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4:55 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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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 …
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Two new polls show tight race in Wisconsin recall
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Wisconsin recall fight tightening?
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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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 …
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.
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Have We Reached an Economic Tipping Point for the President?  - Today's Q's for O's WH - 6/4/2012  —  TAPPER: Who specifically is “rooting for failure”?  —  CARNEY: I think that when you have a situation where action is not being taken on Capitol Hill where it is obvious …
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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Raymond Ibrahim / Gatestone Institute:
Graphic Video: Muslims Slaughter “Apostate” in Tunisia
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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.
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 Guardian
ABCNEWS:
RNC Web Video Lampoons Obama's Anna Wintour Fundraising Effort  —  The Republican National Committee released a new web video Monday lampooning the Obama campaign's latest fundraising effort, a web ad with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour that came out Friday, the same day as the dismal jobs report.
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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.
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 …
Patterico's Pontifications:
Audio and Transcripts from the Hearing Where Aaron Walker Was Arrested for Blogging About a Public Figure  —  Last week, I told you that Aaron Walker was arrested for blogging about a public figure.  I published a report of the events of the hearing, which was consistent with another report …
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 …
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
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 …
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: Political Economy and US Politics
CNN:
Local election boards in Florida advised to stop voter ‘purge’  —  (CNN) - The legal counsel for Florida's local elections officers has recommended all counties in the state stop removing names from their voter rolls after the U.S. Department of Justice questioned the legality of the action.
Discussion: The Hill and The Maddow Blog
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
North Carolina GOP Platform Says Government Should Be Able To Discriminate Against Gays  —  Emboldened by a recently enacted constitutional amendment prohibiting civil unions and same-sex marriage, North Carolina's Republican party adopted a platform on Sunday, June 3 that condones discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation.”
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Conservatives Wonder Why Romney Picked Obamacare-Loving Mike Leavitt To Lead Transition Team  —  Mitt Romney is under fire from conservatives for selecting a man to run his White House transition team who has championed a key element of “Obamacare” and benefited financially from the law …
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Red Star Over Hollywood  —  China's communist regime is negotiating private deals with American film studios and financing the purchase of America's second largest theater chain, leaving experts and human rights activists fearing the spread of dictatorial soft power and censorship to American shores.
 
 
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Kolten Parker / Houston Chronicle:
(UPDATE) Dewhurst challenges Cruz to Spanish-speaking debate
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CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Easy Monday: Paycheck fairness, judicial vote in the Senate
Discussion: Feministing and Daily Kos
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
A Good Time To Spend Money On Infrastructure Repair
Financial Times:
How to preserve America's recovery
Discussion: Firedoglake and Brad DeLong
New York Times:
A Start on the Dream  —  President Obama has been an overachiever …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Magazine:
The Mayor of Mayors  —  Many in the mayor's inner circle …
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Bank of America Withheld Loss Figures Ahead of Merrill Vote
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