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2:20 PM 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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A new conspiracy theory: Is Romney a unicorn?  —  The time has come for Mitt Romney to prove it once and for all: Is he or is he not a unicorn?  —  Let me stipulate that I have no proof that Romney is a unicorn, and indeed I want to believe that he is not.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney, on His Big Day, Finds Himself Upstaged
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Barack Obama has insulted 38 million Poles with his crass and ignorant ‘Polish death camp’ remark
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Obama ... Stressed He Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President’
Discussion: Ynetnews and Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:
President Obama, Polish Tabloid Cover Boy
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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
CNN:
Planned Parenthood's new ad zeroes in on Romney  —  (CNN) - Planned Parenthood Action Fund unveiled an advertising campaign Wednesday in swing states painting Mitt Romney as the wrong choice for women, a critical voting bloc in the battle for the White House.
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Justin Berrier / Media Matters for America:   Fox & Friends Drops The Veil, Produces Four-Minute Anti-Obama Attack Ad
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:   Planned Parenthood endorses Obama with $1.4 million ad buy
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and The Page
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: 2.0: The Blogmocracy and Moe Lane
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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Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CHEROKEES DEMAND TRUTH FROM ELIZABETH WARREN
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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 …
BuzzFeed:
New Tumblr Lampoons Romney Campaign's iPhone App For Misspelling “America”  —  The Romney campaign launched a new iPhone app last night that allows users to overlay pro-Romney text with images and share with friends on social media.  User were quick to note the app misspelling America “Amercia.
Discussion: Naked DC
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Doug Gross / CNN:
Romney iPhone app misspells ‘America’ to Web's delight
Discussion: Politico
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
The job of the White House Press Secretary is simple: to answer questions from the press* without actually answering them.  To form aloud words that are assembled into sentences and then stacked up into paragraphs, giving the appearance of communication, but without communicating.
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Jay Carney: Jobs lost under private equity bad, jobs lost under public equity not so bad
Dallas Voice:
BREAKING: ExxonMobil shareholders again reject LGBT employment protections (with photos)  —  ExxonMobil shareholders have again voted down a proposal to add gay and transgender employees to the Irving-based corporation's nondiscrimination policy.  —  Meeting at the Meyerson Symphony Center …
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.
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 …
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 …
Adam Harrington / CBS Chicago:
Downstate Lawmaker Screams, Throws Papers Over Pension Reform Bill  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — A downstate lawmaker screamed, yelled and threw papers Tuesday, as he expressed frustration about the Democrat-led plan to overhaul the state pension system.  —  A state House pension reform bill endorsed …
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 …
 
 
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WRTV-TV:
Church Under Fire For Video Of Boy's Anti-Gay Song
Discussion: Advocate and The Raw Story
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Allen West- “Lets Talk About Obama Doing Blow”
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daley Gator
Chen Guangcheng / New York Times:
How China Flouts Its Laws
Discussion: Guardian and LifeNews.com
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
Where the Arab Spring Began
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama's ‘To-Do’ List Finds Few Takers
Discussion: Hot Air
Chris Edwards / Cato Institute:
We Can Cut Government: Canada Did
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Michelle Obama Remains Popular in U.S.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The PJ Tatler
Washington Examiner:
Are Obama's campaign aides fooling themselves?
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: JOSHUAPUNDIT, emptywheel and DAWN.COM
Nick Squires / Telegraph:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg left no tip after Rome lunch
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Stubborn Infection, Spread by Insects, Is Called ‘The New AIDS of the Americas’
Discussion: Jezebel and The Daley Gator
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Democratic Socialists of America Chair