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2:25 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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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.
ABCNEWS:
Top Obama Donor Tied to Bain Layoffs  —  The Obama campaign's latest attack tells the story of workers at an Indiana office supply company who lost their jobs after a Bain-owned company named American Pad & Paper (Ampad) took over their company and drove it out of business.
Discussion: Political Watch and Weasel Zippers
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bain and Financial Industry Gave Over $565,000 To Newark Mayor Cory Booker For 2002 Campaign
Mj Lee / Politico:
Jim Clyburn: Romney ‘raping companies’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
CNN:
PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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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Tim Mak / Politico:
Colin Powell pauses on endorsing Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
10 Things Mitt Romney's Republican Primary Opponents Said About Bain
CNN:
Arkansas primary may pose challenge for Obama
Discussion: Politico
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
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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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Dems back increase in air travel fee to close funding shortfall at TSA  —  The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday moved forward with legislation to increase airline passenger security fees, beating back a GOP attempt to keep them at current levels.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Obama's gay marriage bump
Discussion: The Hill, DealBook and Hit & Run
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) …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama's gay-marriage announcement a ‘draw’  —  Two weeks after President Obama announced he supports gay marriage, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that his announcement — politically — looks to be a wash.  —  In the poll, a combined 17 percent says it makes them …
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Pennsylvania  —  PPP's newest Pennsylvania poll …
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CNN:
Diverted US Airways plane lands safely
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Washington Post:
Barack Obama's Arkansas primary problem
Anna Leahy / The Huffington Post:
SpaceX: Future or Failure?
Discussion: New York Times and Hit & Run
Manu Raju / Politico:
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Egyptian women feel excluded, despite the promise of the revolution
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Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
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New York Post:
Teen arrested in Brooklyn blow-dart attacks
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
George Lucas's Plans in Marin County Upset Wealthy Neighbors