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5:30 PM ET, May 22, 2012

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BuzzFeed:
Is This Obama's Party?  —  The president didn't come up through Democratic Party institutions, and now he has little organic connection to it.  Not fair to compare him to Clinton, says Rendell.  —  (Getty Images / John Gress)  —  President Barack Obama took over the country in 2008 …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
How Change Happens  —  Forty years ago, corporate America was bloated, sluggish and losing ground to competitors in Japan and beyond.  But then something astonishing happened.  Financiers, private equity firms and bare-knuckled corporate executives initiated a series of reforms and transformations.
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Obama Camp Says Clyburn's ‘Raping’ Comment Is Inappropriate  —  The Obama campaign says a surrogate's use of the word “raping” to describe Mitt Romney's actions at his private-equity firm, Bain Capital, is inappropriate.  —  “I want to say to you: I don't take contributions from payday lenders.
Yahoo! News:
Don't worry, Joe: It ain't so. Why Obama won't run with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat on economy
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Romney's experience bad fit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Mj Lee / Politico:
Jim Clyburn: Romney ‘raping companies’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
ABCNEWS:
Top Obama Donor Tied to Bain Layoffs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rendell: Hey, can you believe these Bain attacks from Obama?
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Campaign 2012, CNN and Politico
BuzzFeed:   Romney Campaign Protests Biden Event With Cory Booker Heads
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
10 Things Mitt Romney's Republican Primary Opponents Said About Bain
Charles C. Johnson / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: THE VETTING - DID OBAMA HAVE LOWER SAT SCORES THAN GEORGE W. BUSH?  —  President Barack Obama is hailed by his supporters and the mainstream media as one of the most brilliant men ever to hold the office.  However, his refusal to release his academic records …
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fear the Vetting!  Breitbart.com Bombshell Exclusive: We Don't Have Obama's SAT Scores!  —  It's one BOMBSHELL EXCLUSIVE after another at the site that Andrew Breitbart built!  Man, these guys are ON FIRE!  —  Stand back, because the VETTING continues with an astounding new breaking news story …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Republican Ad Takes a Soft Shot at Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The ad is the work of two of the most fearsome players in Republican politics: Larry McCarthy, the producer behind the infamous Willie Horton commercial in 1988, and Crossroads GPS, the political battle squad founded by Karl Rove.
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New York Times:
Anatomy of an Ad: ‘Basketball’  —  The most recent ad from Crossroads GPS, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove, strives to hit a delicate balance: how to craft the perfect line of attack against a president who remains well liked even by people who are considering voting against him.  —  Scripted Scenes
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A video posted online that shows a former union leader in South Carolina smashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley has riled the national office of the AFL-CIO, which wants it taken down.  —  “Do you think we can get this video pulled,” asked a national AFL-CIO official …
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Dem-backed law may be downfall of Obama birth control mandate  —  The biggest legal threat to the White House's birth control mandate could come from a decades-old law that was championed by liberal Democrats, according to legal experts.  —  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans, Including Catholics, Say Birth Control Is Morally OK
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Obama spending binge never happened  —  Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s … WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Hullabaloo
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama's gay-marriage announcement a ‘draw’  —  Two weeks after President Obama announced he supports gay marriage, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that his announcement — politically — looks to be a wash.  —  In the poll, a combined 17 percent says it makes them …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Black Mormons and the Politics of Identity  —  SALT LAKE CITY — When Marguerite Driessen, a professor here, entered Brigham Young University in the early 1980s, she was the first black person many Mormon students had ever met, and she spent a good bit of her college time debunking stereotypes about African-Americans.
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
That's my favorite kind of headline, because all I have to do is present the relevant facts.  This is hardly the first time “CNN” and “dog poop” have been used in the same sentence, but this time it's literal.  —  CBS Atlanta: … But it gets even better, as David Stein discovered:
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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Sued By Partner Ellen Pao, Alleging Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination  —  Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, one of the most storied and well-respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, has been sued by Ellen Pao, an investment partner with the firm.
JJ Hensley / Arizona Republic:
Arpaio using deputy to help in Obama birth investigation  —  Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer investigation into documents pertaining to President Barack Obama's residency status now includes the services of a taxpayer-funded deputy, according to Arpaio.  —  The deputy joined Mike Zullo …
Marcus Stern / Reuters:
Gingrich's private ventures are going bankrupt  —  (Reuters) - ATLANTA - When he entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in May 2011, Newt Gingrich was the prosperous head of a small empire commonly known as Newt Inc, which included both for-profit consultancies and nonprofit foundations.
Rasmussen Reports:
40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder  —  As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS signs $20M PR contract to promote healthcare law  —  The Health and Human Services Department has signed a $20 million contract with a public-relations firm to highlight part of the Affordable Care Act.  —  The new, multimedia ad campaign is designed to educate the public about how to stay healthy …
Aurelius / Pundit Press:
Did White House Doctor Photo of President “Throwing” Football?  —  I'm not one for conspiracy theories.  I prefer to base my opinions on demonstration fact that I can point to.  However, after looking at an extremely odd photo of President Obama “throwing” a football, I have my doubts that this photo is real.
 
 
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Tony Cook / Toledo Blade:
Campaign donations prompt FBI probe
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Licensed To Decorate  —  Taxes don?t kill entrepreneurship.
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
BuzzFeed:
Artur Davis Considering Congressional Bid In Virginia — As A Republican
Discussion: Washington Post
Larry Copeland / USA Today:
Gridlock eases in many metro areas
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Pennsylvania  —  PPP's newest Pennsylvania poll …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Dems back increase in air travel fee to close funding shortfall at TSA
Discussion: CNN and The Jawa Report
CNN:
Diverted US Airways plane lands safely
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Obama's gay marriage bump
Discussion: Bloomberg, DealBook and The Hill
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Finds an Innovative Way for Customers to Bust Through Their Data Caps
Discussion: Engadget
Tim Mak / Politico:
Colin Powell pauses on endorsing Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats
Discussion: Via Meadia and Althouse
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic Online:
Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We're Doing it Wrong
Discussion: The Reaction