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7:10 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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Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Wisconsin's resentment factor  —  Anger toward labor will be a big factor in Tuesday's recall.  But unions haven't grown too big; they're too small  —  MADISON — If Scott Walker survives tomorrow's election, there will be plenty of reasons.  Many people will point to his huge cash advantage, for good reason.
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.
Will Oremus / Slate:
What the Wisconsin Recall Tells Us About November: Nothing
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gov. Walker knocks Obama for shying away from Wisconsin recall
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Guardian
Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Two new polls show tight race in Wisconsin recall
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Romney-backed solar firm flops, Dems pounce  —  A Massachusetts solar company to which Mitt Romney personally delivered a $1.5 million loan when he was governor has gone belly up, leaving him vulnerable to the same “picking winners and losers” charges that he's been lobbing at President Barack Obama over Solyndra.
Discussion: Hit & Run, RedState, Daily Kos and CNN
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
5 Facts About The Massachusetts Economy Under Mitt Romney
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
President Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns battle over Mass. job growth numbers
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 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 …
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 …
Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Erupting Urinal Soaks House Press Gallery  —  A big splash occurred on Monday morning at the House Press Gallery in the U.S. Capitol.  —  No, this wasn't one of those unexpected guest appearances for celebrities to talk to reporters about some favorite cause.  —  This splash came from an exploding urinal.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years  —  Trends in American Values: 1987-2012  —  OVERVIEW  —  As Americans head to the polls this November, their values and basic beliefs are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The Keynesian case for Romney  —  Even if you disagree with every one of Mitt Romney's policies, there's a chance he's still the best candidate to lift the economy in 2013.  —  That's not because he has business experience.  For all his bluster about the lessons taught by the private sector …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
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
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 …
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 …
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Louisiana GOP spirals into chaos as Ron Paul delegates injured, arrested  —  Several supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sustained injuries while being arrested during the Louisiana Republican Party's state convention over the weekend, in a conflict that engulfed the meeting …
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.
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.
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 …
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 yesterday that condones discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation.”
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - THE VETTING - SENATOR BARACK OBAMA ATTENDED BILL AYERS BARBECUE, JULY 4, 2005  —  As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama disavowed any connection with former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, the Weather Underground radical who was one of Obama's early backers and his colleague …
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 Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Easy Monday: Paycheck fairness, judicial vote in the Senate  —  The Senate returns from its weeklong break at 2 p.m., and will start with some debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act before moving to a judicial nominee vote at 5:30 p.m.  —  While debate on the paycheck bill could hit …
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
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Romney Would Save $5 Million In Taxes If He Wins The Election  —  According to an analysis from Citizens for Tax Justice, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would save himself $5 million in taxes in 2013 by winning November's election (assuming he could get his tax plan enacted into law).
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 and Political Economy
 
 
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Associated Press:
Obama a socialist? Many scoff, but claim persists
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Messina: We're Doing Great! Oh, and We May Lose Wisconsin.
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Mediaite
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Heritage Foundation ‘Expert’ Cannot Cite Any Examples Of Actual Voter Fraud
Catherine Ho / Washington Post:
Romney suggests business experience should be prerequisite
Discussion: American Prospect
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Former Spy Telescope May Explore Secrets of Dark Energy
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN Panelist: ‘You Are An Idiot’ If Your Presidential Vote Depends On Marijuana Legalization
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Kolten Parker / Houston Chronicle:
(UPDATE) Dewhurst challenges Cruz to Spanish-speaking debate
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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Financial Times:
How to preserve America's recovery
Discussion: Firedoglake and Brad DeLong
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
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New York Times:
A Start on the Dream  —  President Obama has been an overachiever …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Economist's View