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7:30 PM ET, June 12, 2012


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Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Obama Is Losing A Stunning Amount Of African-American Support In North Carolina  —  WATCH: What Obama's Embarrassing Primaries  —  In Kentucky And Arkansas Last Month Mean  —  President Barack Obama is rapidly losing support among African-American voters in North Carolina …
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Spike Lee: Obama win not a sure thing  —  Spike Lee is predicting a tough road to reelection for President Obama.  —  “This thing is not a lock,” the filmmaker told GQ in a recent interview.  “It is not a lock that President Obama is getting a second term and people have to really rekindle the enthusiasm that we had the first time.”
Discussion: GQ, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead in NC  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama 48-46.  It's a small lead but still significant in that it's the first time we've found Romney ahead in our monthly polling of the state since October.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Jewish Support Drops 22 Points in New York
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Examiner:
Now union members are deserting Obama
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Gallup
Obama: Debt, deficits were ‘baked into the cake’
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Black Support for Obama Ebbs In North Carolina
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa: Romney 47%, Obama 46%
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ballot Box
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman's wife arrested, charged with perjury  —  At her husband's bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman was asked repeatedly about money.  Among the questions: How much did the couple collect in donations through the PayPal account George Zimmerman set up on his website?
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: George Zimmerman's wife arrested on perjury charge  —  Shellie Zimmerman is accused of lying under oath at her husband's bail hearing.  Mug shot:  —  You can read the full statement of probable cause HERE.  ABC News is reporting that bond has been set at $1,000.
Casey Glynn / CBS News:
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, arrested for perjury  —  (CBS/AP) Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who is accused in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested Tuesday for perjury.  —  Pictures: Trayvon Martin shooting
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of Trayvon Martin killer, arrested on perjury charge
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and JustOneMinute
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Zimmerman ‘does not properly respect the law,’ judge says in order revoking bond
Discussion: Daily Kos
Clintonites Hit The Panic Button For Obama  —  Carville, Greenberg, Penn, and Schoen all say the re-elect is off course.  The Obamans have always loved criticism from Clintonworld.  —  (Getty Images / MANDEL NGAN)  —  Former aides to President Bill Clinton are calling for a dramatic shift …
Democracy Corps:
Shifting the Economic Narrative  —  What is clear from this fresh look at public consciousness on the economy is how difficult this period has been for both non-college-educated and college-educated voters - and how vulnerable the prevailing narratives articulated by national Democratic leaders are.
Alexander Burns / Politico:   Dems call for fresh message, warn of ‘impossible headwind’
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Did He Get the Memo? Obama Sticks to Script on Stump
Tim Mak / Politico:
Jeb Bush comments have blogs in uproar  —  Conservatives in the blogosphere lashed out at Jeb Bush for saying that Ronald Reagan and his father, George H.W. Bush, would not have fit well in the modern Republican Party, ripping the former Florida governor as a “RINO” and dismissing his “steaming pile of nonsense.”
Michael Stafford / Cagle Post:
Why I Gave Up On Being a Republican
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Sen. Cornyn calls on Holder to resign  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Tuesday called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign.  —  Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), has long been critical of Holder, but had so far resisted pushing for Holder to step down.
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Holder: ‘I Stuck by My Guns’
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Althouse
Fox News:
Senator calls for Holder's resignation amid challenges over leak probe, Fast and Furious
Discussion: Hot Air
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Obama: GOP stuck me with a steak dinner tab  —  President Obama subtly attacked Mitt Romney for being wealthy, suggesting that he hasn't “spent time in the real world” and so has not received the necessary preparation to occupy the White House.  —  “Those of us who have spent …
Deborah Charles / Reuters:
Michelle Obama to Ann Romney: have fun campaigning
CBS Miami:
Doctors Release Pictures Of Causeway Cannibal Victim  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Doctors have released photographs of Ronald Poppo, more than two weeks after the homeless man had much of his face chewed off during an attack by so-called Causeway Cannibal Rudy Eugene over the Memorial Day weekend.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds sue Florida over voter purge  —  The Justice Department, as promised, filed suit Tuesday against the State of Florida over its plan to purge voter rolls.  —  The lawsuit says Florida's proposed purge violates federal law blocking such moves within 3 months of an election, like the primary coming up on August 14.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
