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12:45 PM ET, June 4, 2012

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Walker leads by 3 points  —  PPP's final poll on the Wisconsin recall finds Scott Walker ahead, but also a race that's tightening.  Walker leads Tom Barrett 50-47.  That's down from 50-45 on a PPP poll conducted three weeks ago and it's also down from a 52-45 lead that Walker posted in a Marquette Law poll released last week.
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Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Two new polls show tight race in Wisconsin recall  —  (Reuters) - Two public opinion polls released on Sunday show Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker with a lead of three and six percentage points two days before the election to recall him because of a new law reducing the power of public sector unions.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Page
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold: Key To Beating Scott Walker Is Getting Democratic Turnout Higher Than 2010
BuzzFeed:
Obama's 2008 Donors Don't Give In 2012  —  Nearly 90% of the Americans who gave $200 to Obama's 2008 campaign haven't re-upped this year.  Disillusionment, and hard times: “I wish he was the socialist they accused him of being,” says one.  —  Donors who gave $200 to Barack Obama in 2008 but have not yet in 2012, by location.
Rodney Ho / Radio & TV Talk:
Neal Boortz announces retirement after more than four decades in radio, replaced by Herman Cain  —  After more than four decades on the airwaves in Atlanta, Neal Boortz this morning announced that he is ending his syndicated talk show on January 21, 2013, replaced by former presidential candidate Herman Cain.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Radio Host Neal Boortz To Retire, Will Be Replaced By Herman Cain  —  Long-time conservative radio talker Neal Boortz will announce his retirement today, according to a report.  The announcement that contains Boortz's retirement also says that former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain will replace him early next year.
95.5FM & AM750 News/Talk WSB:
Neal Boortz to end daily radio show
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
This Republican Economy  —  What should be done about the economy?  Republicans claim to have the answer: slash spending and cut taxes.  What they hope voters won't notice is that that's precisely the policy we've been following the past couple of years.  Never mind the Democrat in the White House …
CNN:
Poll: Romney's favorable rating jumps, but Obama still more popular  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's favorable ratings are on the rise, but a new national poll indicates that President Barack Obama remains more popular than his Republican challenger.  —  According to a CNN/ORC International …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Big Changes in College Health Plans  —  Schools Are Raising Premiums Sharply or Dropping Offerings Altogether as Low-Benefit Options Are Disallowed  —  Some colleges are dropping student health-insurance plans for the coming academic year and others are telling students to expect sharp premium increases …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Seeks Cut in Frisk Arrests  —  Wading into the debate over stop-and-frisk police tactics, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to ask legislators on Monday for a change in New York State law that would drastically reduce the number of people who could be arrested for marijuana possession as a result of police stops.
New York Times:
Romney Team Declares War With Boos and a Surprise Event  —  At Mitt Romney's Boston headquarters, there was pure glee.  —  Word had just leaked that David Axelrod, the chief strategist for President Obama's campaign, would arrive the next morning to attack Mr. Romney on the steps of the State House, a half-mile away.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
5 Facts About The Massachusetts Economy Under Mitt Romney  —  Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign whipped out a new number over the weekend to dispute federal government data that ranked Massachusetts 47th in job creation during Romney's time as governor there.
Daily Mail:
Fugitive ‘cannibal’ porn star arrested in Berlin after escaping police raid on his Paris hotel room  —  The international manhunt for gay porn star killer Luka Rocco Magnotta has ended with his arrest in the German capital Berlin.  —  Magnotta, 29, was seized in an Internet cafe …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Julia Lyon / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mormons march in Gay Pride Parade to build bridges  —  Mormons Building Bridges says it wanted to send message of love to the LGBT community and hopes to inspire others to do the same.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Before the drag queens in heels danced across Main Street …
Discussion: Advocate, New York Magazine and NEWS 9
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Arab Spring... Muslims Behead Christian Man in Tunisia While Reciting Anti-Christian Islamic Prayer  —  A Muslim mob recently beheaded a Christian man in Tunisia while reciting Islamic prayer.  —  And, they filmed it.  —  Before the Obama years, Tunisia was considered to be the most moderate Arab state.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Website vows to rock the — what?!  —  Users can register to vote through the site ‘Rock the Slut Vote.’  —  Nobody said political activism was easy.  Just ask Susan Emry, a 56-year-old mother of two living in San Luis Obispo, Calif., who decided earlier this year to help elect progressive candidates this November.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pirate's Cove
CNBC:
US Factory Orders Post Surprise Fall in April  —  New orders for U.S. factory goods fell in April for the third time in four months as demand slipped for everything from cars and machinery to computers, the latest worrisome sign for the economic recovery.  —  The Commerce Department …
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.
New York Post:
Timothy Cardinal Dolan blasts NYT over report he authorized payments to pedophile priests  —  Timothy Cardinal Dolan yesterday blasted a report that he authorized payments to pedophile priests — and said no such payments are being made to New York clerics.  —  Dolan, while serving …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Joe. My. God.
Bloomberg:
AIG Chief Sees Retirement Age As High As 80 After Crisis  —  AIG Will Continue to Expand Globally, CEO Says  —  American International Group Inc. (AIG) Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche said Europe's debt crisis shows governments worldwide must accept that people will have to work more years as life expectancies increase.
Discussion: US Politics
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
The Mayor of Mayors  —  What Michael Bloomberg is going to do for his next act.  —  One Sunday evening in April, twenty mayors from across the country gathered for a private dinner at the office of Michael Bloomberg's foundation on East 78th Street.  Bloomberg had paid to fly the mayors …
Fredrik Dahl / Reuters:
IAEA sees demolition at Iran site, new talks set  —  (Reuters) - Satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished and soil removed at Parchin, an Iranian military site the U.N. nuclear watchdog wants to visit, its chief said on Monday.  —  Yukiya Amano's comments …
DAWN.COM:
US drone kills 15 militants in North Waziristan: officials  —  MIRAMSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area killed 15 insurgents in a pre-dawn attack on Monday, security officials said.  —  Two missiles were fired on the compound in Mir Ali …
 
 
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Jan Moir / Daily Mail:
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Lawrence Summers:
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Steve Miletich / Seattle Times:
SPD official involved in reform effort arrested in alleged domestic violence
Discussion: The Agitator
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Class Warfare's Losing Record
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Explores Giving Kids Access
BBC:
Four guilty of Danish plot over Muhammad cartoons
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Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Obama Teams With Bill Clinton Even As He Can'T Script Him
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Budget Control Act Military Cuts Raise Concerns
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Spiegel Online:
Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines
Discussion: The Daily Caller and JOSHUAPUNDIT
David W. Chen / New York Times:
State Senator Thomas Duane, a Gay Rights Advocate, to Retire
Julia Moskin / New York Times:
Food Trucks Add American Flavor to Paris
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Susan Edelman / New York Post:
New minority label at CUNY: ‘Jewish’
 

 
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