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6:20 PM ET, June 5, 2012

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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Reports: Robo-calls lying to Wisconsin voters  —  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said his campaign is contacting Wisconsin residents to counter reports of a robo-call that says anyone who signed a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker doesn't have to vote in Tuesday's election.
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Robin Bravender / Politico:
Wisconsin recall: Democrats prepare for recall recount  —  Brace yourself: Wisconsin Democrats say they are preparing for the event that the hotly contested recall race could drag on for weeks, or even longer.  —  Floating the prospect of a recount is, of course, a message that bolsters …
WisPolitics Election Blog:
Dems cry foul early into Election Day; Sen. Taylor demands investigation  —  With only about four hours into the Election Day voting, members of the Milwaukee Democratic Party claim that calls are going out to voters telling them if they'd signed the recall, they didn't need to vote today.
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Nasty robo-calls in Wisconsin?  —  Some voters say they've received calls telling them they don't need to vote if they signed the recall petition  —  With both sides counting on dramatic turnout, Tom Barrett's campaign is charging Scott Walker supporters with dirty tricks.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Paycheck Fairness Act is defeated in Senate  —  Democratic legislation meant to fight gender discrimination in the workplace failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate Tuesday on a procedural vote.  —  In a 52 to 47 tally the Senate defeated the Paycheck Fairness Act.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Paycheck Fairness Act fails to advance in Senate
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senate urged to take up pay equity for women
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
The Real Stakes in the Health-Care Case: A Guide  —  No, I do not know what day the Supreme Court will decide the heath-care case.  (Best guess: June 25th.)  No, I have not “heard anything” about how the Justices will rule on the challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Proposition 8: Appeals court won't reconsider ruling that gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional
Discussion: Truthdig
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Proposition 8 ruling opens door to Supreme Court test
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Breaking with Romney, Murkowski warns against ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to Solyndra  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is breaking with Mitt Romney and some Capitol Hill Republicans by expressing support for federal green-energy programs, including the one that provided loan help to the now-bankrupt Solyndra.
Discussion: RedState and msnbc.com
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney in Texas: 'This is Obama's economy, not George Bush's'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Boston Globe:
Romney's solar slam at Obama backfires
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US Already in ‘Recession,’ Extend Tax Cuts: Bill Clinton  —  Former President Bill Clinton told CNBC Tuesday that the US economy already is in a recession and urged Congress to extend all the tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year.  —  In a taped interview aired on “Closing Bell,” …
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Roger Simon / Politico:
Bill Clinton is out of control  —  Bill Clinton has to be the smartest guy in the room even when he's not in the room.  —  Clinton is not on Barack Obama's campaign staff, is not a trusted adviser, does not set Obama's strategy.  —  But Bill Clinton is pretty good at sabotaging Obama's strategy.
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
CBO: Massive rise in U.S. debt crashes our economic forecasting model in 2035
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Shepardson / detroitnews.com:
Romney vows quick U.S. exit from GM  —  He says Obama delays stock sale to avoid embarrassment of big losses  —  Washington — Republican Mitt Romney believes President Barack Obama is holding on to the government's stake in General Motors to avoid an embarrassing financial loss before the election …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Says He Would Have Backed Auto Bailout After Managed Bankruptcy
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mediaite
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Government Down $16 Billion on GM Bailout
Discussion: Politico and The Hope For America
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama isn't ‘endorsing or condemning’ NYC Mayor Bloomberg's proposed soda ban  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said she “applauds” local leaders for confronting the growing risk of obesity, but stopped short of endorsing a controversial proposed ban of sugary drinks sold …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Associated Press:
First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Maremont / Wall Street Journal:
How Romney Pushed State Health Bill  —  Emails Show Governor Defending Insurance Mandate for Massachusetts Residents  —  When Mitt Romney left office as Massachusetts governor, his aides removed all emails from a server computer in the governor's office, and purchased and carted off hard drives …
CNN:
U.S. official: Al Qaeda leader killed in drone strike in Pakistan  —  (CNN) — Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No. 2 man in al Qaeda and a longtime public face of the terror network, has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, a U.S. official said Tuesday.  —  His death marks one of the most …
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New York Times:
Drone Strike Killed No. 2 in Al Qaeda, U.S. Official Says
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Minnesota moving against marriage ban  —  Minnesota's constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage now appears to be in serious danger of failing, a reversal from a PPP poll four months ago when it led for passage by a 48/44 margin.  —  Now only 43% of voters support the proposed amendment, with 49% of voters opposed to it.
Reuters:
Fear factors: What worries Romney backers  —  Mitt Romney has done the unthinkable: silenced the legions of conservatives who saw him as too starched, too ideologically wobbly and too Richie Rich to win a few months ago.  —  Now comes the hard part: getting those same conservatives …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Morning-After Pills Don't Block Implantation, Science Suggests  —  Labels inside every box of morning-after pills, drugs widely used to prevent pregnancy after sex, say they may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman's uterus.  Respected medical authorities …
BuzzFeed:
Obama Emails For Barrett Obama uses campaign list to encourage supporters to support Barrett in Wisconsin recall election.  —  President Barack Obama followed up his tweet in support of Mayor Tom Barrett's efforts to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today with a blast email …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in Florida  —  PPP's newest Florida poll finds little change in the state compared to mid-April.  At that time Barack Obama led Mitt Romney 50-45 there, and now his advantage is 50-46.  Voters in the state narrowly approve of Obama, 49/46, and continue to dislike Romney, giving him a 39/53 favorability rating.
 
 
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