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9:00 PM ET, May 30, 2012

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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Obama ... Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President’  —  President Obama met yesterday with “about 20 Conservative Jewish community leaders, thanking them for the work they do to improve communities around the country and discussed their shared commitment to rebuilding the U.S. economy,” Haaretz reports.
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David Frum / david-frum:
It Wasn't a “Gaffe”  —  President Obama just slapped in the face one of America's closest allies in Europe.  I'm looking for comment in the American media, and I find ... wire stories reporting a spokesman's apology for the president's “misstatement”?  —  The president intended to honor Jan Karski …
Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Obama awards rock icon Bob Dylan highest Presidential honor  —  Several members of Jewish community among those awarded the Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama.  —  U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to musician Bob Dylan during a ceremony on May 29, 2012 in White House in Washington.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Barack Obama—Friend of Jews, Scholar of Judaism
Associated Press:
Poles outraged over Obama's words on death camps
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony
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Justin Berrier / Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends Drops The Veil, Produces Four-Minute Anti-Obama Attack Ad  —  While Fox & Friends has long been a home for some of the most vicious, misleading, petty, and dishonest attacks on President Obama, they crossed a new ethical line today by producing and airing what is essentially a four-minute anti-Obama attack ad.
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political  —  Morning show opens with hardcore attack ad presented as fact-check feature  —  With Mitt Romney now officially President Obama's opponent, it truly appears to be game on at the Fox News channel — at least, if this morning's “Fox & Friends” is any indication.
Oliver Willis / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Anti-Obama Attack Ad Is Nearly $100,000 In Free Advertising For GOP
Discussion: Nice Deb and Gothamist
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leads Barrett in Wisconsin recall  —  Milwaukee, Wis. - A new Marquette Law School poll finds Governor Scott Walker with 52 percent to Mayor Tom Barrett with 45 percent among 600 likely voters in next week's recall election.  That lead falls slightly short of statistical significance.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dem poll: Walker recall battle is a dead heat  —  Many Washington pundits have declared the battle to recall Scott Walker all but over, and at least one public poll has shown Walker with a five point lead.  This has created a problem for labor and Dems, who worry that impressions that the race …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Romney campaign's surreal arguments about the economy  —  You really couldn't make this one up if you tried.  —  The Romney campaign is out with a new press release blasting Obama for presiding over a “net” loss in jobs.  As I've been saying far too often, this metric is bogus …
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Tim Hanrahan / Washington Wire:
‘Justice for Sale’ Keeps Top Ad Spot
Discussion: Politico
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Romney: Not gonna play repudiation game  —  Mitt Romney's refusal to repudiate Donald Trump sends a signal, both to Democrats and the voting public: With the nation's future at stake in this November's election, Romney will not accommodate calls that he disown supporters who make ill-considered …
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Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Reuters:
GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Romney Rebounds Among Women, While Obama's Favorability Slips  —  A sharp advance among women has boosted Mitt Romney to his highest favorability rating of the presidential campaign - albeit still an unusually weak one - while Barack Obama's personal popularity has slipped in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Hundreds of Cherokees form new group to challenge Elizabeth Warren  —  A new group of over 150 Cherokees and growing has formed with the purpose of forcing Elizabeth Warren to give up her false claim to Cherokee heritage.  —  The group has a new blog, Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren, and corresponding Facebook page:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Schumer calls for federal review of grill brush safety, possible recall  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review whether metal grill brushes are safe for consumer use …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
ARTUR DAVIS, FORMER BLACK CAUCUS MEMBER, SWITCHES TO GOP  —  Artur Davis was first elected to Congress from Alabama in 2002.  The Harvard Law School grad was quickly tapped as a rising star among Democrats.  He became a Senior Whip for the caucus, co-chair the New Democrat Coalition …
