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4:00 AM ET, May 28, 2012

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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
SWATting the Ericksons  —  Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.  —  Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
BREAKING: Bogus Call Sends Police to Home of Kimberlin Critic Erick Erickson  —  He and his family are OK.  He just put up the tweet minutes ago: … I asked him if he was serious and he said yes.  Again, he said that he is OK, though.  After he started writing about Kimberlin …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Brett Kimberlin's Heiress Aunt Helping Fund His Tax-Exempt Harassment  —  Convicted felon Brett Kimberlin is the nephew of a wealthy Maryland woman who has contributed to a foundation that helped fund a 501(c)3 organization of which Kimberlin is the director.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Hayes: I'm ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Military ‘Heroes’  —  Effete: affected, overrefined, and ineffectual; see “Chris Hayes.”  OK, I appended the name of the MSNBC host to the dictionary definition.  But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action …
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Chris Hayes Feels ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Soldiers ‘Heroes’  —  It's Memorial Day weekend, and while many may be marking this occasion as a time for barbecuing with the family, it's also an important time to reflect on the sacrifice of those who lost their lives serving the country.
Discussion: emptywheel and Outside the Beltway
Gatordoug / The Daley Gator:
Chris Hayes epitomizes the definition of educated beyond one's hat size  —  I like to say that people who are, while educated, lacking in real wisdom, are educated beyond their hat size.  What I mean is that they do not possess the ability to apply their education to the real world.
Discussion: The POH Diaries and Pirate's Cove
MiamiHerald.com:
Naked man killed by Police near MacArthur Causeway was ‘eating’ face off victim  —  It was a scene as creepy as a Hannibal Lecter movie.  —  One man was shot to death by Miami police, and another man is fighting for his life after he was attacked, and his face allegedly half eaten …
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CBS Miami:
Miami Police Shoot, Kill Man Eating Another Man's Face
Ynetnews:
Iran confirms sending troops to Syria  —  Islamic Republic admits its forces are aiding Assad's regime in crackdown on pro-democracy protesters; UN's tally of fatalities in Syrian uprising is at 13,000  —  Dudi Cohen  —  The United Nations and human rights groups estimate that over 13,000 people have been killed in
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New York Times:
Syria Denies Responsibility for Massacre Near Homs
Discussion: BBC, CNN, Firedoglake and New York Magazine
Scott Walker / CNN:
Wisconsin recall's a ‘test run,’ DNC chair says  —  Washington (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday classified Democratic efforts in the Wisconsin recall election as a “test run” for the presidential race.  —  “It's given the Obama for America operation …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin recall election: Scott Walker's fate will have November implications
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Kos
Politico:
Mitt Romney not into ‘vision thing’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bobby Bank / ABCNEWS:
George Will Calls Donald Trump a ‘Bloviating Ignoramus’  —  This morning on “This Week,” ABC News' George Will called Donald Trump a “bloviating ignoramus,” questioning why presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is associating with the real estate mogul …
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Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: Cut It Out, Internet Bullies!  —  After Meghan McCain spoke out on TV about the GOP's extremists, Twitter and the blogosphere blew up with personal attacks.  What will it take to stop name-calling and focus on the issues?  —  Last week, I went on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show PoliticsNation …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Disruptions: Facebook Might Have a Smartphone in Its Future  —  Can a software company build its own smartphone?  We may find out soon.  —  This past week, Google completed its acquisition of the hardware maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which could lead to the search giant's making its own smartphone.
 
 
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Ten Years: Ten Thoughts (plus John's)
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Europe's Maquina Infernal has crippled Spain
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
Tracy McVeigh / Guardian:
Afghan women leaving over Taliban fears
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Facebook Illusion
Martin O'Malley / CNN:
Gingrich's presidential advice: Raise money
Discussion: Politico
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Facebook Caliphate  —  So how's that old Arab Spring going?
Discussion: Theo Spark
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
Pentagon has military plans ready to prevent nuclear Iran, says Panetta
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Murray: Lawmakers 'weren't prepared' to deal with veterans' issues
Discussion: Politico
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Lugar not planning ‘active campaign’ in support of Mourdock's Senate bid
Discussion: CNN
Washington Examiner:
Green energy jobs far short of Obama goal
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Nice Deb
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Rudy trashes Mitt with faint praise, cites his own ‘ego’