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9:20 PM ET, May 21, 2012

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ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Blowback for Attacking Romney Biz Career  —  The Obama campaign is in full damage-control mode one day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker publicly derided Democrats' assault on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital.  —  Chief Obama strategist David …
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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 …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Big Bain Backfire  —  President Obama's attacks on free enterprise have triggered a backlash among many—even among those in his own party.  In just the past few days, everyone from former advisors to his own surrogates have criticized the Obama campaign's attack on free enterprise.
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.
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’
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Morning Examiner: Booker's Bungle
Discussion: msnbc.com and Conservative Commune
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
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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President:
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
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.
Discussion: Allergic to Bull
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
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Rutgers Webcam-Spying Defendant Sentenced to 30-Day Jail Term  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge here sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail on Monday for using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers University roommate having sex with a man, in a case that galvanized concern about suicide among gay teenagers …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
Scott Walker: Voter Fraud is Worth “One or Two Points” in Wisconsin … - A Map That Shows Poverty Is Getting Worse Almost Everywhere - What Exactly Are Baby Vegetables?  Are They Midget Vegetables or Just Very Young?  - The Real Reason Dan Harmon Was Fired From Community …
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
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.
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...
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.
Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV:
DC Comics To Switch The Sexual Orientation Of An Established Character  —  One question asked at the DC panel today at the Kapow comic convention in London, was about DC co-publisher Dan DiDio's interview with The Advocate.  Specifically over the decision not to change any character's sexual orientation …
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 …
Fair Elections Legal Network:
No Photo ID Amendment on the November Ballot  —  The Legislature Failed to Rewrite Misleading Ballot Language, Effectively Killing the Amendment  —  Washington, DC - With the end of the legislative session, the Missouri legislature failed to replace the language of a ballot measure …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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
 
 
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