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5:30 PM ET, May 31, 2012


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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
Discussion: protein wisdom and Truth Wins Out
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   DOMA Opinion Analysis: Why Judge Michael Boudin Is Just Like 50 Cent
George F. Will / Washington Post:   Montana bucks the court
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Obamacare Will Be Upheld 6-3, ‘Because I Know the Constitution’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
1st Circuit Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
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
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:   Mitt Romney's Solyndra trip stirs up bad memories for White House
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney crashes Solyndra
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Pirate's Cove
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
In Boston, Romney And Obama Campaigns Clash With Dual Rallies
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Adele Hampton / Ballot Box:
RNC ad hits Obama for ‘failed investments’ in Solyndra, green energy
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Maddow Blog and The Hill
Allison Hayward / Politico:
Jail for Edwards over Bunny money?  —  As the John Edwards jury deliberates, we should focus not just on his potential incarceration, but on what a guilty verdict could mean for all campaign finance regulation.  —  If Edwards is successfully prosecuted, we may be entering an “Alice in Wonderland” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Mistrial declared in John Edwards corruption case; jurors deadlocked on 5 of 6 counts
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Edwards jury reaches verdict on one count; ordered to resume deliberations
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
Edwards acquitted on 1 count, mistrial on others
Discussion: National Review and The Raw Story
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
Jury Says It Can Reach Verdict on Only One Count of John Edwards Indictment
Discussion: Politico and BuzzFeed
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
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.
Former President Clinton jumps into Wisconsin recall election
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.
Buddy Roemer for President:
Governor Charles “Buddy” Roemer Suspends Campaign  —  Today, I am no longer a candidate for President of the United States.  —  After 17 months of a wonderful campaign, the lack of ballot access in all 50 states makes the quest impossible for now.  —  I want to thank my family …
Discussion: Hit & Run and ABCNEWS
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Buddy Roemer quits 2012 race
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republican's abortion bill risks alienating Asian Americans  —  Republicans long ago lost African American voters.  They are well on their way to losing Latinos.  And if Trent Franks prevails, they may lose Asian Americans, too.  —  The Arizona Republican's latest antiabortion salvo …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Honeywell CEO Says The Corporate Tax Rate Should Be Zero  —  During an interview today, Honeywell CEO David Cote — who President Obama named to the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission — told CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin that he believes the U.S. corporate tax rate should be zero.
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 …
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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
With Plan X, Pentagon seeks to spread U.S. military might to cyberspace  —  The Pentagon is turning to the private sector, universities and even computer-game companies as part of an ambitious effort to develop technologies to improve its cyberwarfare capabilities, launch effective attacks and withstand the likely retaliation.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
New York Court Rules That ‘Gay’ Is Not Slander
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Federal Officials Shut Down 26 Bus Operators
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
White Supremacist With Ties To Neo-Nazi Groups Elected To Pennsylvania County GOP Committee
Discussion: Hatewatch and Tucson Citizen
Donn Esmonde / Buffalo News:
City is transferring $45 million from JPMorgan Chase to First Niagara
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Presidential Polling in June: Flip a Coin Instead?
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
New York Post:
Taliban vows to cut Pakistan's bin Laden doctor ‘into pieces’
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Mike Ramsey / Wall Street Journal:
Car Battery Start-Ups Fizzle
Discussion: GigaOM and Fraters Libertas
 Earlier Items: 
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner: ‘This election is about jobs’
Greg Allen / NPR:
World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Crossroads blasts Sen. McCaskill as ‘Obama-Claire’ for votes with president
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Walmart Ends Financial Support For ALEC