Driving the AM – From the campaign trail: Unlike in 2008, when Barack Obama had a large fundraising advantage over John McCain, Mitt Romney and the RNC could feasibly outraise the Obama campaign in the next 6 months. In April, Romney took in $40 million, the exact amount the President and the DNC took in over the course of the month. On the Super PAC front, pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA had another poor month of fundraising in April, only taking in $1.58 million according to their SEC filing on Sunday night. The group has been far surpassed by the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and Karl Rove's American Crossroads.
"Nauseating" – On NBC's Meet the press, Newark Mayor Cory Booker called the recent rhetoric around Bain Capital and Jeremiah Wright "nauseating." He said, "It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. ... To me, it's just we're getting to a ridiculous point in America." Booker later backtracked in a four-minute video to his social media followers, he explained that he's frustrated by the amount of negative campaigning in the campaign. Watch the video here.
You May Need Glasses to View This – 50 awesome photos of the solar eclipse.
Best PolicyMic Stories – Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney Fundraising Dinners for Obama Are an Insult to the 99% (Courtney Blair) – The President of the United States is a statesman, not a celebrity. Obama's soirees with Hollywood's finest are a disgrace to the office, and a poor PR move for the Obama campaign.
Iran's President Ahmadinejad Accused of Being Too "Soft" on Women (William Bauer) – Iran's women's rights record is already dismal, and now conservative member of Iran's parliament Ali Motahari is accusing the government of not going far enough to oppress women.
China to Build Chinese Cities in Michigan and Idaho (Henry Zheng) – Chinese investors are interested in building cities and "economic zones" in Michigan and Idaho, and have already purchased land in an unusual pattern of development.
Why Facebook Oversharing Can Ruin Your Future (Belinda Moreira) – Oversharing on social media platforms has created a problem that is unique to future generations and how people will view them.
Investigative Video Report – Inside America's meth epidemic (PBS Frontline).
Monday Fun – Mark Zuckerberg's secret IMs from college (Business Insider); How Will Smith's 'Men in Black 3' almost became a disaster movie (The Daily Beast); NBA's small market disadvantage about to come to an end? (The Atlantic).
From Across the Web – Of teens age 12-19, 1 in 4 could already be diabetic (NY Times); 2012: Dirtiest election ever? (Politico); Africa is the new Asia (The Atlantic); Romney's net worth? $230 million (Forbes); White House visitor logs give inside look at lobbying industry (Washington Post).