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6:50 PM ET, May 21, 2012

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Washington Post:
Cory Booker commits the classic Washington gaffe  —  In Washington, there's an old cliche: A gaffe is when a politician is accidentally honest.  —  That's what happened to Newark (N.J.) Mayor Cory Booker during an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bankruptcy report on Bain-owned Ampad: Creditors repaid $.002 for every dollar owed  —  The Obama campaign is opening up a fresh line of attack on Bain Capital using the story of Ampad, an ultimately bankrupt company backed by Bain that laid off all 250 workers at an Indiana factory it purchased …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Tim Mak / Politico:
Harold Ford: Cory Booker was right  —  Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. said Monday that he would not have walked back New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's surprising comments criticizing the Obama campaign for attacking private equity.  —  “I would not have backed off the comments if I were Mayor Booker …
BuzzFeed:
Former Bain Executive: Romney Bears Blame For Ampad Layoffs  —  A former Managing Director of Bain Capital who sat on Ampad's board said in 2002 Romney carries responsibility for the plant's closing.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  The Obama campaign continued its attack on Mitt Romney's business today …
BuzzFeed:
Obama: Bain “Is Not A Distraction, This Is What This Campaign Is Gonna Be About”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cory Booker walks back criticism of Obama tactics as ‘nauseating’
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan of NY, Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame—And 40 Other Catholic Dioceses and Organizations—Sue Obama Administration  —  (CNSNews.com) - The archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl …
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A message from Father Jenkins on the HHS lawsuit  —  A Message from Father John Jenkins, C.S.C.,  —  Today the University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana regarding a recent mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
David Freddoso / Campaign 2012:
Notre Dame sues Obama Administration over HHS rule
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: 43 Catholic institutions file suits over HHS mandate
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and Nice Deb
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Dozens of Catholic Groups Sue Obama Admin Over HHS Mandate
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
The changing complexity of congressional speech  —  (This post was prepared in collaboration with Dan Drinkard)  —  Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level …
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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?  —  (This post was prepared in collaboration with Dan Drinkard)  —  Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Members Of Congress Speak Like High School Sophomores, Sunlight Foundation Report Says
Discussion: theGrio
Kirstan Conley / New York Post:
WATCH: NYPD Sgt.'s filthy tirade captured in shocking cellphone video  —  A uniformed NYPD sergeant was caught on video unleashing a vulgar tirade against a group of Brooklyn men — threatening them with his gun even while condoning their criminal behavior, The Post has learned.
Andrew Belonsky / Towleroad News #gay:
NC Pastor Wants To Build Electrified Fence To Contain, Starve And Ultimately Kill Gays: VIDEO  —  In a sermon blasting President Obama for his same-sex marriage support, Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, offered a novel — and horrific …
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Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
North Carolina Man Of God Would Like To Put All Queers Behind Electric Fence Until They Die (VIDEO)
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
Andrew Michalscheck / KASW-TV:
Hawaii responds to Bennett's Obama birth records request  —  PHOENIX — The state of Hawaii has responded to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's request for proof that President Barack Obama was in fact born in the Aloha State.  —  The Hawaii attorney general's office has reportedly told Bennett …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Candidate: I'll smoke a joint on Hill  —  Andy Caffrey, a candidate for Congress in California, has made a rather unusual campaign promise: If he wins, he'll smoke a joint — right on the steps of Capitol Hill.  —  The 54-year-old is running on a seven-step platform that prioritizes battling …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Limbaugh takes post-Fluke ratings hit  —  Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy.  —  The conservative radio host's ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston …
Sarah Campbell / The Salisbury Post:
Video stirs debate on teacher's actions in North class  —  SPENCER — After reviewing a video in which a North Rowan High School teacher tells a student he can be arrested for speaking ill of President Barack Obama, the Rowan-Salisbury School System said it can be a learning experience.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Never Doubt That God Answers Prayer  —  ‘Speedway Bomber’: Criminal terrorist Brett Kimberlin was convicted in 1981  —  Law enforcement officials have been made aware that convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin appears to be engaged in an attempt to intimidate me into being silent about his sordid criminal history.
