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1:20 PM ET, May 31, 2012

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Jim Vandeheiand Mike Allen / Politico:
To GOP, blatant bias in vetting  —  On the front page of its Sunday edition, the New York Times gave a big spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding.  The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady.
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC-Marist polls: Obama, Romney deadlocked in three key states  —  President Obama phones Mitt Romney to congratulate him for locking up the GOP nomination.  NBC's Steve Handelsman reports.  —  President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are deadlocked …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
In Boston, Romney And Obama Campaigns Clash With Dual Rallies
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney supporters shout down Axelrod criticism of former governor's record
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
Steven Shepard / NationalJournal.com:
Obama, Romney Neck-and-Neck in Swing-State Polls
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama team bashes Romney record as governor
Discussion: The Reaction
Marist Poll:
5/31: Obama and Romney Vie for Lead in Colorado
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Two Republican Judges Declare DOMA Unconstitutional  —  A three judge panel of The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit just handed down a decision declaring the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.  Notably, the panel included Judges Juan Torruella and Michael Boudin …
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Associated Press:
Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act  —  BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Federal appeals court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional  —  Greg Kimball and Brian O'Connor shout outside the Massachusetts State House during a gay-rights rally in Boston.  (Darren McCollester / Getty Images / May 14, 2012)  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. appeals court in Boston became …
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Federal appeals court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act  —  A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.  —  In the ruling, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston …
Discussion: Politico
Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court
Discussion: Firedoglake and GayPatriot
Boston Globe:
Warren says she told schools of heritage  —  Acknowledges identifying as Native American after hirings  —  Governor Deval Patrick (right) endorsed Elizabeth Warren's Senate candidacy at a campaign event on Wednesday.  (Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff)  —  Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth …
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Joshua Roberts / ABCNEWS:
Warren Admits Telling Harvard of Cherokee Heritage  —  After weeks of controversy, Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said on Wednesday night that she did indeed tell the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University that she was Native American.
Discussion: Guardian
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks  —  New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Unions See Ranks Drop Ahead of Recall Vote  —  Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership—by more than half for the second-biggest union—since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions.
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AEI:
The impact of Act 10 on public sector compensation in Wisconsin
Greg Allen / NPR:
World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy  —  Bill Internicola, a 91-year-old veteran of World War II, was one of the voters targeted by Florida as a potential noncitizen.  Internicola was ordered to prove his citizenship or lose the right to vote.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republican's abortion bill risks alienating Asian Americans  —  Republicans long ago lost African American voters.  They are well on their way to losing Latinos.  And if Trent Franks prevails, they may lose Asian Americans, too.  —  The Arizona Republican's latest antiabortion salvo …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2012 (second estimate); Corporate Profits, 1st quarter 2012 (preliminary estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States …
Allison Hayward / Politico:
Jail for Edwards over Bunny money?  —  As the John Edwards jury deliberates, we should focus not just on his potential incarceration, but on what a guilty verdict could mean for all campaign finance regulation.  —  If Edwards is successfully prosecuted, we may be entering an “Alice in Wonderland” …
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New York Times:
On Edwards Jury's Eighth Day, Alternates Are Sent Home
Discussion: The Page and WHNT-TV
TMZ.com:
Puts Church on Lockdown Pastor Gets Death Threats  —  Members of an Indiana church say they've been flooded with death threats since video of a 3-year-old proudly singing, “Ain't no homos gonna make it to heaven” ... was posted on the Internet.  —  Multiple members of the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church …
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Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
O They Will Know We Are Christians...
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Mega-donors: Quit picking on us  —  All they wanted was to get involved.  —  But to hear some of the biggest donors of 2012 tell it, their six- and seven-figure contributions have instead bought them nothing but grief.  —  Their personal lives are fodder for news stories.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers  —  Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Walmart Ends Financial Support For ALEC  —  The world's largest retailer, Walmart, has become the nineteenth group to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Walmart's departure from the right-wing legislation-crafting group is particularly salient because the big box chain …
David Ariosto / CNN:
Porn actor suspected of dismembering acquaintance still on the loose  —  (CNN) — The search continued Thursday for a gay porn actor suspected of dismembering his acquaintance, posting the video of the incident online and mailing the severed limbs to different locations in Ottawa …
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
For the White House, a Wary Wait as Syria Boils
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Honeywell CEO Says The Corporate Tax Rate Should Be Zero
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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ISIS Reports  —  Further Activity at Suspected Parchin Explosive …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads blasts Sen. McCaskill as ‘Obama-Claire’ for votes with president
Discussion: CNN
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Montana bucks the court
Chris Moody / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich on Super PAC ad war: 'It's going to be a mess'
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Associated Press:
Bush is back: Portrait event stirs up odd politics
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Porn video shot on Coliseum grounds
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Gingrich: Romney's kitchen sink was bigger
Jake Shermanand John Bresnahan / Politico:
Congress flummoxed by can't-miss bills
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Buddy Roemer quits 2012 race
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Republican Foreign Policy Establishment Slow to Embrace Romney
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Fox's “Four years of hope and change”; Update: “Not authorized at the senior executive level of the network”
 

 
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