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8:55 AM ET, May 20, 2012

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Campbell Brown / New York Times:
Obama: Stop Condescending to Women  —  WHEN I listen to President Obama speak to and about women, he sometimes sounds too paternalistic for my taste.  In numerous appearances over the years — most recently at the Barnard graduation — he has made reference to how women are smarter than men.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
NAACP backs gay marriage  —  CAMP DAVID - The board of the NAACP, one of the nation's oldest and largest African American advocacy organizations, has passed a resolution supporting gay marriage in the wake of President Obama's public endorsement of same-sex unions.
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:   In Largely Symbolic Move, N.A.A.C.P. Votes to Endorse Same-Sex Marriage
NAACP:
NAACP PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and GLAAD
Frank Main / Chicago Sun Times:
‘NATO 3’ had targeted Obama campaign HQ, Rahm's house, police stations, prosecutors say  —  Attorneys for three men charged in Chicago with possession of an explosive device and conspiracy to commit terrorism say they were pulled over by police in Bridgeport last week.  Here is a video circulated by Occupy Chicago.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Three charged in plot to firebomb Obama campaign headquarters  —  Law enforcement officials arrested three men in Chicago this week who are accused of planning to attack President Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and various police stations and squad cars, according to reports on Saturday.
JSOnline:
We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified  —  Scott Walker's policies are controversial, but arguments over policies - no matter how sharp - aren't reason enough to end a governor's term.  —  No governor in recent memory has been so controversial.  No governor in America is so polarizing.
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Great Barry  —  Self-invention on shifting postmodern sands  —  It used to be a lot simpler.  As E. C. Bentley deftly summarized it in 1905: … But that was then, and now Biography is also about maps.  For example, have you ever thought it would be way cooler to have been born in colonial Kenya?
Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans add gay marriage measure to defense bill  —  The chamber passes the annual spending bill 200 to 120, including the provision that would ban same-sex ceremonies at military chapels.  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) wrote one of the gay marriage provisions in the defense spending bill, which passed 299 to 120 in the House.
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Baltimore Sun:
I'll Have Another holds off Bodemeister to win 2012 Preakness  —  The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister.  —  It was exactly that.  I'll Have Another caught Bodemeister at the wire today to win the 137th Preakness Stakes …
Wall Street Journal:
California's Kafka Express  —  Not even a busted state fisc can stop Jerry Brown's train to nowhere.  —  California's budget deficit has grown by $7 billion in the last four months.  Uh oh.  The good news in this debacle is that the state's fiscal woes will make it nearly impossible …
Discussion: Althouse and Power Line
C-SPAN:
Newsmakers with Rep. Barney Frank  —  WASHINGTON, DC  —  Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee discusses the issues concerning the recent $2 billion loss by JP Morgan Chase on high risk trades and the state of the U.S. economy.
Daniel Burke / Washington Post:
‘Exorcist’ author, William Peter Blatty, to sue Georgetown University in Catholic court  —  (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)  —  The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater …
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
 
 
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Rene Lynch / Los Angeles Times:
Man who had 30 kids with 11 women wants child-support break
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