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10:05 AM ET, May 22, 2012


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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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bain and Financial Industry Gave Over $565,000 To Newark Mayor Cory Booker For 2002 Campaign  —  Yesterday, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) attacked the Obama campaign for making an issue of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital during an appearance on Meet the Press.
Obama Faces Blowback for Attacking Romney Biz Career  —  The Obama campaign is in full damage-control mode one day after Newark Mayor Cory Booker publicly derided Democrats' assault on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital.  —  Chief Obama strategist David …
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 …
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Swinging at Bain, Obama Ignores What Private Equity Is
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Taylor Marsh
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Slip 'N Slide (The Note)
Obama's Bain mutiny
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Hot Air and Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Booker: Obama's right, Romney at Bain is ‘fair game’
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Dem-backed law may be downfall of Obama birth control mandate  —  The biggest legal threat to the White House's birth control mandate could come from a decades-old law that was championed by liberal Democrats, according to legal experts.  —  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) …
New York Sun:
The Church Goes To Court
Wall Street Journal:
Targeting John Roberts  —  The left tries to intimidate the High Court on ObamaCare.  —  You can tell the Supreme Court is getting closer to its historic ObamaCare ruling because the left is making one last attempt to intimidate the Justices.  The latest effort includes taunting Chief Justice John Roberts …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Nonlegal Arguments for Upholding the Individual Mandate  —  Both sides in the individual mandate litigation have developed a wide range of legal arguments to support their position.  Some defenders of the mandate have also emphasized several nonlegal reasons why they believe the Court should uphold the law.
Discussion: National Review
Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV:
DC Comics To Switch The Sexual Orientation Of An Established Character  —  One question asked at the DC panel today at the Kapow comic convention in London, was about DC co-publisher Dan DiDio's interview with The Advocate.  Specifically over the decision not to change any character's sexual orientation …
Fox News:
Could Superman be gay?  DC Comics having one their popular characters come out of the closet, report says
New York Times:
Fund-Raising for Romney Eats Into Obama's Edge  —  With Republican Congressional committees largely keeping pace with the Democrats, Mr. Obama and his Democratic allies appear increasingly likely to be matched or even outspent by Republican and conservative groups — a far cry from 2008 …
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama tops $1 billion in career political contributions
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
JJ Hensley / Arizona Republic:
Arpaio using deputy to help in Obama birth investigation  —  Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer investigation into documents pertaining to President Barack Obama's residency status now includes the services of a taxpayer-funded deputy, according to Arpaio.  —  The deputy joined Mike Zullo …
Andrew Michalscheck / KASW-TV:
Hawaii responds to Bennett's Obama birth records request
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic Online:
Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We're Doing it Wrong  —  We've already tacked three decades onto the average lifespan of an American, so what's wrong with adding another few decades?  —  So far as we know, the last hundred years have been the most radical period of life extension in all of human history.
Discussion: The Reaction
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
George Lucas's Plans in Marin County Upset Wealthy Neighbors  —  SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — In 1978, a year after “Star Wars” was released, George Lucas began building his movie production company far from Hollywood, in the quiet hills and valley of Marin County here just north of San Francisco.
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Iowa GOP platform takes “a shot” at Obama's citizenship  —  The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party's platform committee says the group is intentionally questioning President Obama's citizenship with the wording in one section of the document.  It calls for presidential candidates to …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Never Doubt That God Answers Prayer  —  ‘Speedway Bomber’: Criminal terrorist Brett Kimberlin was convicted in 1981  —  Law enforcement officials have been made aware that convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin appears to be engaged in an attempt to intimidate me into being silent about his sordid criminal history.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Businessmen Are Psycho!  No, Wait...  On May 12, the New York Times published a deeply contemptible op-ed by someone named William Deresiewicz, described as “[a]n essayist, critic and the author of ‘A Jane Austen Education.’” Titled “Capitalists and Other Psychopaths,” …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
GAO: Tax credit in healthcare law underperforms  —  Tax credits in President Obama's healthcare law aren't big enough to prompt small businesses to start offering healthcare benefits, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.  —  Fewer businesses than expected have been taking the tax credit.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Ezra Klein
Laura Strickler / CBS News:
DEA agents under investigation for hiring prostitutes  —  (CBS News) CBS News has learned that three Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are under investigation for hiring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia.  —  The alleged incident happened at the same time as the Secret Service agents …
New York Post:
Teen arrested in Brooklyn blow-dart attacks  —  The city's urban jungle got even wilder when two teenage punks became rooftop snipers and targeted a Brooklyn neighborhood over the weekend — with blow darts, authorities said yesterday.  —  Three people were wounded by the 15-year-old boys' bizarre weapon …
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. lets China bypass Wall Street for Treasury orders  —  (Reuters) - China can now bypass Wall Street when buying U.S. government debt and go straight to the U.S. Treasury, in what is the Treasury's first-ever direct relationship with a foreign government, according to documents viewed by Reuters.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Former NLRB member returns to AFL-CIO  —  Craig Becker, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), is returning to the AFL-CIO.  —  Becker will be general counsel to the nation's largest labor federation, joining AFL-CIO General Counsel Lynn Rhinehart in leading the labor group's legal office.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS signs $20M PR contract to promote healthcare law  —  The Health and Human Services Department has signed a $20 million contract with a public-relations firm to highlight part of the Affordable Care Act.  —  The new, multimedia ad campaign is designed to educate the public about how to stay healthy …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: The Page
Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh, GOP Congressman, Quiet While Constituent Calls Obama A Socialist, Nazi, Communist
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 Earlier Items: 
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
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Discussion: Politico
David Weigel / Slate:
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