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9:20 AM ET, May 21, 2012

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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.”
Discussion: CNN and Jammie Wearing Fools
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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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
With both candidates set, Romney and Obama now close in the money race  —  No reported fundraisers for President Obama during this past weekend of G-8 and NATO summits.  European leaders have enough trouble passing the beret for Greece.  —  But we did get some new fundraising numbers …
Washington Post:
Cory Booker commits the classic Washington gaffe
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Campaign Spending About Half of Total Raised
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and New York Times
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Reuters
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PACs’ Changing How Political Operatives Operate  —  The intensifying flood of uncapped donations to outside political groups is transforming not just campaigns but the entire business of politics.  —  Once seasonal affairs, campaigns from the presidential race down to House contests …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Wisconsin Worry  —  Some Fear Walker's Surviving Recall Would Boost GOP's Chances in November  —  With little more than two weeks until Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election, some Democratic and union officials quietly are expressing fears that they have picked a fight …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Romney could best Obama in fundraising
Discussion: GOP 12 and BuzzFeed
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The long shadow of Barack Obama's identity crisis  —  The Washington Post has obsessed over an incident in which Mitt Romney allegedly cut the hair of a fellow high school student.  The mainstream media paid plenty of attention to George W. Bush's “irresponsible youth,” and speculated about whether he had used cocaine.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
“Is GOP trying to sabotage economy to hurt Obama?”  —  That's the headline on yesterday's Associated Press story by Charles Babington.  The headline appeared on the main Yahoo page, which is far more heavily trafficked than any newspaper, and was picked up, based on a Google News search, by several hundred newspapers.
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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Hal Weitzman / Financial Times:
Factories begin to shift back to US  —  Two-thirds of big US manufacturers have moved factories in the past two years, with the most popular destination being the US, according to a survey being released on Monday by Accenture, the consultants.  —  The report provides some of the first …
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
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.
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
WILL HARVARD LAW SCHOOL CONDEMN ELIZABETH WARREN FOR POW WOW CHOW PLAGIARISM?  —  Breitbart reported on Friday that two of Elizabeth Warren's recipe contributions to the 1984 Pow Wow Chow cookbook edited by her cousin included word for word copies of a 1979 article written for the New York Times News Service …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Not going to apologize for leading’ on debt-ceiling debate  —  House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday morning he's “not going to apologize for leading” by challenging President Obama to a potential debt ceiling stand-off this summer.  —  “The real issue here is will the president lead?”
Discussion: The Caucus and The Hill
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ABCNEWS:   John Boehner on GOP House: ‘Hard to Keep 218 Frogs in a Wheelbarrow’
 
 
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Europe is driving full-tilt, foot on the pedal, into a brick wall
Discussion: National Review and Guardian
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya hospital
Discussion: Guardian, US Politics and ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Campaign Spending Reports Released for April
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Tierney / New York Times:
From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Afghanistan's Karzai thanks Obama for ‘your taxpayers’ money'
 Earlier Items: 
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Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich is millions in the hole
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Campbell Brown, Wife Of Top Romney Adviser, Says Obama Is ‘Condescending’ To Women
Discussion: The Reaction and New York Times