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6:05 PM ET, May 22, 2012

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BuzzFeed:
Is This Obama's Party?  —  The president didn't come up through Democratic Party institutions, and now he has little organic connection to it.  Not fair to compare him to Clinton, says Rendell.  —  (Getty Images / John Gress)  —  President Barack Obama took over the country in 2008 …
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Obama Camp Says Clyburn's ‘Raping’ Comment Is Inappropriate  —  The Obama campaign says a surrogate's use of the word “raping” to describe Mitt Romney's actions at his private-equity firm, Bain Capital, is inappropriate.  —  “I want to say to you: I don't take contributions from payday lenders.
David Brooks / New York Times:
How Change Happens  —  Forty years ago, corporate America was bloated, sluggish and losing ground to competitors in Japan and beyond.  But then something astonishing happened.  Financiers, private equity firms and bare-knuckled corporate executives initiated a series of reforms and transformations.
Washington Post:
Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat on economy  —  After months of aggressive campaigning on jobs and the economy, President Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger, are locked in a dead heat over who could fix the problem foremost on voters' minds, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Romney's experience bad fit
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
ABCNEWS:
Top Obama Donor Tied to Bain Layoffs
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mj Lee / Politico:
Jim Clyburn: Romney ‘raping companies’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Booker: I had ‘conversations’ with campaign
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Protests Biden Event With Cory Booker Heads
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Washington Post:
Barack Obama's Arkansas primary problem
Charles C. Johnson / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: THE VETTING - DID OBAMA HAVE LOWER SAT SCORES THAN GEORGE W. BUSH?  —  President Barack Obama is hailed by his supporters and the mainstream media as one of the most brilliant men ever to hold the office.  However, his refusal to release his academic records …
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fear the Vetting!  Breitbart.com Bombshell Exclusive: We Don't Have Obama's SAT Scores!  —  It's one BOMBSHELL EXCLUSIVE after another at the site that Andrew Breitbart built!  Man, these guys are ON FIRE!  —  Stand back, because the VETTING continues with an astounding new breaking news story …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A video posted online that shows a former union leader in South Carolina smashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley has riled the national office of the AFL-CIO, which wants it taken down.  —  “Do you think we can get this video pulled,” asked a national AFL-CIO official …
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ABCNEWS:
Union Boss Bashes Gov. Haley Pinata  —  Donna Dewitt, the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, is seen in this video bashing a piñata of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's face while Dewitt and her colleagues were at a retreat in Columbia, S.C. Saturday afternoon.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Republican Ad Takes a Soft Shot at Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The ad is the work of two of the most fearsome players in Republican politics: Larry McCarthy, the producer behind the infamous Willie Horton commercial in 1988, and Crossroads GPS, the political battle squad founded by Karl Rove.
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New York Times:
Anatomy of an Ad: ‘Basketball’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans, Including Catholics, Say Birth Control Is Morally OK  —  Birth control has the broadest acceptance among 18 behaviors  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Eighty-two percent of U.S. Catholics say birth control is morally acceptable, nearing the 89% of all Americans and 90% of non-Catholics who agree.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Obama spending binge never happened  —  Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s … WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
Scott Stump / msnbc.com:
General Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, talks to TODAY's Matt Lauer about politics, war and his new book, “It Worked for Me.”  —  Though he believes President Obama has had several significant achievements during his first term …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Guardian
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Colin Powell pauses on endorsing Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama's gay-marriage announcement a ‘draw’  —  Two weeks after President Obama announced he supports gay marriage, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that his announcement — politically — looks to be a wash.  —  In the poll, a combined 17 percent says it makes them …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
That's my favorite kind of headline, because all I have to do is present the relevant facts.  This is hardly the first time “CNN” and “dog poop” have been used in the same sentence, but this time it's literal.  —  CBS Atlanta: … But it gets even better, as David Stein discovered:
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Black Mormons and the Politics of Identity  —  SALT LAKE CITY — When Marguerite Driessen, a professor here, entered Brigham Young University in the early 1980s, she was the first black person many Mormon students had ever met, and she spent a good bit of her college time debunking stereotypes about African-Americans.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Sued By Partner Ellen Pao, Alleging Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination  —  Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, one of the most storied and well-respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, has been sued by Ellen Pao, an investment partner with the firm.
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Marcus Stern / Reuters:
Gingrich's private ventures are going bankrupt  —  (Reuters) - ATLANTA - When he entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in May 2011, Newt Gingrich was the prosperous head of a small empire commonly known as Newt Inc, which included both for-profit consultancies and nonprofit foundations.
Rasmussen Reports:
40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder  —  As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse
Yahoo! News:
Don't worry, Joe: It ain't so.  Why Obama won't run with Hillary Clinton.  —  Not even if you see an airborne swine.  Not even if they're driving a Zamboni in Hades.  —  When you read a rumination—or recommendation, or prediction—that President Barack Obama will replace Vice President Joe Biden …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Tony Cook / Toledo Blade:
Campaign donations prompt FBI probe
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Licensed To Decorate  —  Taxes don?t kill entrepreneurship.
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
BuzzFeed:
Artur Davis Considering Congressional Bid In Virginia — As A Republican
Discussion: Washington Post
Larry Copeland / USA Today:
Gridlock eases in many metro areas
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Pennsylvania  —  PPP's newest Pennsylvania poll …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Dems back increase in air travel fee to close funding shortfall at TSA
Discussion: CNN and The Jawa Report
CNN:
Passenger's implant claim triggers flight diversion
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Obama's gay marriage bump
Discussion: Bloomberg, DealBook and The Hill
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Finds an Innovative Way for Customers to Bust Through Their Data Caps
Discussion: Engadget
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats
Discussion: Via Meadia and Althouse
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic Online:
Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We're Doing it Wrong
Discussion: The Reaction
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS signs $20M PR contract to promote healthcare law