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9:10 AM ET, May 23, 2012


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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 …
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cantor says Obama's ‘hostility’ to Bain discouraging investors  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggested Wednesday that the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's tenure at private-equity firm Bain Capital could be discouraging others from investing in struggling companies.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Creating Jobs Wasn't Romney's Job
Discussion: GOP 12
NBC's Carrie Dann /
Biden: Romney no more qualified to be president than a plumber
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 …
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
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.
Scott Stump /
General Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fear the Vetting! Bombshell Exclusive: We Don't Have Obama's SAT Scores!
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.
Insight: Morgan Stanley cut Facebook estimates just before IPO
Discussion: Business Insider, Mashable! and Newsy
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Rep. King compares immigrants to dogs
Discussion: Mediaite and The Maddow Blog
WRAL News poll: Presidential race dead heat in NC  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — President Barack Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in a virtual tie for North Carolina's 15 electoral votes in this fall's election, according to a WRAL News poll released Tuesday.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Romney Toe to Toe
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Times
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
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans, Including Catholics, Say Birth Control Is Morally OK
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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.
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.
Ace /
Student Who Talked Back To Teacher: Honestly, I Wanted To Laugh At Her  —  Indeed.  —  That is the appropriate response.  There are multiple ways in which this teacher is unfit for the classroom.  She believes the classroom exists to further her partisan agenda.
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Pundit
Fox News Insider:
Student Who Recorded Teacher Yelling at Him for Criticizing President Obama Speaks Out
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NC student on pro-Obama teacher who berated him: “She doesn't want to hear anything but what she believes in”
Discussion: The Salisbury Post and WCNC-TV
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 …
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.
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
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.'
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
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?  —  The federal lawsuits filed Monday by Catholic institutions against the contraception mandate under the health care law are not surprising, but they are unfortunate.  The Bishops' Conference and many — though not all …
CBS News:
Dolan: White House is “strangling” Catholic church
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gothamist
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Washington Post:
After President Obama's announcement, opposition to same-sex marriage hits record low
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters and Good As You
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The public trial of Justice Roberts
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Winston Churchill, Harvard Minority
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Violate Budget Control Act
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Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Bill Clinton's $80 Million Payday, or Why Politicians Don't Care That Much About Reelection
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
NRC chairman resigns amid battle over lessons from Fukushima
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Coming soon: Bristol Palin's reality show
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A video posted online that shows a former union leader …