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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's spokesman Brad Dayspring says his office's principal objection to today's Washington Post article wasn't the claim that Republicans will be hard-pressed to win a fight over a dramatic reshaping of Medicare, but rather an early headline on the piece -- since corrected -- that stated "Medicare Dropped from GOP Budget Proposal."

Dayspring says Republicans are well aware that Democrats in the Senate and the White House aren't budging on that issue. "It seems unlikely that the President's going to come around," and embrace the GOP's Medicare plan, Dayspring told TPM Thursday.

Thus, bipartisan budget negotiations with the White House -- which begin today -- will be centered on other issues: spending cuts, taxes, other Medicare savings. And indeed, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) says he will not push the GOP Medicare plan through the committee process.

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Sandlin Matthews Smith, a 46 year-old Florida man who authorities suspect of planting a pipe bomb that exploded at a Jacksonville, FL mosque in 2010 was killed in a shootout with the FBI in Oklahoma on Wednesday.

According to the AP, authorities confronted Smith "in a field at Glass Mountain State Park" Wednesday after tracking him there late Tuesday.

When agents asked Smith to surrender, the shootout began. When it ended, he was dead and the bombing case appears to have ended with him.

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A new pair of polls suggest that Donald Trump's chances of getting elected president are very thin, to say the least, with the public eyeing his potential candidacy with great suspicion.

A Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday finds that 58% of registered voters said they would never vote for Trump, compared to only 9% who would enthusiastically vote for him, and 26% who would consider voting for him. This score was the worst out of the whole potential Republican field tested in the poll, beating out the 58% who say they would never vote for Sarah Palin and 15% who would enthusiastically back her, plus 24% who would consider it.

In addition, a new Rasmussen poll of likely voters finds that only 15% think Trump is seriously running for president, compared to 61% who think he is just seeking publicity, and 24% who are not sure. In addition, only 28% have a favorable view of Trump, compared to 66% who view him unfavorably -- down from a 39%-53% figure in Rasmussen's polling three weeks ago.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted from April 26-May 1, surveying 1,408 registered voters, and has a ±2.6% margin of error. The Rasmussen poll was conducted from May 3-4, surveying 1,000 likely voters, and has a ±3% margin of error.

Already flagging in the polls and generating heat at town halls, the GOP's Medicare plan may already be kaput after a key lawmaker indicated he won't bring it up in his committee.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, told an audience at a Health Affairs policy breakfast Thursday morning that since the bill is already DOA in the Senate, he wouldn't waste more time on it in the House.

"I'm not really interested in laying down more markers," Camp said, according to The Hill. "I'd rather have the committee working with the Senate and with the president to focus on savings and reforms that can be signed into law."

The dwindling prospects for the GOP's Medicare plan were already in the spotlight Thursday morning after the Washington Post ran a story suggesting Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) had dropped the proposal from budget negotiations. Cantor's office quickly pushed back, saying that he still stood by the Republican budget as the starting point for talks.

In a highly expected move, Republican Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) has announced he'll run for Governor of Indiana in 2012. Telling supporters in a Thursday conference call, "I'm in this race."

"Our reasons for entering this race are really two-fold," Pence said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "First, as lifelong Hoosiers, we love this state. ... The opportunity to lead the good and great people of this state would be the greatest privilege of our lives. Second, we believe our state is on the verge of an era of growth and opportunity like no other in our lifetime."

Pence announced in November that he planned to step down from his role as House Republican Conference Chairman, a decision many saw as the first step in a run for higher office. The six-term congressman had been rumored as the republican favorite as governor nominee in recent months, a rumor that was reinforced upon his quashing earlier this year of a presidential run.

According to the Star, Pence had planned to make his decision official on Monday but refrained because of the death of Osama bin Laden. His staff filed the paperwork Thursday morning, and a campaign fund raising effort called "Mike Pence for Indiana" is already up and running, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

The Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker released a statement on Pence's announcement, accusing the congressman of being an absentee representative.

"Congressman Mike Pence loves Washington, so much so that he made his campaign announcement from there instead of heading back to the heartland and standing with the Hoosiers he wants to represent," the statement read.

Curiously, Pence, shares credentials as a former lawyer and talk show host with the candidate expected to run on the democratic side of the ballot, former State Rep. John Gregg, who attended Indiana University School Of Law and once hosted an Indianapolis call in radio show.

Stephen Colbert cannot get enough juicy gossip about the fortified compound where Osama bin Laden had been hiding.

On his show Wednesday night, Colbert ran through some of his favorite tidbits about Osama's hideout, paying particular attention to the snack food and marijuana plants reportedly on the premises.

"Coke and Pepsi?," Colbert said, responding to a report that bin Laden had both sodas delivered in bulk to his compound. "Come on bin Laden, we're at Cola war. Pick a side."

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Jon Stewart came out last night in opposition to the Obama administration's decision to not release photos showing the dead body of Osama bin Laden because, Stewart said, we can't judge the merits of war without seeing its effects.

First, Stewart shot down the argument that the pictures are too graphic to be shown in the media, saying that it couldn't be much worse than what we already seek out in our entertainment.

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Mitch Daniels delivered multiple speeches in Washington DC on Wednesday, raising his national profile as speculation builds around a possible presidential bid.

In recent months Daniels had appeared to be more devoted to Indiana legislative battles than preparing a run for President, but murmurs of a national run have grown ever since his close friend, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, recently decided against entering the race.

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Hillary Clinton Says The U.S. Will Stand By Pakistan Reuters reports: "The United States said on Thursday it would stand by its ally Pakistan despite the strains in the relationship exposed by the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops close to the Pakistani capital. 'It is not always an easy relationship, you know that,' Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on a visit to Rome. 'But, on the other hand, it is a productive one for both our countries and we are going to continue to cooperate between our governments, our militaries, our law-enforcement agencies, but most importantly between the American and Pakistani people.'"

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart form the White House at 9:30 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 9:45 a.m. ET, arriving at 10:35 a.m. ET in New York City. At 1:25 p.m. ET, he will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial, and meet at 1:45 p.m. ET with 9/11 family members. He will depart from New York at 3:10 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 4 p.m. ET, and arriving back at the White House at 4:15 p.m. ET. Then at 6 p.m. ET, the President and the First Lady will host a Cinco de Mayo reception.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is in full walkback mode after admitting the obvious: that Republicans will never, under these political circumstances, prevail in their quest to privatize and slash Medicare -- and thus well over 200 Members of his caucus just walked the political plank for nothing.

Based on an interview with Cantor, the Washington Post reports, "Senior Republicans conceded Wednesday that a deal is unlikely on a contentious plan to overhaul Medicare and offered to open budget talks with the White House by focusing on areas where both parties can agree, such as cutting farm subsidies. ... Republicans recognize they may need to look elsewhere to achieve consensus after President Obama 'excoriated us' for a proposal to privatize Medicare."

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