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2:05 PM ET, June 7, 2012


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Detroit Free Press:
Poll: Barack Obama in dead heat with Mitt Romney in Michigan as popularity slips  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama / AP  —  President Barack Obama's popularity in Michigan has slipped in recent months, leaving him in a dead heat …
Joe Conason / The National Memo:
Did Young Mitt Romney Impersonate A Police Officer?  Another Witness Says Yes  —  Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  When Mitt Romney was a college freshman, he told fellow residents of his Stanford University dormitory that he sometimes disguised himself …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Boom: Romney, RNC beat Obama's May fundraising  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $76.8 million in May, outdistancing President Obama and the Democratic National Committee by a wide margin.  —  The RNC announced on Twitter: “The RNC and @MittRomney raised $76.8M in May.”
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Lawrence O'Donnell Breaks New Mitt Romney Scandal: He Maybe Had A Police Uniform?  —  “Mitt Romney has a uniform fetish,” Lawrence O'Donnell teased going into a break, returning to deliver a segment on Mitt Romney's college days that promised an exclusive, salacious secret.
Discussion: The Hope For America
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Jeb Bush: I Hope Mitt Romney Would Accept 10-To-1 Spending Cuts To Revenue Deal … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Video, Election 2012, Grover Norquist, Bush Spending Cuts, Bush Tax Increases, Jeb Bush, Jeb Bush Spending Cuts, Jeb Bush Taxes, Politics News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney outraises Obama in May
Discussion: GOP 12 and
Quinnipiac University:
Romney Trails Obama By 5 Points In Virginia, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gay Marriage …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama is killing the Democratic Party  —  President Obama, I have frequently argued, has been fabulous for the conservative movement.  He spurred the creation of the tea party.  He helped the GOP win the House majority in 2010 and make big gains in the Senate.
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Obama's Third-Party History  —  On the evening of January 11, 1996, while Mitt Romney was in the final years of his run as the head of Bain Capital, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic party and even to American capitalism.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama frets after ‘terrifying’ recall vote  —  President Obama will need to double down on his efforts to keep Wisconsin safely in his column after Gov. Scott Walker's (R) resounding victory in Tuesday's recall election.  —  Every Democratic presidential candidate since Walter Mondale in 1984 …
First Read /
Obama on defensive
Discussion: Boston Globe and New York Times
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin and the GOP Ground Game
Discussion: GOP 12
George W. Bush / CNN:
CNN Poll: George W. Bush only living ex-president under 50%  —  Washington (CNN) - More than three years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush remains unpopular with the public, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates that two-thirds …
Clinton aides: Bill screwed up  —  Bill Clinton's off-message musings in recent days on Mitt Romney, taxes and the state of the economy prompted a series of urgent and agitated calls between senior aides to both Clinton and President Barack Obama.  —  In the past, these kinds of complaints …
Major GOP donor ready to give big donation to pro-Romney super PAC
Tim Mak / Politico:
Jeb Bush: President Obama ought to give George W. Bush a hat tip
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ron Paul / CNN:
Ron Paul admits he won't be nominee
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
The Caucus:
New Poll: The Supreme Court and the Health Care Law  —  More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court will overturn some or all of the 2010 health care law, according to a new poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.  Just 24 percent said they hoped the court “would keep the entire health care law in place.”
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
How SCOTUS could help Congress save billions
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Sebelius: 'We'll be ready' if Supreme Court strikes healthcare law
Discussion: Politico
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
The Candidate Next Door  —  ON Dunemere Drive, it seems as if just about everyone has a gripe against the owners of No. 311.  —  The elderly woman next door complains that her car is constantly boxed into her driveway.  A few houses over, a gay couple grumbles that their beloved ocean views are in jeopardy.
Did President Obama Just Make A Blowjob Joke?  —  So says the pool report from his gay and lesbian fundraiser at L.A.'s Beverly Wilshire tonight.  Incredibly awkward.  —  Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills tonight.  —  (Getty Images / JEWEL SAMAD)
John / The City Square:
San Franciscans protest against Obama  —  Barack Obama, America's Fundraiser-in-Chief, visited San Francisco today in search of still more campaign cash.  Because San Francisco, home to Nancy Pelosi, has a reputation as America's most liberal city, one might think that The One would be safe from criticism here.
Larry / Fund47:
The Press Lines Up to Interview San Francisco Tea Partiers at Obama Fundraisers
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Paul Krugman:
Estonian Rhapsody  —  Since Estonia has suddenly become the poster child for austerity defenders — they're on the euro and they're booming!  — I thought it might be useful to have a picture of what we're talking about.  Here's real GDP, from Eurostat:  —  So, a terrible — Depression-level …
Melissa Jeltsen / The Huffington Post:
President Of Estonia Slams Paul Krugman: ‘Smug, Overbearing & Patronizing’
Discussion: Politicker
Vicente Silveira / Linkedin Blog:
An Update on LinkedIn Member Passwords Compromised  —  We want to provide you with an update on this morning's reports of stolen passwords.  We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.  We are continuing to investigate this situation …
eHarmony Blog:
Update on Compromised Passwords
Discussion: Guardian and Mashable!
Manu Raju / Politico:
Secret talks under way about ‘fiscal cliff’  —  A growing number of lawmakers are alarmed that Congress's do-nothing posture ahead of the year-end fiscal cliff could provoke a massive voter backlash and economic catastrophe if they don't start laying the groundwork right now to cut a deal.
Discussion: Grist and Political Insider
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
What the Media Choose Not to Know about Trayvon  —  Unnerved by an unspoken mix of political bias and racial queasiness, the major media have chosen to know as little about Trayvon Martin as they know about Barack Obama.  —  As a case in point, consider this boy vs. man fable spun by the New York Times' Charles Blow:
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Romney Campaign's ‘Route to 270’ Doesn't Get to 270  —  A pollster's presentation aims at an electoral college victory strategy, but falls a bit short of the goal.  —  If you're a politician who wants people to give money to your campaign — but I repeat myself — it helps to convince those well-off donors that you can win.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Democrats Propose Increasing Minimum Wage To $10
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Oliver North column raises a veteran's ire
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: GOP Election Supervisor Rebukes Gov. Scott, Refuses To Continue Voter Purge
Bellwether?  —  When it became clear Tuesday evening that Wisconsin …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Rolling Stone:
America's Last Prisoner of War
Discussion: BuzzFeed and
Richard Yeselson / The New Republic:
Not With a Bang, But a Whimper: The Long, Slow Death Spiral of America's Labor Movement
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cornyn doesn't trust White House to ‘investigate itself’ over leaks
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ron Paul: I won't be the nominee
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Foie-mageddon: California in one last foie gras binge before statewide ban
Discussion: Via Meadia and Babalú Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Gramm and Hubbard: What a Romney Recovery Might Look Like
PBS NewsHour / Online NewsHour:
With Political Polarization at All-Time High, Americans Say ‘Listen to Me’
Discussion: The Agonist
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kerry questions NYT decision to run stories
Discussion: emptywheel and Weasel Zippers