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2:15 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
weaskamerica.com:
Who Survives?  —  Our final poll in the Wisconsin gubernatorial …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Wisconsin recall fight tightening?
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.
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.
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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.
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 …
BuzzFeed:
Meet The Romney Birthers  —  “I find it unacceptable that we cannot find a qualified American.”  Chester Arthur's legitimacy also in question.  —  A popular meme among Romney birthers, who believe the Republican's Mexican roots make him ineligible for the presidency.
Discussion: rense.com and RedState
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.
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Our Most Widely Ignored Public Intellectuals  —  A prophet, says the Bible, is not without honor save in his own country.  As the most prestigious economic dissenters of this era, Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman form a category of two: astonishingly prescient, widely read, and largely ignored by those in power.
Discussion: Economist's View
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Rep. Hayworth adviser who suggested hurling acid at Dems resigns  —  The campaign adviser who suggested that opponents “hurl some acid at those female Democratic senators” has resigned from the congressional campaign of Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.).  —  “Jay Townsend has offered …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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
 
 
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Brian Schweitzer / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: An Invitation to Keep Money Out of Politics
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Bank of America Withheld Loss Figures Ahead of Merrill Vote
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. McMorris Rodgers to serve as Romney's liaison to the House
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jan Moir / Daily Mail:
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IAEA sees demolition at Iran site, new talks set
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Spiegel Online:
Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines
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