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2:45 AM ET, June 4, 2012


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Non Member / Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op:
Integrity: The Child Scott Walker Left Behind  —  For an explanation on why our media cooperative chose to run this article, please read our editorial: on-integrity/  —  [Editor's note: What follows is one woman's account of the Scott Walker she knew at Marquette University.
Daily Kos:
Updated: Verified - Woman Denies Walker Fathered Baby - MJS Columnist Daniel Bice  —  The story that Scott Walker abandoned his pregnant girlfriend in college (dKos diary link) apparently failed the first test of verification by a professional reporter.  Daniel Bice, the “Watchdog” …
Last minute smear job: Dems claim Scott Walker fathered ‘love child’ 24 years ago; Update: Debunked by reporter … With two days to go before Wisconsin's recall election, Gov. Walker is looking very strong in the polls.  According to Intrade, he has a 96 percent chance of winning on Tuesday.
Discussion: Power Line and neo-neocon
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
New minority label at CUNY: ‘Jewish’  —  Something isn't kosher about a CUNY scheme to single out Jews, angry professors charge.  —  Touting a move to make its faculty more diverse, CUNY administrators have broken out Jews into a separate minority group: “White/Jewish.”
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
France: Muslim mob beats three Jewish students with hammers, iron bars  —  On Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, Muslims troll for Jews to beat senseless.  Three young Jewish students were attacked by a gang of twelve Muslims in Lyons, France, yesterday on Shabbat.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
War in the White House: attorney general Eric Holder and top Obama adviser David Axelrod ‘had to be separated’  —  Eric Holder, Barack Obama's attorney general and David Axelrod, his top political adviser had to be separated after squaring up during a furious row over attempts to impose White House operatives in the justice department.
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
Obama strategist David Axelrod: Romney isn't a “job creator”
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and Mediaite
Christian Schneider / National Review:
Walker Blasts Democrats' ‘Crap’ Attacks  —  Fitchburg, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker visited the Madison suburb of Fitchburg tonight, ending a long day that saw earlier stops in the Green Bay and Milwaukee.  Before a crowd of about 50 volunteers, Walker delivered his usual stump speech …
Discussion: and Weekly Standard
Gary Taubes / New York Times:
Opinion: We Only Think We Know the Truth About Salt  —  THE first time I questioned the conventional wisdom on the nature of a healthy diet, I was in my salad days, almost 40 years ago, and the subject was salt.  Researchers were claiming that salt supplementation was unnecessary after strenuous exercise …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
What It's Like At America's Most Polarized Dairy Breakfast  —  June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin.  The recall election is Tuesday.  —  DE PERE, Wisc.  — Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, stood thirty feet away from each other at the biggest political event …
Discussion: Althouse, RedState and National Review
First Read /   Walker, Barrett almost cross paths at Wisconsin breakfast
Jonathan Martinand Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mike Leavitt, the man planning the Mitt Romney presidency  —  Mike Leavitt is the most important figure in Mitt Romney's campaign you may have never heard of.  —  That's about to change.  —  Leavitt, the former Utah governor and Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
McDonnell dismisses ‘birther’ talk, says Romney agrees Obama ‘born in America’
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
Mike Allen / Politico:
MIKE LEAVITT PLANNING ROMNEY TRANSITION: ‘PROJECT READY’ — Weekend weddings: Ashley Blazer Biden and Dr. Howard Krein
Discussion: delawareonline
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Look beyond interest rates to get out of the gloom  —  With the past week's dismal US jobs data, signs of increasing financial strain in Europe and discouraging news from China, the proposition that the global economy is returning to a path of healthy growth looks highly implausible.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Pelosi: Clinton ‘our shot’ in 2016  —  Nancy Pelosi, who touched off a new wave of Hillary Clinton-for-president buzz two months ago by talking up the secretary of state as a 2016 candidate, keeps it up in an interview with the Chronicle's Carla Marinucci:
Discussion: BuzzFeed and New York Magazine
Brendan Prunty / New Jersey Online:
Comedian Bill Maher buys minority stake in ownership of Mets, calls team ‘a great investment’  —  NEW YORK — No joke: Bill Maher has bought a minority ownership stake in the Mets.  —  In a surprise announcement made by the comedian and political commentator before Sunday night's game against the Cardinals …
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Intersecting Worlds of Romney and Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Points of unity: Mitt Romney and President Obama both like process-driven decisions, iPads, ABC's “Modern Family” and chicken.  —  Grilled chicken, not fried, in keeping with the shared body-mindedness of the combatants …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Mass. Gov. Patrick: Romney record on jobs was ‘not good enough’
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David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Public opinion about the National Rifle Association
Discussion: Wizbang
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Nancy Pelosi skilled in art of political warfare
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Lawsuit Against Kleiner Perkins Is Shaking Silicon Valley
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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
How Coverage of Obama's Role in Drone Executions Provokes Liberal Outrage
Discussion: Book Salon and The Confluence
15 killed and dozens wounded in Nigerian church attack
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
Egyptians threaten more protests after Mubarak verdict