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12:40 AM ET, May 25, 2012

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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The stunning chart that shows the Obama spending binge really happened  —  In a column on Tuesday, Rex Nutting of MarketWatch ran some budget numbers and concluded the following: … And here is Nutting's graph:  —  The shocking, contrarian piece was widely circulated in liberal circles …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Barack Obama, Fiscal Conservative!  —  It might seem incredible that a president who has signed into law the largest federal spending in history, who has run up $5 trillion in new debt, who has submitted budgets that propose increasing the national debt to $22 trillion-budgets so extreme …
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together  —  (CNN) - Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be joined in Las Vegas next week by two of his backers: former candidate Newt Gingrich and reality television star Donald Trump.
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CNN:
Romney defends class size stance to teachers
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Roads to the White House
Discussion: BuzzFeed, 2012 Decoded, Hot Air and GOP 12
weaskamerica.com:
Turnout  —  You have to hand it to Wisconsin's electorate: they are passionate about their politics.  When we first polled the Dairy State's voters about Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plummeting approval ratings, many right-leaning types let the blogosphere know how We Ask America's minions …
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
WI: Gov. Walker Looking Strong Before Recall
BuzzFeed:
Obama Appeared At 1996 Event Hosted By Socialist Group  —  It's a reminder that the President presented himself as much more progressive during his time in Chicago.  In this little-seen advertisement that ran in the Hyde Park Herald in 1996, Obama was listed on a panel sponsored …
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Busted!... Obama Headlined a DEMOCRAT SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA Event in 1996 **FLIER**
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Chris Christoff / Bloomberg:
Half Of Detroit'S Streetlights May Go Out As City Shrinks  —  Detroit Residents Stay In at Night as Lights Go Out  —  Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Hecklers mar Romney's visit to inner-city charter school in Philadelphia  —  PHILADELPHIA - When Mitt Romney came to an inner-city charter school here Thursday to promote his new education agenda, he received something of a history lecture about the persecution of blacks in America and the struggles …
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Michael Fumento / Salon:
My break with the extreme right  —  I worked for Reagan and wrote for National Review.  But the new hysterical right cares nothing for truth or dignity  —  Gosh!  When did I end up in bed with Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber?  Could it be because I did specialize in blowing things …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN's Brooke Baldwin Takes Tony Perkins To The Woodshed: ‘Why Do Homosexuals Bother You So Much?’  —  Tony Perkins has been particularly loud in recent days as a voice against equal rights of marriage for same-sex couples, arguing that one minority in the society cannot define religious sacraments that …
Discussion: The Raw Story
TMZ.com:
Bill Clinton — SURROUNDED By Porn Stars in Monaco  —  SURROUNDED  —  By Porn Stars  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Bill Clinton just out-Clinton'd himself — posing with two famous porn stars in Monaco moments ago ... and one of them's a real up-and-comer.  —  Clinton's in a Monte Carlo casino right …
Shira Schoenberg / Union-News:
Elizabeth Warren says she knows she is part Native American ‘because my mother told me so’  —  Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that she knows she has Native American ancestry because her mother told her so.  —  Warren's comments came after nearly four minutes …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren's identity politics
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What Does President Obama's May Approval Rating Tell Us About His Reelection Chances?  —  According to a Gallup Poll analysis of recent polling data on the mood of the American public, President Obama appears to face a difficult road to winning a second term in November.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Propaganda firm owner admits attacks on journalists  —  WASHINGTON - The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted Thursday that he was behind a series of websites used to discredit two USA TODAY journalists who had reported on the contractor.
