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7:10 PM ET, May 20, 2012

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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Mitt and Ann Romney's marriage is strong because they believe they will live together in an eternal afterlife...”  —  Writes Jodi Kantor in the NYT, citing “relatives and friends” as the source of information.  It's a whole long article about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith.  —  Fascinating!
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ABCNEWS:
Nancy Pelosi Defends Dems Rev. Wright Fundraising Appeal  —  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi defended the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on “This Week” for sending a fundraising email that attempted to capitalize on the apparently dead advertising plan to link President Obama to Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
ABCNEWS:
John Boehner on GOP House: ‘Hard to Keep 218 Frogs in a Wheelbarrow’  —  Republican House Speaker John Boehner compared trying to pass a bill in the House of Representatives to keeping “218 frogs in a wheelbarrow” on “This Week” this morning.  —  “I've never been shy about leading.
Washington Examiner:
Rev. Wright urged to stay silent until after 2012
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Power Line
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Axelrod: Romney Bain record, not Mormon faith, is ‘fair game’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Politico
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The Long Run: How the Mormon Church Shaped Mitt Romney
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi dies in Libya, family says  —  TRIPOLI, LIBYA - Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison …
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, Convicted in 1988 Lockerbie Bombing, Dies at 60
Reuters:
Lockerbie bomber Megrahi has died in Libya: brother
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Lawmakers say justice denied as Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Charting Obama's Journey to a Shift on Afghanistan  —  It was just one brief exchange about Afghanistan with an aide late in 2009, but it suggests how President Obama's thinking about what he once called “a war of necessity” began to radically change less than a year after he took up residency in the White House.
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Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Afghanistan's Karzai thanks Obama for ‘your taxpayers’ money'
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Campbell Brown, Wife Of Top Romney Adviser, Says Obama Is ‘Condescending’ To Women  —  In today's New York Times, former cable news anchor Campbell Brown attacks President Obama for “condescending” to women with a “paternalistic,” “fake,” and “grating” attitude.
Discussion: New York Times
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
The end of fish, in one chart  —  Want to see how severely we humans are scouring the oceans for fish?  Check out this striking map from the World Wildlife Fund's 2012 “Living Planet Report.”  The red areas are the most intensively fished (and, in many cases, overfished) parts of the ocean …
Igor Bobic / Livewire:
Cory Booker ‘Very Uncomfortable’ With Attacks On Bain  —  Appearing on NBC's “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor and Obama surrogate Cory Booker said he was “uncomfortable” with the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's record with Bain Capital.
Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans add gay marriage measure to defense bill  —  The chamber passes the annual spending bill 200 to 120, including the provision that would ban same-sex ceremonies at military chapels.  —  Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) wrote one of the gay marriage provisions in the defense spending bill, which passed 299 to 120 in the House.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truth Wins Out
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
NAACP endorses gay marriage as ‘civil right’
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
NAACP endorses same-sex marriage
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
In Largely Symbolic Move, N.A.A.C.P. Votes to Endorse Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Mediaite
JSOnline:
We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified  —  Scott Walker's policies are controversial, but arguments over policies - no matter how sharp - aren't reason enough to end a governor's term.  —  No governor in recent memory has been so controversial.  No governor in America is so polarizing.
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich is millions in the hole  —  (CNN) - Newt Gingrich ended his campaign earlier this month with nearly $4.8 million in campaign debt, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission that reflected campaign activity through the end of April.
Discussion: Politico
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
RNC Chairman Says Republican Proposal For $10 Million Of Race-Baiting Anti-Obama Attack Ads Is Obama's Fault  —  In an interview on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley this morning, host Crowley asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus about a widely-denounced proposal for a pro-Mitt Romney outside group …
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Under Asset Forfeiture Law, Wisconsin Cops Confiscate Families' Bail Money … FOLLOW:  —  Drug Violence, Civil Asset Forfeiture, Asset Forfeiture, Bail, Bond, Brown County Wisconsin, Criminal Justice, Drug Prohibition, Green Bay, Politics News  —  When the Brown County, Wis. …
Discussion: The Agitator
ABCNEWS:
Rubio Comes Out Swinging at Obama at S.C. GOP Dinner  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., doled out attacks on President Obama tonight in a high-profile speech before South Carolina Republicans, laying out aggressive criticisms of the president as he called him the most “divisive figure” in American politics.
 
 
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