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7:40 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.
BuzzFeed:
Obama Emails For Barrett Obama uses campaign list to encourage supporters to support Barrett …
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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Republican senator introduces alternative to Paycheck Fairness Act
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Paycheck Fairness Act fails to advance in Senate
John Cook / Gawker:
Well, it Looks Like Someone Hacked Into Mitt Romney's Private Email [Update]  —  Everything old is new again: A tipster has emailed Gawker claiming to have hacked into Mitt Romney's private email and DropBox accounts.  —  You will recall that roughly four years ago, 4Chan hackers got …
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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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Critique of Obama Jobs Record Puts Romney in a Bind
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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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Breaking with Romney, Murkowski warns against ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to Solyndra
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and msnbc.com
The Boston Globe:
Romney's solar slam at Obama backfires
Amy Willis / Telegraph:
Barack Obama calls Mitt Romney ‘George’ in latest election gaffe
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Says He Would Have Backed Auto Bailout After Managed Bankruptcy
Discussion: Mediaite and BuzzFeed
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Government Down $16 Billion on GM Bailout
Discussion: Politico and The Hope For America
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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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Clinton breaks with Obama on extending Bush-era tax rates  —  Former President Bill Clinton broke with President Obama over the Bush-era tax rates, saying he has “no problem” with extending them temporarily.  —  “I don't have any problem with extending all of it now, including the current spending level …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
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
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
DOJ to House Republicans: Let's resolve ‘Fast and Furious’ issue  —  The Justice Department told House Republican leaders on Tuesday it was working to reach “a mutually acceptable resolution” to grant Congress access to information about a botched gun-tracking operation and avoid contempt proceedings from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Discussion: Politico
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Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Issa: Officials had information about ‘reckless tactics’ in ‘Fast and Furious’
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Paul Cruickshank / CNN:
Al-Libi death a major blow for al Qaeda  —  Abu Yahya al-Libi is universally admired in jihadist circles and among the younger generation of al Qaeda leaders.  Charismatic, intelligent, a religious scholar - and with the extra qualification of having escaped from U.S. custody in Afghanistan …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Big Voter Turnout in Liberal Dane County, Wisconsin  —  Waukesha, Wisc.  —  There are reports of huge voter turnout across the state today, and this afternoon a spokesman for Wisconsin's Government Accountability told THE WEEKLY STANDARD: “We are still looking at 60 to 65 percent statewide.
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 …
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Rich Nontaxpayers  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform — Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
 
 
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
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