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3:25 AM ET, May 22, 2012

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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 …
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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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bankruptcy report on Bain-owned Ampad: Creditors repaid $.002 for every dollar owed  —  The Obama campaign is opening up a fresh line of attack on Bain Capital using the story of Ampad, an ultimately bankrupt company backed by Bain that laid off all 250 workers at an Indiana factory it purchased …
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Big Bain Backfire  —  President Obama's attacks on free enterprise have triggered a backlash among many—even among those in his own party.  In just the past few days, everyone from former advisors to his own surrogates have criticized the Obama campaign's attack on free enterprise.
Politico:
Obama's Bain mutiny
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Bain's fair game
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Shakesville
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Booker: Obama's right, Romney at Bain is ‘fair game’
BuzzFeed:
Obama: Bain “Is Not A Distraction, This Is What This Campaign Is Gonna Be About”
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Obama Defends Attacks on Romney, Bain Capital
Washington Post:
Cory Booker commits the classic Washington gaffe
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
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.
Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
The changing complexity of congressional speech  —  (This post was prepared in collaboration with Dan Drinkard)  —  Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level …
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan of NY, Cardinal Wuerl of D.C., Notre Dame—And 40 Other Catholic Dioceses and Organizations—Sue Obama Administration  —  (CNSNews.com) - The archdiocese of New York, headed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., headed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl …
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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
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.
Andrew Michalscheck / KASW-TV:
Hawaii responds to Bennett's Obama birth records request  —  PHOENIX — The state of Hawaii has responded to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's request for proof that President Barack Obama was in fact born in the Aloha State.  —  The Hawaii attorney general's office has reportedly told Bennett …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Candidate: I'll smoke a joint on Hill  —  Andy Caffrey, a candidate for Congress in California, has made a rather unusual campaign promise: If he wins, he'll smoke a joint — right on the steps of Capitol Hill.  —  The 54-year-old is running on a seven-step platform that prioritizes battling …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Power Line
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Rutgers Webcam-Spying Defendant Sentenced to 30-Day Jail Term  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A judge here sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail on Monday for using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers University roommate having sex with a man, in a case that galvanized concern about suicide among gay teenagers …
Andrew Belonsky / Towleroad News #gay:
NC Pastor Wants To Build Electrified Fence To Contain, Starve And Ultimately Kill Gays: VIDEO  —  In a sermon blasting President Obama for his same-sex marriage support, Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, offered a novel — and horrific …
David Weigel / Slate:
Scott Walker: Voter Fraud is Worth “One or Two Points” in Wisconsin … - A Map That Shows Poverty Is Getting Worse Almost Everywhere - What Exactly Are Baby Vegetables?  Are They Midget Vegetables or Just Very Young?  - The Real Reason Dan Harmon Was Fired From Community …
Discussion: Daily Kos
TBogg:
Internet Man Does Not Want To Be On The Google Anymore  —  Hi.  I'm back and, no, I didn't bring presents.  —  So where were we?  —  Oh yes.  Recently (May 8th to be exact) I did a post on potty-mouthed golf caddy George Tierney of Greenville South Carolina who, for some reason …
CNN:
Obama to Joplin High School grads: You're the source of inspiration  —  Joplin, Missouri (CNN) - On the eve of the one year anniversary of the tornado that ripped apart the southern Missouri town of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 residents and injuring 900 others, President Barack Obama told …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Fair Elections Legal Network:
No Photo ID Amendment on the November Ballot
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
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New York Times:
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CNBC:
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Professor Makes the Case That Google Is a Publisher
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