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1:45 PM 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: The Jawa Report and Guardian
John Dodge / CBS Chicago:   Arrested Protester Charges Mistreatment After Police Raid Apartment
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 …
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Senator Lee forced to sell ‘dream home’ in short sale  —  • Less than two years into office, Sen. Mike Lee was forced to sell his dream home in Alpine with his mortgage bank taking a significant loss — up to $400,000 — in a “short sale” as the housing bust in his neighborhood drained his house's value.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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: CNN and Politico
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:
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.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Raising Rev. Wright: bad idea, but not racist  —  What a difference four years make.  —  When Barack Obama was running for president, he successfully managed to distance himself from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leaving his Chicago church during the campaign and shrugging off suggestions …
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
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 …
Helena Smith / Guardian:
Tsipras: ‘war between people and capitalism’  —  Greece's eurozone fate may now be in the hands of the 37-year-old political firebrand and his Syriza party  —  “I don't believe in heroes or saviours,” says Alexis Tsipras, “but I do believe in fighting for rights ... no one has the right …
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: Balloon Juice
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.
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Financial Times:
JPMorgan unit has $100bn of risky bonds
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Seven women protest Rush for NOW's big day of protest [VIDEO]
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
BEIJING — Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal defender …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Europe's fiscal crisis takes center stage at G8 Camp David summit
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Judge deals setback to state unions on dues withdrawals
Discussion: Wake up America
Akiva Novick / Ynetnews:
Medics attacked by Palestinians near Jerusalem
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Yahoo! News:
Advice to would-be Romney running mates: Run for the hills
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How White Will the Electorate Be?  —  Probably not quite this white.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
George W. Bush to return to White House this month to be honored by President Obama with official portrait

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Rob Golum / Bloomberg:
Filing: Take-Two plans to lay off 5% of its workforce, expecting to incur up to $200M in charges as part of the downsizing, including $140M from canceled titles

Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant links hacktivist group Cyber Army of Russia, which claimed to target utilities in France, the US, and Poland, to Russia-linked hacking group Sandworm

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

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