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12:05 PM ET, May 18, 2012


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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The WaPo On The Zimmerman Evidence - Are They Kidding?  —  The WaPo pretends to examine the newly released Zimmerman evidence.  They get off to a promising start on the gunshot wound but deliver some dreadfullly incomplete information on other topics.  —  They lead well with the wound:
Discussion: Washington Post and
Orlando Sentinel:
Encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin ‘avoidable,’ cops said in report  —  JACKSONVILLE - Newly released evidence in the case against George Zimmerman shows that Sanford Police believed the encounter between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was “ultimately avoidable,” if Zimmerman had …
Autopsy: Drug THC found in Trayvon Martin's system
Discussion: Right Wing News
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Apocalypse Fairly Soon  —  Suddenly, it has become easy to see how the euro — that grand, flawed experiment in monetary union without political union — could come apart at the seams.  We're not talking about a distant prospect, either.  Things could fall apart with stunning speed, in a matter of months, not years.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Defiant Message From Greece
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
A Greek Exit? Euro Zone May Be Ready
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rahm Emanuel ‘livid,’ not returning calls from Ricketts family  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not returning calls from the Ricketts family and is “livid” over a New York Times report that Joe Ricketts commissioned a proposal for a multimillion-dollar ad campaign linking President Obama …
New York Times:
Joe Ricketts Rejects Plan to Finance Anti-Obama Ads  —  Joe Ricketts, an up-by-the-bootstraps billionaire whose varied holdings include a name-brand brokerage firm in Omaha, a baseball team in Chicago, herds of bison in Wyoming and a start-up news Web site in New York, wanted to be a player in the 2012 election.
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
LATEST GOP AD PLAYER: A Lover of Bison, a Hater of Earmarks
TRENDING: Romney campaign touts day one initiatives in first general election ad  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney, the likely GOP presidential nominee, is using his first general election ad to highlight the policy priorities he would enact on his first day in office, asking voters, “What would a Romney Presidency be like?”
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's first general election ad makes ‘day one’ promises  —  Mitt Romney is out with his first campaign ad of the general election, a spot detailing what “day one” of his potential presidency would look like.  —  Romney told reporters Thursday his first ad would be “positive,” …
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Daniel Malloy / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Gingrich returns to the trail — backing Romney
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Inside J.P. Morgan's Blunder  —  CEO Dimon Blessed the Concept Behind Disastrous Trades; ‘Blood in the Water’  —  J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Dimon had just committed the most expensive blunder of his 30-year career, failing to detect the risk of trades …
The Reliable Source / Washington Post:
Al Gore has a girlfriend: California donor and activist Elizabeth Keadle  —  Al Gore has been seriously dating Elizabeth Keadle, right, of California.  (Joe Kohen/Getty; Jon Clark/Rancho Santa Fe Review)  —  It's never easy to re-enter the dating pool after years away …
U2's Bono to become the world's richest musician tomorrow (May 18)  —  Singer will leapfrog Paul McCartney when Facebook hits the stock exchange  —  U2 frontman Bono will become the richest musician in the world tomorrow (May 18), overtaking Paul McCartney.
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Romney begins vetting veep picks  —  Mitt Romney's campaign has begun vetting running mates, a process that will narrow his list of possible veep picks.  —  The team for Beth Myers, the Romney adviser leading the search for the GOP's vice presidential nominee, has already contacted potential running mates …
Discussion:, ABCNEWS and Campaign 2012
Patrick Hechinger /   Condi Puts Romney Veep Rumors to Rest
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S LIT AGENCY USED ‘BORN IN KENYA’ BIO UNTIL 2007  —  According to, a website that caches websites on a regular basis, the website - the official website for Dystel & Goderich, Obama's literary agents - was using the Barack Obama “born in Kenya” language until April 2007 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Literary Agent Says 1991 Booklet was a Mistake
Lois Romano / Politico:
Meet the Rubios  —  WEST MIAMI, Fla. — Marco and Jeanette Rubio, sitting side by side on their brown sofa in their sunny house, could be any young couple musing about life: juggling four kids, a job that separates them, aging parents, their faith and whether or not to move.  —  Only they're not just any couple.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
The Age:
Wong's affirmation of gay families ‘a watershed’  —  The exchange between Penny Wong and Joe Hockey on Q&A this week about gay parents is only about two and half minutes long.  —  Prompted by an audience question about why the shadow treasurer thinks he and his wife make better parents …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Boehner: Keeping any parts of Obama health law ‘unacceptable’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated Thursday that he wants to repeal all of President Obama's healthcare law if the Supreme Court doesn't toss out the entire statute.  —  “We voted to fully repeal the president's healthcare law …
Democracy Now:   “End This Depression Now”: Paul Krugman Urges Public Spending, Not Deficit Hysteria, to Save Economy
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Lawmakers back indefinite detention for terror suspects in US  —  In two votes Friday morning, the House backed the president's powers to indefinitely detain terror suspects captured on U.S. soil.  —  Lawmakers rejected an amendment that would have barred military detention for terror suspects captured …
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida Tries to Clear Illegal Voters From Rolls  —  MIAMI — In an attempt to clear the voter rolls of noncitizens, a move that had set off criticism and a threatened lawsuit, Florida election officials decided on Thursday to use information from a federal database to check a list of 182,000 voters …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
At Facebook, Peer Pressure to Spend Those Millions Quietly  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Wealth is here if you know where to find it.  —  Fabulous home theaters are tucked into the basements of plain suburban houses.  Bespoke jeans that start at $1,200 can be detected only by a tiny red logo on the button.
Discussion: Media Decoder, GigaOM and DealBook
New York Times:
‘Princelings’ in China Use Family Ties to Gain Riches  —  SHANGHAI — The Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation recently announced a bold move to crack China's tightly protected film industry: a $330 million deal to create a Shanghai animation studio that might one day rival the California shops …
Discussion: Via Meadia
Gonzalo Cordova / Indecision Forever:
Conservative Hashtag Games Are Ruining Twitter  —  Today Former White House Press Secretary Bill Burton attempted to start a hashtag game called #RomneyYachtNames.  It's so unfunny and forced, it's exactly the kind of thing that would trend on Twitter.  And it did, but not the way Bill Burton intended.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
Midtown Penthouse Is Sold for Most Ever in New York
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Associated Press:
Malawi's new president vows to repeal ban on gay acts in conservative southern African country
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Romney tells Floridians he considered a home in the state
George W. Bush / Wall Street Journal:
The Arab Spring and American Ideals
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House panel approves State funding bill with anti-abortion language
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney distances himself from racially fueled proposal to attack Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS, USA Today and Swampland
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Kromm /
Latino, black political clout grows in Florida and North Carolina
Discussion: theGrio and The Raw Story
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
DCCC brings in record $6.5 million in April
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
The Reliable Source / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer's Georgetown home hit by burglar
Discussion: The Hill, Above the Law and DCist
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Pelosi: No to Provision Protecting Chaplains From Being Ordered to Act Against Faith: 'It's A Fraud'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Right Wing News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is Obama going to lose the Arkansas Democratic primary?
Washington Examiner:
For Dems, Bush is to blame — forever and ever
Discussion: Betsy's Page