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10:40 PM ET, May 22, 2012

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Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Bill Clinton's $80 Million Payday, or Why Politicians Don't Care That Much About Reelection … On December 21, 2000, as President, Bill Clinton signed a bill known as the Commodities Futures Modernization Act.  This law ensured that derivatives could not be regulated, setting the stage for the financial crisis.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Obama Camp Says Clyburn's ‘Raping’ Comment Is Inappropriate  —  The Obama campaign says a surrogate's use of the word “raping” to describe Mitt Romney's actions at his private-equity firm, Bain Capital, is inappropriate.  —  “I want to say to you: I don't take contributions from payday lenders.
David Brooks / New York Times:
How Change Happens  —  Forty years ago, corporate America was bloated …
BuzzFeed:
Is This Obama's Party?
Yahoo! News:
Don't worry, Joe: It ain't so. Why Obama won't run with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Romney's experience bad fit
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 …
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fear the Vetting!  Breitbart.com Bombshell Exclusive: We Don't Have Obama's SAT Scores!  —  It's one BOMBSHELL EXCLUSIVE after another at the site that Andrew Breitbart built!  Man, these guys are ON FIRE!  —  Stand back, because the VETTING continues with an astounding new breaking news story …
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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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Obama, Romney locked in tight contest
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Wall Street Journal:   Obama, Romney in Dead Heat
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Obama spending binge never happened  —  Commentary: Government outlays rising at slowest pace since 1950s … WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The Misplaced Loyalties and Dubious Code of Chris Matthews  —  The MSNBC host attacked Cory Booker for breaking with the Democratic Party line.  As a journalist, he ought to celebrate truth-telling.  —  When the average television viewer sees someone on a public-affairs show making arguments …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Daily Caller
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BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Protests Biden Event With Cory Booker Heads
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A video posted online that shows a former union leader in South Carolina smashing a piñata effigy of Gov. Nikki Haley has riled the national office of the AFL-CIO, which wants it taken down.  —  “Do you think we can get this video pulled,” asked a national AFL-CIO official …
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ABCNEWS:
Union Boss Smacks Gov. Haley Pinata  —  Donna Dewitt, the outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, is seen in this video bashing a piñata of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's face while Dewitt and her colleagues were at a retreat in Columbia, S.C. Saturday afternoon.
Nick R. Martin / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMMuckraker  —  Bennett Backs Off Birther Threat, Apologizes To Arizona  —  After days of ridicule for launching a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into Barack Obama's birth certificate, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett on Tuesday backed off his threat to keep the president off …
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Coming soon: Bristol Palin's reality show  —  Bristol Palin's reality show premieres next month, Lifetime announced in a press release on Tuesday:
Discussion: The Other McCain
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.
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world  —  Testimony in a lawsuit — from which she was eventually dropped — reveals the would-be first lady's passionate engagement in dressage, a sport she believes helps her deal with multiple sclerosis.  —  Ann Romney is a partner in the Acres …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Anchoress and Daily Pundit
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Wins Kentucky, Arkansas Primaries  —  Mitt Romney easily won the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday, while President Barack Obama had tighter races in his primaries against minor challengers—or even no challenger at all.
Discussion: Business Insider
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Internal Democratic polling shows dead heat in Wisconsin recall  —  Gov. Scott Walker (R) is not safe in next month's recall election, Wisconsin Democrats say.  —  Walker has been pulling ahead of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) in polls on the June 5 recall election sparked by the governor's collective bargaining reforms.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Maddow Blog
Jennifer LeClaire / Charisma News:
Black Leaders Decry NAACP Endorsement of Homosexual Agenda  —  Alveda C. King is among the growing number of African-American leaders speaking out about President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage.  —  Specifically, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. is joining black spiritual leaders …
Kerry Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
Ode to My Best Friend — Mary Richardson Kennedy  —  I met Mary on her first day at Putney, we were 15.  The next weekend we hitch hiked to Boston to see my siblings Michael, Bobby, David, Courtney and Kathleen, and for the rest of her life, she spent nearly every weekend and vacation with our family.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rasmussen Reports:
40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder  —  As evidence continues to emerge from the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Americans are becoming more convinced that his killer acted in self-defense and that the legal system will come to that conclusion.
Scott Stump / msnbc.com:
General Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, talks to TODAY's Matt Lauer about politics, war and his new book, “It Worked for Me.”  —  Though he believes President Obama has had several significant achievements during his first term …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Guardian
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Rep. Steve King: Immigrants are like dogs  —  Updated: On Monday, the Iowa GOP rep used a degrading metaphor to describe how America should select immigrants  —  [Updated below]  —  Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday …
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
In Kentucky, 42 percent of Democrats pick ‘uncommitted’ instead of Obama  —  “Uncommitted” voters made up almost 42 percent in Kentucky's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday night.  —  President Obama was ahead with 58 percent of the vote with about 98 percent of counties reporting, according to the Kentucky board of elections.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans, Including Catholics, Say Birth Control Is Morally OK  —  Birth control has the broadest acceptance among 18 behaviors  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Eighty-two percent of U.S. Catholics say birth control is morally acceptable, nearing the 89% of all Americans and 90% of non-Catholics who agree.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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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.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Sued By Partner Ellen Pao, Alleging Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination  —  Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, one of the most storied and well-respected venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, has been sued by Ellen Pao, an investment partner with the firm.
 
 
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Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Scholarship Funds, Meant for Needy, Benefit Private Schools
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
NRC chairman resigns amid battle over lessons from Fukushima
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Black Mormons and the Politics of Identity
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
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BuzzFeed:
Artur Davis Considering Congressional Bid In Virginia — As A Republican
Discussion: Washington Post
Larry Copeland / USA Today:
Gridlock eases in many metro areas
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Dems back increase in air travel fee to close funding shortfall at TSA
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Brett Kimberlin Saga Takes a Bizarre Turn, Forcing Me to Leave Maryland
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats
Discussion: Via Meadia and Althouse
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS signs $20M PR contract to promote healthcare law