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11:45 AM ET, May 19, 2012


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Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times:
3 protesters charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism  —  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.
Discussion: Guardian
Chicago Tribune:
Mystery over Bridgeport arrests: Molotov cocktails or brewing equipment?
Discussion: Guardian, Right Wing News and WLS-TV
Alan Dershowitz /
New Evidence is Consistent with George Zimmerman's Self Defense Claim  —  George Zimmerman.  Photo: wiki commons.  —  A medical report by George Zimmerman's doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting.
Hartford Courant:
McMahon Beats Shays 730-389 At GOP Convention; Primary Fight Looms  —  No Surprise As Republicans Endorse Candidate They Backed In 2010  —  Republican delegates at their state convention Friday night once again put their faith in U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, although her contentious battle …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
CORRECTION  —  UPDATE: I took down my earlier post on Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing from the book Getting On the Money Track.  On, the Warren book All Your Worth is listed as having been published January 9, 2006.  As it turns out, that is the paperback publication date; the hardback book was published in March 2005.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
China Soft-Power Watch: the Yang Rui ‘Foreign Bitch’ Factor  —  This story is all over the China-hand blogosphere, and is so strange that at first I was sure it was a joke.  But apparently it isn't.  It involves the man below, shown in a WSJ screen shot, and here is the background to understand the fuss:
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
BEIJING — Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal defender who made a dramatic escape from house arrest and whose decision to seek refuge in the American Embassy here jolted American-Sino relations, left China aboard a commercial flight bound for Newark on Saturday.
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Judge deals setback to state unions on dues withdrawals  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to have the state deduct union dues from their paychecks.
John Mercure / Local:
Mayor Barrett was meeting with union organizers when he missed police memorial  —  MILWAUKEE - It turns out, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was in Oshkosh talking with union organizers when he missed an event in Milwaukee honoring law enforcement in southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee Police officers.
John Zarrella / CNN:
Commercial space vehicle launch aborted  —  (CNN) — SpaceX aborted the historic launch of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday at the last second because of a rocket engine glitch.  —  The launch would the first attempt to send a private spacecraft to the space station.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Balloon Juice
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Seven women protest Rush for NOW's big day of protest [VIDEO]  —  Seven women participated in the National Organization for Women's day of protest against Rush Limbaugh in front of Limbaugh's D.C. affiliate WMAL, Friday.  —  NOW's national protest day had been in the works since April 19 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How White Will the Electorate Be?  —  Probably not quite this white.  —  Last month, Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz noticed something unusual.  Most of the polling about the presidential race found President Obama leading Mitt Romney, by mid-to-high single digits.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Red Tape Hobbles a Harvest of Life-Saving Rice  —  This week saw the announcement of the latest conclusions of the Copenhagen Consensus, a project founded by Bjørn Lomborg in which expert economists write detailed papers every four years and then gather to vote on the answer to a simple question …
Scott Thill / Wired:
10 Toy-Based Movies Ideas That Would Blow Away Battleship  —  Laugh all you want, but the stupendously silly, alien-riddled Battleship blockbuster isn't close to sinking toy- and game-based films anytime soon.  —  Blowtastic auteur Michael Bay's repeatedly juggled Ouija film is officially back on the board …
Discussion: Power Line
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Fiscal issues loom as G8 summit opens with Iran, Syria talks  —  CAMP ROUND MEADOW, Md. - President Obama and other world leaders opened the Camp David G8 summit Friday evening discussing a “dual track” approach with Iran while also attempting to focus on the political transition in Syria.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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Akiva Novick / Ynetnews:
Medics attacked by Palestinians near Jerusalem
Kate Nocera / Politico:
GOP rookies buck Norquist
Discussion: Power Line
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Behind the Scenes at MSNBC
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
DSCC edges NRSC in April fundraising
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Politico
Yahoo! News:
Advice to would-be Romney running mates: Run for the hills
 Earlier Items: 
Ann Romney / CNN:
First on CNN: Romneys donated $150,000 of own money to presidential bid
Discussion: Politico, and USA Today
Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
George W. Bush to return to White House this month to be honored by President Obama with official portrait
Chrystia Freeland:
Equal rights and the U.S. economy
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Stay-at-Home Moms Report More Depression, Sadness, Anger
Discussion: Hot Air, Economix and Reuters
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Romney's Smart, Unsentimental Strategy
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland