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8:35 AM 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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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
4 in 10 Democrats desert Obama in Arkansas, Kentucky primaries  —  Four in ten Democratic voters chose someone other than President Obama on Tuesday in primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky.  —  In Arkansas, John Wolfe — a perennial, long-shot candidate — took 41 percent of the vote …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Uncommitted’ Gives Obama a Run in Kentucky  —  ‘Uncommitted’ is keeping it closer than expected in the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary.  With 104 of 120 counties counted, President Barack Obama leads ‘Uncommitted’ by only 20 percentage points.  The tally so far: Obama with 105,487 votes …
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:   Romney, Obama Notch Primary Wins
CNN:
Obama campaign expands Bain attack and general election ad buys  —  Washington (CNN) - The Obama re-election campaign is putting in almost $150,000 for an additional buy of its two minute ad going after Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital, according to a Republican media buying source.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP discovers that Mitt Romney could win
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Romney Toe to Toe
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Times
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rep. Steve King: Immigrants are like dogs  —  Updated: On Monday, the Iowa GOP rep used a degrading metaphor to describe how America should select immigrants  —  [Updated below]  —  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Rep. King compares immigrants to dogs
Discussion: Mediaite and The Maddow Blog
Charles C. Johnson / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: THE VETTING - DID OBAMA HAVE LOWER SAT SCORES THAN GEORGE W. BUSH?  —  President Barack Obama is hailed by his supporters and the mainstream media as one of the most brilliant men ever to hold the office.  However, his refusal to release his academic records …
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fear the Vetting! Breitbart.com Bombshell Exclusive: We Don't Have Obama's SAT Scores!
Discussion: The Daley Gator
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Obama spending binge never happened  —  Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s … WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Colin Powell on Obama: Is the wind shifting again?  —  The Associated Press reports: … Conservative foreign-policy gurus will have a hearty guffaw over that one.  To be blunt, Powell has no real weight to throw around; it's hard to fathom that voters are hanging on his decision.
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The Christian / Associated Press:
Colin Powell is not endorsing Obama or Romney, yet
Discussion: Belmont Club
Scott Stump / msnbc.com:
General Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Misplaced Loyalties and Dubious Code of Chris Matthews  —  The MSNBC host attacked Cory Booker for breaking with the Democratic Party line.  As a journalist, he ought to celebrate truth-telling.  —  When the average television viewer sees someone on a public-affairs show making arguments …
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”  —  Brett Kimberlin is a convicted bomber, perjurer and left-wing attack dog.  He's attacked — in no particular order — conservative bloggers like Andrew Breibart, Patterico, Liberty Chick, Aaron Worthing, Stacy McCain and others.
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A video posted online that shows a former union leader in South Carolina smashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley has riled the national office of the AFL-CIO, which wants it taken down.  —  “Do you think we can get this video pulled,” asked a national AFL-CIO official …
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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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains DOD and CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Raid Filmmakers  —  DOD Officials Disclosed to Filmmakers Identity of SEAL Team Six Operator and Commander; Ask Film Director to Withhold Operator's Name, 'because he shouldn't be talking out of school.'
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Bill Clinton's $80 Million Payday, or Why Politicians Don't Care That Much About Reelection … On December 21, 2000, as President, Bill Clinton signed a bill known as the Commodities Futures Modernization Act.  This law ensured that derivatives could not be regulated, setting the stage for the financial crisis.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
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.
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Woman attacked while ordering lunch at McDonald's drive-thru  —  Shannon, who asked us not to use her last name, was the victim of an attack on May 9 just before noon.  —  She called our sister station KUSA 9News, and asked for help finding her attackers.  —  “I don't feel safe anymore,” Shannon said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Paul Ryan: I expect mandate for GOP  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Tuesday that November's elections could bring a broad mandate for the Republican Party to enact aggressive reforms to the nation's finances.  —  In a nearly 30-minute speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library …
Discussion: CNN, The Hayride and Hot Air
Fox News:
Curvaceous client says Gloria Allred only fought for publicity  —  Super lawyer Gloria Allred cares more about cameras than clients, according to the buxom banker who sued after getting canned by Citigroup, allegedly because her assets were a distraction to co-workers.
CBS News:
Dolan: White House is “strangling” Catholic church  —  (CBS News) The spat between Catholic leaders and the Obama administration over its contraception policies is heating up again, with one of the nation's most prominent bishops charging that the White House is “strangling” the church over the matter.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gothamist
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?
 
 
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