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9:40 AM ET, May 22, 2012

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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.
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ABCNEWS:
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 …
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.
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 …
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Swinging at Bain, Obama Ignores What Private Equity Is  —  Bain Capital has been used as a political weapon against Mitt Romney since 1994, but now his opponents might be rethinking ads about attacking him for his time at the private-equity firm as the ads are being criticized by some Democrats as well as Republicans.
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Taylor Marsh
Politico:
Obama's Bain mutiny
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Booker: Obama's right, Romney at Bain is ‘fair game’
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Bain's fair game
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bankruptcy report on Bain-owned Ampad: Creditors repaid $.002 for every dollar owed
BuzzFeed:
Obama: Bain “Is Not A Distraction, This Is What This Campaign Is Gonna Be About”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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) …
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New York Sun:
The Church Goes To Court
Discussion: Power Line and Wall Street Journal
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan of NY, Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame …
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 …
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Fox News:
Could Superman be gay?  DC Comics having one their popular characters come out of the closet, report says
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
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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 …
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 …
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama tops $1 billion in career political contributions
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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Andrew Michalscheck / KASW-TV:
Hawaii responds to Bennett's Obama birth records request
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,” …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Althouse
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: Ezra Klein
Caleb Troop / WCNC-TV:
Teacher suspended after telling students not to criticize the president  —  SPENCER, N.C. - A teacher at a Rowan County school has been suspended after getting national attention for a YouTube video video that surfaced last week showing her yelling at her students, saying it's wrong to criticize the president.
Discussion: Hot Air and Jammie Wearing Fools
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 …
Ben Birnbaum / Washington Times:
9/11 ‘truther’ leading Egyptian presidential race  —  An Islamist who believes that the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States were an American conspiracy is the front-runner in Egypt's presidential race, a new poll shows.  —  Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, formerly a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood …
 
 
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New Republican Ad Takes a Soft Shot at Obama
New York Times:
Dozens Killed by Bomb in Yemen, Raising Al Qaeda Fears
Discussion: The Page
Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
Biden in N.H. and Massachusetts, Romney in New York and Connecticut, plus more to watch for Tuesday in politics
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Joe Walsh, GOP Congressman, Quiet While Constituent Calls Obama A Socialist, Nazi, Communist
Discussion: Firedoglake and theGrio
Bloomberg:
Worst Market Since Reagan Greets Obama Before Election
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Alexis Tsipras warns Greek crisis is also Europe's
Julie Appleby / Kaiser Health News:
Higher Prices Charged By Hospitals, Other Providers, Drove Health Spending During Downturn
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Obama to Joplin High School grads: You're the source of inspiration
Discussion: Politico
Fair Elections Legal Network:
No Photo ID Amendment on the November Ballot
David Weigel / Slate:
Scott Walker: Voter Fraud is Worth “One or Two Points” in Wisconsin
Discussion: Daily Kos