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10:25 AM ET, May 12, 2016


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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
I Saw Trump's Tax Returns.  You Should, Too.  —  In January, Donald Trump had this to say when he was asked about whether he would release his tax returns: “I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we'll be working that over in the next period of time.”
Mitt Romney / Facebook:
It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service.  Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity …
David Wright / CNN:
Trump: Muslim ban ‘just a suggestion’  —  Washington (CNN)Donald Trump, who issued a December press release “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” said Wednesday such a ban “hasn't been called for yet” and it was “only a suggestion.”
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Trump Thursday in DC  —  NOTABLES  —MR. TRUMP GOES TO WASHINGTON: Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will meet with top Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., today as he tries to bridge the divide within the Republican Party after a contentious primary race, ABC's ARLETTE SAENZ reports.
Trump Heads Into Ryan Meeting With Little Reason to Compromise  —  House speaker has withheld endorsement of presumptive nominee  —  Both sides seem to have widely varying aims ahead of meeting  —  Donald Trump is coming to his meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday to deliver …
Discussion: Politico
Valerie Boey / WOFL:
George Zimmerman's gun up for auction  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was acquitted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2013, is selling his gun.  —  The 9mm pistol that Zimmerman said was used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin on February 26 …
New York Daily News:
George Zimmerman puts gun that killed Trayvon Martin up for auction  —  SALE: One .9-mm pistol — and whatever's left of George Zimmerman's bankrupt soul.  —  The Florida neighborhood watchman who fatally shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 is putting the killer handgun up for auction — and hoping to fetch at least $5,000.
Hannah Parry For / Daily Mail:
George Zimmerman AUCTIONS OFF the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin: Acquitted killer describes pistol …
Discussion: CBS Miami
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
George Zimmerman to auction off gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Annie Karni / Politico:
Biden wanted Warren as his VP  —  Joe Biden took months to decide he wouldn't run for president — but he was sold on Elizabeth Warren as his running mate from the start, people familiar with the situation told POLITICO.  —  And he still thinks the Massachusetts firebrand …
Discussion: The Week, Booman Tribune and ABC News
David Wade / Politico:
Bernie Sanders, the Zombie Candidate  —  When he first decided to run for president, Bernie Sanders had a goal in mind: to start a political revolution by getting big money out of politics.  —  If he wants to do it—if Sanders wants to build a lasting movement to fight money's outsize influence …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders' California director leaves campaign
Discussion: NBC News and Guardian
Patricia Mazzei / miamiherald:
Will Miami's Republican mayor vote for Trump?  ‘Of course not’  —  Tomás Regalado said he won't vote for Clinton, either  —  The mayor was an early Rubio supporter  —  Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado remembers walking to school as a young man in Miami and getting heckled.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Donald Trump Is Considering Newt Gingrich for Vice Presidential Role
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Social …:
America's Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas  —  The middle class lost ground in nearly nine-in-ten U.S. metropolitan areas examined  —  The American middle class is losing ground in metropolitan areas across the country, affecting communities from Boston to Seattle and from Dallas to Milwaukee.
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
The FBI Is Keeping 80,000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11  —  The secret ‘28 pages’ are just the start.  The FBI has another 80,000 classified documents, many of which deal with Saudi connections to the 9/11 terror plot.  What's the Bureau got?  —  The Obama administration …
Discussion: Washington Post
Center for Constitutional Rights:
CCR Mourns the Passing of Michael Ratner  —  May 11, 2016, New York - The Center for Constitutional Rights is sad to release the following statement on the occasion of the passing of the Center's president emeritus Michael Ratner:
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Michael Ratner, Lawyer Who Won Rights for Guantánamo Prisoners, Dies at 72
The Hill:
Dem meeting boils over with Reid-Grayson confrontation  —  A routine meeting of liberal Democrats grew heated on Wednesday when Rep. Alan Grayson  —  (D-Fla.) confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid  —  (D-Nev.) over the ethics charges dogging Grayson as he vies for the Senate.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Alan Grayson Blows Up at Harry Reid in Meeting: ‘Say My Name’
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Party Surrenders  —  With Marco Rubio's grudging, painful statement this week that he intends to support “the nominee” (for many Republicans, He Who Must Not Be Named), and with Paul Ryan possibly contemplating assimilation, it's a good time to take one last look back at what I got wrong …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Updated / Glenn Beck:
Glenn Makes Wild Prediction About Trump  —  Donald Trump has faced consistent pressure and scrutiny from Glenn, so his prediction Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program came as a surprise.  —  “I'm going to make a prediction about Donald Trump,” Glenn said.  “I could say he's going to be the nominee of the Republican Party.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mike Lee on Donald Trump: ‘He scares me to death’  —  Sen. Mike Lee said Wednesday that Donald Trump “scares me to death” and that he still has concerns about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and isn't ready to endorse him.  —  The Utah Republican, who previously backed Texas …
Hanna Trudo / Politico:
Trump: Muslim ban was ‘just a suggestion’  —  Donald Trump has demoted his proposed Muslim immigration ban to a mere “suggestion.”  —  In a radio interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee softened his call to temporarily prohibit Muslims from entering the United States.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The raging controversy over a profile of Ben Rhodes, explained  —  About a week ago, David Samuels published a profile in the New York Times magazine of Ben Rhodes, a second-tier but highly influential member of President Obama's national security team, that's set Washington ablaze.
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
Caitlyn Jenner Experienced ‘Sex Change Regret,’ Might De-Transition, Biographer Says  —  “It hasn't been easy for Caitlyn, it's been very hard,” Ian Halperin recalls one source telling him  —  Caitlyn Jenner, who announced her transition from man to woman last year, has considered de-transitioning …
Matt Donnelly / The Wrap:
Woody Allen Slapped With Rape Joke at Cannes Opening Night Ceremony  —  “You've shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven't even been convicted of rape,” said Laurent Lafitte  —  French comic Laurent Lafitte helped the 2016 Cannes Film Festival kick off to an awkward start …
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Cruz Running for Re-election in 2018 … *Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.  —  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is officially running for re-election in 2018.  —  Cruz filed paperwork Wednesday afternoon to seek a second term, adding some clarity to his political future …
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Reps: Our GOP Colleagues Carry Guns In Oklahoma Capitol Despite Ban  —  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It's become a common scene at the Oklahoma Capitol: While construction workers, employees and visiting schoolchildren wait patiently to walk through the metal detectors guarding the entrances …
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Adam Housley / Fox News:
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Discussion: Samizdata
Associated Press:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
Think Pieces About MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE And How I Could Possibly Be Wrong
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
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