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4:40 PM ET, May 23, 2012

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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 …
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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Romney Talks  —  In a 36-minute Wednesday Manhattan interview with Mark Halperin, Romney pushes back on President Obama's Bain attack, predicts he can drive unemployment down to six percent by the end of his first term and says he wants Washington to sit still during the lame-duck session.
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney vows to lower jobless rate in first term to 6 percent
ABCNEWS:
Obama Jobs Council Has Buyout Execs Despite Bain Attacks
thepage.time.com:
The Romney Interview Transcript - Fiscal Cliff
Discussion: Washington Wire and ThinkProgress
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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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
White Resentment, Obama, and Appalachia  —  Steve Kornacki tries to do the math on Obama's unpopularity throughout Appalachia: … I think that “Chalking this up up only to race” is a strawman, and its one that I often see writers invoke when talking about white resentment and Obama.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
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 …
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Primary Challengers
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Kentucky, Arkansas primaries: Is it racism?
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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Phil Elmore / Twitchy:
Weaponized misogyny: Hustler punishes S.E. Cupp for pro-life views with explicit fake image
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
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Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: In Libya, U.S. ‘led from the front’
Discussion: CNN
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Carney: Don't buy into GOP ‘B.S.’
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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Michelle Malkin:
Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Colin Powell Has ‘No Problem’ With Marriage Equality  —  Wolf Blitzer just teased his new interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who expressed that he has “no problem” with marriage equality: … Powell went on to say he believes the American people are coming around on this issue too.
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Matt Vasilogambros / The Atlantic Online:
Colin Powell to Romney on Foreign Policy: ‘Come on, Mitt, Think’
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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: The Agitator
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
After Paul Falters, Backers Push Agenda in Party and Other Races
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Obama's region of doom
Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
American Airlines Rejects Female Passenger Because Political Pro-Choice T-Shirt is “Inappropriate”  —  Yesterday I attended a meeting of pro-choice colleagues working to ensure women throughout this country get safe, compassionate abortion care.  Today, I received an email from one of those colleagues …
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.
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.
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 …
Katie Wiedemann / KCRG-TV:
Man Arrested for OWI with Zebra, Parrot in Front Seat of Truck  —  The zebra and parrot at the Reiter's home in Cascade.  (KCRG/The Gazette)  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa - It sounds like the beginning of a joke.  A man, a zebra, a parrot walk into a bar.  —  A Cascade man was arrested outside …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Alan Simpson flips out at Calif. seniors  —  The nice thing about being out of office?  You can say whatever you please.  —  Which is exactly what former Sen. Alan Simpson did in a harsh letter he sent to the California Alliance for Retired Americans and which was obtained by POLITICO:
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hullabaloo
 
 
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