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2:36 AM ET, May 2, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives  —  Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.
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BuzzFeed:
In Romney's Gay Rights Mess, Silence Wasn't An Option  —  The candidate stayed mum while his gay aide was being blasted by the right.  Now gay rights groups blame Romney, whose aides say it was never about sexuality.  —  (AP / Henny Ray Abrams)  —  With the departure of his openly gay …
Kyle Mantyla / rightwingwatch.org:
Fischer: Grenell Resignation a ‘Huge Win’ for the Religious Right  —  It was just last week that Bryan Fischer was declaring that if Mitt Romney wants to win in November, he'd “better start listening to me.”  And the first thing that Romney needed to do was fire Richard Grenell …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney spokesman, resigns  —  Richard Grenell is resigning from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign less than two weeks after being hired.  —  The foreign policy spokesman came under fire for some crude (and since deleted) tweets about women.
Discussion: American Power and MLive.com
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Richard Grenell, Openly Gay Romney Spokesman, Resigns From Post
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney's Openly-Gay Spokesperson Resigns After Facing Pressure From Anti-Gay Right Wing
Discussion: The Impolitic and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
How The White House Smothered The News Of Obama's Trip To Afghanistan  —  How the White House played whack-a-mole, and why I deleted my tweet.  Drudge wouldn't budge.  —  Shortly before 9:19 a.m. this morning the Afghanistan-based 24-hour broadcast news station TOLONews tweeted that President Barack Obama had landed in Afghanistan.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Signs Pact in Kabul, Turning Page in Afghan War  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — President Obama, speaking to an American television audience on Tuesday night from an American air base here, declared that he had traveled here to herald a new era in the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan …
Jim Inhofe / CNN:
Inhofe fires off on Obama over trip  —  (CNN) - Longtime Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma criticized President Barack Obama over the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan Tuesday, describing the visit as “campaign related” and an “attempt to shore up his national security credentials.”
BuzzFeed:   Obama Looks To End Of Afghanistan War
CNN:
Excerpts of president's Afghanistan speech released
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and The Stranger …
Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Obama to make televised speech from Afghanistan at 7:30 p.m.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Yahoo! Politics!
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Occupy” Movement Was Infiltrated By FBI Informant In Cleveland Bridge Bombing Probe  —  Buster  —  The federal probe that resulted last night in the arrest of five purported anarchists for allegedly plotting to bomb an Ohio bridge began last year at an Occupy Wall Street rally in Cleveland …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Jason Ryan / ABCNEWS:
Anarchists Wanted to Attack NATO, Republican Convention: Feds
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and HotAirPundit
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Happy May Day!  CNN reports: … Cyco, Skabby, Tony …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney heckled at event with Giuliani  —  Mitt Romney was heckled Tuesday at a New York City event marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.  —  Romney was campaigning with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at an event at the firehouse where the city of New York set …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
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Joel Siegel / ABCNEWS:
Giuliani Marks OBL Anniversary With Romney at NY Firehouse
BuzzFeed:
Will The Navy SEALs Swift Boat Obama?
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren's embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago  —  Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career …
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Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Genealogist says Warren may be able to claim Cherokee heritage; Brown and Warren campaigns continue to trade barbs
Discussion: ABCNEWS and JustOneMinute
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The NYT reports that “officials involved” …
Adam Davidson / New York Times:
The Purpose of Spectacular Wealth, According to a Spectacularly Wealthy Guy  —  Ever since the financial crisis started, we've heard plenty from the 1 percent.  We've heard them giving defensive testimony in Congressional hearings or issuing anodyne statements flanked by lawyers and image consultants.
Katy Hall / The Huffington Post:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama leads in Virginia  —  Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite to win Virginia this fall.  He has a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney in the state.  We have consistently found Obama leading in Virginia by margins similar to his 6 point victory there in 2008- he led Romney by 6 in December …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Trashed Mission District businesses want answers  —  (05-01) 16:39 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican Judge Jerry Smith Blocks Pro-Planned Parenthood Order Just Hours After It Was Issued  —  Last month, Republican Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith pitched a tantrum in open court, demanding that the Department of Justice respond to some imprecise political rhetoric by President Obama in an attempt to embarrass the president.
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie: Wisconsin is the center of the political universe  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday reminded Wisconsin voters that the impact of the recall decision before them holds major national implications.  —  “For the next five weeks, Wisconsin is going to be the center …
Discussion: CNN, The Reaction and Yahoo! News
 
 
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Charles Mahtesianand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
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