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10:45 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.”
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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.
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
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
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  —  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 …
New York Times:   Campaign Spending Reports Released for April
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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”.
Reuters:
NATO to endorse Afghan exit plan, seeks routes out  —  (Reuters) - NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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New York Times:
Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan War
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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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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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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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
Agence France Presse:
Islamist calls for murder of German far-right party: media
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Not going to apologize for leading’ on debt-ceiling debate
Discussion: The Caucus and The Hill
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya hospital
Discussion: Guardian, US Politics and ABCNEWS
 Earlier Items: 
Hal Weitzman / Financial Times:
Factories begin to shift back to US
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
John Tierney / New York Times:
From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
The end of fish, in one chart
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Campbell Brown, Wife Of Top Romney Adviser, Says Obama Is ‘Condescending’ To Women
Discussion: The Reaction and New York Times