AFL-CIO to fight voter ID laws in six battleground states
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Fiscal Legacy of George W. Bush  —  Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul.  He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take.”
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Follower Problem  —  If you go to the Lincoln or Jefferson memorials in Washington, you are invited to look up in admiration.  Lincoln and Jefferson are presented as the embodiments of just authority.  They are strong and powerful but also humanized.  Jefferson is a graceful aristocratic democrat.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Times Have Changed, It's OK to Lie  —  Last month David Corn noted that Mitt Romney was claiming that “government” would control half the economy once Obamacare was up and running.  He's still saying it, and today Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post gives it a score of four Pinocchios and says Romney should drop it.
Obama: GOP campaign fits in a single tweet  —  OWINGS MILLS, Md. — President Obama accused the Republicans of running a campaign focused exclusively on blame.  —  “You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare,” Obama said at a fundraiser outside of Baltimore.
Arlington, Va.:
Actor Kal Penn Meets With Young Obama Supporters in Arlington  —  Actor Kal Penn met with more than 100 young supporters of President Obama in Rosslyn and on Columbia Pike last night.  —  At Cafe Asia in Rosslyn, Penn spoke to a young professionals event about the importance of the upcoming presidential election.
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Why I voted for Ron Paul  —  I operate on instinct.  So I should not have been surprised by my own gut reaction to the absentee ballot that lay before me on the kitchen table.  —  I scanned the list for Republican primary candidates and let instinct take over.  —  Mitt Romney?  Not on your life.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Top conservative says read my lips: Don't sign ‘no new tax’ pledge  —  Spinners and Winners  —  As a conservative Republican, Lindsey Graham has never had a problem promising not to raise taxes.  Like almost every other Republican member of Congress, during his last re-election campaign …
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
White House softball team smoked by pot lobby's bats  —  Anyone notice a cloud hanging over the Mall last week?  That might have been the White House softball team getting absolutely smoked by the team fielded by the marijuana lobby.  —  The One Hitters, the team of pro-pot activists, beat STOTUS (the Softball Team of the U.S.) 25-3.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Jawa Report
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
First-Ever Trans Senate Witness: ‘To Be Unemployed Is Very Devastating, Demeaning, And Demoralizing’  —  This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would extend employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dems block McCain resolution on special counsel for leaks  —  Senate Democrats blocked a resolution introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to introduce an outside special counsel to investigate a number of recent military and intelligence leaks.
Discussion: CBS News and Michelle Malkin
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Pileup at the White House  —  It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Obama.  —  Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama …
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Nick Valencia / CNN:
Georgia official: KKK won't be allowed to ‘adopt’ highway
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney to campaign with Boehner in Ohio over weekend
Discussion: Ballot Box and Politico
Marriott, Close To Romney, Launches Gay-Friendly Marketing Campaign
Discussion: GayPatriot
Jaquetta White / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Times-Picayune lays off nearly one-third of its staff
Eric Henderson / CBS Minnesota:
Man Not Allowed To Distribute Bibles At Pride Fest
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
China could be hiding an entire Japan's worth of carbon emissions
Discussion: Via Meadia
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Is Mitt Romney Afraid Of Gary Johnson?
Discussion: CNN and Hit & Run
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
$1.1 million-plus Gates grants: ‘Galvanic’ bracelets that measure student engagement
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Joanne Jacobs
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Anti-gay Muslim cries bias
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sherrod Brown: Government does create jobs, and we Democrats need to say so
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Ballot Box
Wall Street Journal:
Laffer and Moore: Obama's Real Spending Record
Discussion: International Liberty

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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Subscription platform Zuora is acquiring AI company Sub(x) to use AI to enhance paywall offerings for the news industry; Sub(x)'s 10 employees will join Zuora

David Gilbert / Wired:
ISIS created two YouTube channels falsely branded as CNN and Al Jazeera channels in March; their videos stayed on YouTube for a month and a half before removal

Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Gannett's Austin American-Statesman names Courtney Sebesta executive editor; she began her career at the Statesman 22 years ago as an editorial assistant

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