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12:05 PM ET, May 25, 2012


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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.
Washington Examiner:
How to kill the First Amendment  —  Fox News' Roger Ailes said this recently during an address at his alma mater, Ohio University: “I have one wish for OU, that it continues to be a place for open debate where people from different points of view with various opinions can meet and discuss these things openly.
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Leaps Into Direct Attacks
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Ultimate Dark Horse
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Egos and Immorality  —  In the wake of a devastating financial crisis, President Obama has enacted some modest and obviously needed regulation; he has proposed closing a few outrageous tax loopholes; and he has suggested that Mitt Romney's history of buying and selling companies …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Mary Carmichael / The Boston Globe:
Filings add to questions on Warren's ethnic claims  —  US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has said she was unaware that Harvard Law School had been promoting her purported Native American heritage until she read about it in a newspaper several weeks ago.  —  But for at least six straight …
Shira Schoenberg / Union-News:
Elizabeth Warren says she knows she is part Native American ‘because my mother told me so’
A User's Guide To Smoking Pot With Barack Obama  —  Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana enthusiast back in high school and college.  Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story dealing with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School …
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Unions angry with Dems over lack of help in Wisconsin recall  —  Top union officials are lashing out at Washington Democrats, claiming they haven't done enough to help them unseat Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin's recall election.  —  President Obama has been silent on the race since …
Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Led by Walker, Republicans Winning Wisconsin Ad Spending Battle
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
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.
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Police raid draws internal review
Washington Post:
Romney campaign begins quiet push for African American voters
Aaronmcquade / GLAAD:
Good Journalism: CNN's Baldwin Puts Perkins' Anti-gay Views in Context  —  Thursday afternoon, CNN's Brooke Baldwin gave an almost textbook example of how to tell a complete story when dealing with an anti-gay activist.  Joining Baldwin was Tony Perkins, there to speak about his 3PM press …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
CNN's Brooke Baldwin Takes Tony Perkins To The Woodshed: ‘Why Do Homosexuals Bother You So Much?’
Discussion: American Power and The Raw Story
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
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 Ed Driscoll
Wall Street Journal:
To Get Growth, Shrink the State  —  The best stimulus is a smaller government.  —  Confusion reigns supreme.  The International Monetary Fund told the U.K. this week that it should cut taxes and boost spending while also praising the fiscal consolidation of 2010, which saw a mere 1% cut from public spending.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
A Case Study in Right-Wing Media Malpractice from  —  In breathlessly reporting that President Obama once dressed in colonial garb, the site does nothing to advance the public interest or conservative governance.  —  Conservatives including Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Mitch Daniels …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Federal Judge Rules DOMA, Tax Code Force Unconstitutional Treatment For Same-Sex Couples  —  On Thursday evening, a federal judge in California held that the Defense of Marriage Act and a provision of tax law unconstitutionally limit same-sex couples and domestic partners from participating …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Democrats disagree over who should pay higher tax rates  —  Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) doubling down on a $1 million threshold for extending the Bush-era tax rates has re-launched the thorny Democratic debate over who should pay higher taxes.  —  Despite Pelosi's full-throated endorsement …
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...
JPMorgan Gave Risk Oversight To Museum Head Who Sat On AIG Board  —  The three directors who oversee risk at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) include a museum head who sat on American International Group Inc.'s governance committee in 2008, the grandson of a billionaire and the chief executive officer …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Awl
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
If Michelle Obama could choose: 'I'd be Beyonce'  —  If First lady Michelle Obama could be anyone else, she would be Beyonce.  —  “It looks like musicians just have the most fun,” Obama told People magazine in an interview that hit newsstands on Friday.  —  Obama and the music superstar praised each …
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Once-Hot Economy Is Turning Cold
V. Phani Kumar / MarketWatch:
China manufacturing activity worsens in May: HSBC
Discussion: Conservative Commune and BBC
This Is London:
Jailed: London transport pervert who groped schoolgirls and commuters in month-long spree
Discussion: Guardian
Ronald Brownstein / 2012 Decoded:
Obama's Last Line of Defense
Discussion: Ballot Box and
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Nearly Half Identify as Economically Conservative
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Owen Jones / The Independent:
If socialists really did run the show, working people would benefit
Discussion: normblog
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
New Signs of Global Slowdown
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Rick Perry tests his strength in Texas
Jim Miklaszewski /
New photos of alleged 9-11 mastermind may have been spirited out of ‘Gitmo’