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11:55 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.
First Read / msnbc.com:
Romney plays his Trump card
Discussion: BuzzFeed, CNN and Associated Press
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
In Texas, a rising conservative star takes on the establishment  —  (CBS News) Hoping to build on momentum from Richard Mourdock's Tea Party-driven victory over Richard Lugar in the Indiana Senate primary earlier this month, the Tea Party is setting its sights on another possible win Tuesday, this time in Texas.
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Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Reuters:
New Sarah Palin approach; better results  —  Everyone has wondered who the Sarah Palin of 2012 would be.  The answer is...Sarah Palin.  —  Palin's star power faded along with that of the other conservative Mitt Romney alternatives and her media presence has dwindled.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Reuters:
New Sarah Palin approach; better results
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ruben Navarrette Jr. / CNN:
GOP's problem with Latinos — as big as Texas
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:   Texas Primary: What to Watch
New York Times:
Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama's Principles and Will  —  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.
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The Daily Beast:
Drones: How Obama Learned to Kill
Discussion: Mediaite
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Pro-life group's hidden camera footage shows complicity in ‘sex-selective’ abortions  —  Live Action says Planned Parenthood and other U.S. abortion providers are willing to assist in the termination of baby girls for pregnant women who choose abortion because they want to have baby boys.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
New Live Action video shows Planned Parenthood encouraging gender-selective abortion, Medicaid fraud  —  Want to see a real war on women?  Not one defined by the opposition to the imposition of a Hubby State and subsidies, but one in which women of the future are systematically eliminated?
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 …
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
Michelle Obama sponsors Navy's first submarine with all-female crew  —  The USS Illinois, the first Navy submarine to be staffed by an all-female crew, received the support of the White House on Memorial Day.  —  On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama officially sponsored the Virginia-class submarine …
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Marian Burros / New York Times:
Michelle Obama Writes ‘American Grown’
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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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Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Real-life Hannibal Lecter who ate face of naked homeless man identified as Rudy Eugene, 31  —  Cannibal was gunned down by cops during grisly crime  —  Rudy Eugene in an undated mug shot.  —  This is the face of the naked homeless man who was gunned down by a Miami cop while eating the face of another nude man.
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 …
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 …
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
Thaddeus McCotter / detroitnews.com:
“You clean up your own mess”  —  Why I will run a write-in primary campaign  —  Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," John Lennon mused.  How right he was.  —  Last Friday, shortly before a Memorial Day weekend wreath-laying commemorating and honoring …
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
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 …
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Roll Call - The Newspaper of Capitol Hill Since 1955 At the Races  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — Ron Barber, the Democrat running to succeed ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, remains noncommittal on whether he would vote for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to lead his party after the November elections.
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
College transcripts replace birth certificate for Obama detractors  —  President Obama smiles after he was presented with the Barnard Medal of Distinction by Barnard College President Debora Spar during the school's commencement ceremonies in New York City.  (Nganmandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images / May 14, 2012)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Dewey & LeBoeuf Files for Bankruptcy
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Role of Uncle Sam
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congressional Black Caucus rallies preachers to tackle voter-ID laws
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans to Arm Italy's Drones
msnbc.com:
Statement from Chris Hayes
Reza Kahlili / The Daily Caller:
Iran leaders hint at missile attacks against US bases, call for end to nuclear negotiations
Michael Ross / National Post:
Michael Ross: Robert Mugabe named ‘international tourism ambassador’ in latest UN absurdity
Discussion: normblog
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
$55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney's run evokes pride, fear in Mormons
Telegraph:
US special forces ‘parachuted into North Korea’
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
Washington Examiner:
Two books, two standards, for Obama, Bush
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama struggles with campaign theme
Discussion: The Daily Caller