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1:35 PM ET, May 22, 2012

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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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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.
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Booker: I had ‘conversations’ with campaign  —  Less than 24 hours after Obama 2012 press secretary Ben LaBolt told CNN that the Obama campaign did not reach out to Cory Booker following his remarks on Meet The Press, the Newark Mayor went on MSNBC to confirm that he had, in fact, had …
Molly Hunter / Yahoo! News:
Cory Booker ‘Fit To Be Tied’ After GOP's ‘I Stand with Cory Booker’ Email  —  NEW YORK - For the second day, Newark Mayor Cory Booker scrambled to clarify his comments criticizing the Obama campaign's assault on Mitt Romney's job creation record at Bain Capital after he sent the Obama administration …
ABCNEWS:
Top Obama Donor Tied to Bain Layoffs
Discussion: Political Watch and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
Arkansas primary may pose challenge for Obama
Discussion: Politico
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
10 Things Mitt Romney's Republican Primary Opponents Said About Bain
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama raised most from private equity, hedge funds in 2008
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Blowback for Attacking Romney Biz Career
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
Discussion: CNN
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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Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Foundation objects to auction of purported vial of Reagan's blood
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.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Dems wait by phone for Obama
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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
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) …
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
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Romney Is About to Make Bush's Health-Care Blunder  —  Mitt Romney, so long bedeviled by the politics of health care, may be about to make another serious mistake.  —  He is on the verge of spelling out a plan to replace President Barack Obama's health plan.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
GAO: Tax credit in healthcare law underperforms
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats  —  By  —  Without diminishing learning outcomes, automated teaching software can reduce the amount of time professors spend with students and could substantially reduce the cost of instruction, according to new research.
Discussion: Via Meadia and Althouse
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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 …
 
 
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Kelly Ayotte ready to jolt Joe Biden
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Fund-Raising for Romney Eats Into Obama's Edge
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
NY Times: Businessmen Are Psycho! No, Wait...
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