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2:55 PM ET, May 31, 2012


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Jim Vandeheiand Mike Allen / Politico:
To GOP, blatant bias in vetting  —  On the front page of its Sunday edition, the New York Times gave a big spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding.  The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney supporters shout down Axelrod criticism of former governor's record  —  President Obama and Mitt Romney protesters faced off Thursday at a press conference in Boston featuring senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod.  —  Speakers at the outdoor event were framed …
Mark Murray /
NBC-Marist polls: Obama, Romney deadlocked in three key states  —  President Obama phones Mitt Romney to congratulate him for locking up the GOP nomination.  NBC's Steve Handelsman reports.  —  President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are deadlocked …
Adele Hampton / Ballot Box:
RNC ad hits Obama for ‘failed investments’ in Solyndra, green energy  —  The Republican National Committee continued GOP efforts to use failed energy firm Solyndra to hammer President Obama's job creation record Thursday with a new attack ad.  —  The web video, titled “Obama's failed investments …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, The Maddow Blog and The Hill
Mitt Romney Visits Solyndra Amid Attack on Obama Jobs Record  —  An auction sign stands at the entrance Solyndra LLC building in Fremont, California, U.S., Nov. 2, 2011.  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/ Getty Images)  —  FREMONT, Calif. - Mitt Romney arrived at the shuttered headquarters …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
In Boston, Romney And Obama Campaigns Clash With Dual Rallies
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Marist Poll:
5/31: Obama and Romney Vie for Lead in Colorado
Discussion: The Caucus, Firedoglake, Politico and CNN
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Two Republican Judges Declare DOMA Unconstitutional  —  A three judge panel of The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit just handed down a decision declaring the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.  Notably, the panel included Judges Juan Torruella and Michael Boudin …
Associated Press:
Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act  —  BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a groundbreaking ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Federal appeals court rules Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional  —  Greg Kimball and Brian O'Connor shout outside the Massachusetts State House during a gay-rights rally in Boston.  (Darren McCollester / Getty Images / May 14, 2012)  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. appeals court in Boston became …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Truth Wins Out
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Federal appeals court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
It's official: Bill Clinton heading to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker  —  Former President Bill Clinton has decided to go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker in the final days of the battle over whether to recall the Wisconsin Governor, a move that could give a boost …
Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Unions See Ranks Drop Ahead of Recall Vote  —  Public-employee unions in Wisconsin have experienced a dramatic drop in membership—by more than half for the second-biggest union—since a law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker sharply curtailed their ability to bargain over wages and working conditions.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bill Clinton to campaign against Scott Walker in Wisconsin recall
Discussion: Washington Post
Former President Clinton jumps into Wisconsin recall election
Discussion: The Page
Boston Globe:
Warren says she told schools of heritage  —  Acknowledges identifying as Native American after hirings  —  Governor Deval Patrick (right) endorsed Elizabeth Warren's Senate candidacy at a campaign event on Wednesday.  (Yoon S. Byun / Globe Staff)  —  Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth …
Joshua Roberts / ABCNEWS:
Warren Admits Telling Harvard of Cherokee Heritage
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Associated Press:
House to vote on sex-selection abortion ban
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner: ‘This election is about jobs’  —  Speaker John Boehner doesn't mince words.  —  “Let's call bulls— bulls—,” he told House Republicans in a closed meeting this morning.  “This election is about jobs, jobs, jobs.”  —  The Ohio Republican has been making that point …
Discussion: and The Maddow Blog
Jake Shermanand John Bresnahan / Politico:   Congress flummoxed by can't-miss bills
Greg Allen / NPR:
World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy  —  Bill Internicola, a 91-year-old veteran of World War II, was one of the voters targeted by Florida as a potential noncitizen.  Internicola was ordered to prove his citizenship or lose the right to vote.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers  —  Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Mega-donors: Quit picking on us  —  All they wanted was to get involved.  —  But to hear some of the biggest donors of 2012 tell it, their six- and seven-figure contributions have instead bought them nothing but grief.  —  Their personal lives are fodder for news stories.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Walmart Ends Financial Support For ALEC  —  The world's largest retailer, Walmart, has become the nineteenth group to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Walmart's departure from the right-wing legislation-crafting group is particularly salient because the big box chain …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads blasts Sen. McCaskill as ‘Obama-Claire’ for votes with president  —  The GOP super-PAC Crossroads GPS is up with another big ad buy against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), slamming her for voting for President Obama's healthcare law.  —  McCaskill is in a tough position …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner rejects Pelosi appeal for immediate vote on tax rates
Discussion: Politico
Mike Ramsey / Wall Street Journal:
Car Battery Start-Ups Fizzle
Discussion: GigaOM and Fraters Libertas
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Kill List  —  I'm still in the Mines of Moria (long-form …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Memo to Mitt: Run Against Bush
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Honeywell CEO Says The Corporate Tax Rate Should Be Zero
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
ISIS Reports  —  Further Activity at Suspected Parchin Explosive …
The impact of Act 10 on public sector compensation in Wisconsin
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Jail for Edwards over Bunny money?
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Montana bucks the court
David Ariosto / CNN:
Porn actor suspected of dismembering acquaintance still on the loose
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Buddy Roemer quits 2012 race
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever