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11:40 AM ET, May 23, 2012

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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Obama struggles in Kentucky, Arkansas  —  President Barack Obama continued to have trouble on Tuesday performing in Democratic primaries in traditionally conservative states, barely eking out wins in Kentucky and Arkansas.  —  The president didn't even have an opponent in Kentucky …
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
40% of Dem primary voters opt for ‘Not Obama’  —  If this was Chicago, John Wolfe would find a surprising number of building inspectors thoroughly checking the quite obviously faulty wiring in his law offices this morning.  Most cars parked near his door would display parking citations on their windshields.
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Obama's region of doom  —  It's not exactly news: there's a swath of the nation that can't stand Barack Obama.  —  Voters there didn't like him in 2008 and on Tuesday their disdain for the president resurfaced in Democratic primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky, where Obama won with less …
James Carroll / blogs.courier-journal.com:
Kentucky 2012 primary: President Barack Obama rejected by state Democrats in 67 counties
Discussion: Mediaite and ABCNEWS
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Uncommitted’ Gives Obama a Run in Kentucky
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 …
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com, Washington Post and GOP 12
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP discovers that Mitt Romney could win  —  Top Republicans, long privately skeptical about their presidential prospects, are coming around to a surprising new view — that Mitt Romney may well win the White House this November.  —  Margin-of-error polling, fundraising parity last month …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats balk at Obama campaign's sustained attack on Bain Capital  —  Some influential Democrats on and off Capitol Hill are refusing to give President Obama political cover for his attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital.  —  Despite pushback from more than a half-dozen Democrats …
Discussion: Politico, GOP.com and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Obama campaign expands Bain attack and general election ad buys
Discussion: GOP 12
NBC's Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
Biden: Romney no more qualified to be president than a plumber
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.
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains DOD and CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Raid Filmmakers  —  DOD Officials Disclosed to Filmmakers Identity of SEAL Team Six Operator and Commander; Ask Film Director to Withhold Operator's Name, 'because he shouldn't be talking out of school.'
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
msnbc.com:
Obama aides gave classified information on bin Laden raid for film, watchdog says
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO  —  And now for some more bombshell news about the Facebook IPO...  Earlier, we reported that the analysts at Facebook's IPO underwriters had cut their estimates for the company in the middle of the IPO roadshow, a highly unusual and negative event.
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.
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”  —  Brett Kimberlin is a convicted bomber, perjurer and left-wing attack dog.  He's attacked — in no particular order — conservative bloggers like Andrew Breibart, Patterico, Liberty Chick, Aaron Worthing, Stacy McCain and others.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rep. Steve King: Immigrants are like dogs  —  Updated: On Monday, the Iowa GOP rep used a degrading metaphor to describe how America should select immigrants  —  [Updated below]  —  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Rep. King compares immigrants to dogs
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Fox News:
Curvaceous client says Gloria Allred only fought for publicity  —  Super lawyer Gloria Allred cares more about cameras than clients, according to the buxom banker who sued after getting canned by Citigroup, allegedly because her assets were a distraction to co-workers.
Harvey Golub / Wall Street Journal:
How the Recovery Went Wrong  —  Of the 11 recoveries in the last 60 years, this one is at or near the bottom in job growth and every other economic indicator.  —  President Obama, in speech after speech, proudly makes the following point: Although we inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
BBC:
Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden  —  US special forces caught up with Bin Laden in a quiet Pakistani town last year  —  A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say.  —  Shakil Afridi was charged …
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Associated Press:
Pakistani doctor who helped US in bin Laden raid sentenced to prison
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney locked in tight contest  —  President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after the 2012 NATO Summit at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 21, 2012.  —  Despite a volatile and eventful past few weeks in the early presidential contest, President Barack Obama continues …
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WRAL-TV:
WRAL News poll: Presidential race dead heat in NC
Discussion: Right Wing News
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The public trial of Justice Roberts  —  Novelist John Grisham could hardly spin a more provocative fiction: The president and his surrogates mount an aggressive campaign to intimidate the chief justice of the United States, implying ruin and ridicule should he fail to vote in a pivotal case according …
Phil Kerpen / Fox News:
Obama's war on coal hits your electric bill  —  Obama's War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.  —  Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Nice Deb
Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  History Shows U.S. Can Stimulate Now, Cut Later  —  From 2017 to 2022, Social Security's normal retirement age is scheduled to gradually increase to 67.  And I'll bet that not only happens as planned, but does so with little fanfare — which is pretty …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Paul Ryan: I expect mandate for GOP  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Tuesday that November's elections could bring a broad mandate for the Republican Party to enact aggressive reforms to the nation's finances.  —  In a nearly 30-minute speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library …
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth-backed Cotton wins Arkansas House primary
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Mixed on Health Moves
Discussion: Washington Wire, Hit & Run and Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Father Doesn't Know Best  —  Your parents spill a few secrets as they get older.
Discussion: US Politics and Daily Kos
David Kravets / Wired:
New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Bloomberg:
Few Witnesses To Obama, Romney As They Raise $1.5 Billion
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
HuffPo's House Jihadi
Discussion: Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Prospects Improve As Swing State Economies Improve
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood In Pennsylvania May Be Defunded
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris ‘I Lost On Jeopardy!’ Matthews: 'Palin's Briefing Papers Have the Weight of a Comic Book'
Discussion: The Daley Gator
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Colin Powell on Obama: Is the wind shifting again?
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Woman attacked while ordering lunch at McDonald's drive-thru
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 

 
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