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10:20 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.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Robert Stacy McCain About Brett Kimberlin
Tiffany Gabbay /
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: JustOneMinute and Hit & Run
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 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / Univision News Tumblr:
Democrat compares Romney's “Latino problem” to alcoholism
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall: DNC's Debbie Wasserman Schultz sees no national impact if Democrats lose  —  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Friday that if Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) doesn't prevail over Gov. Scott Walker (R) in next month's Wisconsin recall election …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz: ‘Not at all’ rethinking Bain attacks on Romney
Discussion: Reuters
Caroline Horn / CBS News:
Romney camp stands by decision to appear with Trump after latest birther comments  —  (CBS News) Mitt Romney's campaign stood by its decision to use Donald Trump as a top surrogate even as the reality television host continues to insist President Obama was not born in the United States.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney's New BFF: Donald Trump
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump on Romney: 'He'd Buy Companies, He'd Close Companies, He'd Get Rid Of Jobs'
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.
CBS Baltimore:
Flash Mob Steals From Baltimore 7-Eleven; Beats Store Manager Who Tries To Stop Them  —  BALTIMORE (WJZ)- Another mob of juveniles causes problems in downtown Baltimore.  This time, it happens inside a 7-Eleven where dozens of kids came for free Slurpees but ended up stealing much more.
Discussion: and Belmont Club
Jon Lovett / The Atlantic Online:
The Brash Hypocrisy of Lanny Davis  —  Why this Washington superlobbyist represents all that is wrong with politics today  —  Guys, we need to talk about Lanny Davis.  Let me update you on what you've missed:  —  First, Lanny Davis spent the last decade or so selling influence in Washington …
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 …
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
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Porn stars: Clinton called us over  —  In a giggly interview with TMZ, the adult films stars photographed with Bill Clinton at a fundraising gala in Monaco on Wednesday explained how they met the former president.  —  “He kind of was looking over at us every once in awhile.  And we're huge, psycho fans of Bill.
Discussion: Power Line, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Jack Kelly / Real Clear Politics:
Obama Is Not That Bright  —  Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008.  —  “So what is his IQ?”  Mr. Imus asked.  Mr. Beschloss didn't know.  He was just assuming.
Discussion: Bookworm Room
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
5 Reasons China Might Already Be in a Recession  —  Beneath the headlines of 8 percent growth, China's economy is grinding to a halt.  It's time to worry.  —  China is a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma stuffed in a black box of economic data.
Discussion: Bloomberg
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
A Company's Stand for Gay Marriage, and Its Cost  —  In the months leading up to North Carolina's vote this month to ban gay marriage, most of the state's business leaders were conspicuously silent.  While some executives spoke out against it as individuals, not one Fortune 500 company based …
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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Jean Eaglesham / Wall Street Journal:
Investigators Seek More Firepower
Discussion: naked capitalism and Firedoglake
New York Times:
In Spain, Bank Transfers Reflect Broader Fears
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Professionals Pick Obama; Execs and Business Owners, Romney
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Firedoglake
Mel Spencer /
Fully-recognised civil unions in Brazil are one step closer
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
In this poll:  —  The political risks of extended joblessness …
Discussion: Hot Air, Firedoglake, Daily Kos and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Francisco Vara-Orta /
Students will be tracked via chips in IDs
Michael G. Franc / National Review:
Is the Constitution a Republican Plot?
Robert Wargas / PJ Media:
Please, Please, Please Call Me a Racist™
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Explaining the sudden shift on gay marriage among African Americans
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The facts about the growth of spending under Obama
Investor's Business Daily:
Scooter Obama Outs Navy SEAL Team 6 Leader For Movie
Discussion: The Mental Recession