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9:25 PM ET, May 20, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Axelrod: Romney Bain record, not Mormon faith, is ‘fair game’
Discussion: Salon, Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
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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Washington Examiner:
Rev. Wright urged to stay silent until after 2012
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Power Line
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The Long Run: How the Mormon Church Shaped Mitt Romney
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
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.
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ABCNEWS:   John Boehner on GOP House: ‘Hard to Keep 218 Frogs in a Wheelbarrow’
Rolling Stone:
Robin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62  —  Singer had been battling cancer for years  —  Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement.  Gibb was 62 years old.  —  “The family of Robin Gibb …
Tracey Pollock / The UpTake:
Chicago Police Attack Press, Use Bikes As Weapons  —  Tracey Pollock, a credentialed photographer for The UpTake, is attacked by police in Chicago during an anti-NATO protest on Saturday.  Before the attack, police were using their bicycles as weapons to force back the crowd which was staging a march without a permit.
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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Occupy Journalists Stopped, Searched, Handcuffed & Interrogated at Gunpoint  —  Under cover of the night around twelve police cars stopped five journalists when they were heading back to where they are staying in Chicago during the NATO summit.  All five have been covering protests against the NATO summit for the past few days.
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: Associated Press and Politico
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
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 …
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
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
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
NAACP endorses same-sex marriage  —  The NAACP's board of directors voted Saturday to endorse same-sex marriage rights - adding the influential voice of the country's leading black civil rights organization to a debate that has divided the African-American community.
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
NAACP endorses gay marriage as ‘civil right’
 
 
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John Tierney / New York Times:
From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz
Discussion: Althouse
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
News Analysis: The Debate Over the American Community Survey
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Under Asset Forfeiture Law, Wisconsin Cops Confiscate Families' Bail Money
Discussion: The Agitator
ABCNEWS:
Rubio Comes Out Swinging at Obama at S.C. GOP Dinner
 Earlier Items: 
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Group of 8 Leaders Confront German Focus on Austerity
Los Angeles Times:
House Republicans add gay marriage measure to defense bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and Truth Wins Out
C-SPAN:
Newsmakers with Rep. Barney Frank
Discussion: The Daley Gator