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8:20 PM ET, May 23, 2012

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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Romney Talks  —  In a 36-minute Wednesday Manhattan interview with Mark Halperin, Romney pushes back on President Obama's Bain attack, predicts he can drive unemployment down to six percent by the end of his first term and says he wants Washington to sit still during the lame-duck session.
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Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Creating Jobs Wasn't Romney's Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA started his general election campaign by taking aim at Mitt Romney's job creation record at Bain, setting off a lively debate over the fairness of the attacks.  —  I am among those who have been drawn into the argument …
thepage.time.com:
The Complete Romney Interview Transcript  —  Halperin: So Governor, the economy is the big issue in this campaign.  I want to talk about a range of things, as much as we can fit in in the time, but, obviously, jobs is the biggest issue.  You've started to tell people what you believe in …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney vows to lower jobless rate in first term to 6 percent
Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Most Call High School Off-Limits in Evaluating Candidate Character
Discussion: New York Magazine
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
FAKE EXPLICIT IMAGE OF S.E. CUPP REPORTEDLY APPEARS IN HUSTLER (GRAPHIC)  —  The Blaze has been alerted to a fake explicit image apparently published in Hustler magazine depicting GBTV host and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp engaged in a sex act with what appears to be a penis in her mouth.
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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Will S.E. Cupp Sue Hustler?  —  S.E. Cupp, a conservative commentator who works for GBTV, is in a bit of a pickle.  She appears in Hustler, but not in the way you might think.  The Blaze, a sister company to GBTV that is owned by Mercury Inc. which is owned by Glenn Beck …
Phil Elmore / Twitchy:
Weaponized misogyny: Hustler punishes S.E. Cupp for pro-life views with explicit fake image
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker  —  I know what it's like to find out that you've been targeted for violence — real violence, as in being targeted for death by an extremist who has picked out his target based on nothing more than writing about politics.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘He Has No F-king Soul’  —  Today there is a massive Memeorandum aggregation about convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including one on an article by my filmmaker buddy Ladd Ehlinger Jr.:  —  What Did Barbara Streisand Know ...  And When Did She Know It?
Michelle Malkin:
Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41%  —  Americans now tilt “pro-life” by nine-point margin, 50% to 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Views of Biden Remain Divided
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Many “Pro-Life” Americans Don't Want to Outlaw Abortion
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
White Resentment, Obama, and Appalachia  —  Steve Kornacki tries to do the math on Obama's unpopularity throughout Appalachia: … I think that “Chalking this up up only to race” is a strawman, and its one that I often see writers invoke when talking about white resentment and Obama.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Kentucky, Arkansas primaries: Is it racism?
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Actually, the Obama spending binge really did happen  —  Until Barack Obama took office in 2009, the United States had never spent more than 23.5% of GDP, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1946.  Here's the Obama spending record:  — 25.2% of GDP in 2009  — 24.1% of GDP in 2010
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Carney: Don't buy into GOP ‘B.S.’
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: In Libya, U.S. ‘led from the front’
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
After President Obama's announcement, opposition to same-sex marriage hits record low  —  Public opinion continues to shift in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also finds initial signs that President Obama's support for the idea may have changed a few minds.
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CNN:
Powell favors same-sex marriage
Matt Vasilogambros / The Atlantic Online:
Colin Powell to Romney on Foreign Policy: ‘Come on, Mitt, Think’
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Alan Simpson flips out at Calif. seniors  —  The nice thing about being out of office?  You can say whatever you please.  —  Which is exactly what former Sen. Alan Simpson did in a harsh letter he sent to the California Alliance for Retired Americans and which was obtained by POLITICO:
Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
American Airlines Rejects Female Passenger Because Political Pro-Choice T-Shirt is “Inappropriate”  —  Yesterday I attended a meeting of pro-choice colleagues working to ensure women throughout this country get safe, compassionate abortion care.  Today, I received an email from one of those colleagues …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Indelible Image of Boy's Pat on Obama's Head  —  WASHINGTON — For decades at the White House, photographs of the president at work and at play have hung throughout the West Wing, and each print soon gives way to a more recent shot.  But one picture of President Obama remains after three years.
Nancy Pelosi / Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Letter to Boehner: Allow House to Vote Now on Permanent Extension of Middle Income Tax Cuts  —  Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today called on Speaker Boehner to bring a permanent extension of the middle income tax cuts to the House floor immediately and use …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Pelosi Shifts the Goalposts - Now Draws Line on Bush Tax Cuts at $1 Million
Discussion: The People's View
Orlando Sentinel:
Several George Zimmerman witnesses change their accounts  —  Evidence released last week in the second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
Wall Street Journal:
Morgan Stanley Revisits Facebook Trades; Investors File Suit  —  Morgan Stanley is considering adjusting prices for trades made during Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering, as the lead underwriter and other banks face a fresh investor lawsuit over the how the deal was handled.
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Hannah Furness / Telegraph:
Will.I.Am attends climate change talk in helicoper  —  Musician Will.I.Am has been criticised for arriving at a climate change debate in a private helicopter, producing the same amount of CO2 most people do in a month.  —  It is understood the journey, which is a 286 mile round-trip from London …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and American Power
Debbie Siegelbaum / Ballot Box:
FEC turns over confidential documents to House lawmakers  —  The Federal Election Commission has turned a trove of confidential documents over to House lawmakers following a call to increase agency transparency.  —  On Wednesday, Republicans on the House Administration Committee praised …
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Dave Levinthal / Politico:   Congress wins fight for election docs
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Survey: NPR's listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed  —  People who watch no news at all can answer more questions about international current events than people who watch cable news, a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind finds.
 
 
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