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2:00 PM ET, May 26, 2012


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Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter could be left off primary  —  Throwing his congressional race into turmoil, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said Friday evening that he may not have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 7 Republican primary in his suburban Detroit district.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico, Mediaite and Althouse
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher: What Exactly Has Obama Done That Has Made Conservatives So Angry?  —  Bill Maher finally got around to Ted Nugent in his final New Rule of the night, but used the rocker's recent tirade against President Obama to ask the larger question about conservative outrage over the president.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Billionaire Finds New Role in Anti-Obama Campaign  —  When news broke last week that the billionaire investor Joe Ricketts had considered financing a $10 million advertising effort linking President Obama with the fiery race-based rhetoric of his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. …
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Stakes high in Wisconsin's other recalls  —  With both sides pouring millions of dollars into the Scott Walker recall campaign and the national focus firmly affixed on the Wisconsin GOP governor's fate, it's easy to overlook the consolation prize on June 5: the state Senate.
Discussion: CNN
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall: DNC's Debbie Wasserman Schultz sees no national impact if Democrats lose
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz: ‘Not at all’ rethinking Bain attacks on Romney
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and Reuters
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
Crime Scene: With Confession in the Patz Case, the Difficult Work Begins  —  The man breaks down and cries and says yes, I did it.  I killed that 6-year-old boy 33 years ago.  I did it.  —  It should be a detective's dream come true.  The police have their man, their investigation sewn up with a tidy bow of his own damning words.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
California City Saves Itself by Ditching Blue Model  —  Cash-strapped cities across the country from Harrisburg to Birmingham are turning to bankruptcy as a last resort.  As more and more cities consider taking the plunge, we wonder whether bankruptcy will allow new ideas to put the cities back on their feet.
Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Number of the Week: Half of U.S. Lives in Household Getting Benefits  —  49.1%: Percent of the population that lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.  —  Cutting government spending is no easy task …
Michelle Fields / The Daily Caller:
Johnson: Every member of Wisc. legislature received death threats [VIDEO]  —  Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that every member of the state legislature in Wisconsin received an email that said “we're going to put a bullet in your head.  We know where you and your family live.”
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Twice Mistakenly Mentions ‘My Sons,’ While Defending Contraception Mandate  —  In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned “my sons” when defending his administration's regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans …
Lily Burana / New York Times:
As Memorial Day Nears, a Single Image That Continues to Haunt  —  Memorial Day.  The unofficial kickoff to summer.  Barbecues sizzling.  Lawn sprinklers hissing.  Local marching bands tooting out Sousa.  Red, white, and blue bunting hanging from the porch railings, and on T.V. …
Ian Black / Guardian:
Egyptian results a ‘nightmare scenario’  —  Fears of weeks of tension as results point to a run-off between the Muslim Brotherhood candidate and a former general  —  Egypt looks set for weeks of tension and uncertainty after the first round of its landmark presidential election produced …
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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Two years ago today: Obama celebrates Solyndra
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and hogewash
New York Times:
Regulators' Role at Chase Scrutinized
Discussion: Firedoglake
Obama, GOP pay tribute to fallen and serving troops
Discussion: Politico
Ben Wolfgang / Washington Times:
Number of high-school students with jobs hits 20-year low
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and CNN
Ben Simmoneau / CBS Philly:
I-Team: Priest Removed From Ministry Due To Sex Abuse Allegations Now Works At PHL
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
GOProud slams Meghan McCain for calling Breitbart ‘extremist’
CBS Baltimore:
Flash Mob Steals From Baltimore 7-Eleven; Beats Store Manager Who Tries To Stop Them
Discussion: and Belmont Club
Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
The Brash Hypocrisy of Lanny Davis
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump on Romney: 'He'd Buy Companies, He'd Close Companies, He'd Get Rid Of Jobs'
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost and Salon
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Porn stars: Clinton called us over