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3:00 PM ET, May 30, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
Chris Moody / ABCNEWS:   Planned Parenthood Action Fund launches $1.7 million ad campaign attacking Romney
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Barack Obama has insulted 38 million Poles with his crass and ignorant ‘Polish death camp’ remark
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
Obama to rabbis: I'm vilified because of Muslim name
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
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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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
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
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: TheBlaze.com
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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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney, on His Big Day, Finds Himself Upstaged
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 and The Daily Caller
Doug Gross / CNN:
Romney iPhone app misspells ‘America’ to Web's delight  —  (CNN) — It's probably not the kind of thing voters will use to choose the leader of the free world.  —  But the Web was taking no shortage of presidential potshots Wednesday over Republican candidate Mitt Romney's new mobile app, which embarrassingly misspelled “America.”
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BuzzFeed:
New Tumblr Lampoons Romney Campaign's iPhone App For Misspelling “America”
Discussion: Naked DC
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Chris Edwards / Cato Institute:
We Can Cut Government: Canada Did  —  Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org.  —  Two decades ago Canada suffered a deep recession and teetered on the brink of a debt crisis caused by rising government spending.
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)
 
 
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Tovin Lapan / Las Vegas Sun:
Heller reaches out to Hispanics; foes say real message lost in translation
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Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) defeated by Beto O'Rourke
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Dem poll: Walker recall battle is a dead heat
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Sharpton And Alleged Trafficker Peddled TV Show
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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”
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Chen Guangcheng / New York Times:
How China Flouts Its Laws
Discussion: Guardian and LifeNews.com
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama's ‘To-Do’ List Finds Few Takers
Discussion: Hot Air
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Subpar Obama Recovery: 6.5 Million Jobs Below Average
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’
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