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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.
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: 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 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
“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
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).
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?
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.
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 /
“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
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: 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
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
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: 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