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9:20 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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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.
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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Romney's pants on fire  —  There are those who tell the truth.  There are those who distort the truth.  And then there's Mitt Romney.  —  Every political campaign exaggerates and dissembles.  This practice may not be admirable — it's surely one reason so many Americans are disenchanted with politics …
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Mike Allen / Politico:
Mitt Romney camp to attack the stimulus  —  Mitt Romney's campaign events and the firepower of American Crossroads will both focus this week on President Barack Obama's jobs record as a way to fight off charges about the Republican candidate's private-sector experience, with a Romney aide attacking …
Discussion: The Reaction
CNN:
Romney campaign slams Obama for wasting taxpayer money
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Bain Attacks Could Backfire
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Moe Lane
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.
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Wired:
“We were expecting something to be espionage, we were expecting something to steal credit card numbers …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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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: Reuters and Left Coast Rebel
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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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 …
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
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.
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
 
 
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama struggles with campaign theme
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
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Global warming skeptics as knowledgeable about science as climate change believers, study says
Discussion: Wintery Knight and Weasel Zippers
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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, JustOneMinute and CNN
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