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3:25 AM ET, May 23, 2012

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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.
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney locked in tight contest
Wall Street Journal:   Obama, Romney in Dead Heat
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Romney's experience bad fit
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
4 in 10 Democrats desert Obama in Arkansas, Kentucky  —  Four in ten Democratic voters chose someone other than President Obama on Tuesday in primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky.  —  In Arkansas, John Wolfe — a perennial, long-shot candidate — took 41 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
‘Uncommitted’ Gives Obama a Run in Kentucky  —  ‘Uncommitted’ is keeping it closer than expected in the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary.  With 104 of 120 counties counted, President Barack Obama leads ‘Uncommitted’ by only 20 percentage points.  The tally so far: Obama with 105,487 votes …
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:   Romney, Obama Notch Primary Wins
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 …
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.
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 Smacks 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.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Misplaced Loyalties and Dubious Code of Chris Matthews  —  The MSNBC host attacked Cory Booker for breaking with the Democratic Party line.  As a journalist, he ought to celebrate truth-telling.  —  When the average television viewer sees someone on a public-affairs show making arguments …
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Bill Clinton's $80 Million Payday, or Why Politicians Don't Care That Much About Reelection … On December 21, 2000, as President, Bill Clinton signed a bill known as the Commodities Futures Modernization Act.  This law ensured that derivatives could not be regulated, setting the stage for the financial crisis.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
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Yahoo! News:
Don't worry, Joe: It ain't so. Why Obama won't run with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
LEE STRANAHAN dot COM:
Friday, May 25th Is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day”  —  Brett Kimberlin is a convicted bomber, perjurer and left-wing attack dog.  He's attacked — in no particular order — conservative bloggers like Andrew Breibart, Patterico, Liberty Chick, Aaron Worthing, Stacy McCain and others.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Brett Kimberlin Saga Takes a Bizarre Turn, Forcing Me to Leave Maryland
Fox News Insider:
Student Who Recorded Teacher Yelling at Him for Criticizing President Obama Speaks Out  —  A teacher is now suspended with pay after audio was found of her yelling at a student for criticizing President Obama.  It all began in the classroom when the topic of the day was a discussion regarding …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
NC student on pro-Obama teacher who berated him: “She doesn't want to hear anything but what she believes in”
Discussion: Daily Pundit and WCNC-TV
Nick R. Martin / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Bennett Backs Off Birther Threat, Apologizes To Arizona  —  After days of ridicule for launching a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into Barack Obama's birth certificate, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on Tuesday backed off his threat to keep the president off …
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Coming soon: Bristol Palin's reality show  —  Bristol Palin's reality show premieres next month, Lifetime announced in a press release on Tuesday:
Discussion: The Other McCain
Tampa Bay Fl News:
Woman attacked while ordering lunch at McDonald's drive-thru  —  Shannon, who asked us not to use her last name, was the victim of an attack on May 9 just before noon.  —  She called our sister station KUSA 9News, and asked for help finding her attackers.  —  “I don't feel safe anymore,” Shannon said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jennifer LeClaire / Charisma News:
Black Leaders Decry NAACP Endorsement of Homosexual Agenda  —  Alveda C. King is among the growing number of African-American leaders speaking out about President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage.  —  Specifically, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. is joining black spiritual leaders …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains DOD and CIA Records Detailing Meetings with bin Laden Raid Filmmakers  —  DOD Officials Disclosed to Filmmakers Identity of SEAL Team Six Operator and Commander; Ask Film Director to Withhold Operator's Name, 'because he shouldn't be talking out of school.'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rep. Steve King: Immigrants are like dogs  —  Updated: On Monday, the Iowa GOP rep used a degrading metaphor to describe how America should select immigrants  —  [Updated below]  —  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Violate Budget Control Act  —  The Budget Control Act is the compromise on federal spending that the Republicans and Democrats entered into last summer, as part of the deal whereby the Republicans agreed to increase the federal debt limit.  That increase was conditioned …
WCAX-TV:
Poll: Shumlin would win gubernatorial race  —  Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin would be re-elected to a second term if the election were held today.  That's according to a new poll by WDEV, WCAX and Vermont Business Magazine.  —  The poll was conducted by Castleton State College with more than 600 registered voters surveyed.
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world  —  Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady's passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis.  —  Ann Romney is a partner in the Acres …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Anchoress and Daily Pundit
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Internal Democratic polling shows dead heat in Wisconsin recall  —  Gov. Scott Walker (R) is not safe in next month's recall election, Wisconsin Democrats say.  —  Walker has been pulling ahead of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) in polls on the June 5 recall election sparked by the governor's collective bargaining reforms.
Discussion: Hot Air
Kerry Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
Ode to My Best Friend — Mary Richardson Kennedy  —  I met Mary on her first day at Putney, we were 15.  The next weekend we hitch hiked to Boston to see my siblings Michael, Bobby, David, Courtney and Kathleen, and for the rest of her life, she spent nearly every weekend and vacation with our family.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
 
 
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Scott Stump / msnbc.com:
General Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Guardian
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans, Including Catholics, Say Birth Control Is Morally OK
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
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Marcus Stern / Reuters:
Gingrich's private ventures are going bankrupt