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11:40 AM ET, May 29, 2012

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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 …
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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.
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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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
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Reuters:
New Sarah Palin approach; better results
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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?
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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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’
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Telegraph:
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 …
William Douglas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congressional Black Caucus rallies preachers to tackle voter-ID laws  —  WASHINGTON — The Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson longs for the old days, when all it took was Sunday sermons by African-American ministers to fire up their flocks to get registered and vote in local, state and federal elections.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans to Arm Italy's Drones
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
College transcripts replace birth certificate for Obama detractors
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Daily Beast:
Drones: How Obama Learned to Kill
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris Moody / ABCNEWS:
Marco Rubio visits Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Titans Outearned by Media Czars
Discussion: GraniteGrok
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney's run evokes pride, fear in Mormons
Discussion: Politico
Washington Examiner:
Two books, two standards, for Obama, Bush