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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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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.
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.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Evangelicals: Mitt Romney hit right note  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. — Evangelical leaders praised Mitt Romney's speech today at Liberty University, saying that the Mormon candidate was right to acknowledge his religious differences with other Christian voters.  —  “It was an acknowledgment …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Virginia / CNN:
Romney builds inter-faith bridge in Liberty U commencement address
Discussion: The Brody File, ABCNEWS and Politico
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Romney address at Liberty Univ. sparks controversy
Discussion: Firedoglake and The PJ Tatler
Sam Baker / Ballot Box:   Romney only touches on gay marriage in evangelical college speech
Rand Paul / CNN:
TRENDING: Sen. Paul: I didn't think Obama's ‘views on marriage could get any gayer’  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Friday brushed off Barack Obama's recent reversal on same-sex marriage by saying he didn't think the president's views “could get any gayer.”  —  The remarks from the Republican senator …
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Kathie Obradovich / Des Moines Register:
Rand Paul: GOP needs Paul supporters to grow
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Chris Megerian / PolitiCal:
California deficit has soared to $16 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown says  —  Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Saturday that the state's deficit has ballooned to $16 billion, a huge increase over his $9.2-billion estimate in January.  —  The bigger deficit is a significant setback for California …
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 …
Dave In Texas / Ace of Spades HQ:
Is This Something?  Obama Stump Speech in Reno Draws Dozens  —  Hmmm.  Probably not.  I'll call it “more Saturday Stupid.” … It would depend I suppose on the timing, and the pre-announcing or something.  If it were completely spontaneous I can sort of understand the low numbers.. it's a neighborhood after all.
Discussion: RedState and Pundit & Pundette
Jessica Gavora / Washington Post:
Obama's ‘Julia’ ad and the new Hubby State  —  “The Life of Julia,” the Obama campaign's new interactive Web ad, follows a cartoon everywoman, Julia, through the milestones of a middle-class American life: education, work, motherhood, retirement.  One milestone is pointedly missing: marriage.
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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 …
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 …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
NBC's David Gregory To Headline Conference For Major Republican Advocacy Group  —  The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which calls itself “the voice of small business,” is one of the Republican party's strongest allies.  The group spent over $1 million on outside ads …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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