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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.
Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times:
3 protesters charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism
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John Dodge / CBS Chicago:   Arrested Protester Charges Mistreatment After Police Raid Apartment
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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NAACP PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY  —  Decision Affirms Opposition to Government Efforts to Codify Discrimination  —  (Miami, Florida) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today released a resolution supporting marriage equality.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and GLAAD
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.
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?
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
Washington Post:
Chen Guangcheng flies out of China, headed for U.S.  —  BEIJING — Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who emerged at the center of a diplomatic row between the United States and China, left Beijing on a United Airlines flight bound for Newark on Saturday afternoon after Chinese officials …
Discussion: Gothamist and emptywheel
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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.
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 …
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
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban  —  Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy.  “Disconcerting and dangerous,” says Shank.  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed  —  An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda …
 
 
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