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8:55 AM ET, May 29, 2012

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Donald Trump / CNN:
Romney doesn't back away from ‘birther’ Trump  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney said Monday he wasn't concerned about Donald Trump's commitment to the “birther” conspiracy, one day before the GOP presidential candidate hosts a fund-raiser alongside the celebrity business magnate.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney to officially clinch Republican nomination Tuesday  —  For so long, he was the putative front-runner, the nominal front-runner, the weak front-runner.  Then he became the all-but-certain nominee.  And by Tuesday night, he'll be able to ditch those modifiers.
ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Says He Needs Donald Trump's Support Despite Views on Obama's Birth Certificate  —  Mitt Romney did not distance himself from Donald Trump today, despite the reality TV and real estate mogul's continued skepticism about President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
CNN:
Romney campaign slams Obama for wasting taxpayer money  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is criticizing President Barack Obama for what it says is his giving away of “billions of taxpayer dollars to companies that later failed, including companies that were run by Democrat donors.”
Discussion: Politico and BuzzFeed
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Romney's pants on fire
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Chris Hayes Apologizes For Saying He Feels ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Killed Soldiers ‘Heroes’ (VIDEO)  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy … FOLLOW:  —  MSNBC, Video, Chris Hayes, Memorial Day, Chris Hayes Heroes, Chris Hayes Soldiers, Chris Hayes Uncomfortable, Media News
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Somebody Tell Nina Totenberg Her Buddy Brett Kimberlin Is Making News Again … FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION  —  In the fall of 1988, when convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin was still locked up in federal prison and claiming to have sold dope to GOP vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle …
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New York Times:
A Measure of Change: Obama's Leadership in War on Al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON — This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties.  The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout.  Several were Americans.
Raymond Ibrahim / Gatestone Institute:
Saudis Demand Punishment for McDonald's Toy They Say “Insults Muhammed” … Saudi Arabians are angry at a McDonald's toy which they say mocks their prophet Muhammad.  According to a report appearing today (5/27/12) on the Arabic news website, Kermalkom.com, the McDonald's fast food restaurant …
Marian Burros / New York Times:
Michelle Obama Writes ‘American Grown’  —  Every so often, a flash of Michelle Obama's humor comes through in her otherwise serious book about the White House garden and her campaign against childhood obesity, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” which goes on sale Tuesday.
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Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Extended Federal Unemployment Benefits Begin to Wind Down  —  Hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Americans are receiving their final unemployment checks sooner than they expected, even though Congress renewed extended benefits until the end of the year.  —  The checks are stopping …
Discussion: The Page
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Texas Primary: What to Watch  —  Everything's bigger in Texas, and today's state and presidential primary is no exception.  —  Mitt Romney is expected to reach (and surpass) 1,144 delegates tonight-the magic delegate number needed to officially win the GOP nomination.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
New York Post:
Not worth the debt  —  I've been writing for years about a bubble in higher education: too much demand, causing sky-high prices — all because of cheap government money, much like the housing bubble.  Now those warnings have become conventional wisdom — so conventional that they've reached The New York Times and even 60 Minutes.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
David Catanese / Politico:
Scott Walker keeps low profile before Wisconsin recall vote  —  MILWAUKEE — With a slim lead in the polls and just a week to go until the June 5 recall election, Scott Walker isn't taking any chances.  —  The Wisconsin governor is running under the radar in an attempt to freeze the race …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and The Page
Barack Obama / Stars & Stripes:
Keeping faith with Vietnam veterans  —  Today, all across America, we're coming together to remember our men and women in uniform who gave their lives so that we could live free.  In town squares and national cemeteries, in moments of quiet reflection and parades down city streets …
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama honors troops, says ‘dark cloud’ from decade of war is lifting
 
 
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Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Red Alert: Don't Confirm Allison Macfarlane as NRC Head
Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
Syrian rebel leader to Haaretz: Assad's opposition will secure chemical weapons
Discussion: Guardian
Steve Brusk / Twitchy:
Protester interrupts Senator McCain's speech at Romney Memorial Day event, McCain calls him ‘jerk’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Egyptian protesters set fire to headquarters of Hosni Mubarak's presidential candidate
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Spain's Rajoy fights losing battle to stave off EU rescue
Discussion: Guardian
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Bain Attacks Could Backfire
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Moe Lane
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Global warming skeptics as knowledgeable about science as climate change believers, study says
Discussion: Wintery Knight and Weasel Zippers
Nat Ives / AdAge:
What Print Cuts at Times-Picayune Mean for Papers
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Tommy Wilkes / Reuters:
Star bank traders struggle to shine with own funds
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Yemen: US drone strike kills 5 militants
Paula Hancocks / CNN:
Defectors describe horror, heartbreak in North Korea's labor camps
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Political Memo: Campaigning Tests Obama's Staying Power
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and JustOneMinute
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Barney Frank Tells Black Degree Recipient He Hopes “No One Will Shoot At You” For Wearing A “Hoodie”
Discussion: Mediaite
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
New York Has Some Prisons to Sell You
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Humans Are Not Like Slowly Boiling Frogs ... We Are Like Slowly Boiling Brainless Frogs
WSVN-TV:
New details emerge in causeway police involved shooting
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com and The Raw Story