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ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Blowback for Attacking Romney Biz Career  —  The Obama campaign is in full damage-control mode one day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker publicly derided Democrats' assault on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital.  —  Chief Obama strategist David …
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bain and Financial Industry Gave Over $565,000 To Newark Mayor Cory Booker For 2002 Campaign  —  Yesterday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) attacked the Obama campaign for making an issue of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital during an appearance on Meet the Press.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bankruptcy report on Bain-owned Ampad: Creditors repaid $.002 for every dollar owed  —  The Obama campaign is opening up a fresh line of attack on Bain Capital using the story of Ampad, an ultimately bankrupt company backed by Bain that laid off all 250 workers at an Indiana factory it purchased …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Booker: Obama's right, Romney at Bain is ‘fair game’
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Ballot Box
BuzzFeed:
Obama: Bain “Is Not A Distraction, This Is What This Campaign Is Gonna Be About”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Cory Booker, surrogate from hell
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama Defends Attacks on Romney, Bain Capital
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Never Doubt That God Answers Prayer  —  ‘Speedway Bomber’: Criminal terrorist Brett Kimberlin was convicted in 1981  —  Law enforcement officials have been made aware that convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin appears to be engaged in an attempt to intimidate me into being silent about his sordid criminal history.
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
The changing complexity of congressional speech  —  (This post was prepared in collaboration with Dan Drinkard)  —  Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level …
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Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV:
DC Comics To Switch The Sexual Orientation Of An Established Character  —  One question asked at the DC panel today at the Kapow comic convention in London, was about DC co-publisher Dan DiDio's interview with The Advocate.  Specifically over the decision not to change any character's sexual orientation …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan of NY, Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame—And 40 Other Catholic Dioceses and Organizations—Sue Obama Administration  —  (CNSNews.com) - The archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl …
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Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
George Lucas's Plans in Marin County Upset Wealthy Neighbors  —  SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — In 1978, a year after “Star Wars” was released, George Lucas began building his movie production company far from Hollywood, in the quiet hills and valley of Marin County here just north of San Francisco.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Althouse
Caleb Troop / WCNC-TV:
Teacher suspended after telling students not to criticize the president  —  SPENCER, N.C. - A teacher at a Rowan County school has been suspended after getting national attention for a YouTube video video that surfaced last week showing her yelling at her students, saying it's wrong to criticize the president.
Andrew Michalscheck / KASW-TV:
Hawaii responds to Bennett's Obama birth records request  —  PHOENIX — The state of Hawaii has responded to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's request for proof that President Barack Obama was in fact born in the Aloha State.  —  The Hawaii attorney general's office has reportedly told Bennett …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Businessmen Are Psycho!  No, Wait...  On May 12, the New York Times published a deeply contemptible op-ed by someone named William Deresiewicz, described as “[a]n essayist, critic and the author of ‘A Jane Austen Education.’” Titled “Capitalists and Other Psychopaths,” …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Candidate: I'll smoke a joint on Hill  —  Andy Caffrey, a candidate for Congress in California, has made a rather unusual campaign promise: If he wins, he'll smoke a joint — right on the steps of Capitol Hill.  —  The 54-year-old is running on a seven-step platform that prioritizes battling …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Rutgers Webcam-Spying Defendant Sentenced to 30-Day Jail Term  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge here sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail on Monday for using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers University roommate having sex with a man, in a case that galvanized concern about suicide among gay teenagers …
TBogg:
Internet Man Does Not Want To Be On The Google Anymore  —  Hi.  I'm back and, no, I didn't bring presents.  —  So where were we?  —  Oh yes.  Recently (May 8th to be exact) I did a post on potty-mouthed golf caddy George Tierney of Greenville South Carolina who, for some reason …
David Weigel / Slate:
Scott Walker: Voter Fraud is Worth “One or Two Points” in Wisconsin … - A Map That Shows Poverty Is Getting Worse Almost Everywhere - What Exactly Are Baby Vegetables?  Are They Midget Vegetables or Just Very Young?  - The Real Reason Dan Harmon Was Fired From Community …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
9/11 ‘truther’ leading Egyptian presidential race  —  An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt's presidential race, a new poll shows.  —  Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Taxi Panel May Raise Fares Up to 20%  —  New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission agreed on Monday to formally consider a proposal from the yellow cab industry that would raise taxi fares by as much as 20 percent, a significant increase to a pricing structure that has been virtually unchanged since 2006.
Discussion: New York Magazine and ANIMAL
Andrew Belonsky / Towleroad News #gay:
NC Pastor Wants To Build Electrified Fence To Contain, Starve And Ultimately Kill Gays: VIDEO  —  In a sermon blasting President Obama for his same-sex marriage support, Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, offered a novel — and horrific …
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
‘NOT THE REAL WORLD’  —  Obama officials pressured contractors to change job loss figures, recordings reveal  —  Obama administration officials may have pressured government contractors to change job loss estimates associated with coal regulations, audio recordings reveal.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Romney ad: Bookermania  —  The inevitable easy lay-up after yesterday's turnover.  Has anyone offered a solid theory yet for why Booker tried to call off the dogs on Bain, in a forum as prominent as “Meet the Press” no less?  I realize that Democrats have a, shall we say …
Fair Elections Legal Network:
No Photo ID Amendment on the November Ballot  —  The Legislature Failed to Rewrite Misleading Ballot Language, Effectively Killing the Amendment  —  Washington, DC - With the end of the legislative session, the Missouri legislature failed to replace the language of a ballot measure …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Limbaugh takes post-Fluke ratings hit  —  Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy.  —  The conservative radio host's ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston …
CNBC:
Facebook Shares Fall Below IPO Offering Price  —  Facebook shares [FB Loading...  () ] sank on Monday without the full support of the company's underwriters, leaving some investors down 25 percent from where they were Friday afternoon.  —  Facebook's debut was beset by problems, so much so that Nasdaq [NDAQ Loading...
 
 
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