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2:15 PM ET, May 23, 2012

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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Obama struggles in Kentucky, Arkansas  —  President Barack Obama continued to have trouble on Tuesday performing in Democratic primaries in traditionally conservative states, barely eking out wins in Kentucky and Arkansas.  —  The president didn't even have an opponent in Kentucky …
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
A Gift For Snickering Pundits: A Map  —  In what has become a regular ritual this spring, the punditocracy is cracking itself up tonight over Barack Obama's embarrassingly poor performance in Democratic primaries in Appalachia and the Upland South.  Two weeks ago 41 percent of Democratic primary voters …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Actually, the Obama spending binge really did happen  —  Until Barack Obama took office in 2009, the United States had never spent more than 23.5% of GDP, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1946.  Here's the Obama spending record:  — 25.2% of GDP in 2009  — 24.1% of GDP in 2010
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mini-Tuesday  —  I'm a little embarassed by the fact that in twelve or thirteen posts yesterday I didn't get around to mentioning it was a primary day in Kentucky and Arkansas.  You will forgive me, I hope, a lack of excitement about the “story” of the president's weakness in these two states …
Discussion: New York Times and The Agitator
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Obama's region of doom
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
40% of Dem primary voters opt for ‘Not Obama’
James Carroll / blogs.courier-journal.com:
Kentucky 2012 primary: President Barack Obama rejected by state Democrats in 67 counties
Discussion: Mediaite and ABCNEWS
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP discovers that Mitt Romney could win  —  Top Republicans, long privately skeptical about their presidential prospects, are coming around to a surprising new view — that Mitt Romney may well win the White House this November.  —  Margin-of-error polling, fundraising parity last month …
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Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Creating Jobs Wasn't Romney's Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA started his general election campaign by taking aim at Mitt Romney's job creation record at Bain, setting off a lively debate over the fairness of the attacks.  —  I am among those who have been drawn into the argument …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers
Discussion: ThinkProgress
ABCNEWS:
Obama Jobs Council Has Buyout Execs Despite Bain Attacks
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41%  —  Americans now tilt “pro-life” by nine-point margin, 50% to 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker  —  I know what it's like to find out that you've been targeted for violence — real violence, as in being targeted for death by an extremist who has picked out his target based on nothing more than writing about politics.
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FilmLadd Blogs:
What Did Barbara Streisand Know...  And When Did She Know It?  —  Share it!  —  Journalist Forced to Flee Home by Streisand-Funded Domestic Terrorist Bomber!  —  Juicy headline, eh?  Guaranteed to bring in the page views.  I can't imagine I'm the only one who's thought of this angle to the story.
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”
Washington Post:
After President Obama's announcement, opposition to same-sex marriage hits record low  —  Public opinion continues to shift in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also finds initial signs that President Obama's support for the idea may have changed a few minds.
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Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Strong Support for Gay Marriage Now Exceeds Strong Opposition
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
FAKE EXPLICIT IMAGE OF S.E. CUPP REPORTEDLY APPEARS IN HUSTLER (GRAPHIC)  —  The Blaze has been alerted to a fake explicit image apparently published in Hustler magazine depicting GBTV host and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp engaged in a sex act with what appears to be a penis in her mouth.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
Ismail Khan / New York Times:
Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden Given Jail Term, Official Says
Orlando Sentinel:
Several George Zimmerman witnesses change their accounts  —  Evidence released last week in the second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
Harvey Golub / Wall Street Journal:
How the Recovery Went Wrong  —  Of the 11 recoveries in the last 60 years, this one is at or near the bottom in job growth and every other economic indicator.  —  President Obama, in speech after speech, proudly makes the following point: Although we inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO  —  And now for some more bombshell news about the Facebook IPO...  Earlier, we reported that the analysts at Facebook's IPO underwriters had cut their estimates for the company in the middle of the IPO roadshow, a highly unusual and negative event.
Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  History Shows U.S. Can Stimulate Now, Cut Later  —  From 2017 to 2022, Social Security's normal retirement age is scheduled to gradually increase to 67.  And I'll bet that not only happens as planned, but does so with little fanfare — which is pretty …
Discussion: The Caucus and Hit & Run
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The public trial of Justice Roberts  —  Novelist John Grisham could hardly spin a more provocative fiction: The president and his surrogates mount an aggressive campaign to intimidate the chief justice of the United States, implying ruin and ridicule should he fail to vote in a pivotal case according …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Father Doesn't Know Best  —  Your parents spill a few secrets as they get older.  —  One night at dinner with my mom, I ventured that the rhythm method had worked well for her, given that there were six years between my sister Peggy and my brother Kevin, and six more between Kevin and me.
Discussion: The Mahablog, US Politics and Daily Kos
Phil Kerpen / Fox News:
Obama's war on coal hits your electric bill  —  Obama's War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.  —  Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012.
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Gateway Pundit
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Couric extends ‘open invitation’ to Palin  —  Katie Couric has extended an open invitation to Sarah Palin to guest on her forthcoming daytime talk show, Katie.  —  “She has an open invitation to come talk to me,” Couric said while previewing Katie in Orlando yesterday.
 
 
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Ross Douthat / Campaign Stops:
Obama vs. Catholics, Catholics vs. Obama
Discussion: National Review and Althouse
Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
American Airlines Rejects Female Passenger Because Political Pro-Choice T-Shirt is “Inappropriate”
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Bill targets Fed conflicts
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
‘I Meow for Michelle’ and Other Campaign Delights
Richard Grenell / Wall Street Journal:
Marriage, Gay Republicans and the Election
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Romney Leads Obama in Florida: Polling Trending Emerging
Ed Vogel / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sandoval asks federal court to toss marriage law challenge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Few Witnesses To Obama, Romney As They Raise $1.5 Billion
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Prospects Improve As Swing State Economies Improve
Fox News:
Curvaceous client says Gloria Allred only fought for publicity
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Woman attacked while ordering lunch at McDonald's drive-thru
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit