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4:45 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.
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Edward Klein / New York Post:
Jealous Michelle vs. Oprah  —  In his new book, “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House,” journalist Edward Klein reveals how even former friends and political allies of the president have become frustrated with his remoteness and bungling of crises.  Klein, former editor …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Althouse
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:
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
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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'
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
JPMorgan chief: $2B loss gives regulators new ammunition
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Prairie Weather
Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Ron Paul supporters boo Romney's son off stage  —  Supporters of Ron Paul booed the son of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney off the stage Saturday at the Arizona Republican Party convention as he sought to solidify support for his father's nomination.
Juana Summers / Politico:
RNC chairman: Gays deserve ‘dignity and respect,’ but not marriage  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that while he supports “dignity and respect” for all Americans, including gays and lesbians, that doesn't mean gay marriage should be legalized.
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CNN:
Priebus: Same-sex marriage isn't a civil rights issue  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday said the Republican Party stands by dignity and respect for gay Americans, but that those sentiments do not change his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Politico
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Thompson Out; Levinsohn In; Board Settlement With Loeb Nears Completion  —  Yahoo's embattled CEO Scott Thompson (pictured here) is set to step down from his job at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, in what will be dramatic end to a controversy over a fake computer science degree …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Even Tony Perkins Thinks Rand Paul's Anti-Gay Joke Was Unacceptable  —  Speaking at a Christian conservative group in Iowa on Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made an anti-gay joke at President Obama's expense: “Call me cynical, but I wasn't sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.”
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Column Is Not Sponsored by Anyone  —  PORING through Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel's new book, “What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” I found myself over and over again turning pages and saying, “I had no idea.”  —  I had no idea that in the year 2000, as Sandel notes …
Discussion: Economist's View
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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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
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: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
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Nina Golgowski / Daily Mail:
Can't draw a crowd, Mr President? …
 
 
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Dylan Stableford / ABCNEWS:
Secret Service sex scandal: Congressional hearing set for May 23
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo! News
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
We Are Swimming In Oil  —  America has more fossil fuel resources than any other nation.
Discussion: The Agonist and CARPE DIEM
Rebecca Traister / Washington Post:
How the ‘war on women’ quashed feminist stereotypes
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
The Human Disaster of Unemployment
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama hits the links with Biden
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Degrees of Debt: Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
On The Lamb  —  Ah, a nice, leisurely weekend of working …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Edmund White / News Desk:
Cranbrook and Romney  —  I went to Cranbrook, the boys' prep …