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12:55 AM ET, May 24, 2012

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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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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Will S.E. Cupp Sue Hustler?  —  S.E. Cupp, a conservative commentator who works for GBTV, is in a bit of a pickle.  She appears in Hustler, but not in the way you might think.  The Blaze, a sister company to GBTV that is owned by Mercury Inc. which is owned by Glenn Beck …
Phil Elmore / Twitchy:
Weaponized misogyny: Hustler punishes S.E. Cupp for pro-life views with explicit fake image
Tim Mak / Reuters:
Colin Powell endorses gay marriage  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell supports same-sex marriage — and he doesn't necessarily believe the issue should be left up to states.  —  “I have no problems with it,” Powell, who served under George W. Bush, says in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and msnbc.com
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CNN:
Powell favors same-sex marriage
Discussion: msnbc.com, Mother Jones and CBS News
Washington Post:
After President Obama's announcement, opposition to same-sex marriage hits record low
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Powell Asks Romney To Be More ‘Mature’ And Realistic When Talking Foreign Policy
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Colin Powell not ready to endorse Obama, questions Romney foreign policy
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Algemeiner.com
Matt Vasilogambros / The Atlantic Online:
Colin Powell to Romney on Foreign Policy: ‘Come on, Mitt, Think’
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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thepage.time.com:
The Complete Romney Interview Transcript  —  Halperin: So Governor, the economy is the big issue in this campaign.  I want to talk about a range of things, as much as we can fit in in the time, but, obviously, jobs is the biggest issue.  You've started to tell people what you believe in …
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.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Kentucky, Arkansas primaries: Is it racism?  —  That President Obama lost roughly 40 percent of the vote in Democratic primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia over the last two weeks has drawn massive national headlines.  —  Those headlines have drawn a collective eyeroll from Democrats …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Indelible Image of Boy's Pat on Obama's Head  —  WASHINGTON — For decades at the White House, photographs of the president at work and at play have hung throughout the West Wing, and each print soon gives way to a more recent shot.  But one picture of President Obama remains after three years.
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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ABCNEWS:
Obama Tars GOP: I'm Not the Over-Spender
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.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
MSNBC Primetime Makes Zero Mentions Of Trayvon Martin Case After Pro-Zimmerman Evidence Surfaces  —  In March and April, MSNBC's primetime hosts ran with nearly wall-to-wall coverage of the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.  They regularly suggested that the lack of national interest in the case was worthy of outrage.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘He Has No F-king Soul’  —  Today there is a massive Memeorandum aggregation about convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including one on an article by my filmmaker buddy Ladd Ehlinger Jr.:  —  What Did Barbara Streisand Know ...  And When Did She Know It?
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker
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:
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.
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Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Many “Pro-Life” Americans Don't Want to Outlaw Abortion
Nancy Pelosi / Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Letter to Boehner: Allow House to Vote Now on Permanent Extension of Middle Income Tax Cuts  —  Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today called on Speaker Boehner to bring a permanent extension of the middle income tax cuts to the House floor immediately and use …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Pelosi Shifts the Goalposts - Now Draws Line on Bush Tax Cuts at $1 Million
Discussion: The People's View
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Wasserman Schultz On Verge of Being Cancelled at Temple Israel  —  The blowback from Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz' political tactics that the Shark Tank first reported on last week has resulted in a unprecedented public outcry and political pressure being brought to bear on the Trustees …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and EBL
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Survey: NPR's listeners best-informed, Fox viewers worst-informed  —  People who watch no news at all can answer more questions about international current events than people who watch cable news, a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind finds.
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 …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Poll: Biden's favorability rating sinks  —  Vice President Joe Biden has a negative favorability rating for the first time since becoming President Obama's vice presidential pick, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday.  —  Biden stands at 42 percent favorable versus 46 unfavorable.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Views of Biden Remain Divided
Discussion: Politico, CNN and 2012 Decoded
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Congress wins fight for election docs  —  Responding to the threat of a congressional subpoena, the Federal Election Commission this afternoon released reams of previously secret documents that detail how it enforces election law.  —  It appears to end — for the moment …
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Debbie Siegelbaum / Ballot Box:   FEC turns over confidential documents to House lawmakers
 
 
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
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After Paul Falters, Backers Push Agenda in Party and Other Races
Ben Poston / JSOnline:
Hundreds of assault cases misreported by Milwaukee Police Department
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