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Jim Romenesko:
AP wants to get prostitutes away from its DC bureau  —  The Associated Press is trying to get its Washington, DC bureau designated a “prostitution free zone.”  —  THE MEMO:  —  From: Tobias, Ed  —  Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 08:58 AM  —  To: !  All WDC Staff  —  Subject: Prostitutes on 13th Street
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Allen West challenges MSNBC's Hayes  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is offering up a punishment of sorts for MSNBC host Chris Hayes.  —  Hayes found himself in hot water this weekend when he said he felt “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes” - remarks for which he later apologized.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Economically, Obama Is No Jimmy Carter  —  President Obama faces re-election amid a mixed and mediocre set of economic indicators.  While there has been some improvement in the economy, most major indicators still show below-average growth.  —  The most instructive comparisons for Mr. Obama might …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
CBO: Obama stimulus may have cost as much as $4.1 million a job  —  The Congressional Budget Office in a new report: … OK, so without the stimulus, there would be anywhere from 200,000 to 1.5 million fewer people employed right now?  That means the current cost-per-job created is somewhere between $4.1 million and $540,000.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
E.J. Dionne's self-refuting shot at Mitt Romney  —  In a previous post, I commented on a piece in which E.J. Dionne argues that contemporary conservatism has abandoned the most attractive features of the traditional conservative movement.  I tried to show that Dionne's thesis is based …
Investor's Business Daily:
A No Confidence Vote For Obamanomics  —  Economy: Consumer confidence took a “surprise” tumble in May, as home prices hit 10-year lows.  Tell us again why economists keep calling bad economic news about Obama's so-called recovery “unexpected”?  —  Analysts had predicted …
Julia Duin / Washington Post:
Serpent-handling pastor profiled earlier in Washington Post dies from rattlesnake bite  —  Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Raw Story and TheBlaze.com
Phil LeBeau / Behind the Wheel:
Auto Jobs: Sign of the Times  —  It should not come as a surprise with unemployment over 8% that good paying jobs in manufacturing are harder than ever to land.  —  At the Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama more than 20,000 people have applied for one of the 877 job openings.
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Senate Republicans Signal Big Shift On ‘Obamacare’  —  Senate Republicans are echoing the House GOP's shift in favor of some of the more popular “Obamacare” provisions, a sign that the party is uniting behind the strategy ahead of the election.  —  With a Supreme Court decision …
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
Spain scuttles clean-energy subsidies; promptly watches the industry go down like a sinking ship  —  Serious question, greenies: is a nation justified in completely running its economy into the ground, with all of the hardship and heartache that ensues, if it's all for the sake of instilling …
WRTV-TV:
Church Under Fire For Video Of Boy's Anti-Gay Song  —  Boy Sings 'Ain't No Homo Gonna Make It To Heaven'  —  GREENSBURG, Ind. — Editor's Note: The video associated with this story contains language some may consider offensive.  —  A Greensburg church is under fire after a video …
Karen McMahan / JLF > CJ Exclusive:
EPA Agents, Police Officer Interrogate Asheville Emailer  —  Computer consultant tried to contact controversial official after ‘crucify’ remarks  —  RALEIGH — An Asheville businessman is left with more questions than answers after a May 2 visit to his home by two armed special agents …
Discussion: RedState and Conservative Commune
 
 
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Erik Oginski / CBS Los Angeles:
Son Of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs Awarded Full Scholarship To UCLA
Discussion: Rhymes With Right
ABCNEWS:
Illinois State Rep. Goes Berserk in Epic Rant
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Sierra Clubs Natural Gas
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Judge Defends Sentence Imposed on Ex-Rutgers Student
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Mythical Backlashes and Specious Explanations
Seth / GLAAD:
Zach Wahls delivers 275,000 signatures to Boy Scouts calling for end to anti-gay policies
 Earlier Items: 
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Sharpton And Alleged Trafficker Peddled TV Show
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
BuzzFeed:
New Tumblr Lampoons Romney Campaign's iPhone App For Misspelling “America”
Discussion: Naked DC
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama's ‘To-Do’ List Finds Few Takers
Discussion: Hot Air and The TrogloPundit
Chris Edwards / Cato Institute:
We Can Cut Government: Canada Did
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
Downstate Lawmaker Screams, Throws Papers Over Pension Reform Bill