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8:35 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 …
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
Discussion: Ballot Box, Swampland and Daily Kos
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 …
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
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.)
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.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times, Washington Post Defend Against Politico's Media Bias Claims
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 …
Associated Press:
Mistrial declared in John Edwards corruption case; jurors deadlocked on 5 of 6 counts
Discussion: Daily Kos
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edwards case: Mistrial
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and ABCNEWS
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Edwards not guilty on 1 count; mistrial declared on other 5 counts
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Not Guilty on 1 Count, but Admits Moral Failing; Mistrial on 5 Other Counts
Discussion: Politico
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
Jury Says It Can Reach Verdict on Only One Count of John Edwards Indictment
Discussion: Politico
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
DOMA Opinion Analysis: Why Judge Michael Boudin Is Just Like 50 Cent
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
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.
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 …
Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
Drugmakers Vowed To Campaign For Health Law, Memos Show  —  Drugmakers led by Pfizer (PFE) Inc. agreed to run a “very significant public campaign” bankrolling political support for the 2010 health-care law, including TV ads, while the Obama administration promised to block provisions opposed by drugmakers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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?
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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Wal-Mart ending membership in conservative group
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Associated Press:
When hitting 400 is not good: Levels of key greenhouse gas pass milestone, trouble scientists
Discussion: ThinkProgress and EcoWatch
Jack Ewing / New York Times:
News Analysis: Draghi Warns Politicians to Act Fast to Save Euro Zone
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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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: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Obamacare Will Be Upheld 6-3, ‘Because I Know the Constitution’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Ramsey / Wall Street Journal:
Car Battery Start-Ups Fizzle
Mark Murray /
NBC-Marist polls: Obama, Romney deadlocked in three key states