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3:00 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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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.
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.
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Notes on Wisconsin  —  Notes on Wisconsin: 1) Tomorrow's recall may not be the “second most important election this year,” as some observers have claimed.  It may be the first; 2) The ramifications for American government, which are profound, vastly outweigh ramifications …
Michelle Malkin:
Decision day in Wisconsin: Democratic fleebaggers prepare for the worst; Updated
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
NOTABLES:  — TOTAL RECALL: Today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Late Polls Find Walker Is Still Favored
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Government Down $16 Billion on GM Bailout  —  Mitt Romney maintains that “President Barack Obama is holding on to the government's stake in General Motors to avoid an embarrassing financial loss before the election, and says he'd sell the stock quickly if he wins the White House,” …
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
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 …
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Obama's awkward embrace of the devil... who wears Prada  —  As Americans grapple with disastrous unemployment numbers, the Obama campaign releases a video starring blatantly elitist Vogue editor Anna Wintour  —  In last week's column, I wrote that the Obama campaign woes in May were mainly the result of circumstance.
Discussion: Hot Air
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New York Post:
Team O turns tone-deaf
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Proposition 8 ruling opens door to Supreme Court test  —  A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected an appeal of February's ruling that overturned Proposition 8, a move that is likely to send the debate over same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court.  —  The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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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.
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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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air, GayPatriot and CNN
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
Michael D. Lemonick / Time:
NASA Gets Two New Hubble Telescopes — Absolutely Free  —  It hardly bears mentioning that the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most extraordinarily successful scientific instruments of all time.  Since 1993, when the telescope's flawed mirror was set right by a set …
Politico:
Inhofe goes after another EPA official - House picks up energy and water bill, with amendments - California, New Mexico primary races to watch - RGGI says emissions fell  —  With help from Talia Buford, Andrew Restuccia, Darius Dixon and Darren Goode  —  INHOFE GOES AFTER ANOTHER EPA OFFICIAL …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Campaign 2012
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Therapy Survivor Calls Out Ex-Gay Advocate's Bullying On Dr. Drew  —  Last night on his HLN show, Dr. Drew interviewed Janet Boynes, friend of Marcus and Michele Bachmann, about her ex-gay identity and advocacy.  She unsurprisingly reiterated her belief that “change is possible through …
Discussion: Advocate and Good As You
Robert J. Barro / Wall Street Journal:
Robert Barro: Why This Slow Recovery Is Like No Recovery  —  The U.S. economy lost about 10% relative to trendline growth.  To make up the shortfall, we need to average more than 3% growth a year for several years.  —  Last week's dismal jobs report showed little change in payroll employment …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Betsy's Page
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Turning Our Backs on Unions  —  “The Great Divergence” by Timothy Noah is a book about income inequality, and if you're thinking, “Do we really need another book about income inequality?” the answer is yes.  We need this one.  —  It stands out in part because Noah, a columnist for The New Republic …
The Boston Globe:
Science out of context  —  BP's demand for e-mail will erode the scientific deliberative process  —  Late last week, we reluctantly handed over more than 3,000 confidential e-mails to BP, as part of a subpoena from the oil company demanding access to them because of the Deepwater Horizon disaster lawsuit brought by the US government.
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  CHART: The Gobsmacking Drop In Government Spending Under Obama  —  The conventional wisdom that President Obama has overseen a dramatic surge in government spending has always been shaky.  But it faces perhaps its starkest rebuttal in new figures that reveal the sharpest decline …
 
 
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Christine Clarridge / Seattle Times:
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Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
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Erin McLaughlin / ABCNEWS:
Police Stop, Handcuff Every Adult at Intersection in Search for Bank Robber
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Althouse
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton: Romney adopted 'Europe's economic policies'
Discussion: NewsBusters.org, The Hill and msnbc.com
Aubrey Whelan / Washington Examiner:
Occupiers quietly fade from McPherson Square
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Commentary Magazine:
Please Excuse My President
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
New York Post:
Boastful babbling a gift to our foes
Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Clark County GOP erects billboard touting Ron Paul, deriding Mitt Romney
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Muslim Yelling “Allahu Akbar” Beheads His Wife In Front of Their Six Children Before Throwing …