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7:45 PM ET, May 19, 2012

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Frank Main / Chicago Sun Times:
‘NATO 3’ had targeted Obama campaign HQ, Rahm's house, police stations, prosecutors say  —  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: Mediaite, Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Three charged in plot to firebomb Obama campaign headquarters  —  Law enforcement officials arrested three men in Chicago this week who are accused of planning to attack President Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and various police stations and squad cars, according to reports on Saturday.
Michael Lansu / Chicago Sun Times:
3 protesters charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism
Discussion: Guardian and The Jawa Report
John Dodge / CBS Chicago:   Arrested Protester Charges Mistreatment After Police Raid Apartment
Washington Post:
Chen Guangcheng flies out of China, headed for U.S.  —  BEIJING — Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who emerged at the center of a diplomatic row between the United States and China, left Beijing on a United Airlines flight bound for Newark on Saturday afternoon after Chinese officials …
Discussion: Gothamist and emptywheel
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Great Barry  —  Self-invention on shifting postmodern sands  —  It used to be a lot simpler.  As E. C. Bentley deftly summarized it in 1905: … But that was then, and now Biography is also about maps.  For example, have you ever thought it would be way cooler to have been born in colonial Kenya?
Daniel Burke / Washington Post:
‘Exorcist’ author, William Peter Blatty, to sue Georgetown University in Catholic court  —  (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)  —  The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater …
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Meet Joe Ricketts: Billionaire Has Millions To Smear Obama, Demands Massive Taxpayer Subsidy For Baseball Stadium  —  This week, the New York Times reported that Joe Ricketts, a right-wing billionaire and founder of TD Ameritrade, is soliciting multi-million dollar ad proposals to attack President Obama.
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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Raising Rev. Wright: bad idea, but not racist
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 …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
NAACP backs gay marriage  —  CAMP DAVID - The board of the NAACP, one of the nation's oldest and largest African American advocacy organizations, has passed a resolution supporting gay marriage in the wake of President Obama's public endorsement of same-sex unions.
Discussion: CNN and Truth Wins Out
Baltimore Sun:
I'll Have Another holds off Bodemeister to win 2012 Preakness  —  The 2012 Preakness was billed as a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another and runner-up Bodemeister.  —  It was exactly that.  I'll Have Another caught Bodemeister at the wire today to win the 137th Preakness Stakes …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
California's Kafka Express  —  Not even a busted state fisc can stop Jerry Brown's train to nowhere.  —  California's budget deficit has grown by $7 billion in the last four months.  Uh oh.  The good news in this debacle is that the state's fiscal woes will make it nearly impossible …
Discussion: Althouse and Power Line
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.
 
 
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Conservative groups outspending liberal counterparts 4 to 1 on congressional races
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Leading Psychiatrist Apologizes for Study Supporting Gay ‘Cure’
Helena Smith / Guardian:
Tsipras: ‘war between people and capitalism’
Discussion: National Review and The Agonist
Financial Times:
JPMorgan unit has $100bn of risky bonds
Wall Street Journal:
Red Tape Hobbles a Harvest of Life-Saving Rice
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Europe's fiscal crisis takes center stage at G8 Camp David summit
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John Zarrella / CNN:
Commercial space vehicle launch aborted
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Judge deals setback to state unions on dues withdrawals
 

 
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