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9:55 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 …
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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 …
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
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
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats balk at Obama campaign's sustained attack on Bain Capital
Discussion: Politico, GOP.com and Weasel Zippers
NBC's Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
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 …
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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 …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Obama's region of doom
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Uncommitted’ Gives Obama a Run in Kentucky
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.
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.
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Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Strong Support for Gay Marriage Now Exceeds Strong Opposition
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
WRAL-TV:
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
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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
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.'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Associated Press:
Pakistani doctor who helped US in bin Laden raid sentenced to prison  —  PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN - A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Usama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday for conspiring against the state, officials said, a verdict that is likely …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The public trial of Justice Roberts  —  Novelist John Grisham could hardly spin a more provocative fiction: The president and his surrogates mount an aggressive campaign to intimidate the chief justice of the United States, implying ruin and ridicule should he fail to vote in a pivotal case according …
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.
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood In Pennsylvania May Be Defunded … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Planned Parenthood, Video, Susan B. Anthony List, Daryl Metcalfe Planned Parenthood, Daryl-Metcalfe, Defunding Planned Parenthood, Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Funding, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania, Politics News
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Tovah Lazaroff / Jerusalem Post:
Knesset to hold reading of outpost bill
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Washington Post:
Senate panel votes to extend government's broader surveillance authority
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Google Privacy Inquiries Get Little Cooperation
Discussion: Media Decoder, Law Blog and Althouse
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Prospects Improve As Swing State Economies Improve
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris ‘I Lost On Jeopardy!’ Matthews: 'Palin's Briefing Papers Have the Weight of a Comic Book'
Discussion: The Daley Gator
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Winston Churchill, Harvard Minority
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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
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Coming soon: Bristol Palin's reality show