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5:25 PM ET, June 5, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Ed Driscoll and ABCNEWS
BuzzFeed:
Wisconsin Democrats Claim Dirty Tricks On Nasty Election Day
WisPolitics Election Blog:
Dems cry foul early into Election Day; Sen. Taylor demands investigation
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 …
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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 …
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
CBO's Publications:
The 2012 Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Over the past few years, the federal government has been recording budget deficits that are the largest as a share of the economy since 1945.  Consequently, the amount of federal debt held by the public has surged.  By the end of this year …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Dire CBO report projects US debt will be double GDP by 2037
Discussion: Hot Air and GayPatriot
Metrosexual Black AbeJ / Balloon Juice:
The Reichstag fire next time
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
CBO: Massive rise in U.S. debt crashes our economic forecasting model in 2035
Discussion: protein wisdom
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  —  The Senate on Tuesday failed to advance a bill that its backers say would help close the vast pay gap between men and women - an effort that was part of a broader election-year strategy by congressional Democrats and the White House to woo female voters.
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
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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The Boston Globe:
Romney's solar slam at Obama backfires  —  A Lowell-based solar technology company that received $1.5 million in state loans when Mitt Romney was governor has filed for bankruptcy, opening the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to charges of hypocrisy.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Michelle Obama not ‘endorsing or condemning’ NYC Mayor Bloomberg's proposed soda ban  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday “applauds” local leaders for confronting the growing risk of obesity, but stopped short of endorsing a controversial proposed ban of sugary drinks sold in quantities …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jerry Seper / Washington Times:
Issa: Officials had information about ‘reckless tactics’ in ‘Fast and Furious’  —  The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday said new documents show that senior Justice Department officials in Washington, despite their previous denials, were given …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Ali Akbar Says, ‘World War Three’  —  Ali Akbar with Tea Party candidate Doug Hoffman, October 2009  —  Monday afternoon I was off the grid when Ali Akbar called to tell me that “Breitbart Unmasked” had published a photo and the address of his mother's home in Texas in a viciously mendacious attack on the National Bloggers Club.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek hires Atlantic's Megan McArdle  —  Megan McArdle, the Atlantic's libertarian economics blogger, is joining Newsweek & The Daily Beast, POLITICO has learned.  —  McArdle, who is currently on book leave, has blogged about business and economics for the Atlantic since 2007.
Discussion: TBogg and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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