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11:10 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: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Jewish Support Drops 22 Points in New York  —  President Obama's support among Jewish voters in the state of New York has dropped 22 percentage points in only a month, according to the results of a just released poll.  —  The poll, conducted by Siena College, finds that currently President Obama …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's White Base Shows Cracks Compared With 2008  —  Support down five points since 2008 among all voters, but more among key 2008 white supporters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking indicates Barack Obama is receiving less support in the 2012 presidential election …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Examiner:
Now union members are deserting Obama  —  Tattered union label.  Gallup finds that President Obama has some work to do with union members.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  —  Two new and disturbing polls just out suggest that the road to reelection is getting tougher for President Obama.
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.
Obama: Debt, deficits were ‘baked into the cake’
Deborah Charles / Reuters:
Michelle Obama to Ann Romney: have fun campaigning
Mark Anthony Green / GQ:
Nobody's Martyr: A GQ&A with Spike Lee
Discussion: Mediaite and Pat Dollard
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa: Romney 47%, Obama 46%
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
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?
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrat to offer bill repealing ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: George Zimmerman's wife arrested on perjury charge
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
Casey Glynn / CBS News:
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, arrested for perjury
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.
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 …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Did He Get the Memo?  Obama Sticks to Script on Stump  —  (Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)  —  BALTIMORE - As some high-profile Democrats question the focus of his pitch for a second term, President Obama today stuck closely to his well-worn script, telling a group of 500 donors …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Dems call for fresh message, warn of ‘impossible headwind’
Discussion: Mediaite
Tim Makand Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Eric Holder warns of ‘constitutional crisis’  —  Under threat of a House contempt citation over the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke in a conciliatory tone Tuesday about his willingness for “compromises” to avoid what he called …
Discussion: CNSNews, CNN and Belmont Club
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Cornyn: Holder should resign in wake of Fast and Furious probe
Discussion: Doug Ross
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Dems block McCain resolution on special counsel for leaks
Discussion: CBS News, CNN and Michelle Malkin
Fox News:
Senator calls for Holder's resignation amid challenges over leak probe, Fast and Furious
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘Team Kimberlin’ Meltdown Continues  —  Liars hate nothing worse than to be exposed as liars — exposure makes it hard for them to get away with their lies — and three weeks of public attention to lying felon Brett Kimberlin and his associates have put them under extraordinary psychological pressure.
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.
Kyle Munzenrieder / Riptide 2.0:
New Photos of Ronald Poppo, Face-Eating Victim, Released Post-Surgery
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gawker
Michael Stafford / Cagle Post:
Why I Gave Up On Being a Republican  —  I'm a life-long Republican.  My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being.  —  When I was young, Ronald Reagan bestrode the world like a colossus.  I grew up watching the Cold War end-game play out as Reagan faced …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and driftglass
New York Post:
Anti-gay Muslim cries bias  —  The NYPD wouldn't hire him — because he is anti-gay, a Police Academy reject complains in a startling new discrimination lawsuit.  —  The would-be cop from Brooklyn — identified only as “Farhan Doe” — is a Muslim-American who believes homosexuality is a sin …
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.
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 …
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Rick Scott: Voter Purge Turned Up ‘Over 50’ Non-Citizen Voters — 'The Debate's Over' … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Rick Scott, Video, Governor Rick Scott, Florida Lawsuit, Florida Suing Federal Government, Florida Voter Purge, Florida Voter Purge Lawsuit, Non-Citizen Voters, Rick Scott Florida …
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.
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: Hot Air, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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.”
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.
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Current's Joy Behar Wants Conservatives ‘If They Have The Balls To Come On The Show’
Eliza Newlin Carney / Roll Call:
FEC Approves Use of Text Messaging to Donate to Campaigns
Daniel Gross / The Huffington Post:
Five More Reasons to Reject the NRA's Dark Vision
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Nick Valencia / CNN:
Georgia official: KKK won't be allowed to ‘adopt’ highway
Discussion: Wizbang
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
 Earlier Items: 
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
$1.1 million-plus Gates grants: ‘Galvanic’ bracelets that measure student engagement
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Joanne Jacobs
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Sherrod Brown: Government does create jobs, and we Democrats need to say so
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Ballot Box
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Times Have Changed, It's OK to Lie
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
White House softball team smoked by pot lobby's bats
Discussion: Wonkette

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David Pierce / The Verge:
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Simon Sharwood / The Register:
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