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7:25 AM ET, May 21, 2012

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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.
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Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
The Long Run: How the Mormon Church Shaped Mitt Romney
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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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
RNC Chairman Says Republican Proposal For $10 Million Of Race-Baiting Anti-Obama Attack Ads Is Obama's Fault  —  In an interview on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley this morning, host Crowley asked RNC Chairman Reince Priebus about a widely-denounced proposal for a pro-Mitt Romney outside group …
New York Times:
Campaign Spending Reports Released for April  —  Millions of dollars in outside money began pouring into Congressional contests around the country in April, while spending by presidential “super PACs” dropped off, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday and other data.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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 …
Discussion: The Caucus and NewsBusters.org
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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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: New York Times and The Hill
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ABCNEWS:   John Boehner on GOP House: ‘Hard to Keep 218 Frogs in a Wheelbarrow’
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 …
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.
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya hospital  —  Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence official who was sentenced to life in prison in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, has died, the Libyan government said on Sunday.  He was 60.  —  The bombing of the Dec. 21 …
Discussion: US Politics, Guardian and ABCNEWS
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Associated Press:
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi dies in Libya, family says
Discussion: Newsy
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
Igor Bobic / Livewire:
Cory Booker ‘Very Uncomfortable’ With Attacks On Bain  —  Appearing on NBC's “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor and Obama surrogate Cory Booker said he was “uncomfortable” with the Obama campaign's attacks on Mitt Romney's record with Bain Capital.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Axelrod: Romney Bain record, not Mormon faith, is ‘fair game’
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 …
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
The end of fish, in one chart  —  Want to see how severely we humans are scouring the oceans for fish?  Check out this striking map from the World Wildlife Fund's 2012 “Living Planet Report.”  The red areas are the most intensively fished (and, in many cases, overfished) parts of the ocean …
 
 
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John Tierney / New York Times:
From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz
Discussion: Althouse
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Afghanistan's Karzai thanks Obama for ‘your taxpayers’ money'
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich is millions in the hole
Discussion: Politico
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
News Analysis: The Debate Over the American Community Survey
 Earlier Items: 
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Campbell Brown, Wife Of Top Romney Adviser, Says Obama Is ‘Condescending’ To Women
Discussion: The Reaction and New York Times
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
Under Asset Forfeiture Law, Wisconsin Cops Confiscate Families' Bail Money
Discussion: The Agitator
ABCNEWS:
Rubio Comes Out Swinging at Obama at S.C. GOP Dinner