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9:40 PM ET, May 31, 2012


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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 …
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 …
TRENDING: Romney makes surprise visit to Solyndra  —  The visit - kept a secret by the campaign until shortly before the candidate and the press arrived at the site - offered a hulking visual to accompany Romney's repeated criticism of Obama over the Solyndra scandal.  — Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney crashes Solyndra
Discussion: CNN, Pirate's Cove and The PJ Tatler
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Mitt Romney's Solyndra trip stirs up bad memories for White House
Discussion: The Hill
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Romney Feared W.H. Conspiracy To Stop Secret Solyndra Presser
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney Campaigns at Failed Solyndra Factory
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.
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Obamacare Will Be Upheld 6-3, ‘Because I Know the Constitution’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
DOMA Opinion Analysis: Why Judge Michael Boudin Is Just Like 50 Cent
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poliglot
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
1st Circuit Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
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.
Devin Gordon / GQ:
Five Points About Politico's Hatchet Job On NYT and WaPo  —  Here's the piece, published this morning.  The upshot: The political coverage of The New York Times and The Washington Post is “blatantly biased” in their vetting of Romney versus Obama.  (Guess which way they supposedly lean.)
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times, Washington Post Defend Against Politico's Media Bias Claims … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, The New York Times, Wash Post, Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Barack Obama , David Maraniss, Jason Horowitz, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
John Edwards acquitted on one count as jury deadlocks on five others and judge declares mistrial  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — Johnny Reid Edwards, a honey-voiced North Carolina lawyer who parlayed his boyish good looks and inspiring personal history as the son of a mill-worker into a meteoric political rise …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edwards case: Mistrial
Discussion: New York Times, ABCNEWS and CNN
Associated Press:
Mistrial declared in John Edwards corruption case; jurors deadlocked on 5 of 6 counts
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Not Guilty on 1 Count, but Admits Moral Failing; Mistrial on 5 Other Counts
Discussion: Politico
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Edwards not guilty on 1 count; mistrial declared on other 5 counts
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 …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Wisconsin reaches for the last resort
Former President Clinton jumps into Wisconsin recall election
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects bill penalizing doctors for sex-selective abortions  —  The House on Thursday rejected a Republican bill that would impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions for the sole purpose of controlling the gender of the child, a practice known as sex-selective abortion.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Republicans attack Obama ahead of vote on bill to punish sex-selective abortion
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Producer of Obama Video on Fox News Loses CNN Job Offer  —  The Fox News producer behind a provocative four-minute anti-Obama video that aired Wednesday and caused the network considerable embarrassment has found his career on ice.  —  The producer, Chris White, had been offered a job by CNN before the video was broadcast.
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 …
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Presidential Polling in June: Flip a Coin Instead?  —  “I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”  — Socrates  —  With all of the polls, models and history at their disposal, political analysts should be able to figure out who is going to win a November presidential election by June, right?
Rakates / CBS Baltimore:
Morgan Student Admits To Eating Missing Joppatowne Man's Dismembered Body Parts  —  JOPPATOWNE, Md. (WJZ)—An already grisly murder takes an even more grisly twist.  A college student tells police he killed a housemate and then ate parts of the victim's heart and brain.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Turner's Kent ‘Very Unhappy’ With Ratings Dive at CNN  —  Backs Cooper, Morgan, Burnett, but other shows may be replaced  —  Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent admitted to being “very unhappy” with CNN's primetime ratings, but said it won't resort to tricks to increase viewership.
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Wal-Mart ending membership in conservative group  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's No. 1 retailer and the biggest seller of firearms in the United States, is dropping out of a U.S. conservative advocacy group that has been a lightning rod over voting and gun laws.
Brennan Center for Justice:
Suppressive Voting Laws Take Hit, Federal Judge Blocks Florida Law  —  4:00 PM EST Media Call to Discuss Decision  —  Contact: Erik Opsal, 646-292-8356,  —  New York, NY - A federal judge blocked enforcement of key provisions of a restrictive voting law in Florida today …
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Associated Press:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and EcoWatch
Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Wisecracks in White House As Bush Portrait Is Unveiled
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
New York Court Rules That ‘Gay’ Is Not Slander
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee
Discussion: Hatewatch and Tucson Citizen
New York Post:
Taliban vows to cut Pakistan's bin Laden doctor ‘into pieces’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
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Car Battery Start-Ups Fizzle
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Honeywell CEO Says The Corporate Tax Rate Should Be Zero
Greg Allen / NPR:
World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy