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12:50 AM ET, May 30, 2012

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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Romney's birth certificate evokes his father's controversy  —  (Reuters) - Finally, there is definitive proof: The presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not.  —  Yes, Republican Mitt Romney appears eligible to be president, according to a copy …
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Donald Trump / CNN:
TRENDING: Blitzer and Trump go at it over Trump's ‘birther’ claims  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump did not back down Tuesday from his questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace, instead arguing heatedly with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that “a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate …
BuzzFeed:
This Is What Mitt Romney's Birth Certificate Looks Like  —  ...in case you were wondering.  The campaign released a copy of it to Reuters the same day Romney planned to appear with noted birther Donald Trump at a Las Vegas fundraiser.  —  McKay Coppins  —  an hour ago  —  11 responses
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney, on His Big Day, Finds Himself Upstaged  —  LAS VEGAS — It was supposed to be a day of triumph for Mitt Romney, when he would at last formally claim the Republican presidential nomination with a victory in the Texas primary.  And Mr. Romney was to focus attention on an aggressive …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Donald Trump takes shot at CNN ratings
Discussion: CNN and The Last Tradition
New York Times:
Nomination His, Romney Steps Up Attack on Obama
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Romney Condemns Obama's Syria Policy
Discussion: Sky Dancing, The Caucus and ParaPundit
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Doubles Down On Birther Nonsense, Gets Flogged By Wolf Blitzer
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
REPORT: Aaron Walker Arrested After Maryland Hearing on Kimberlin Case UPDATE: Walker Now Released  —  UPDATE 6:25 p.m. ET: Sources say that blogger Aaron Walker has been released from custody in Rockville, Maryland.  He was charged with “incitement,” but released on his own recognizance.
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David Hogberg / Capital Hill:
IBD At Kimberlin Hearing: Walker Handcuffed, 1st Amendment Muzzled  —  With all of the attention surrounding Brett Kimberlin, I attended Tuesday's hearing in his “peace order” vs. Aaron Walker in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County.  In the end, the judge granted Kimberlin's peace order …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Aaron Walker, Brett Kimberlin, and the Fog of Litigation [see UPDATE at the end]  —  I've been hearing a lot about the latest phase of this controversy, but it's still hard for me to figure out what is going on.  A Maryland court has issued a “peace order” — basically …
SOOPERMEXICAN:
Judge in Kimberlin Hearing Woefully ignorant of Internet, Twitter
Discussion: An Ex-Con's View
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:   Everyone Blog About Aaron Walker Day Is Right Now
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to ‘Polish Death Camp’  —  Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama's reference earlier to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.  —  “The White House will apologize …
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BuzzFeed:
Poles Demand Obama Apology For “Polish Death Camps” Comment  —  The president referred to “Polish death camps” while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance.  UPDATE: “The President misspoke,” says Vietor.  —  Rosie Gray  —  an hour ago
E.L. / Eastern approaches:
Mind your language  —  FEW things annoy Poles more than being blamed for the crimes committed by the Nazi occupiers of their homeland.  For many years, Polish media, diplomats and politicians have tried to persuade outsiders to stop using the phrase “Polish death camps” …
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Democratic Socialists of America Chair  —  President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.  —  Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
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Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Obama awards Dylan Medal of Freedom, ‘I am a really big fan’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Stubborn Infection, Spread by Insects, Is Called ‘The New AIDS of the Americas’  —  Chagas disease, caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects, has been named “the new AIDS of the Americas” in a lengthy editorial published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Discussion: Jezebel and The Daley Gator
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
NBC Willfully Undermines Chris Hayes With Today Show Segment  —  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  —  I haven't fully weighed in on Chris Hayes' segment from Sunday about the use of concepts like heroism and valor when discussing the US military, and I'm not sure I have to.
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Releases “With Mitt” iPhone App, Misspells “America”  —  In the word of one Democratic operative, it's basically “Mittstagram.”  App allows supporters to overlay pro-Romney text over images and share with friends.  —  Zeke Miller  —  an hour ago  —  22 responses
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
The job of the White House Press Secretary is simple: to answer questions from the press* without actually answering them.  To form aloud words that are assembled into sentences and then stacked up into paragraphs, giving the appearance of communication, but without communicating.
David Smith / Guardian:
Robert Mugabe appointed as UN international envoy for tourism  —  The Zimbabwe president, accused of ethnic cleansing and bankrupting his country, asked to champion tourism  —  With a line-up that includes Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin …
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Edwards put move on gal, 25  —  GREENSBORO, NC — Horndog hubby John Edwards shamelessly hit on comely co-eds just months after his wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer.  —  Edwards, 58, who is on trial on charges of campaign-finance violations, flexed his trial-lawyer charm on pretty Andrea Love …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ted Cruz forces runoff against David Dewhurst in Texas Senate race  —  Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) has forced a runoff election with Texas Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst (R), a victory for the Tea Party candidate against a better-known and much better-funded foe.
Discussion: Lawrence Person's …
Artur Davis / Official Artur Davis:
A Response to Political Rumors  —  While I've gone to great lengths to keep this website a forum for ideas, and not a personal forum, I should say something about the various stories regarding my political future in Virginia, the state that has been my primary home since late December 2010.
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Commerce considers labeling Arab Americans a disadvantaged minority  —  The Commerce Department is considering naming Arab Americans a socially and economically disadvantaged minority group that is eligible for special business assistance.  —  The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee …
William Grimes / New York Times:
Doc Watson, Folk Musician, Dies at 89  —  Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Lena Dunham's Looks, the Misogyny of the ‘Girls’ Backlash, and Staying In Your Assigned Story  —  In a much-circulated comment in a thread about this week's episode of Girls, the AV Club's Todd VanDerWerff, in response to a commenter declaring that Lena Dunham needs to be funnier …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama safe in Michigan  —  Barack Obama won't have to worry too much about holding Michigan for the Democrats this fall- he leads Mitt Romney 53-39 there, a lead little changed from PPP's last poll of the state in February when his advantage was 54-38.  —  Romney just doesn't have much of a home field advantage in the state.
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Dining Out on Dubious Identity
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
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Terry Frieden / CNN:
Organizations urge Boehner not to vote contempt against AG
NationalJournal.com:
A ‘Military Vote’ That Doesn't Really Exist
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“You clean up your own mess”
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Craig Pittman / Tampa Bay Times:
Wetlands expert suspended by DEP after she refuses to approve permit
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
The Twitter account for “Attack Watch,” the combative …
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New York Times:
Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama's Principles and Will