Paul Krugman:
None So Blind  —  As those who will not see.  —  Eddie Lazear has an op-ed in the WSJ on the fiscal cliff that, among other things, pooh-poohs any concerns that sudden cuts in spending might hurt the economy.  He weasels a bit, but basically conveys the impression that there's no evidence for Keynesian effects.
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
‘NOT THE REAL WORLD’  —  Obama officials pressured contractors to change job loss figures, recordings reveal  —  Obama administration officials may have pressured government contractors to change job loss estimates associated with coal regulations, audio recordings reveal.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Romney ad: Bookermania  —  The inevitable easy lay-up after yesterday's turnover.  Has anyone offered a solid theory yet for why Booker tried to call off the dogs on Bain, in a forum as prominent as “Meet the Press” no less?  I realize that Democrats have a, shall we say …
Discussion: Mediaite
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
White House visitor logs provide window into lobbying industry  —  Before 9 a.m., a group of lobbyists began showing up at the White House security gates with the chief executives of their companies, all of whom serve on President Obama's jobs council, to be checked in for a roundtable with the president.
CNBC:
Facebook Shares Fall Below IPO Offering Price  —  Facebook shares [FB Loading...  () ] sank on Monday without the full support of the company's underwriters, leaving some investors down 25 percent from where they were Friday afternoon.  —  Facebook's debut was beset by problems, so much so that Nasdaq [NDAQ Loading...
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Runoffs Loom in U.S. Senate Race … Texas' Republican primary for U.S. Senate is close — and could be headed for a July 31 runoff — with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst holding a single-digit lead over former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
Soraya Chemaly / The Huffington Post:
A Message to Girls About Religious Men Who Fear You  —  Islam , Women's Empowerment , Catholic Women , Christian Women , Gender and Religion , Gender Equality , Gender and Religion , Women In Religion , Religion News  —  You are powerful beyond words, because you threaten to unravel the control …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Richard Black / BBC:
Arctic melt releasing ancient methane  —  Many of the sites were bubbling methane that has been stored for millennia  —  Scientists have identified thousands of sites in the Arctic where methane that has been stored for many millennia is bubbling into the atmosphere.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
California Ex-Gay Advocates: Junk Science Therapy Has ‘At Least Over 80 Percent’ Success  —  The Pacific Justice Institute, a California-based Christian legal defense organization, has partnered with groups that promote ex-gay therapy like NARTH to oppose a California bill that would limit …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Professor Makes the Case That Google Is a Publisher  —  IS Google search an intermediary like the phone company — simply connecting people with the information they seek?  Or is Google search a publisher, like a newspaper, which provides only the information that it sees fit and is protected by the First Amendment?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP blasts $1 million Hawaii conference for judges in wake of GSA scandal  —  Two senior Senate Republicans on Monday blasted plans by judges in the 9th Circuit to hold a conference in Hawaii this August that they said could run up a tab of $1 million or more, and includes a schedule of sport fishing …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
New York Taxi Panel May Raise Fares Up to 20%  —  The price of a taxi ride in New York could be about to rise.  —  The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission agreed on Monday to formally consider a proposal from the yellow cab industry to raise taxi fares by as much as 20 percent.
Discussion: New York Magazine and ANIMAL
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Narrow review of global wiretaps (FINAL UPDATE)  —  The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to examine, at its next Term, the federal government's latest attempt to shield from court review its system of secret monitoring of global communications in search of terrorist threats.
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Dick Cheney to Raise Money for Mitt Romney  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, will host a July fund-raiser for Mitt Romney at their home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., according to a save-the-date e-mail from the Romney campaign.  —  The event will help the likely Republican nominee tap …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
NEWLY DISCOVERED VIDEO Previously Scrubbed From YouTube Shows Trayvon Martin Participating in Local Fight Club  —  The Wagist and Conservative Tree House exposed video of Trayvon Martin attending and possibly refereeing a local fight club brawl in Miami.  —  The video was uploaded on Trayvon Martin's YouTube Channel.
 
 
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