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8:55 AM ET, May 25, 2012


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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.
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 …
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 …
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: Politicker and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Not Arrogant Any More  —  Confidence gives way to resignation.
Discussion: Hot Air, 2012 Decoded and GayPatriot
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Roads to the White House
Discussion: Washington Post and Guardian
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...
Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Led by Walker, Republicans Winning Wisconsin Ad Spending Battle  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies have outspent Democrat Tom Barrett and supportive groups more than 3-1 on TV ad buys during the three months leading up to the June 5 recall election, according to a Hotline On Call analysis.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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  —  Yes.  Chris Matthews is sick of people making fun …
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 …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rick Perry tests his strength in Texas  —  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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Mitt Romney's Moment  —  The GOP nominee explains why he thinks America is at an ‘inflection point.’  —  It's been a good week for Mitt Romney.  The polls are up, he's just off a two-day swing through Connecticut and New York, where he hauled in big donors and hard money …
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Ultimate Dark Horse  —  Nobody is challenging Obama in the primaries—and doing surprisingly well.  —  Nobody ran for president in 1988.  No, we haven't forgotten George Bush and Michael Dukakis, or even Bob Dole, Al Gore, Ron Paul and the other also-rans.
Jim Miklaszewski /
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 …
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 - was announced today by Ricky Mathews, who will become its president.
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Jeff Neely, GSA Las Vegas trip planner, gone from agency
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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, and Washington Post
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