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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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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: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Jim Clyburn: Romney ‘raping companies’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Bain and Financial Industry Gave Over $565,000 To Newark Mayor Cory Booker For 2002 Campaign
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 and New York Times
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
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fear the Vetting! Breitbart.com Bombshell Exclusive: We Don't Have Obama's SAT Scores!
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Obama's gay marriage bump  —  “There's been a dramatic zero-point shift in the polls since Obama came out for gay marriage,” tweeted Nate Silver on Monday.  —  The tweet wasn't attached to a post or to a particular poll, but we can run some of the numbers on our own.
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) …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Brett Kimberlin Saga Takes a Bizarre Turn, Forcing Me to Leave Maryland  —  Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife's employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him.
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
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 …
Larry Copeland / USA Today:
Gridlock eases in many metro areas  —  Traffic congestion dropped 30% last year from 2010 in the USA's 100 largest metropolitan areas, driven largely by higher gas prices and a spotty economic recovery, according to a new study by a Washington-state firm that tracks traffic flows.
 
 
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Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Obama spending binge never happened
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Licensed To Decorate  —  Taxes don?t kill entrepreneurship.
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
BuzzFeed:
Artur Davis Considering Congressional Bid In Virginia — As A Republican
Discussion: Washington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder
Discussion: Althouse
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 8 in Pennsylvania  —  PPP's newest Pennsylvania poll …
Discussion: Ballot Box
CNN:
Diverted US Airways plane lands safely
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Barack Obama's Arkansas primary problem
Marcus Stern / Reuters:
Gingrich's private ventures are going bankrupt
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Anna Leahy / The Huffington Post:
SpaceX: Future or Failure?
Discussion: New York Times and Hit & Run
Manu Raju / Politico:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Verizon Finds an Innovative Way for Customers to Bust Through Their Data Caps
Discussion: Engadget
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Romney Is About to Make Bush's Health-Care Blunder
New York Post:
Teen arrested in Brooklyn blow-dart attacks
Laura Strickler / CBS News:
DEA agents under investigation for hiring prostitutes