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10:45 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.
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 /
Romney plays his Trump card  —  First Thoughts: Playing the Trump card  —  Romney plays his Trump card again... But is this a smart card to play?... More Dem handwringing... The Romney camp's pushback on Bain... Primary Day in Texas — watching Romney cross the 1144 magic number …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Wire and Politico
Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Romney event in Las Vegas: $2 million goal, $675,000 pledged
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ThinkProgress
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.
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 …
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
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
In Texas, a rising conservative star takes on the establishment
Will Weissert / Associated Press:   Much-watched Texas US Senate race may need runoff
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Chris Hayes Apologizes For Saying He Feels ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Killed Soldiers ‘Heroes’ (VIDEO)  —  Visit 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
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.
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 …
Marian Burros / New York Times:   Michelle Obama Writes ‘American Grown’
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 …
Romney campaign slams Obama for wasting taxpayer money
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Meet ‘Flame’, The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers  —  Map showing the number and geographical location of Flame infections detected by Kaspersky Lab on customer machines.  Courtesy of Kaspersky  —  A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems …
“We were expecting something to be espionage, we were expecting something to steal credit card numbers …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Kathy Shaidle / PJ Media:
Brett Kimberlin and the Future of Blogbursts … Regular PJ Media readers are all too familiar with Brett Kimberlin, the convicted felon and domestic terrorist turned left-wing sweetheart (not to mention chronic liar, shakedown artist, and serial SLAPP suit litigant).
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 …
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.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama struggles with campaign theme  —  President Obama's campaign has yet to find a clear 2012 reelection slogan that carries the heft of 2008's “Change You Can Believe In,” raising worries among his supporters — and hopes among Republicans — that he is having trouble articulating a concise case for a second term.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Thaddeus McCotter /
“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
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Chris Moody / ABCNEWS:
Marco Rubio visits Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
Discussion: Politico
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
Los Angeles Times:
$55 million for conservative campaigns — but where did it come from?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Offices of Egyptian Candidate, Shafik, Burn
Discussion: Firedoglake
Helen Kennedy / NY Daily News:
Real-life Hannibal Lecter who ate face of naked homeless man identified as Rudy Eugene, 31
Discussion: and Althouse
Wall Street Titans Outearned by Media Czars
Discussion: GraniteGrok
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney's run evokes pride, fear in Mormons
Washington Examiner:
Two books, two standards, for Obama, Bush
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Houla massacre survivor tells how his family were slaughtered
Discussion: US Politics
Debt-Ceiling Deja Vu Could Sink Economy
Discussion: American Prospect
New York Post:
Not worth the debt  —  I've been writing for years about a bubble …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Steve Brusk / Twitchy:
Protester interrupts Senator McCain's speech at Romney Memorial Day event, McCain calls him ‘jerk’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
David Catanese / Politico:
Scott Walker keeps low profile before Wisconsin recall vote
Discussion: and The Page