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3:10 PM ET, June 4, 2012

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weaskamerica.com:
Who Survives?  —  Our final poll in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election comes after an impressive debate performance by Democrat Tom Barrett — who may have saved his best for last.  The highlight for many viewers was when Barrett took beleaguered Republican Gov. Scott Walker …
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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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Wisconsin recall fight tightening?  —  The robopolling firm Public Policy Polling is out with what may be the final survey of the Wisconsin recall fight, and it finds that Scott Walker's lead over Tom Barrett has shrunk to three points — within the margin of error.
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Two new polls show tight race in Wisconsin recall
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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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
5 Facts About The Massachusetts Economy Under Mitt Romney
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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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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sarah Palin to rally conservative online army  —  The conservative blogosphere has yet to move past the death of patron saint Andrew Breitbart, but it will get a major jolt this month from an equally provocative hero: Sarah Palin.  —  The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee …
Discussion: Mediaite and Conservatives4Palin
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 …
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 …
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
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
Class Warfare's Losing Record  —  EAST PALESTINE, Ohio - Newspaper accounts of the day described with shock the “enormous crushing crowds” that gathered in cities and towns (including this one) to see William Jennings Bryan, the Democrats' presidential candidate of 1896, as he made his way to Pittsburgh.
BBC:
Four guilty of Danish plot over Muhammad cartoons  —  The trial of the four men took place in Glostrup, outside the capital Copenhagen  —  Four men have been found guilty by a Danish court of planning a terrorist attack on the offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen.
 
 
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New York Times:
A Start on the Dream  —  President Obama has been an overachiever …
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New York Magazine:
The Mayor of Mayors  —  Many in the mayor's inner circle …
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