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4:40 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.
KIMBERLIN FUNDERS STUNNED TO DISCOVER THEY FUND KIMBERLIN  —  A Breitbart News investigation has revealed that many of the funders of the Justice Through Music Project (JTMP), a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization of which convicted “Speedway bomber” Brett Kimberlin is a director, do not know about his criminal past.
Tiffany Gabbay /
MEET SOROS-FUNDED DOMESTIC TERRORIST BRETT KIMBERLIN WHOSE ‘JOB’ IS TERRORIZING BLOGGERS INTO SILENCE  — Drug dealer, alleged child molester, and convicted perjurer, forger and Indiana Speedway Bomber (who is also believed to have played a role in the assassination of a grandmother) …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Robert Stacy McCain About Brett Kimberlin  —  Robert Stacy McCain, who blogs at RWN on occasion, has become a story himself this week.  After reporting on “Speedway Bomber” Brett Kimberlin, Stacy announced to the world that Kimberlin had been in touch with his wife's employer …
Washington Examiner:
How to kill the First Amendment  —  Fox News' Roger Ailes …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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 …
Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’  —  Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama never tried to say he didn't inhale.  —  In his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father,” Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Seuss wrote about eating green eggs and ham.  As a high school kid, Obama wrote …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   Obama's high school pot-smoking detailed in Maraniss book
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.
Des Moines Register:
Obama pokes fun at Romney in Iowa
Discussion: Althouse
Obama stumbles out of the gate
Discussion: The New Republic and Swampland
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 …
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Unions angry with Democrats over lack of help in Wisconsin governor's 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 …
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 …
John Edwards / ABCNEWS:
Female Juror Flirts With John Edwards  —  Here's a riddle: What comes in group of four and is the color of French's Mustard?  —  After a week of deliberations, the four alternate jurors have become the prime distraction for the assembled press corps and spectators in the courtroom.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The facts about the growth of spending under Obama  —  (Carolyn Kaster/AP) “I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out; do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration.  I think doing so is a sign of sloth and laziness.”
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney's New BFF: Donald Trump  —  Forget Clooney for Obama.  Team Romney now has a Trump fundraiser, a Trump super PAC, and a former presidential aspirant who won't stop talking about where the president was born.  —  First things first: Donald Trump is delighted that Mitt Romney …
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 …
Washington Post:
In this poll:  —  The political risks of extended joblessness in the country and the financial stresses felt by many Americans are becoming clearer in President Obama's bid for another four-year term.  White voters hit by job loss over the past few years — either themselves …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and CNN
Robert Wargas / PJ Media:
Please, Please, Please Call Me a Racist™ … Hello.  My name is Robert Wargas and I am a Racist™.  —  No, not that kind of racist: not the kind that, you know, actually dislikes people of other races.  I don't have no hate literature on my shelves, if that's what you think …
John Gonzalez / WJLA-TV:
Trayvon Martin Day declared at D.C. elementary school  —  We may never know exactly how or why young Trayvon Martin was killed that dark February night in Sanford, Fla., but the slaying which has provoked nationwide protests has now prompted something even more unique nearly 900 miles away.
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.
Alan Boyle /
SpaceX's Dragon craft makes historic hookup with space station  —  The robotic arm aboard the International Space Station successfully grabs SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule, marking a new chapter in space exploration.  NBC's Mark Barger reports.  —  Follow @b0yle
Manuela D'Alessandro / Reuters:
Berlusconi party girl says masqueraded as Obama  —  (Reuters) - One of the young women who attended Silvio Berlusconi's “bunga bunga” parties told a court on Friday that she dressed up as a burlesque version of U.S. President Barack Obama to entertain the former Italian prime minister.
Discussion: New York Magazine and
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Professionals Pick Obama; Execs and Business Owners, Romney
Discussion: Firedoglake and ABCNEWS
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Common Sense: Replacements Limited's Stand for Gay Marriage Draws Repercussions
Mel Spencer /
Fully-recognised civil unions in Brazil are one step closer
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Kerry Says Romney ‘Naive’ To Call Russia Foe Of U.S.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
Francisco Vara-Orta /
Students will be tracked via chips in IDs
Michael G. Franc / National Review:
Is the Constitution a Republican Plot?
 Earlier Items: 
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
If Michelle Obama could choose: 'I'd be Beyonce'
JPMorgan Gave Risk Oversight To Museum Head Who Sat On AIG Board
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Awl
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Nearly Half Identify as Economically Conservative
Wall Street Journal:
To Get Growth, Shrink the State
Discussion: Hit & Run
Investor's Business Daily:
Scooter Obama Outs Navy SEAL Team 6 Leader For Movie
Discussion: The Mental Recession
Washington Post:
Romney campaign begins quiet push for African American voters