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12:45 PM 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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: Stop letting Mitt Romney off easy  —  Mitt Romney wants the presidential election to be all about Barack Obama.  If the press doesn't start asking Romney some difficult questions about the core arguments upon which his entire presidential candidacy is based, he may very well get his way.
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 and Taylor Marsh
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
In Texas, a rising conservative star takes on the establishment
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
Mike Allen / Politico:
BAIN COUNTERATTACK: ROMNEY TO HIT SPECIFIC STIMULUS GRANTS …
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
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?
Max Pizarro / Politicker NJ:
Booker communications director resigns  —  Anne Torres, communications director for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, is resigning, effective today.  —  Sources say her resignation comes amid internal adminstration strife in the aftermath of Booker's appearance on Meet the Press.
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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Susan Page / USA Today:
Michelle Obama on her garden, her future and the campaign
Leonard N. Fleming / detroitnews.com:
McCotter running as write in  —  Congressman accepts responsibility for not getting on Aug. ballot  —  Admitting there were some irregularities in his signatures to qualify for the ballot, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter said today he is running for re-election to Congress as a write-in candidate.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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Thaddeus McCotter / detroitnews.com:
“You clean up your own mess”
Discussion: CNN and Ballot Box
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
rt.com:
'Allah's enemy!'  Radio host slash-attacked for anti-Islam rant on air  —  Photo from www.radiomayak.ru  —  A radio host has been hospitalized after being cut 15 times by an unidentified criminal.  Two weeks ago the journalist ventured to criticize the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed, on air.
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
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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Wall Street Journal:
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Marco Rubio visits Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
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Judith Lewis Mernit / American Prospect:
The Pro-Life Paradox … DONATE Email Print Send to Instapaper
Discussion: Feministing
Washington Post:
College dropouts have debt but no degree
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Ezra Klein and Eduwonk
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
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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
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