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5:10 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.
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.
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
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.
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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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 …
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
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
CBO: Massive rise in U.S. debt crashes our economic forecasting model in 2035
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Chris Taylor / Mashable!:
Romney Campaign Makes Third Spelling Gaffe in a Week: It's ‘Offical’  —  If you were running a major presidential campaign that just got slammed for misspelling America as “Amercia,” you might ask your staff to go through your campaign literature with a fine-tooth comb.
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
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Robert J. Barro / Wall Street Journal:
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The Boston Globe:
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