172 Days to Go, Sleepover for World Leaders, 2 Candidates Named Roy, Biden Doesn’t Blame WV (PM Note)

May 18, 2012 6:12pm

Story of the Day – Candidates With Same Name Run for Same Office http://abcn.ws/L5y7Mz

Obama Campaign Launches Bid to Save USPS – $1.5 Million spent on postage, per FEC reports just released. (Hartfield)

Elevator Endorsement – Romney Calls Bush to say ‘Thanks’ – http://abcn.ws/LkYhkc

172 Days to Go – 2 important points from Amy Walter’s lay of the land -

1. ” It feels like we have hit a turning point in the campaign. Not that long ago, both sides saw Obama as a heavy favorite. Today, it is dawning on Democrats and Republicans alike that this thing is going to be a nail-biter.”

2. “The two states that will decided this election: Colorado and Virginia.”

Read her entire assessment, including which states are technically lean Democratic, but seem more swingy lately – http://abcn.ws/J7AbnP

Romney’s 2008 Contribution to his own campaign – $42,000,000 http://abcn.ws/JpJnm2

Romney’s 2012 Contribution to his own campaign – $150,000 (symbolic, clearly) http://abcn.ws/LfkRo4

Campfire Summit – Obama is hosting what sounds a lot like a slumber party for world leaders – http://abcn.ws/JYjsWX

The bunk allocation system is classified, according to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. Back when Clinton tried to broker Mideast Peace there, During a photo session, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat jovially wrestle to insist the other be first to enter a cabin, according to our timeline at the time. Imagine covering that in the age Twitter -  http://abcn.ws/JpJq0Y

FLASHBACK: Inside Camp David – George W. Bush tells Charlie Gibson about Prez Vacay Spot – Live from the @abcworldnews archive – http://abcn.ws/LkWtI6

At Abandoned Bridge, Romney Hits Obama on Spendinghttp://abcn.ws/KKqmyS

Biden on Votes for W.Va. Felon Over Obama: ‘I don’t blame people. They’re frustrated, angry’http://abcn.ws/KKcbKg

The Palin Effect Revisited – If you’re an upstart Republican running for your life in a primary in the middle of the country and hoping beyond hope to gain traction against the “establishment” candidate, who you gonna call? Sarah Palin could be the answer. Shush Walshe has an in-depth look at Palin’s senate primary picks, what they tell us and what they don’t – http://abcn.ws/JomswV

Obama Talks Fries With French Leader (And Eurozone, Afghanistan) – More from Mary Bruce – Hollande spent the summer of 1974 driving across the U.S. studying American fast food chains, many of which had not yet made it to France. The new president recently told the New York Times he “could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics.” While the experience did not leave Hollande with millions, it did instill in him a love for hamburgers.  “I just want [you] to remember that cheeseburgers go very well with French fries,” Obama reminded Hollande with a smile. “No declaration about French Fries,” Hollande joked in response. http://abcn.ws/LkXbF7

Afghanistan Notwithstanding - Olivier Knox writes this – Obama and his guest, the first Socialist French president in 17 years, seemed far closer on other issues: Both cited the need to stimulate the sputtering global economy. “Growth must be a priority, even as we get our public accounts in order,” said Hollande, whose calls for jobs initiatives is a break from predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy’s austerity agenda. Obama and the French president were to meet hours later at Camp David with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has called for stricter fiscal discipline, at a summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations. http://abcn.ws/LkYhkd

Obama and Cash in the City – Fundraiser Hosted by Sarah Jessica Parkerhttp://abcn.ws/JTpt5u

Barack’s Hollywood Buddieshttp://abcn.ws/JY2Hej

Obama Pledges $3 billion Private Sector Pledge to Fight Hunger in Africahttp://abcn.ws/Jok1ua

ABC’s Supreme Court Watcher Ariane de Vogue reports: The challenge to the Affordable Care Act and Arizona’s strict immigration law have dominated this Supreme Court term, and they probably won’t be decided before the end of June. But there are several other compelling cases that will be decided in the coming weeks. Read her full rundown – http://abcn.ws/LfkRo9

But here are some bullets on the cases:

FCC v. Fox (and the F Word): Fleeting expletives and partial nudity – Involves Cher, Nicole Richie and ‘NYPD Blue’. Remember NYPD Blue??? http://abcn.ws/zQEIOH

U.S. v. Alvarez: Stolen Valor Act - Is Faking a Medal of Honor Free Speech? – What’s Your Verdict? – http://abcn.ws/JmPQRd

Reichle  v. Howards: Lawsuit against former Vice President Cheney’s security detail – Man approached Cheney at rally in 2006 – The agents and the Colorado man have very different versions of this story -  http://abcn.ws/sQxvQf

Miller v. Alabama  and Jackson v. Hobbs: Life without parole for juveniles? – http://abcn.ws/M2qetR

Al Gore’s New Girlfriendhttp://abcn.ws/JVAl3N

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