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3:35 PM ET, May 12, 2012

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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Mitt Romney's Support Of Same-Sex Adoption Lasts One Day  —  Among Mitt Romney's timid responses this week after President Obama's endorsement of marriage equality was an admission that he was “fine” with same-sex couples adopting children, saying, “that's something that people have a right to do.”
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Matthew Shelley / NationalJournal.com:
Romney Backs Away From Gay Adoptions  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday backed away from his support of adoptions by gay couples, saying that he simply “acknowledges” the legality of such adoptions in many states.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Bush '04 pollster: Change in attitudes on gay marriage across the board  —  Former President George W. Bush's pollster for his 2004 re-election, Jan van Lohuizen, has put out a memo to Republican operatives suggesting a shift in the way the GOP discusses same-sex marriage, a piece flagged by Jonathan Martin.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Top GOP Pollster to GOP: Reverse On Gay Issues
Discussion: Guardian
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney uses Jimmy Carter as campaign weapon  —  FORT LUPTON, Colo. — For President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is an obvious throwback to another era — a stiff Father Knows Best type who straps the dog to the station wagon and marries his high-school sweetheart.
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Virginia / CNN:
Romney builds inter-faith bridge in Liberty U commencement address  —  Lynchburg, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney used the commencement address he delivered Saturday at Liberty University to draw lines between the faith of the evangelical university - especially its founder, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell - and his own.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Romney address at Liberty Univ. sparks controversy  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is to deliver the commencement address Saturday at Virginia's Liberty University, the largest evangelical college in the country.  —  His visit has stirred debate …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sam Baker / Ballot Box:
Romney only touches on gay marriage in evangelical college speech
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Businessman Says He Lost Hundreds of Customers After Attacks by Obama Campaign  —  Businessman Frank Vandersloot, the CEO of Melaleuca, has been targeted by the Obama campaign after donating money to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.  “Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is Romney Pulling Away?  —  It is, of course, way too early to get cocky.  But Republicans have to be happy with the way current polling is going.  In this morning's tracking poll at Rasmussen Reports, Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by a stunning 50%-42%.  Rasmussen's matchup is a rolling three …
Associated Press:
Around world, Obama's presidency a disappointment  —  In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there's disappointment that he hasn't kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he's shunting blame …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vulnerable Dem senators balk at Obama's gay marriage stance  —  Senate Democrats facing difficult reelections are breaking with President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, a sign the issue is politically dangerous in battleground states.  —  Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Claire McCaskill …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Whooping Cough Epidemic Hits Washington State  —  MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly infectious respiratory disease once considered doomed by science, has struck Washington State this spring with a severity that health officials say could surpass the toll of any year since …
Associated Press:
N.C. governor: ‘We look like Mississippi’ after vote  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. — Passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes North Carolina “look like Mississippi,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said Friday.  —  The chairman of the Mississippi GOP …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
New French president Francois Hollande, who claims to ‘dislike the rich’, has THREE homes on French Riviera  —  France's new Socialist president owns three holiday homes in the glamorous Riviera resort of Cannes, it emerged today.  —  The 57-year-old who ‘dislikes the rich’ and wants …
 
 
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why JP Morgan's trading blunder gives Romney a political opportunity
Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Rand Paul: GOP needs Paul supporters to grow
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP says it wants to focus on jobs
Discussion: Politico
William A. Galston / Brookings Institute:
Six Months to Go: Where the Presidential Contest Stands as the General Election Begins
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swampland
Kathy Kiely / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Momma's boy: Santorum holds congressional record for ‘mother’
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