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3:35 PM 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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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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Mini-Tuesday  —  I'm a little embarassed by the fact that in twelve …
Discussion: New York Times and The Agitator
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
White Resentment, Obama, and Appalachia
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Primary Challengers
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
40% of Dem primary voters opt for ‘Not Obama’
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 …
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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 …
Matt Vasilogambros / The Atlantic Online:
Colin Powell to Romney on Foreign Policy: ‘Come on, Mitt, Think’  —  The former secretary of state criticizes the Republican candidate's contention that Russia is America's No. 1 enemy.  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell had some tough words for Mitt Romney's foreign-policy positions on Wednesday …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Most Call High School Off-Limits in Evaluating Candidate Character
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker  —  I know what it's like to find out that you've been targeted for violence — real violence, as in being targeted for death by an extremist who has picked out his target based on nothing more than writing about politics.
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Michelle Malkin:
Free speech blogburst: Show solidarity for targeted conservative bloggers
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”
ABCNEWS:
Obama Jobs Council Has Buyout Execs Despite Bain Attacks  —  Are “job destroyers” sitting on President Obama's jobs council?  —  There could be, if you believe the argument from Democrats and the Obama campaign that private equity executives are profit seekers who often run roughshod over workers, companies and communities.
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thepage.time.com:
The Romney Interview Transcript - Fiscal Cliff
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Wire
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats balk at Obama campaign's sustained attack on Bain Capital
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Actually, the Obama spending binge really did happen  —  Until Barack Obama took office in 2009, the United States had never spent more than 23.5% of GDP, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1946.  Here's the Obama spending record:  — 25.2% of GDP in 2009  — 24.1% of GDP in 2010
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Carney: Don't buy into GOP ‘B.S.’
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.
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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Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
American Airlines Rejects Female Passenger Because Political Pro-Choice T-Shirt is “Inappropriate”  —  Yesterday I attended a meeting of pro-choice colleagues working to ensure women throughout this country get safe, compassionate abortion care.  Today, I received an email from one of those colleagues …
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 …
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:
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hullabaloo
Katie Wiedemann / KCRG-TV:
Man Arrested for OWI with Zebra, Parrot in Front Seat of Truck  —  The zebra and parrot at the Reiter's home in Cascade.  (KCRG/The Gazette)  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa - It sounds like the beginning of a joke.  A man, a zebra, a parrot walk into a bar.  —  A Cascade man was arrested outside …
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.
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: The Caucus and Hit & Run
 
 
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