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9:30 PM ET, May 22, 2012

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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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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, sluggish and losing ground to competitors in Japan and beyond.  But then something astonishing happened.  Financiers, private equity firms and bare-knuckled corporate executives initiated a series of reforms and transformations.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: The Page
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’
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Colin Powell pauses on endorsing Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Yahoo! News:
Don't worry, Joe: It ain't so. Why Obama won't run with Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
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 …
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
Mark Clayton / Christian Science Monitor:
NRC chairman resigns amid battle over lessons from Fukushima  —  In his three years as chairman, Gregory Jaczko wrangled with other NRC members over the direction of nuclear power plant safety regulations and over his leadership style.  —  Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission …
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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.
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
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.
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
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: CNN and The Jawa Report
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
That's my favorite kind of headline, because all I have to do is present the relevant facts.  This is hardly the first time “CNN” and “dog poop” have been used in the same sentence, but this time it's literal.  —  CBS Atlanta: … But it gets even better, as David Stein discovered:
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Black Mormons and the Politics of Identity  —  SALT LAKE CITY — When Marguerite Driessen, a professor here, entered Brigham Young University in the early 1980s, she was the first black person many Mormon students had ever met, and she spent a good bit of her college time debunking stereotypes about African-Americans.
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.
 
 
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?
Tony Cook / Toledo Blade:
Campaign donations prompt FBI probe
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
BuzzFeed:
Romney Campaign Protests Biden Event With Cory Booker Heads
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Time to plan a velvet divorce for the euro
BuzzFeed:
Artur Davis Considering Congressional Bid In Virginia — As A Republican
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Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats
Discussion: Via Meadia and Althouse
Ross Andersen / The Atlantic Online:
Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We're Doing it Wrong
Discussion: The Reaction
Sam Baker / The Hill:
HHS signs $20M PR contract to promote healthcare law