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8:10 AM ET, May 22, 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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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bain and Financial Industry Gave Over $565,000 To Newark Mayor Cory Booker For 2002 Campaign  —  Yesterday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) attacked the Obama campaign for making an issue of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital during an appearance on Meet the Press.
Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat on economy  —  After months of aggressive campaigning on jobs and the economy, President Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger, are locked in a dead heat over who could fix the problem foremost on voters' minds, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Politico:
Obama's Bain mutiny  —  CHICAGO — President Barack Obama flew into Chicago grimly set on ending the war in Afghanistan — and left his hometown by gleefully starting a new one over Bain Capital with Mitt Romney.  —  If Obama had any reticence about diving into an election-year controversy …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Booker: Obama's right, Romney at Bain is ‘fair game’
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Bain's fair game
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bankruptcy report on Bain-owned Ampad: Creditors repaid $.002 for every dollar owed
BuzzFeed:
Obama: Bain “Is Not A Distraction, This Is What This Campaign Is Gonna Be About”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama Defends Attacks on Romney, Bain Capital
Dennis Brown / Notre Dame News:
Notre Dame files religious liberty lawsuit related to HHS mandate  —  The University of Notre Dame filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) challenging the constitutionality of a federal regulation that requires religious organizations to provide, pay for, and/or facilitate insurance coverage for services …
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New York Sun:
The Church Goes To Court
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan of NY, Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame …
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 …
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Fox News:
Could Superman be gay?  DC Comics having one their popular characters come out of the closet, report says
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Businessmen Are Psycho!  No, Wait...  On May 12, the New York Times published a deeply contemptible op-ed by someone named William Deresiewicz, described as “[a]n essayist, critic and the author of ‘A Jane Austen Education.’” Titled “Capitalists and Other Psychopaths,” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
George Lucas's Plans in Marin County Upset Wealthy Neighbors  —  SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — In 1978, a year after “Star Wars” was released, George Lucas began building his movie production company far from Hollywood, in the quiet hills and valley of Marin County here just north of San Francisco.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Althouse
Caleb Troop / WCNC-TV:
Teacher suspended after telling students not to criticize the president  —  SPENCER, N.C. - A teacher at a Rowan County school has been suspended after getting national attention for a YouTube video video that surfaced last week showing her yelling at her students, saying it's wrong to criticize the president.
Discussion: Hot Air and Jammie Wearing Fools
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
9/11 ‘truther’ leading Egyptian presidential race  —  An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt's presidential race, a new poll shows.  —  Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood …
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 …
Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
Biden in N.H. and Massachusetts, Romney in New York and Connecticut, plus more to watch for Tuesday in politics  —  Vice President Joe Biden campaigns Tuesday in the battleground state of New Hampshire and on Mitt Romney's home turf in Massachusetts.  The topic: the economy?
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
CNN:
Obama to Joplin High School grads: You're the source of inspiration  —  Joplin, Missouri (CNN) - On the eve of the one year anniversary of the tornado that ripped apart the southern Missouri town of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 residents and injuring 900 others, President Barack Obama told …
Discussion: Politico
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
NEW BLACK PANTHER FIELD MARSHAL: WHITES 'SHOULD BE THANKFUL WE'RE NOT HANGING CRACKERS BY NOOSES...YET, YET, YET'  —  According to National Field Marshal for the New Black Panthers King Samir Shabazz:  — “I hate the g*ddamn white man, woman, and child, grandma, aunt, uncle, Pappa Billy Bob, and whoever else.”
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 …
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Alexis Tsipras warns Greek crisis is also Europe's  —  Greece's leftwing leader tells Paris audience that other EU countries will be next if they fail to oppose radical austerity drive  —  The rising star of Europe Alexis Tsipras, the radical left Greek leader, has arrived in Paris …
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 …
 
 
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Fair Elections Legal Network:
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