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1:10 AM ET, May 31, 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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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.
Agence France Presse:
White House shrugs off Polish apology demands  —  The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Polish demands to express more than mere ‘regret’ after President Barack Obama mistakenly referred to a Nazi Holocaust site as a “Polish death camp.”  —  “We regret the misstatement, but that is what it was …
David Frum / david-frum:
It Wasn't a “Gaffe”  —  President Obama just slapped in the face …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Barack Obama—Friend of Jews, Scholar of Judaism
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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  —  The four minute anti-Obama attack ad aired by Fox News this morning was the equivalent of $96,000 of free advertising for the Republican Party.  Sources confirm to Media Matters that at the current rate of $6,000 …
Discussion: Nice Deb, Gothamist and Balloon Juice
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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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg Plans a Ban on Large Sugared Drinks  —  New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Elizabeth Warren's biggest whopper of them all  —  There is something frighteningly Obama-like in Elizabeth Warren's self-descriptions.  Warren paints a personal narrative of rising from poverty and being the descendant of the brutalized Cherokee tribe, when in reality neither was true …
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Steve Cooper / We Party Patriots:
WOW: In No State Is a 40-Hour, Minimum Wage Work Week Enough to Afford a Two-Bedroom Apartment  —  The above graphic exploded on Facebook this weekend.  It shows how many minimum wage hours a worker needs to work in order to be able to afford a two-bedroom unit at “Fair Market Rent” in any given state.
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.
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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Chris Moody / ABCNEWS:
Planned Parenthood Action Fund launches $1.7 million ad campaign attacking Romney
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
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
Daily Mail:
Obama's teenage pot use get the Taiwanese treatment as company creates cartoon of President getting high  —  Like Justin Beiber's recent tussle with the paparazzi and Lindsay Lohan's trips in and out of court, President Barack Obama's pot smoking days have been given the Taiwanese animation treatment.
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
Dan Rather / Reuters:
Report: Chavez's cancer has ‘entered the end stage’  —  A special report from Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of HDNet's Dan Rather Report  —  This reporter has been told that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer that has “entered the end stage”.
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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Mark Mellman / The Hill:
Bain is fair game for Obama  —  The Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain are not attacks on free enterprise, capitalism or even private equity.  —  Capitalism did not require Bain to issue debt that GS Steel could not afford to repay, mainly to put money in the pockets of Bain partners.
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
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
Bill Quick / Daily Pundit:
Happy Birthday to Me  —  I turn 66 years old today.  Here's a pic from a couple of days ago.  —  I've still got maybe 25 pounds to lose to reach my ultimate goal, but otherwise I feel pretty good.  I'm biking every day, lifting weights twice a week, doing a hundred gut-crunches every other day …
Discussion: Cold Fury
ABCNEWS:
Illinois State Rep. Goes Berserk in Epic Rant  —  CHICAGO - Lawmakers around the country have gone on some impressive rants in recent years - Rep. Anthony Weiner's outrage over the 9-11 first responders' bill and Rep. Patrick Kennedy's fury over the war in Afghanistan spring to mind …
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Hot Air
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
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 …
Erik Oginski / CBS Los Angeles:
Son Of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs Awarded Full Scholarship To UCLA  —  WESTWOOD (CBS) — Controversy was raised among the UCLA community Tuesday after a football scholarship was granted to the son of music mogul Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who is reportedly worth half a billion dollars.
Discussion: Rhymes With Right
 
 
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Phil LeBeau / Behind the Wheel:
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NY Daily News:
U.N. endorses Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as tourism leader
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New York Times:
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Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
Spain scuttles clean-energy subsidies; promptly watches the industry go down like a sinking ship
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Sharpton And Alleged Trafficker Peddled TV Show
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Allen West- “Lets Talk About Obama Doing Blow”
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daley Gator
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Romney: Not gonna play repudiation game
Julia Duin / Washington Post:
Serpent-handling pastor profiled earlier in Washington Post dies from rattlesnake bite