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9:20 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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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 …
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
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Gingrich defends Romney's appearance with Trump
Discussion: askmarion, ABCNEWS and American Thinker
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Doubles Down On Birther Nonsense, Gets Flogged By Wolf Blitzer
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Romney Condemns Obama's Syria Policy
Discussion: Washington Post and Guardian
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Why Won't Mitt Romney Disavow Birther Donald Trump?
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” …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama ‘misspoke’ on ‘Polish death camp,’ spokesman says
Agence France Presse:   Obama Nazi death camp gaffe ‘hurt all Poles’: PM
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
White House: Obama misspoke on ‘Polish death camp’
Discussion: Right Truth and The Other McCain
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 …
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Aaron Walker Arrested for Blogging?  Clearing Some of the Fog Surrounding Today's Litigation  —  Well, partially dispelling.  —  Aaron Walker (aka Worthing) was arrested today in a Maryland courtroom.  Several days ago, convicted bomber and perjurer Brett Kimberlin had obtained a …
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Aaron Walker, Brett Kimberlin, and the Fog of Litigation [see UPDATE at the end]
Dmoynihan / Munsey's Technosnarl:
When Your Honor, This Man Is a Convicted Domestic Terrorist Is Not Enough
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: CNN and Lawrence Person's …
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David Catanese / Politico:
Texas Senate primary: Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst to run-off
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Texas GOP Senate Primary Going to Runoff Between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz
Discussion: Hot Air, Salon and ThinkProgress
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.
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘Nobody Wants to Get Something for Nothing’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Reuters:
GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz  —  Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives - including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November's elections …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
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Ed Andrieski / ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign Mounts New Assault on Romney's Record as Massachusetts Governor
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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Samson Reiny / Reuters:
Obama honors Dylan, other “heroes” for their influence
Discussion: Bookworm Room
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
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 …
Gabriele Steinhauser / Wall Street Journal:
EU Proposes ‘Banking Union’  —  BRUSSELS—The 17 countries that use the euro should consider setting up a “banking union” that allows them to share the burden of bank failures, the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday in a report on the currency union's crisis-fighting efforts.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and 24/7 Wall St.
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
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.
 
 
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
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Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Commerce considers labeling Arab Americans a disadvantaged minority
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Lena Dunham's Looks, the Misogyny of the ‘Girls’ Backlash, and Staying In Your Assigned Story
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