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7:30 PM ET, May 14, 2012

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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.
Discussion: The Hill, Connecting.the.Dots and CNN
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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 …
CNN:
Group's new ad pegs Obama to Wall Street  —  (CNN) - A conservative non-profit will spend $3.4 million to tie President Barack Obama to the financial industry in a minute-long television ad airing in seven general election battlegrounds, the group said Monday.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Ex-Obama adviser: Latest anti-Romney ad is ‘unfair’
Discussion: National Review and CNN
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.
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Associated Press:
RI governor signs order to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state
Tom Curry / msnbc.com:
Clyburn seeks ‘national policy’ legalizing same-sex marriages
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why Republicans should resist using the same-sex marriage issue against Obama.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GayPatriot
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 …
Bloomberg:
Dimon Fortress Breached as Push From Hedges to Bets Blows Up (Update 1)  —  David Olson, a former head of credit trading in JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)'s chief investment office, learned about risk as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine pilot.  —  When he joined the bank in 2006, his new commander …
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New York Post:
Break up the banks  —  The $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan …
Discussion: FOX News Radio, Newsy and msnbc.com
Bloomberg:
Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades (Update 1)
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Warren calls for Dimon to step down as New York Fed bank director
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Ron Paul ends his hunt for votes  —  DEVELOPING:  —  Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Monday he will not compete in primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted — essentially confirming Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Mr. Paul said he will continue …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Ron Paul Will “No Longer Spend Resources Campaigning in Primaries”
Discussion: Swampland
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
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
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 …
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 …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Black Pastor Tells CNN His Church Won't Support Obama, ‘Plan To Stay Home’  —  President Obama's headline-grabbing flip-flop on gay marriage may cost him dearly in the more religious parts of the black community, reports CNN today, as pastors tell their congregations the president is wrong in stepping in.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Titans of Twitter  —  In a discussion of the Romney campaign's outreach to the wingnutosphere earlier this month, I mentioned in passing the apparent preoccupation of these new partners in crime with Twitter wars, and particularly the belief that Hilaryrosengate represented some sort of historic triumph for The Cause.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Lankford Explains Why It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay: 'It's A Choice Issue'  —  Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) told ThinkProgress last week that he believes someone should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation.  —  In a conversation on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors and Advocate
 
 
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John Snow / Wall Street Journal:
‘Taxmaggedon’ Is a Real Threat
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Paul Cameron Suggests Obama is Gay and Demands Gays be Imprisoned before they Rape Kids
Discussion: Addicting Info
New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Government Waste  —  Government workers are among the employees …
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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BuzzFeed:
Pat Robertson: Romney's Not Jesus, But We'll Take Him
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