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12:30 PM ET, May 23, 2012

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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
40% of Dem primary voters opt for ‘Not Obama’  —  If this was Chicago, John Wolfe would find a surprising number of building inspectors thoroughly checking the quite obviously faulty wiring in his law offices this morning.  Most cars parked near his door would display parking citations on their windshields.
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
A Gift For Snickering Pundits: A Map  —  In what has become a regular ritual this spring, the punditocracy is cracking itself up tonight over Barack Obama's embarrassingly poor performance in Democratic primaries in Appalachia and the Upland South.  Two weeks ago 41 percent of Democratic primary voters …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Obama's region of doom
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mini-Tuesday  —  I'm a little embarassed by the fact that in twelve …
Discussion: New York Times and The Agitator
James Carroll / blogs.courier-journal.com:
Kentucky 2012 primary: President Barack Obama rejected by state Democrats in 67 counties
Discussion: Mediaite and ABCNEWS
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats balk at Obama campaign's sustained attack on Bain Capital  —  Some influential Democrats on and off Capitol Hill are refusing to give President Obama political cover for his attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital.  —  Despite pushback from more than a half-dozen Democrats …
CNN:
Obama campaign expands Bain attack and general election ad buys
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
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
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.'
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Pentagon, CIA, White House opened up to Hollywood on bin Laden raid
FilmLadd Blogs:
What Did Barbara Streisand Know...  And When Did She Know It?  —  Share it!  —  Journalist Forced to Flee Home by Streisand-Funded Domestic Terrorist Bomber!  —  Juicy headline, eh?  Guaranteed to bring in the page views.  I can't imagine I'm the only one who's thought of this angle to the story.
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LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”
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.
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 …
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.
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: The Raw Story and Mediaite
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.
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 …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Father Doesn't Know Best  —  Your parents spill a few secrets as they get older.  —  One night at dinner with my mom, I ventured that the rhythm method had worked well for her, given that there were six years between my sister Peggy and my brother Kevin, and six more between Kevin and me.
Discussion: US Politics and Daily Kos
Phil Kerpen / Fox News:
Obama's war on coal hits your electric bill  —  Obama's War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.  —  Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012.
Discussion: Nice Deb and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, FishbowlDC and Campaign 2012
Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  History Shows U.S. Can Stimulate Now, Cut Later  —  From 2017 to 2022, Social Security's normal retirement age is scheduled to gradually increase to 67.  And I'll bet that not only happens as planned, but does so with little fanfare — which is pretty …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Secret Service sex scandal: Several say they didn't break the rules
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CBS News and Associated Press
Ed Vogel / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sandoval asks federal court to toss marriage law challenge
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Club for Growth-backed Cotton wins Arkansas House primary
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Mixed on Health Moves
Discussion: Washington Wire, Politico and Hit & Run
David Kravets / Wired:
New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech
Discussion: Gothamist, ANIMAL and New York Magazine
Bloomberg:
Few Witnesses To Obama, Romney As They Raise $1.5 Billion
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Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Prospects Improve As Swing State Economies Improve
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood In Pennsylvania May Be Defunded
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
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
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Woman attacked while ordering lunch at McDonald's drive-thru
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit