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2:45 PM 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.”
BuzzFeed:
Former Bain Executive: Romney Bears Blame For Ampad Layoffs  —  A former Managing Director of Bain Capital who sat on Ampad's board said in 2002 Romney carries responsibility for the plant's closing.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  The Obama campaign continued its attack on Mitt Romney's business today …
BuzzFeed:   Axelrod Calls Out Cory Booker: “He Was Just Wrong”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
RNC launches ‘I Stand With Cory’ petition
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Bain Capitalism 101  —  How does a rapacious company get repeat business?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and American Power
Glen Johnson / Boston Globe:
President Obama's campaign shifts attack on Mitt Romney to story of American Pad & Paper
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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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.
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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation:
Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?  —  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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
Obama on the High Wire
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Hullabaloo
Steven Goldstein / Garden State Equality:
Dharun Ravi is sentenced  —  Moments ago, Judge Berman decided to sentence Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail.  We have been public in taking a position of balance: We opposed throwing the book at Dharun Ravi.  We have spoken out against giving him the maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and against deporting him.
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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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
NEWLY DISCOVERED VIDEO Previously Scrubbed From YouTube Shows Trayvon Martin Participating in Local Fight Club  —  The Wagist and Conservative Tree House exposed video of Trayvon Martin attending and possibly refereeing a local fight club brawl in Miami.  —  The video was uploaded on Trayvon Martin's YouTube Channel.
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Scared Monkeys
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Dick Cheney to Raise Money for Mitt Romney  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, will host a July fund-raiser for Mitt Romney at their home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., according to a save-the-date e-mail from the Romney campaign.  —  The event will help the likely Republican nominee tap …
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 …
Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
In Chicago, Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans Put NATO's Endless War on Trial  —  When the history of our time is written, people will try to explain to each other how the country in which only one member of Congress voted against a blank check for endless war in Afghanistan (and beyond) …
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Employers To Deny Access To Birth Control  —  Missouri legislators passed a bill Friday that allows employers or health insurance providers to stop offering coverage for contraception, abortion, or sterilization if doing so violates their religious or moral convictions.
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 …
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
 
 
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BuzzFeed:
In Conservative Media, A “Race War” Rages
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  How Republicans Have Gained The Upper Hand In The Fight …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Ultra-Orthodox Jews Fill Stadium for Rally on Internet
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alan Carter / CBS Los Angeles:
Harbor Patrol Finds Nearly 8,000 Pounds Of Marijuana Floating In Ocean
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
George Zimmerman Case: Should Charges Be Dropped?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Europe is driving full-tilt, foot on the pedal, into a brick wall
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
‘Super PACs’ Changing How Political Operatives Operate