offers Chance To Dine With Donald Trump  —  The Donald wants you!  The latest Romney fundraising contest.  Democrats attack “birther” association.  —  Source: secure.mittromney.com  —  Source: secure.mittromney.com  —  UPDATE: Melanie Roussell, DNC Press Secretary released this statement:
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: Most individual insurance plans fall short of health law's standards  —  Most people who buy their own health insurance would get a much more generous policy under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.  —  Most individual policies today fall short …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
On Health Care, Romney Goes Retro
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 …
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
S.E. Cupp Discusses Her Photoshopped Hustler Picture On The “View” … Sign-Up to receive Updates from TH  —  Breaking on TOWNHALL  —  Cupp in Hustler?  Bleh.  They had to have been desperate....or maybe Hengler wasn't available to fill the rethuglican witch role.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Hot Air and Mediaite
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Forget Bain — Obama's public-equity record is the real scandal  —  Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital.  But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and UrbanGrounds
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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 …
Tim Mak / Politico:
FBI: Mayor hacked critical website  —  A New Jersey mayor and his son were arrested Thursday by the FBI for allegedly hacking into an email account and website tied to a recall effort — and then intimidating those associated with the site.  —  Felix Roque, 55, the Democratic mayor of West New York …
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
West New York mayor arrested by FBI on hacking charges
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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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 …
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:
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.
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 City, 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 …
Chris Christoff / Bloomberg:
Half Of Detroit'S Streetlights May Go Out As City Shrinks  —  Detroit Residents Stay In at Night as Lights Go Out  —  Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Associated Press:
Competitive Senate race shaping up in North Dakota  —  MINOT, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's prosperity from an energy boom as the rest of the country slowly crawls out from under a collapsed economy is making a contest of a Senate race that Democrats had all but conceded.
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Jury Moves On To Second Donor's Cash  —  After nearly a week of deliberations jurors in the John Edwards trial have yet to reach a verdict, methodically working their way through six criminal charges and a month's worth of testimony about how the former presidential candidate …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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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
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