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9:40 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
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama: Profit motives don't belong in the W.H.
Discussion: Politicker and Weasel Zippers
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Not Arrogant Any More  —  Confidence gives way to resignation.
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.
Washington Post:
Romney campaign begins quiet push for African American voters
Discussion: 2012 Decoded and US Politics
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.
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 …
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.
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Unions angry with Dems over lack of help in Wisconsin recall
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 …
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.
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: S.E. Cupp and “The View” slam “Hustler”  —  Via Greg Hengler, a cleansing bit of feelgood bipartisan solidarity after yesterday's sleaze.  Has anyone on the left actually defended the “Hustler” stunt, incidentally?  Hasselbeck says here that she can't get NOW to pick up the phone …
Greg Hengler /
S.E. Cupp Discusses Her Photoshopped Hustler Picture On The “View”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Appears Set to Face Former Prime Minister in Egyptian Runoff  —  CAIRO — The Islamist candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood appeared set to face former President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister in a runoff to become Egypt's first freely elected president …
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.
New York Times:
Albany Times Union Editor Says Police Targeted His Wife's Spa  —  ALBANY — In early spring, the police raided a spa near the Capitol, alleging that a masseuse was actually a prostitute.  —  It appeared to be a minor arrest, except that the spa's owner is the wife of the investigations editor at the local newspaper, The Times Union.
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 …
Investor's Business Daily:
Scooter Obama Outs Navy SEAL Team 6 Leader For Movie  —  National Security: New documents obtained by a watchdog group show our commander in chief gave the name of a Navy Seal Team 6 commander to the makers of a movie about Osama bin Laden.  Valerie Plame, call your office.
Discussion: The Mental Recession
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Offers Chance To Dine With Donald Trump  —  The Donald wants you!  The latest Romney fundraising contest.  Democrats attack “birther” association.  —  Source:  —  Source:  —  UPDATE: Melanie Roussell, DNC Press Secretary released this statement:
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
GOP triple play: Romney, Trump and Gingrich to campaign together
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rick Perry tests his strength in Texas
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Cocooned Liberals Are Unprepared for Political Debate
Discussion: Firedoglake and The New Editor
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Jeff Neely, GSA Las Vegas trip planner, gone from agency
Discussion: New York Magazine
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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
Sara Libby /
TPM2012  —  The Cracked Pipeline: How Redistricting Targeted …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What Does President Obama's May Approval Rating Tell Us About His Reelection Chances?
Discussion: Weekly Standard