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12:00 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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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.
ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Blowback for Attacking Romney Biz Career
Politico:
Obama's Bain mutiny
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, The Hill and Hot Air
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama raised most from private equity, hedge funds in 2008  —  President Obama raised far more cash from hedge fund and private equity donors than any other candidate in the 2008 election cycle.  —  According to an analysis by the nonprofit group Open Secrets, Obama took in nearly $3.5 million …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Obama, Romney tied as race heats up  —  (CNN) - Less than six months ahead of November's general election, Americans are split between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a poll released Tuesday.  —  The Washington Post/ABC News survey showed …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Colin Powell pauses on endorsing Obama  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that he's not ready to endorse President Barack Obama's reelection, as he's also considering Mitt Romney, a “good man” he's known for years.  —  “I don't want to throw my weight behind somebody …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
10 Things Mitt Romney's Republican Primary Opponents Said About Bain
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Slip 'N Slide (The Note)
Discussion: msnbc.com and Jammie Wearing Fools
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’  —  The most recent ad from Crossroads GPS, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove, strives to hit a delicate balance: how to craft the perfect line of attack against a president who remains well liked even by people who are considering voting against him.  —  Scripted Scenes
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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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
PFC Auctions:
Lot 160 - Ronald Reagan Blood Vial  —  Current bid: £8,346.00  —  Another user is currently the top bidder.  —  2d 4h 18m 25s  —  Bidding allowed for registered users only.  Register or Log in.  —  You are about to place a bid for:  —  Setting a Max Bid of:  —  If this is correct, click Place Bid.
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Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Ronald Reagan's Blood For Sale — Bid Now!
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Nonlegal Arguments for Upholding the Individual Mandate
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Aurelius / Pundit Press:
Did White House Doctor Photo of President “Throwing” Football?  —  I'm not one for conspiracy theories.  I prefer to base my opinions on demonstration fact that I can point to.  However, after looking at an extremely odd photo of President Obama “throwing” a football, I have my doubts that this photo is real.
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
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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:   Romney Is About to Make Bush's Health-Care Blunder
oecd.org:
Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD  —  Watch the webcast of the press conference  —  The global economy is gradually gaining momentum, but the recovery is fragile, extremely uneven across different regions and could be derailed by the crisis in the euro area …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, New York Times and Guardian
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David Keohane / FT Alphaville:
Depressing eurozone summary du jour
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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