Morning Briefing: May 21, 2012

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"Morning Briefing: May 21, 2012"

NATO allies enter their second day of talks today, focusing on the logistical aspects of ending the U.S. war in Afghanistan after last month’s strategic partnership agreement between the two nations put forth a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2014.

The United States is selling drones to Iraq. The unarmed surveillance drones will be used to protect Iraqi oil exports. Additionally, the U.S. is selling tanks, fighter planes, and personnel carriers to the Iraqi navy.

Newt Gingrich is $4.8 million in debt for his Presidential campaign. CNN reports where the money went: “$466,370 for security services, $181,977 for public relations consulting and $165,000 for web advertising… The filing also listed a debt of $580,134 to Gingrich himself for travel expenses.”

Conservative donors have been slow to back Mitt Romney’s campaign, an Associated Press analysis shows. Only a few hundred donors to primary rivals gave to Romney or the Republican Party in April, despite endorsements from his former foes.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) gives significant access to companies and donors. The Center for Public Integrity finds the controversial Republican took campaign cash from employees or PACs at more than half of the 130-plus companies with whom he held official meetings.

And finally: A new analysis of congressional speech-making shows that the average grade-level at which Congress members speak has fallen by almost a full grade since 2005, from 11.6 to 10.5 on the Flesch-Kincaid scale.

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