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10:30 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  —  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: BuzzFeed, CNN and Washington Wire
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 …
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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Wired:
“We were expecting something to be espionage, we were expecting something to steal credit card numbers …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Dave Lee / BBC:
Flame: Massive cyber-attack discovered, researchers say
Discussion: DAWN.COM
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 …
Discussion: The Agonist and Politicker
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CNN:
Romney campaign slams Obama for wasting taxpayer money
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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).
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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?
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Pro-life group's hidden camera footage shows complicity in ‘sex-selective’ abortions
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 …
Marian Burros / New York Times:
Michelle Obama Writes ‘American Grown’  —  Every so often, a flash of Michelle Obama's humor comes through in her otherwise serious book about the White House garden and her campaign against childhood obesity, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” which goes on sale Tuesday.
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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 and Left Coast Rebel
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
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 …
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney's run evokes pride, fear in Mormons  —  Anxious how faith will be perceived on grand political stage  —  Bryan and Jenny Hamblin played with their daughter Lily, 4, and son Tennyson, 1, at their home in Ogden, Utah.  (Erin Hooley for The Boston Globe)
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com and Althouse
 
 
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Michael Ross / National Post:
Michael Ross: Robert Mugabe named ‘international tourism ambassador’ in latest UN absurdity
Discussion: normblog
Holly Robichaud / Boston Herald:
Dem mutiny could sink Elizabeth Warren's run
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
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Titans Outearned by Media Czars
Discussion: GraniteGrok
Washington Examiner:
Two books, two standards, for Obama, Bush
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Houla massacre survivor tells how his family were slaughtered
Discussion: US Politics
Bloomberg:
Debt-Ceiling Deja Vu Could Sink Economy
Discussion: American Prospect
 Earlier Items: 
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama struggles with campaign theme
Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Red Alert: Don't Confirm Allison Macfarlane as NRC Head
New York Post:
Not worth the debt  —  I've been writing for years about a bubble …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:
Syrian rebel leader to Haaretz: Assad's opposition will secure chemical weapons
Discussion: Guardian
Steve Brusk / Twitchy:
Protester interrupts Senator McCain's speech at Romney Memorial Day event, McCain calls him ‘jerk’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Spain's Rajoy fights losing battle to stave off EU rescue
Discussion: Guardian
David Catanese / Politico:
Scott Walker keeps low profile before Wisconsin recall vote
Discussion: americanthinker.com and The Page
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Global warming skeptics as knowledgeable about science as climate change believers, study says
Discussion: Wintery Knight and Weasel Zippers