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11:01 AM, May 3rd, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, May 3rd

  1. Bin Laden Documents Published: Several of the documents seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden were posted online by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point on Thursday, which show that the al Qaeda leader still hoped to pull off one big attack. 
  2. Sen. Rockefeller: Investigate MurdochSen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) asked to the British committee investigating News Corp. to look into whether the company had broken any American laws. Murdoch was censured earlier in the week by the British Parliament and declared not “fit and proper” to run News Corp.
  3. Chen: I Want to Leave with Hillary: Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, whose daring escape last week from house arrest is straining U.S.-Chinese relations, said Thursday that he wanted to leave his home country with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton is currently in China for a previously scheduled meeting on unrelated topics. 
  4. Poll: Tie in Florida, Ohio: A new poll by Quinnipiac University found President Obama and the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney virtually tied in the key swing states of Florida and Ohio, but Obama held onto a solid lead in Pennsylvania. 
  5. Munch’s ‘Scream’ Sells for $119.9MIt’s not the most expensive painting in history, but Edvard Munch’s The Scream ranks up there as one of the few works of art to fetch a nine-figure sum. The painting was sold on Wednesday evening in New York to an anonymous buyer who will pay $119.9 million for the masterpiece.

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Photo: Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ was sold on Wednesday in New York for a staggering $119.9 million. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) More of the world’s most expensive art

2:19 PM, April 18th, 2012
In politics, the flip-flopper label is deemed deadly, the fingering of a candidate with no fixed principles. But I suspect that, with swing voters at least, it helps Romney. If voters believe he was just throwing red meat to voracious primary voters — and that the real Mitt would govern as a sensible man of the center-right — the damage of the last few months could be mitigated.
Howard Kurtz is thinking Mitt’s flip flopping will actually help him in the general election, where he’ll appear as a closet moderate. 
1:57 PM, April 10th, 2012
1:42 PM, March 27th, 2012
This was a train wreck for the Obama administration…This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. I’m telling you, all of the predictions including mine that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong… if I had to bet today I would bet that this court is going to strike down the individual mandate.

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin on the way the wind seems to be blowing during the Supreme Court hearings. (via tpmmedia)

Why this might not be bad for Obama and his reelection bid

Reblogged from Talking Points Memo
4:57 PM, March 19th, 2012

Since 1976, no serious contender, Democrat or Republican, has watched his favorable ratings fall as low as Romney’s have in recent months. Or watched his unfavorable ratings climb as high. Or watched his overall numbers stay underwater—that is, more unfavorable than favorable—for so long.

At this rate, Romney is shaping up to be the most unpopular presidential nominee on record.

9:54 AM, March 8th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 8th

  1. Justice Department Warns Apple Over eBooksApple didn’t get to bask in the glory of its new iPad for long. The Justice Department has warned the company—along with five of the biggest U.S. publishers—that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. Newt Camp: Next Votes ‘Must Wins’: Gingrich is looking for hospitality in Southern states. Spokesman R.C. Hammond admitted that it’s going to be a long slog from here, telling reporters, “Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich.” 
  3. Syria’s Oil Minister Joins Opposition: In a YouTube video, Syria’s deputy oil minister says he’s leaving Bashar al-Assad’s government and joining the opposition, the most high-profile defection since the revolt began.
  4. Hate Groups on RiseThe number of hate groups operating in the United States continues to rise, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked such groups for 30 years. Fed by dislike of President Obama, changing racial demographics, and the growing gap between rich and poor, the number of hate groups and antigovernment organizations grew to 1,018 last year. 
  5. Pat Robertson: Legalize PotThis is a shift from preaching conservative family values. Evangelist Pat Robertson’s newest cause is the legalization of marijuana. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told The New York Times. 
  6. Utah Passes Anti-Sex Ed Bill: Utah’s sex-ed classes are about to get a lot shorter. The state’s legislature passed a bill that would ban public schools from teaching contraception as a way of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. The bill also prohibits teaching about homosexuality. 

Photo: Hindu devotees celebrate Holi—the festival of color—at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India. (Kevin Frayer / AP) 

6:45 PM, March 7th, 2012
If Mitt Romney had been this bad at closing the deal when he was on Wall Street, he’d be homeless.
11:43 AM, February 16th, 2012

The GOP primaries, along with President Obama’s decision last week to support his affiliated super PAC, have raised the ominous specter of a campaign waged between super PACs, not candidates, in November. But while Obama and the eventual GOP nominee will be backed by cash-rich and nominally independent outside groups, the influence of super PACs is likely to be significantly reduced in the general election. They will still be important, but, for a number of reasons, they will not be as decisive in determining the victor.

