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10:35 AM ET, May 13, 2012

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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?  Obama makes speech in couple's GARAGE... and even they say they might not vote for him  —  As leader of the free world President Obama will be used to making speeches to millions of people around the globe.  —  So he might have felt the occasion …
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.
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Fars News Agency:
Ahmadinejad Calls Israel “an Insect Challenging Iranian Nation”  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad downplayed the Zionist regime's warmongering rhetoric against Iran, and said Israel is nothing more than a mosquito trying to challenge the Iranian nation.
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.
Edmund White / News Desk:
Cranbrook and Romney  —  I went to Cranbrook, the boys' prep school outside Detroit that Mitt Romney attended, about seven years before he did; I graduated in 1958.  It was one of the most beautiful campuses in America.  In 1984, the Metropolitan Museum had an important exhibition …
New York Times:
Degrees of Debt: Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt  —  ADA, Ohio — Kelsey Griffith graduates on Sunday from Ohio Northern University.  To start paying off her $120,000 in student debt, she is already working two restaurant jobs and will soon give up her apartment here to live with her parents.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
On The Lamb  —  Ah, a nice, leisurely weekend of working in the garden — Actually, even in the suburbs, I have discovered that there is a fine line between gardening and farming, and I think I just pole-vaulted over it — and perusing backed-up editorials in the Times.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
Chris Megerian / PolitiCal:
California deficit has soared to $16 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown says  —  Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Saturday that the state's deficit has ballooned to $16 billion, a huge increase over his $9.2-billion estimate in January.  —  The bigger deficit is a significant setback for California …
Rand Paul / CNN:
TRENDING: Sen. Paul: I didn't think Obama's ‘views on marriage could get any gayer’  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Friday brushed off Barack Obama's recent reversal on same-sex marriage by saying he didn't think the president's views “could get any gayer.”  —  The remarks from the Republican senator …
Mike Wilkinson / detroitnews.com:
Poll: Obama leads Romney in Michigan; more voters support same-sex marriage  —  Poll shows president ahead by 5.6%; support strong in Oakland Co.  —  President Barack Obama is ahead of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney among Michigan voters in the race for president, a new poll shows …
 
 
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