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6:45 AM ET, May 24, 2012

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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: msnbc.com
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Powell Asks Romney To Be More ‘Mature’ And Realistic When Talking Foreign Policy
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Colin Powell not ready to endorse Obama, questions Romney foreign policy
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
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
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 …
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.
ABCNEWS:
Obama Tars GOP: I'm Not the Over-Spender  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — At a fundraiser for his re-election campaign in Denver tonight, President Obama set out to upend conventional Republican wisdom that his administration has been defined by excessive government spending.
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Actually, the Obama spending binge really did happen
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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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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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt / New York Times:
Paul Fussell, Literary Scholar and Critic, Is Dead at 88  —  Paul Fussell, the wide-ranging, stingingly opinionated literary scholar and cultural critic whose admiration for Samuel Johnson, Kingsley Amis and the Boy Scout Handbook was balanced against his withering scorn for the romanticization of war …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Paul Fussell, RIP
Discussion: Associated Press and Bookworm Room
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
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.
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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: Firedoglake and Washington Wire
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Pelosi Shifts the Goalposts - Now Draws Line on Bush Tax Cuts at $1 Million
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:
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
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.
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
Hannah Furness / Telegraph:
Bill Clinton's glamorous fundraiser called “worst party ever” by angry guests  —  An exclusive event hosted by Bill Clinton and attended by a host of celebrity friends has been criticised after guests who paid up to £1,000 for tickets were left queuing outside for hours.
 
 
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Louisa Peacock / Telegraph:
Welfare to work ‘fraud scandal’
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Romney Calls Education ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Era’ and Urges Shift
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Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Joins PNAC
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
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Hundreds of assault cases misreported by Milwaukee Police Department
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Some thoughts on Tom Cotton's victory
Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
American Airlines Rejects Female Passenger Because Political Pro-Choice T-Shirt is “Inappropriate”