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12:20 PM ET, May 17, 2012


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New York Times:
G.O.P. ‘Super PAC’ Weighs Hard-Line Attack on Obama  —  WASHINGTON — A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
McCain, Romney Camps Decry Super-PAC Proposal to Attack Obama on Rev. Wright
Discussion: and Mother Jones
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney Campaign Rejects Using the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Against Obama
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Romney campaign manager: Our focus is the economy
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Messina dismisses doubts about Obama chances in North Carolina
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
WASHINGTON — After years of speculation, estimates and projections, the Census Bureau has made it official: White births are no longer a majority in the United States.  —  Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in the 12-month period that ended last July …
Washington Post:
Census: Minority babies are now majority in United States  —  For the first time in U.S. history, most of the nation's babies are members of minority groups, according to new census figures that signal the dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority.
Discussion: Feministe, National Review and Althouse
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births
Senators to Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ to Respond to Facebook's Saverin's Tax ‘Scheme’  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a status update for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin: Stop attempting to dodge your taxes by renouncing your U.S. citizenship or never come to back to the U.S. again.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
A Facebook Co-Founder Reflects on the Path Forward  —  Eduardo Saverin can escape the United States, but he can't slip Facebook.  —  “Everything I do in my personal life, in my professional life, it's completely there,” said Mr. Saverin, a Facebook co-founder, in his first major interview.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney Raises $40.1 Million in April, Nearly Matching Obama  —  Mitt Romney almost matched President Obama in fund-raising during April after securing his party's presidential nomination and joining forces with the Republican National Committee, the campaign will announce on Thursday.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
RNC, Romney campaign will erect new organization to bypass state GOP
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney and RNC raise $40.1 million in April
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyle Clark / KUSA-TV:
Rep. Mike Coffman: Obama in his heart ‘not an American’  —  “I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.  I don't know that,” Coffman said.  “But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American.  He's just not an American.”
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Livewire:
GOP Rep. Apologizes For Birther Rant (AUDIO)
JPMorgan's Trading Loss Is Said to Rise at Least 50%  —  The trading losses suffered by JPMorgan Chase have surged in recent days, surpassing the bank's initial $2 billion estimate by at least $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the losses.  —  When Jamie Dimon …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Elizabeth Warren Expresses No Confidence in Current Bank Accountability Measures
New York Post:
RFK Jr.'s wife hangs herself  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary arrive at Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral in 2009.  —  Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary, who battled her husband's rumored philandering by turning to alcohol and prescription drugs, hanged herself in a barn …
Jim Tankersley /
Too Hot for TED: Income Inequality  —  If you're plugged into the Internet, chances are you've seen a TED talk - the wonky, provocative web videos that have become a sort of nerd franchise. is where you go to find Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explaining why the world has too few female leaders …
Jim Tankersley / Restoration Roundtable:
The Inequality Speech That TED Won't Show You
Discussion: Business Insider
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Zimmerman Case - Keeping Hate Alive At The Times  —  The NY Times can't quite bring itself to report on the latest news in the Zimmerman case - Zimmerman's medical file shows he was banged up and Martin's autopsy showed bloody knuckles - so they hand the mike to the Ben Crump …
Trayvon Martin killed by single gunshot fired from ‘intermediate range,’ autopsy shows
Serge F. Kovaleski / New York Times:
Trayvon Martin Case Shadowed by Series of Police Missteps
Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Walker: Tom Barrett getting ‘desperate’  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday blasted rival Tom Barrett's campaign as “desperate” less than three weeks before he is set to face off against the Milwaukee mayor in the June 5 recall election.  —  “This is a desperate statement …
Discussion: Associated Press, Althouse and CNN
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Poll: Scott Walker widens lead in Wisconsin
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Stableford / Associated Press:
Kimmel cut WHCD joke per Jake Tapper's advice  —  Jimmy Kimmel delivered a barrage of edgy jokes at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (WHCD) late last month in Washington.  But after consulting with ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, Kimmel decided several were too over-the-top to make the cut.
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] The joke that Jimmy Kimmel didn't tell at the WHCA dinner
Discussion: and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party Terror Flakeout  —  House Republicans give political cover to the ACLU left.  —  A week ago the world learned of another foiled airplane bombing attack by the Yemeni offshoot of al Qaeda.  Osama bin Laden's successors are desperate to strike the U.S. again, which isn't news …
Discussion: EconLog and Blog
Jake Shermanand Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Health care reform: GOP preps plan for ruling on law  —  House Republican leaders are quietly hatching a plan of attack as they await a historic Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  If the law is upheld, Republicans will take to the floor to tear …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's Bill Clinton strategy  —  Dee Dee Myers, a White House spokeswoman during Clinton's first term, said Romney will need to find a better messenger than himself to speak to Democrats disaffected by Obama.  —  “I don't think Democrats or even Democratic-leaning independents turn …
Dinner for 2?  Romney Spox Throws a Question at Biden at Dinner Run-In  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One of Mitt Romney's spokesmen, in Ohio to attend Vice President's Joe Biden's speech today in nearby Youngstown, Ohio, got some unexpected one-on-one time with the veep tonight when he was seated next …
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PR Newswire:
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Tom Murphy / Associated Press:
Protesters disrupt WellPoint annual meeting
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP's Energy Dept. loan probe could ensnare two Cabinet secretaries
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats' Odds of Retaining Senate Improve
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
No media love for asymmetric polarization
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Warning Signs in Wisconsin for Obama
Discussion: GayPatriot and Weasel Zippers
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate