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2:20 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.
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Late Polls Find Walker Is Still Favored
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
NOTABLES:  — TOTAL RECALL: Today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
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
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
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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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   A speech I'd like to hear Obama deliver
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  —  Remember how all the buzz about the 2008 campaign was how young and fresh and new and exciting and YouTube-y and Internet-y and Will.I.AM-y the Obama campaign was?  Well, the Obama 2012 campaign is turning into . . . a raffle.  Or a school auction.  Or something.
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 …
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 and CNN
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
Commentary Magazine:
Please Excuse My President  —  Few things are more difficult in politics than confronting failure and learning from it.  It is especially difficult when a leader you have championed, and in whom you have placed your highest hopes, turns out to be less than he seemed.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Ace / minx.cc:
National Day of Blogger Silence — This Friday  —  I'm writing a post about what's happened to Ali Akbar.  It's taking some time.  —  Warning: DO NOT CLICK ON ANY SITE YOU DON'T TRUST ABOUT THIS STORY.  I think there is reasonable grounds for suspicion that your IP will be captured …
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
New York Post:
Boastful babbling a gift to our foes  —  Last week's media bombshell that we'd infiltrated the Iranian nuclear program with a super-secret computer virus made it undeniable: There's been way too much aired about sensitive US operations over the last year or so.  —  Someone ought to tell Team Obama.
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Giffords's potential successor runs from Obama  —  When it comes to President Barack Obama and the special House election to succeed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, there's the personal and then there's the political.  —  The personal: Days after bullets pierced his thigh and cheek in the shooting rampage …
 
 
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Turning Our Backs on Unions
Steven E. Greer / Wall Street Journal:
Inside ObamaCare's Grant-Making
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jen Christensen / CNN:
LGBT donors back President Obama, big time
Bloomberg:
Wall Street CEO Pay Rises 20% With KKR'S Kravis No. 1
Discussion: US Politics and ThinkProgress
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: The Hill, NewsBusters.org and msnbc.com
Tim Mak / Politico:
Claire McCaskill touts ‘Paycheck Fairness’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Stump / msnbc.com:
Jill Biden: ‘Joe would make a great president’
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
The Boston Globe:
Science out of context  —  BP's demand for e-mail will erode …
Aubrey Whelan / Washington Examiner:
Occupiers quietly fade from McPherson Square
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Clark County GOP erects billboard touting Ron Paul, deriding Mitt Romney
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Crossroads GPS knocks Obama on debt, economy in new $7 million buy
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and Taylor Marsh
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Muslim Yelling “Allahu Akbar” Beheads His Wife In Front of Their Six Children Before Throwing …