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11:40 AM ET, May 30, 2012

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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Romney's birth certificate evokes his father's controversy  —  (Reuters) - Finally, there is definitive proof: The presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not.  —  Yes, Republican Mitt Romney appears eligible to be president, according to a copy …
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Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Reuters:
GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz  —  Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives - including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November's elections …
Ed Andrieski / ABCNEWS:
Obama Campaign Mounts New Assault on Romney's Record as Massachusetts Governor  —  The Obama campaign is opening a new front in its war against GOP rival Mitt Romney, ABC News has learned, with planned attacks to begin this week on Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts and the campaign promises Democrats say he left unfulfilled.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney, on His Big Day, Finds Himself Upstaged
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Planned Parenthood Ads to Target Romney
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Romney: Not gonna play repudiation game
First Read / msnbc.com:
The first place for news and analysis from the NBC News Political Unit. Follow us on Twitter.
Donald Trump / CNN:
TRENDING: Blitzer and Trump go at it over Trump's ‘birther’ claims
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to ‘Polish Death Camp’  —  Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outrage today at President Obama's reference earlier to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland.  —  “The White House will apologize …
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premier.gov.pl:
Prime Minister Donald Tusk's statement on the words of United States President Barack Obama  —  The words uttered yesterday by the President of the United States Barack Obama concerning “Polish death camps” touched all Poles.  We always react in the same way when ignorance, lack of knowledge …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Weasel Zippers and msnbc.com
Agence France Presse:
Obama Nazi death camp gaffe ‘hurt all Poles’: PM  —  Poland's prime minister said Wednesday that remarks by President Barack Obama erroneously identifying a Nazi death camp as Polish had hurt all Poles and he expected more from the US than “regret”.  —  “I am convinced that our American friends …
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Democratic Socialists of America Chair  —  President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.  —  Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
BuzzFeed:
Poles Demand Obama Apology For “Polish Death Camps” Comment
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama ‘misspoke’ on ‘Polish death camp,’ spokesman says
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Barack Obama has insulted 38 million Poles with his crass and ignorant ‘Polish death camp’ remark
premier.gov.pl:
Prime Minister on President Obama's speech
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
White House: Obama misspoke on ‘Polish death camp’
Discussion: Right Truth and The Other McCain
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony
Patterico's Pontifications:
Aaron Walker Arrested for Blogging?  Clearing Some of the Fog Surrounding Today's Litigation  —  Well, partially dispelling.  —  Aaron Walker (aka Worthing) was arrested today in a Maryland courtroom.  Several days ago, convicted bomber and perjurer Brett Kimberlin had obtained a …
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David Hogberg / Capital Hill:
IBD At Kimberlin Hearing: Walker Handcuffed, 1st Amendment Muzzled  —  With all of the attention surrounding Brett Kimberlin, I attended Tuesday's hearing in his “peace order” vs. Aaron Walker in the District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County.  In the end, the judge granted Kimberlin's peace order …
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 …
David Catanese / Politico:
Texas Senate primary: Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst to run-off  —  The Texas Senate race will go another round.  —  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst failed to capture the 50 percent necessary to win the Republican nomination Tuesday, forcing him into an unpredictable nine week run-off campaign …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ted Cruz forces runoff against David Dewhurst in Texas Senate race
Discussion: Lawrence Person's …
Artur Davis / Official Artur Davis:
A Response to Political Rumors  —  While I've gone to great lengths to keep this website a forum for ideas, and not a personal forum, I should say something about the various stories regarding my political future in Virginia, the state that has been my primary home since late December 2010.
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Penn. Democratic leader defects to GOP, cites Catholic faith as reason
Discussion: Moe Lane and 2.0: The Blogmocracy
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
In Florida, Scott Administration Vows To Accelerate Voter Purge: ‘There Will Be More Names’  —  The massive voter purge order by Governor Rick Scott in Florida has been plagued with errors, resulting in election officials notifying hundreds of eligible U.S. citizens that they are ineligible to vote.
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Amy Sherman / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Democrats say Gov. Rick Scott leading ‘misguided’ effort to purge voters from state rolls
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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 …
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Washington Examiner:
Are Obama's campaign aides fooling themselves?  —  David Axelrod attends Gala Benefit For Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago With Sarah Jessica Parker And Harry Connick Jr on April 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Hospital of Chicago)
William Grimes / New York Times:
Doc Watson, Folk Musician, Dies at 89  —  Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists …
Peter Whoriskey / Ezra Klein:
Job recovery is scant for Americans in prime working years  —  The proportion of Americans in their prime working years who have jobs is smaller than it has been at any time in the 23 years before the recession, according to federal statistics, reflecting the profound and lasting effects …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Stubborn Infection, Spread by Insects, Is Called ‘The New AIDS of the Americas’  —  Chagas disease, caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects, has been named “the new AIDS of the Americas” in a lengthy editorial published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Discussion: Jezebel and The Daley Gator
 
 
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Chris Edwards / Cato Institute:
We Can Cut Government: Canada Did
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
Downstate Lawmaker Screams, Throws Papers Over Pension Reform Bill
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Michelle Obama Remains Popular in U.S.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The PJ Tatler
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP ex-Rep. Hoekstra: FBI, CIA should vet candidates' citizenship
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and ThinkProgress
Gabriele Steinhauser / Wall Street Journal:
EU Proposes ‘Banking Union’
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Subpar Obama Recovery: 6.5 Million Jobs Below Average
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The threat to global health from the hunt for bin Laden
Discussion: emptywheel and DAWN.COM
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Unclear sailing for John F. Kerry
Tonda MacCharles / Toronto Star:
Second body part discovered in Ottawa after severed foot sent to Conservative party headquarters
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg left no tip after Rome lunch
Marlene Naanes / NorthJersey.com:
Police: Hackensack man stabbed himself and threw intestines at officers
Discussion: theGrio and The Raw Story
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Releases “With Mitt” iPhone App, Misspells “America”