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2:05 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
BuzzFeed:
Portman Defends Romney: “That Is Capitalism”
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Bloomberg:
Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades (Update 1)
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
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weaskamerica.com:
Recall Fever  —  In the Midwest, it's not easy to find …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Yahoo Chief Told Board He Has Cancer  —  Before resigning as chief executive of Yahoo Inc. over the weekend, Scott Thompson disclosed to the company's board of directors and several colleagues that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, according to people familiar with the matter.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Fox News:
Insurers must credit ObamaCare when giving new round of rebates, feds say  —  Oct. 31, 2011: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is seen in the Oval Office at the White House.AP  —  Health-insurance companies must tell customers who get a premium rebate this summer …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown explains Obama ‘gaylo’  —  SIREN: President Barack Obama isn't actually gay.  —  But now that Tina Brown, Newsweek editor and grand dame of Manhattan publishing, has adorned him with the rainbow-colored “gaylo” and ordained him America's “first gay president,” it hardly seems to matter.
 
 
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Washington Examiner:
Voters rate Reid, Pelosi the worst
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Lankford Explains Why It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay: 'It's A Choice Issue'
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
One-Man Florida SuperPAC Finances Attack on Obama in Ohio
Discussion: Shakesville
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
The Lobbyist in the Gray Flannel Suit
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and BillMoyers.com
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Team Edwards: It's a slippery slope
CNN:
Obama headlines two high dollar fundraisers in NYC
Discussion: National Review
Michael Peltier / Reuters:
Top aide to Florida governor resigns amid scrutiny
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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 …
Sebastian Moffett / Reuters:
NATO underplayed civilian deaths in Libya: HRW
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Stephen Brown / Reuters:
Merkel's party routed in big German state
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP: Romney can shame Obama, boost foreign policy credentials with Israel trip
Discussion: GOP 12
 

 
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