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2:00 PM ET, May 13, 2012

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New York Post:
The ‘bribe’ to silence Wright  —  When sermons of Obama's Chicago pastor, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced during the Iowa primaries, it threatened to derail Obama's campaign.  ABC aired one where Wright screamed, “Goddamn America!”  Edward Klein interviewed Wright, who told him Obama's team tried to buy his silence.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek Cover: ‘The First Gay President’  —  The May 21, 2012, issue of Newsweek (used with permission of the publisher).  —  “'Let the games begin,” Tina Brown said last week after Time Magazine released its controversial breastfeeding cover.  —  Brown, whose tenure as editor at Newsweek …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
JP Morgan chief: $2B loss gives regulators new ammunition  —  Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase said on Sunday's “Meet the Press” that his bank's massive $2 billion lost bet, which was revealed last week, has given financial regulators more ammunition to tighten banking rules.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Dimon On Whether JP Morgan's $2 Billion Loss Proves Banks Are Still Too Risky: 'I Don't Think So'  —  JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon this week announced that the bank he heads lost $2 billion making risky trade under the guise of “hedging” (which is meant to reduce risk).
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Thune cautions against more bank regulations after JP Morgan losses  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican conference and a lead critic of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, warned Sunday against jumping to the conclusion that the $2 billion loss JP Morgan Chase incurred …
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Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama 2012 Takes Multiple Pages From GOP Playbook … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Arizona Politics, Barack Obama , Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Obama Osama, Obama Basketball, Obama Gay Marriage, Election 2012, Latino Politics, Obama Same Sex Marriage, Politics News
Dave In Texas / Ace of Spades HQ:
Is This Something?  Obama Stump Speech in Reno Draws Dozens  —  Hmmm.  Probably not.  I'll call it “more Saturday Stupid.” … It would depend I suppose on the timing, and the pre-announcing or something.  If it were completely spontaneous I can sort of understand the low numbers.. it's a neighborhood after all.
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
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Nina Golgowski / Daily Mail:
Can't draw a crowd, Mr President? …
rt.com:
War not necessary to ‘destroy’ Israel - Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that there is no need for war in order to destroy Israel.  He stated that if Israel's neighbors severed ties with the country it would bring the Jewish state to its knees.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
U.S. May Scrap Costly Efforts to Train Iraqi Police  —  BAGHDAD — In the face of spiraling costs and Iraqi officials who say they never wanted it in the first place, the State Department has slashed — and may jettison entirely by the end of the year — a multibillion-dollar police training program …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Democratic Party chairman resigns, then unresigns  —  ROB CHRISTENSEN - RCHRISTENSEN@NEWSOBSERVER.COM  —  GREENSBORO — David Parker, the besieged state Democratic Party chairman, said Saturday that he would remain in his post after the party's ruling committee voted not to accept his resignation.
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
TIME TO PANIC?:  ROMNEY TAKES EIGHT POINT LEAD OVER OBAMA  —  Yesterday, Rasmussen had Governor Romney up 7 points over Obama, 50-43.  Today, the poll's rolling three-day average has increased Romney's lead to 8, 50-42.  —  Any way you slice it, this is horrible news for a sitting incumbent.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Feinstein: Leak in new underwear bomb case must be prosecuted  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that those responsible for leaking information this week on a thwarted attempt to bring down an American airplane using an undetectable underwear bomb must be prosecuted.
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Traister / Washington Post:
How the ‘war on women’ quashed feminist stereotypes  —  When Phyllis Schlafly is forced to concede that not all feminists are ugly, it's clear that something has gone awry on the right.  Sure enough, in April, Schlafly, a conservative crusader who has been peddling stereotypes of women's activists …
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Cranbrook and Romney  —  I went to Cranbrook, the boys' prep …
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