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Chris Matthews blasts 'horse's ass right-wingers'  —  Follow on Twitter:Follow @charliespiering  —  Chris Matthews: Jackasses, Stop Asking About Obama Speech from National Cable and Telecommunications Association on FORA.tv  —  Yes.  Chris Matthews is sick of people making fun …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama: Profit motives don't belong in the W.H.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - President Obama celebrated the role Iowa played in his campaign in 2008 and took aim once again at Mitt Romney's business background at a campaign rally on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Thursday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Polls: Obama leads Romney in Florida, Ohio and Virginia  —  President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to new polls of the key 2012 swing states, although Obama's advantage has narrowed in recent months.  —  Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 44 percent …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and msnbc.com
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The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
New digitally focused company launches this fall with beefed up online coverage; The Times-Picayune will move this fall to three printed papers a week  —  A new company - the NOLA Media Group, which will include The Times-Picayune and its affiliated web site NOLA.com - was announced today by Ricky Mathews, who will become its president.
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
S.E. Cupp Discusses Her Photoshopped Hustler Picture On The “View” … Sign-Up to receive Updates from TH  —  Breaking on TOWNHALL  —  Cupp in Hustler?  Bleh.  They had to have been desperate....or maybe Hengler wasn't available to fill the rethuglican witch role.
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Marion Barry commits new gaffe while apologizing to Asians  —  D.C. Council member Marion Barry yesterday stepped up his campaign to mend relations with Asians, apologizing again for disparaging remarks he made about Koreans and Filipinos, and pledging to work to improve ties between them and African Americans.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Taegan Goddard's …
Jim Miklaszewski / msnbc.com:
New photos of alleged 9-11 mastermind may have been spirited out of ‘Gitmo’  —  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen in one of the photos apparently taken at the Guantanamo detention center and published this week by an Islamist website.  —  U.S. military officials are investigating whether …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Noelle Phillips / The State:
Columbia cops arrest state representative for DUI, weapons possession  —  Columbia police officers have arrested a state representative for driving under the influence of alcohol and the unlawful carrying of a pistol.  —  S.C. Rep. Ted Vick, D-Chesterfield, is at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center awaiting …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama national co-chair works in private equity, like Romney  —  One of President Barack Obama's top campaign spokesmen is a private equity manager whose firm has shut down several factories and laid off hundreds of people amid a stalled economy.  —  Federico Pena's role at Vestar Capital Partners …
Rich Johnston / Bleeding Cool Comic Book …:
Will Alan Scott, DC's Original Green Lantern, Be Reintroduced As A Gay Man?  —  Understand that this is not a firm story.  Not like DC Comics renumbering all their New DCU comics to issues zero through September, say.  —  This is based on a number of well sourced people and involves considerable hearsay.
Tim Mak / Politico:
FBI: Mayor hacked critical website  —  A New Jersey mayor and his son were arrested Thursday by the FBI for allegedly hacking into an email account and website tied to a recall effort — and then intimidating those associated with the site.  —  Felix Roque, 55, the Democratic mayor of West New York …
Laurence Bhererand Pascale Dufour / New York Times:
Our Not-So-Friendly Northern Neighbor  —  WHEN Vladimir V. Putin first came to power in Russia, Quebecers could not help but laugh.  Poutine, as he is called in French, is also the name of a Québécois fast-food dish made of French fries, gravy and cheese.
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jeff Neely, GSA Las Vegas trip planner, gone from agency
Discussion: New York Magazine
Joshua Gallu / Bloomberg:
SEC Staff Ends Probe Of Lehman Without Finding Fraud
Discussion: DealBook and New York Magazine
Sara Libby / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  The Cracked Pipeline: How Redistricting Targeted …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Dewhurst close to 50%  —  David Dewhurst leads Ted Cruz 46-29 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Suspicious Fire Breaks Out At Second Reproductive Clinic In Georgia
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Jury Moves On To Second Donor's Cash
Discussion: Politico
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Study: Most individual insurance plans fall short of health law's standards
Tony Listi / Campus Reform:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama's DOJ Forces University to Allow 38 Year Old Male To Access Women's Restrooms
Boston Globe:
Unabomber sends Harvard class update
Alexander Burns / Politico:
'Those of us who've spent time in the real world ...'