Are Super PACs overhyped?  

11:16 AM, February 6th, 2012
Frontpage: Monday, Feb. 6th
Police: Father Set House on Fire: The house explosion that killed Josh Powell and his two children Sunday was intentional, according to police. 
Trump Takes Credit for Romney Win in Nevada: “There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada, and it was interesting, because the numbers were much, much greater than you thought,” he said Monday on Fox and Friends. “And a lot of people are giving me credit for that. And I will accept that credit.”
U.S. Shutters Syria Embassy: In the face of growing violence, the U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus, pulling 17 employees out of Syria on Monday.
Poll: Obama Would Beat Romney: A poll by The Washington Post and ABC News finds the Republican frontrunner clearly losing to President Obama for the first time.
Giants Beat Patriots in Super Bowl: The New York Giants won the Super Bowl Sunday, defeating New England 21-17. The game went down to the last play, with Brady hurling a hail mary to the endzone as time expired, deflecting off a few players, and landing just inches away from a Patriots receiver. 
Photo: A grandson of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin plays in confetti after the Super Bowl. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) via Alex Ogle)
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Frontpage: Monday, Feb. 6th

  1. Police: Father Set House on Fire: The house explosion that killed Josh Powell and his two children Sunday was intentional, according to police. 
  2. Trump Takes Credit for Romney Win in Nevada: “There was a lot riding on that particular race in Nevada, and it was interesting, because the numbers were much, much greater than you thought,” he said Monday on Fox and Friends. “And a lot of people are giving me credit for that. And I will accept that credit.”
  3. U.S. Shutters Syria Embassy: In the face of growing violence, the U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus, pulling 17 employees out of Syria on Monday.
  4. Poll: Obama Would Beat Romney: A poll by The Washington Post and ABC News finds the Republican frontrunner clearly losing to President Obama for the first time.
  5. Giants Beat Patriots in Super BowlThe New York Giants won the Super Bowl Sunday, defeating New England 21-17. The game went down to the last play, with Brady hurling a hail mary to the endzone as time expired, deflecting off a few players, and landing just inches away from a Patriots receiver. 

Photo: A grandson of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin plays in confetti after the Super Bowl. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) via Alex Ogle)

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7:12 PM, January 25th, 2012
I think it’s probably true that Mitt Romney is concealing a private doubt, and it is this: Mitt Romney simply does not believe the things that must be said to be a competitive candidate for the Republican nomination. He has zero interest in being a Jon Huntsman-style martyr, so he dutifully repeats them, but he cannot bring himself to repeat them with the conviction that a Republican audience… expect and demand.
David Frum on his frustration with the GOP candidates, specifically Mitt Romney. An interesting take
5:22 PM, January 25th, 2012
Here’s the harsh reality: unless Republicans win enough support from Hispanic voters, it doesn’t matter what happens in the rest of the campaign. The GOP will lose.
Mark McKinnon, former G. W. Bush strategist, speaks to the importance of the Hispanic vote.
4:41 PM, January 10th, 2012
[Jon Sr.] would love nothing more than his son to become president of the United States. He will roll the dice, but he won’t keep rolling it. The house credit line is not unlimited.
An anonymous strategist and friend of the Huntsman family tells McKay Coppins (former Newsbeastie, now at Buzzfeed) about the Huntsman family dynamic, specifically with regard to ”the delicate issue of intra-family contributions.”
4:08 PM, January 10th, 2012
In addition to bringing on David Frum and partnering with NBC News, we’ve also rolled out the Election Oracle (TRUMPETS!) in order to bring you the best 2012 election coverage ever! 
What is the Election Oracle? It’s a tool that uses a form of artificial intelligence to look through some 40,000 news sites, blogs, message boards, and social media feeds and analyze what millions of people are saying about the candidates and hot button issues online. You can read more about its methodology here. 
What’s the latest from the Oracle? The Oracle says (in what I imagine to be a very deep voice): “Huntsman Rises, Romney Feels the Heat.”
You can also follow the Oracle on Twitter. 

In addition to bringing on David Frum and partnering with NBC News, we’ve also rolled out the Election Oracle (TRUMPETS!) in order to bring you the best 2012 election coverage ever! 

What is the Election Oracle? It’s a tool that uses a form of artificial intelligence to look through some 40,000 news sites, blogs, message boards, and social media feeds and analyze what millions of people are saying about the candidates and hot button issues online. You can read more about its methodology here

What’s the latest from the Oracle? The Oracle says (in what I imagine to be a very deep voice): “Huntsman Rises, Romney Feels the Heat.”

You can also follow the Oracle on Twitter

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