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5:50 PM ET, May 21, 2012

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Washington Post:
Cory Booker commits the classic Washington gaffe  —  In Washington, there's an old cliche: A gaffe is when a politician is accidentally honest.  —  That's what happened to Newark (N.J.) Mayor Cory Booker during an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
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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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Tim Mak / Politico:
Harold Ford: Cory Booker was right  —  Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said Monday that he would not have walked back New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's surprising comments criticizing the Obama campaign for attacking private equity.  —  “I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker …
BuzzFeed:
Former Bain Executive: Romney Bears Blame For Ampad Layoffs  —  A former Managing Director of Bain Capital who sat on Ampad's board said in 2002 Romney carries responsibility for the plant's closing.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  The Obama campaign continued its attack on Mitt Romney's business today …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cory Booker walks back criticism of Obama tactics as ‘nauseating’  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker released a Web video Sunday emphasizing his support for President Obama and clarifying remarks he made earlier in the day where he criticized the president's campaign tactics as “nauseating.”
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Morning Examiner: Booker's Bungle
Discussion: msnbc.com and Conservative Commune
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
RNC launches ‘I Stand With Cory’ petition
Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capitalism 101  —  How does a rapacious company get repeat business?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and American Power
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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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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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?  —  (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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Members Of Congress Speak Like High School Sophomores, Sunlight Foundation Report Says
Discussion: theGrio
Kirstan Conley / New York Post:
WATCH: NYPD Sgt.'s filthy tirade captured in shocking cellphone video  —  A uniformed NYPD sergeant was caught on video unleashing a vulgar tirade against a group of Brooklyn men — threatening them with his gun even while condoning their criminal behavior, The Post has learned.
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Support for pot in 2nd District House race
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 …
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Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
North Carolina Man Of God Would Like To Put All Queers Behind Electric Fence Until They Die (VIDEO)
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Runoffs Loom in U.S. Senate Race … Texas' Republican primary for U.S. Senate is close — and could be headed for a July 31 runoff — with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst holding a single-digit lead over former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
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Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Political Runoff  —  Palin's advice to Kansan: Vote in Texas
Paul Krugman:
None So Blind  —  As those who will not see.  —  Eddie Lazear has an op-ed in the WSJ on the fiscal cliff that, among other things, pooh-poohs any concerns that sudden cuts in spending might hurt the economy.  He weasels a bit, but basically conveys the impression that there's no evidence for Keynesian effects.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
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Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
Edward Lazear: Three Views of the ‘Fiscal Cliff’
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Steven Goldstein / Garden State Equality:
Dharun Ravi is sentenced  —  Moments ago, Judge Berman decided to sentence Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail.  We have been public in taking a position of balance: We opposed throwing the book at Dharun Ravi.  We have spoken out against giving him the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and against deporting him.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Rutgers Webcam-Spying Defendant Sentenced to 30-Day Jail Term
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.
Sarah Campbell / The Salisbury Post:
Video stirs debate on teacher's actions in North class  —  SPENCER — After reviewing a video in which a North Rowan High School teacher tells a student he can be arrested for speaking ill of President Barack Obama, the Rowan-Salisbury School System said it can be a learning experience.
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
White House visitor logs provide window into lobbying industry  —  Before 9 a.m., a group of lobbyists began showing up at the White House security gates with the chief executives of their companies, all of whom serve on President Obama's jobs council, to be checked in for a roundtable with the president.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
NEWLY DISCOVERED VIDEO Previously Scrubbed From YouTube Shows Trayvon Martin Participating in Local Fight Club  —  The Wagist and Conservative Tree House exposed video of Trayvon Martin attending and possibly refereeing a local fight club brawl in Miami.  —  The video was uploaded on Trayvon Martin's YouTube Channel.
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Employers To Deny Access To Birth Control  —  Missouri legislators passed a bill Friday that allows employers or health insurance providers to stop offering coverage for contraception, abortion, or sterilization if doing so violates their religious or moral convictions.
BuzzFeed:
In Conservative Media, A “Race War” Rages  —  They don't care if you call it racist.  “In Obama's America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering,” says Limbaugh.  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed  —  It was near midnight on April 14 when the Chevy Cavalier carrying Dave Forster …
 
 
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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