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9:35 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.
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 Agonist and Politicker
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: BuzzFeed
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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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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Dave Lee / BBC:
Flame: Massive cyber-attack discovered, researchers say
Discussion: DAWN.COM
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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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 …
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 …
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
Telegraph:
US special forces ‘parachuted into North Korea’  —  US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, according to a senior US officer.  —  US and South Korean forces work closely together
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
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Paula Hancocks / CNN:   Defectors describe horror, heartbreak in North Korea's labor camps
Bloomberg:
Debt-Ceiling Deja Vu Could Sink Economy  —  Europe is crumbling.  China is slowing.  The Federal Reserve is dithering.  Yet the biggest threat to the emerging U.S. economic recovery may be Congress.  —  John Boehner, the leader of the House Republicans, has promised yet another fight …
Discussion: American Prospect
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
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.
 
 
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Washington Examiner:
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Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Houla massacre survivor tells how his family were slaughtered
Discussion: US Politics
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Catanese / Politico:
Scott Walker keeps low profile before Wisconsin recall vote
Discussion: americanthinker.com and The Page
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
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
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Barney Frank Tells Black Degree Recipient He Hopes “No One Will Shoot At You” For Wearing A “Hoodie”
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Humans Are Not Like Slowly Boiling Frogs ... We Are Like Slowly Boiling Brainless Frogs