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9:50 PM ET, May 14, 2012

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CNN:
Romney donor pulls support, backs Obama, over same-sex marriage  —  (CNN) - A well-known, openly gay supporter of Mitt Romney in New York has decided to withdraw his support for Romney and back President Barack Obama instead.  —  The clincher: Romney's stance on same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Good As You and Guardian
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CNN:
BREAKING: Ron Paul to end active campaigning  —  (CNN) - An announcement from Rep. Ron Paul indicates that the Republican presidential candidate will no longer actively campaign for the GOP nomination, but will continue to work to secure delegates at upcoming Republican state conventions.
CNN:
TRENDING: Jay-Z still has Obama's back
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: ‘Americans are on our side’ on same-sex marriage
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
How Romney will respond to Obama's Bain attack  —  The Obama campaign has released a new ad holding Mitt Romney responsible for the loss of 750 jobs in the bankruptcy of a steel plant purchased by Romney's Bain Capital in 1993.  The ad, which will play in several key states …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama's Bain ad: ‘Like watching an old friend bleed to death’ (Updated)  —  The Obama campaign's 2-minute ad on Mitt Romney's Bain Capital is record is out, and it is brutal.  —  Targeting Romney's involvement in the acquistion of GST Steel, the commercial shows workers at a shuttered plant pinning Romney and Bain with the blame.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Romney has slight edge over Obama  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  (CBS News) Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a slight edge over President Obama in the race …
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New York Times:
Politics Seen in Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Support  —  WASHINGTON — Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney takes lead over Obama in national poll
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall  —  Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — and the Democratic National Committee in particular — for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Scott Walker, I'm told.
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weaskamerica.com:
Recall Fever  —  In the Midwest, it's not easy to find a more polarizing figure than Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  In a state where bold ideas are often rewarded, Walker's slash-and-burn rhetoric during his first months in office resulted in bringing national attention …
Lou Rocco / ABCNEWS:
Obama: JPMorgan Is ‘One of the Best-Managed Banks’  —  Just hours after a top JPMorgan Chase executive retired in the wake of a stunning $2 billion trading loss, President Obama told the hosts of ABC's “The View” that the bank's risky bets exemplified the need for Wall Street reform.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why We Regulate  —  One of the characters in the classic 1939 film …
Tom Curry / msnbc.com:
Clyburn seeks ‘national policy’ legalizing same-sex marriages  —  During an appearance on The Daily Rundown, Rep. James Clyburn, D -S.C., called for a national policy to give legal recognition to marriages between same-sex couples.  —  Rep. James Clyburn, the House Democrats' third-ranking leader …
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Lou Rocco / ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Questions on Federal Fight for Same Sex Marriage
Discussion: Capital New York and Good As You
Associated Press:
RI governor signs order to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why Republicans should resist using the same-sex marriage issue against Obama.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GayPatriot
Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
The un-McCain campaign  —  Mitt Romney and his top aides are building a strategy, partly by design and partly because of circumstance, around what they consider John McCain's disastrously run campaign in 2008.  —  The strategy: whatever McCain did, do the opposite.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama: Romney Is Worse Than John McCain  —  “John McCain believed in climate change and believed in immigration reform.”  —  US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign fundraiser May 14, 2012 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.  —  (Getty Images / MANDEL NGAN)
Discussion: Hot Air
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Is prestigious genealogical society throwing media under the bus on Warren 1/32 Cherokee claim?  —  There is a new and bizarre twist in the Elizabeth Warren 1/32 Cherokee saga.  —  As discussed below, Warren's claim to 1/32 Cherokee heritage arose from comments attributed to the prestigious …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Kodak Had a Secret Nuclear Reactor Loaded With Enriched Uranium Hidden In a Basement  —  Kodak may be going under, but apparently they could have started their own nuclear war if they wanted, just six years ago.  Down in a basement in Rochester, NY, they had a nuclear reactor loaded …
New York Post:
Break up the banks  —  The $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan — a failure of the famed risk-management prowess of bank chief Jamie Dimon — is cause for celebration in some quarters.  —  Dimon deftly steered his bank from most of the excesses that brought about the 2008 banking crisis.
Discussion: FOX News Radio, Newsy and msnbc.com
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Bloomberg:
Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades (Update 1)
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
John Tamny / Political Economy:
For De-Friending The U.S., Facebook's Eduardo Saverin Is An American Hero  —  Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook.  (Image credit: via @daylife)  —  As is well known now, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin recently renounced his U.S. citizenship.  Though no specific reason was given …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Henry Kissinger gets TSA pat-down  —  Seems no one is immune from the tender mercies of the TSA pat-down.  First, we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was subjected to a handsy search.  And now we learn of the latest high-profile search-ee …
Discussion: Blogging Blue
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama: The First Gay President  —  The president's bold support shifted the mainstream.  Andrew Sullivan on why it shouldn't be surprising—Obama's life as a biracial man has deep ties to the gay experience.  —  It was the spring of 2007, back when Barack Obama's bid …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Acceptance of Gay/Lesbian Relations Is the New Normal  —  For third year, majority says gay/lesbian relations are morally acceptable  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The slight majority of American adults, 54%, consider gay or lesbian relations morally acceptable.
Cindy Chang / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana is the world's prison capital  —  Louisiana is the world's prison capital.  The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts.  First among Americans means first in the world.  Louisiana's incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran's, seven times China's and 10 times Germany's.
Denver Post:
“Kill committee” takes up Colorado civil unions bill  —  Supporters of a bill to create civil unions between same sex couples are this evening arguing for the measure before the legislative committee that will likely decide its fate.  —  This morning, House Speaker Frank McNulty …
 
 
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Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Addicting Info
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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GOP Rep. Lankford Explains Why It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay: 'It's A Choice Issue'
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