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1:30 PM ET, May 14, 2012

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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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Politico:
Mitt Romney's mantra: Avoid John McCain's mistakes
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
For VP, Romney Is Looking For An ‘Incredibly Boring White Guy’
Discussion: Politico and Dependable Renegade
Ben White / Politico:
Obama's Wall Street problem  —  The giant $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase highlights a central problem in President Barack Obama's case for a second term: Four years after the financial crisis nearly brought the nation to its knees, very little appears to have changed.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why We Regulate  —  One of the characters in the classic 1939 film “Stagecoach” is a banker named Gatewood who lectures his captive audience on the evils of big government, especially bank regulation — “As if we bankers don't know how to run our own banks!” he exclaims.
CNN:
Group's new ad pegs Obama to Wall Street
Bloomberg:
Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades (Update 1)
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
CBS News:
Poll: Most Americans support same-sex unions  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A new CBS News/New York Times Poll shows a solid majority of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples …
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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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why Republicans should resist using the same-sex marriage issue against Obama.
Discussion: GayPatriot
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Poll: Age and Partisanship Continue to Mark Divide Over Gay Marriage
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama targets Romney tenure at Bain Capital with new ad, website  —  President Obama is taking dead aim at Mitt Romney's record helming Bain Capital, debuting a new television ad, online video, and website that each depict the private equity firm as predatory and having engaged in “questionable business practices.”
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Ex-Obama adviser: Latest anti-Romney ad is ‘unfair’
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Obama seeks to undercut Romney's record on jobs
Wall Street Journal:
Three to Exit J.P. Morgan  —  Drew, Others to Depart in Wake of Loss, Which Could Total More Than $4 Billion  —  Three high-ranking officers at the center of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.'s giant trading blunder are expected to leave the firm this week, said people familiar with the situation, and losses on the trade have grown.
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Bloomberg:
As European Austerity Ends, So Could the Euro  —  The euro currency is a malady that condemns at least a generation of Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese and Irish to the economic infirmary.  —  In these nations, unemployment rates are now at their highest levels in recent decades …
Discussion: National Review
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Why You Don't Have Stand-Alone HBO Go—And Why You Should Give HBO More Credit  —  There's been a lot of discussion over the past couple of days about why HBO hasn't made its content more widely available to non-cable subscribers.  While I understand individual consumers are frustrated …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
West Virginia frets over felon's performance  —  The nation has moved on after its brief fixation last week with the felon who won 41 percent against Barack Obama, but West Virginia continues to wrestle with the aftermath of its May 8 primary.  —  Phil Kabler of the Charleston Gazette reported …
New York Times:
After Obama's Decision on Marriage, a Call to Pastors  —  WASHINGTON — About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself.  He had struggled with the decision …
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 …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Report says 230,000 unemployed losing benefits over weekend  —  More than 230,000 unemployed workers will lose their jobless benefits this weekend as portions of federal programs expire across several states.  —  All told, 409,300 long-term unemployed Americans in 27 states will have lost upward …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Left Is Getting Clobbered on Twitter  —  We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on.  In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CNN:
Obama headlines two high dollar fundraisers in NYC  —  New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama ends a busy day Monday in New York City with two fundraisers for his re-election campaign.  —  Five days after announcing he personally supports same-sex marriage, the president will speak …
Discussion: National Review
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Team Edwards: It's a slippery slope
Michael Peltier / Reuters:
Top aide to Florida governor resigns amid scrutiny
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
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Washington Examiner:
Romney is GOP's best choice
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ThinkProgress
Economist:
The emperor does know  —  How the system rewards repression …
 Earlier Items: 
Austin Wright / Politico:
McKeon, Panetta spar over defense cuts ... Lawmakers demand FBI probe of bomb-plot leak …
Sebastian Moffett / Reuters:
NATO underplayed civilian deaths in Libya: HRW
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Stephen Brown / Reuters:
Merkel's party routed in big German state
Michael B. Marois / Bloomberg:
Brown Tax Increase Gains Urgency as Deficit Rises to $16 Billion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP: Romney can shame Obama, boost foreign policy credentials with Israel trip
Discussion: GOP 12