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8:10 AM ET, May 25, 2012

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Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
Obama stumbles out of the gate  —  Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.  —  So nothing inspires more angst than when that same Obama stumbles, as he has leaving the gate in 2012.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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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
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 …
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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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Wow!... Obama Campaign Holds Protest Outside Romney Stop in Philly (Video)  —  When all else fails, stalk your opponent.  —  Mitt Romney visited an inner city school in Philadelphia today to discuss his education agenda.  The Obama Campaign met him at the school and protested his visit outside.
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Busted!... Obama Headlined a DEMOCRAT SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA Event in 1996 **FLIER**  —  Can we call him a socialist now???  —  Barack Obama headlined a Democrat Socialists of America town hall meeting in Chicago in 1996.  —  Buzzfeed reported:  —  And don't forget about this...
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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: American Power and The Raw Story
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Perry puts political muscle into Texas races  —  After a disastrous 2012 presidential campaign that left his national political profile in tatters, Rick Perry is now embarking on an all-out effort to revive his standing in Texas and prove he's still a dominant force in the Lone Star State.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Dewhurst close to 50%  —  David Dewhurst leads Ted Cruz 46-29 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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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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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Cocooned Liberals Are Unprepared for Political Debate
Discussion: The New Editor
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
WI: Gov. Walker Looking Strong Before Recall
Patterico's Pontifications:
Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism  —  You're about to listen to one of the most bone-chilling pieces of audio you will ever hear.  At least, it was to me when I first heard it.  —  It's a phone call that could have gotten me killed.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Inside Alabama:
Alabama Media Group, a new digitally focused company, will launch this fall with expanded online coverage and enhanced three-day-a-week newspapers  —  A new digitally focused media company — the Alabama Media Group, which will include The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile …
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jeff Neely, GSA Las Vegas trip planner, gone from agency
Discussion: New York Magazine
Laurence Bhererand Pascale Dufour / New York Times:
Our Not-So-Friendly Northern Neighbor
Noelle Phillips / The State:
Columbia cops arrest state representative for DUI, weapons possession
Joshua Gallu / Bloomberg:
SEC Staff Ends Probe Of Lehman Without Finding Fraud
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Polls: Obama leads Romney in Florida, Ohio and Virginia
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and msnbc.com
Sara Libby / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  The Cracked Pipeline: How Redistricting Targeted …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Jury Moves On To Second Donor's Cash
Discussion: Politico
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What Does President Obama's May Approval Rating Tell Us About His Reelection Chances?
Discussion: Weekly Standard