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2:25 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.
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Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney ‘Repudiates’ Conservative Group's Planned Rev. Wright Attacks  —  In an exclusive interview with Townhall, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rebuked a conservative group that is reportedly planning to assail President Obama over his 20-year relationship …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Statement: Ricketts rejects ‘Ricketts plan’  —  Brian Baker, president of the Ending Spending Action Fund, has released the following statement on behalf of Joe Ricketts, the conservative billionaire behind the proposal to attack President Obama's connections to Rev. Jeremiah Wright,:
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and CBS Chicago
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ricketts flack says Wright attack plan has been rejected  —  TD Ameritrade billionaire and super PAC financier Joe Ricketts has rejected a plan to attack President Barack Obama for his association with the firebrand preacher Jeremiah Wright, according to a spokesman for Ricketts.
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.
New York Times:
‘Super PAC’ Plan to Link Obama to Rev. Wright
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
McCain, Romney Camps Decry Super-PAC Proposal to Attack Obama on Rev. Wright
ABCNEWS:
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.
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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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Dems take aim at Facebook founder for renouncing citizenship
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 …
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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.
Hope Yen / Associated Press:   Census: Minorities now surpass whites in US births
TMZ.com:
Donna Summer Dead — Disco Legend Dies After Battle with Lung Cancer  —  DEAD AT 63  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  9:27 AM PST- TMZ has learned ... Donna died from lung cancer.  Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.
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Kiki Von Glinow / The Huffington Post:
Donna Summer Dead: Queen Of Disco Dies At 63 … FOLLOW:  —  Video, Bad Girls, Celebrity Deaths, Donna Summer, Donna Summer 63, Donna Summer Cancer, Donna Summer Dead, Donna Summer Dies, Donna Summer Disco, Donna Summer Songs, Hot Stuff, Love To Love You Baby, Queen Of Disco, Slideexpand, Celebrity News
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 …
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Estranged Wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is Found Dead at Home in Westchester
Discussion: Truthdig and Sky Dancing
DealBook:
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Federal court enjoins NDAA  —  An Obama-appointed judge rules its indefinite detention provisions likely violate the 1st and 5th Amendments  —  A federal district judge today, the newly-appointed Katherine Forrest of the Southern District of New York, issued an amazing ruling …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
A Pro-Austerity Chart, and Why the President Is Touting It  —  This chart, put together by Michael Linden at the Center for American Progress, shows the Obama Administration's performance on fiscal policy over his term in office.  It shows that spending, taxes and the deficit are all lower …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, BBC and Bark Bark Woof Woof
Jim Tankersley / NationalJournal.com:
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.  TED.com is where you go to find Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explaining why the world has too few female leaders …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Calls Himself ‘Middle Class Joe,’ Owns Mansion  —  Joe Biden, speaking in Ohio today, said that he is “tired of being called a ‘Middle Class Joe.’”  —  While it's not clear who actually calls the vice president that, it is clear that his house and finances tell a different story.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reuters:
Plans to strike Iran “ready,” says U.S. Israel envoy  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. plans for a possible military strike on Iran are ready and the option is “fully available”, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said, days before Tehran resumes talks with world powers which suspect it of seeking to develop nuclear arms.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Massachusetts marks 8th anniversary of same-sex marriages
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BuzzFeed:
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BuzzFeed:
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Fiona Govan / Telegraph:
Queen Sofia to snub Diamond Jubilee lunch over Gibraltar row
Discussion: Guardian
Gustin L. Reichbach / New York Times:
A Judge's Plea for Pot
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Scott Walker: Tom Barrett getting ‘desperate’
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Wall Street Journal:
Tea Party Terror Flakeout
Discussion: EconLog and LewRockwell.com Blog
Julia Edwards / NationalJournal.com:
House Burglaries Baffle Staff, Police
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Hot Air
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
RNC, Romney campaign will erect new organization to bypass state GOP
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP's Energy Dept. loan probe could ensnare two Cabinet secretaries
Discussion: ThinkProgress
ABCNEWS:
Dinner for 2? Romney Spox Throws a Question at Biden at Dinner Run-In
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats' Odds of Retaining Senate Improve
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Obama pulls ahead of Romney as presidential race heats up