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7:25 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, msnbc.com and ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Nomination His, Romney Steps Up Attack on Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, having initially weathered the first sustained general election attack, is entering a critical 90-day stretch to the Republican convention on relatively equal footing with the White House and is unleashing …
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
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's losing gamble on Donald Trump
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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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.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Aaron Walker Arrested for Blogging? Clearing Some of the Fog Surrounding Today's Litigation
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Aaron Walker, Brett Kimberlin, and the Fog of Litigation [see UPDATE at the end]
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Everyone Blog About Aaron Walker Day Is Right Now
Discussion: That Innocuous Girl
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Anger Over Obama ‘Death Camp’ Comment  —  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 for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted.
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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” …
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
Fox News:
White House defends drone attacks, ‘kill list’
Discussion: Firedoglake, msnbc.com and TBIJ
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
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 …
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David Catanese / Politico:
Texas Senate primary: Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst to run-off
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Texas GOP Senate Primary Going to Runoff Between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz
Discussion: Hot Air, Salon and ThinkProgress
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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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
In Defense of Chris Hayes
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 …
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
Erik Kain / Mother Jones:
Mitt Romney Wants the Biggest Military Ever, Regardless of Cost  —  Mitt Romney wants a bigger government, so long as its the kind with more guns and fewer social programs.  —  “We have two courses we can follow: One is to follow in the pathway of Europe, to shrink our military smaller …
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NationalJournal.com:
A ‘Military Vote’ That Doesn't Really Exist
Discussion: Politicaljunkie Mom
 
 
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