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Hotline Sort: Throw Some Glitter, Make It Rain

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Republican David Williams survived a closer-than-expected GOP gubernatorial primary in Kentucky on Thursday while the CA-36 primary produced a surprise second-place finisher. Meanwhile, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) learns it's not easy being a presumptive front-runner. Plus: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson gets the full Nelson. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:40am

Video: Jon Stewart Wants Donald Trump Back In The 2012 Race

Jon Stewart wants Donald Trump back, "Here's the deal, don't quit. Come back. ... We spent $450 million, that we don't have, building The Daily Shows's Donald Trump Presidential Joke Headquarters."

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:40am

The Problem of Covering Colorful but Doomed Campaigns

Three weeks ago, just after Barack Obama's "long-form birth certificate" press conference (and boy does that seem like a long time ago), I argued that a lot of the blame for the whole embarrassing* "birther" diversion lay with the press.  I meant not just the familiar general foibles of the media but the specific inflation of Donald Trump's "campaign," including covering his zany proposals ("let's just take Iraq's oil!") and birther-style allegations as if they represented some

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 8:40am

Recovery in Manufacturing Sector Not Seen in Factory Wages

An uptick in manufacturing jobs coming back to the United States isn’t translating into a return to the wages factory workers used to earn, according to The Washington Post.

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 8:40am

Meet Osama Bin Laden's (Temporary) Replacement

Al-Qaida has appointed a new "caretaker" leader following the death of Osama bin Laden, report Reuters and CNN. The new commander is named Saif al-Adel and will fill an interim operational role until the expected succession of bin Laden's long-time deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 8:40am

Companies Race to Borrow Before Fed's Easing Ends

American companies are rushing to borrow out of concern that interest rates will rise when the Federal Reserve's bond purchases come to an end next month.

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 8:40am

In Upset, Hahn May Face Republican In CA 36 Runoff

Self-funding Republican Craig Huey appears to have pulled off a surprising upset Tuesday night, leapfrogging Democrat Debra Bowen to advance to a July 12 runoff in the special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.). He'll face Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who finished first in the 16-candidate field.

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:40am

Comparing How NATO and Taliban Report the Afghan War

How have the Taliban's accounts of the war in Afghanistan differed in recent days from NATO's and the media's? Here's a look.

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 7:40am

Gingrich Apology Caps Tough First Week as Candidate

Here’s one way not to start a presidential campaign: Apologizing to one of the Republican Party’s most influential leaders.

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 6:40am

Williams Wins Low Turnout KY Primary, Will Face Beshear

In a race where he outraised his nearest competitor 10-1, led by over 20 points in every public poll and was the only candidate to go up on television, Kentucky Senate President David Williams defeated businessman Phil Moffett in the GOP gubernatorial primary by a smaller-than-anticipated margin Tuesday, in a contest characterized by extremely low turnout.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 10:40pm