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11:15 AM 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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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Cory Booker walks back criticism of Obama tactics as ‘nauseating’  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker released a Web video Sunday emphasizing his support for President Obama and clarifying remarks he made earlier in the day where he criticized the president's campaign tactics as “nauseating.”
Chris Gentilviso / The Huffington Post:
Cory Booker: Bain Attacks By Obama Campaign Against Mitt Romney Are ‘Nauseating’ (VIDEO) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama , Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Video, Cory Booker, Mitt Romney Bain, Bain Capital, Cory Booker Bain …
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
President Obama's campaign shifts attack on Mitt Romney to story of American Pad & Paper
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capitalism 101  —  How does a rapacious company get repeat business?
Discussion: American Power and Betsy's Page
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:   With both candidates set, Romney and Obama now close in the money race
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Campaign Spending About Half of Total Raised
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and New York Times
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama, Romney Each Has Economic Strengths With Americans  —  Obama preferred for healthcare costs; Romney preferred for deficit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans see the cost of healthcare, the federal budget deficit, and unemployment as the most important economic issues facing the country today …
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and Politico
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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Wisconsin Worry
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Romney could best Obama in fundraising
Discussion: BuzzFeed, GOP 12 and PoliPundit.com
Jack Gillum / Associated Press:
Conservative donors slow to back Romney's campaign
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNN
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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
NC TEACHER SCREAMS AT STUDENT: IT'S CRIMINAL TO CRITICIZE OBAMA  —  A YouTube video uploaded on Monday afternoon apparently shows a schoolteacher from the Rowan-Salisbury school district in North Carolina informing a student that failing to be respectful of President Obama is a criminal offense.
Discussion: Cold Fury, RedState and Wake up America
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Obama super PAC slump continues  —  The pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is still struggling to keep up with GOP super PACs preparing to unleash millions of dollars in independent advertisements.  —  Priorities USA Action raised $1.6 million in April, according to federal records released late Sunday.
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PACs’ Changing How Political Operatives Operate
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.
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Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Political Runoff  —  Palin's advice to Kansan: Vote in Texas
Discussion: The Raw Story and 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.
Reuters:
Veterans symbolically discard service medals at anti-NATO rally  —  RELATED CONTENT  —  A U.S. war veteran pulls his medals off his uniform before throwing them towards ...  CHICAGO (Reuters) - Nearly 50 U.S. military veterans at an anti-NATO rally in Chicago threw their service medals …
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Reuters:
NATO to endorse Afghan exit plan, seeks routes out
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation:
The changing complexity of congressional speech  —  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, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Barack Obama's biographical brief edited repeatedly over 17 years, but Kenyan birthplace changed just weeks after his presidential run announced  —  The biography provided by Barack Obama to his literary agent specified his birthplace as “Kenya”.  And, over the course of 17 years …
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Europe is driving full-tilt, foot on the pedal, into a brick wall  —  It's unbelievable that we should be urging our neighbours to adopt a tighter fiscal union, argues Boris Johnson.  —  I see the G8 has a brilliant solution to the problems of the eurozone.  President Obama says it's time for “growth and jobs”.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's Mormon faith tangles with a quirk of Arkansas history  —  CARROLLTON, Ark. — On the wildflower-studded slopes of the Ozarks, where memories run long and family ties run thick, a little-known and long-ago chapter of history still simmers.  —  On Sept. 11, 1857 …
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Dems say no changing horses now  —  Despite Warren's heritage woes ...  Bay State Democrats are standing by their woman, saying they're confident in embattled Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren — now three weeks into a persistent scandal over her claims of Native American heritage …
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
 
 
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Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Chris Smith (N.J.) on Monday warned that dissident Chen …
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Julian Zelizer / CNN:
Gridlock in Congress? Blame the GOP
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 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Islamist calls for murder of German far-right party: media
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Hal Weitzman / Financial Times:
Factories begin to shift back to US
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The long shadow of Barack Obama's identity crisis
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
“Is GOP trying to sabotage economy to hurt Obama?”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and NewsBusters.org
Tracey Pollock / The UpTake:
Chicago Police Attack Press, Use Bikes As Weapons