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8:15 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 …
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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  —  If there's one thing Mitt Romney cannot stand, it's when President Obama blames the economic situation he inherited from former president George W. Bush for the country's current gloomy challenges.  —  “What he's very good at is finding …
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
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Senate urged to take up pay equity for women
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
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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Amy Willis / Telegraph:
Barack Obama calls Mitt Romney ‘George’ in latest election gaffe
The Boston Globe:
Romney's solar slam at Obama backfires
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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
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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Wall Street Journal:
CIA Prepares Iraq Pullback
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 …
Associated Press:
First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama isn't ‘endorsing or condemning’ NYC Mayor Bloomberg's proposed soda ban
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Passes on Further Review of Prop 8 Case, Setting Up Appeal to Supreme Court  —  The federal appeals court hearing the challenge to California's Proposition 8 passed on taking another look at the ruling.  The decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Proposition 8: Appeals court won't reconsider ruling that gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional
Discussion: Truthdig
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.
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: The Hill, RedState and msnbc.com
 
 
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