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9:05 PM ET, May 5, 2012


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George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Alabama politician Bill Johnson ‘obsessed’ with donating sperm  —  Bill Johnson, a former Alabama gubernatorial candidate, has left his wife and family in Prattville to be with babies he secretly conceived as a sperm donor in New Zealand.  —  Johnson's wife, Kathy Hale Johnson …
David Fisher / New Zealand Herald:
Sperm donor ‘left me for babies’  —  The heartbroken wife of a politician who secretly acted as a sperm donor behind her back says he has left her to be with babies conceived with other women.  —  Speaking from her home in the United States, Kathy Johnson says her husband Bill has returned …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
The gloves come off as Obama launches reelection campaign  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - The gloves are off.  —  Opening what is likely to be a bitter and grueling election, President Obama held his first official campaign rally here in the Buckeye State, cranking up his populist pitch while slamming …
New York Times:
Obama Formally Kicks Off Campaign With Rallies in Ohio and Virginia  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Obama sought to rekindle the passion of his 2008 victory with a pair of huge rallies on Saturday that signaled a new, politically aggressive phase in the debate over the country's direction …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama kickoff: Hope, change and Mitt
New Libertarian Nominee Gary Johnson Slams Republicans For Gay Staffer Flap  —  Johnson, who just landed the official Libertarian Party nomination, indicts Republicans for the treatment of a gay Romney staffer.  “It speaks volumes to the intolerance that continues to be present in the Republican Party.”
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
Judge Jim Gray Is the 2012 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominee  —  Former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson will be the Libertarian Party's 2012 presidential nominee, and former judge James “Jim” Gray will be his running mate.  —  Gray beat out Lee Wrights and one other candidate for the vice presidential nomination.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Jobs Few, Grads Flock to Unpaid Internships  —  Confronting the worst job market in decades, many college graduates who expected to land paid jobs are turning to unpaid internships to try to get a foot in an employer's door.  —  While unpaid postcollege internships have long existed in the film …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Former President Clinton opposes NC amendment that would ban gay marriage  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Former President Bill Clinton has recorded an audio advertisement opposing North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Advocate
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
North Carolina's Ban on Gay Marriage Appears Likely to Pass
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Tears Into Romney For Giving Money To Mormon Church Instead Of Directly To Charity  —  On last week's edition of Real Time, Bill Maher argued during the panel discussion that Mitt Romney should be giving money to an actual charity rather than just the standard tithe to the Mormon church.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Other McCain
Connecticut Passes a Marijuana Bill  —  HARTFORD (Reuters) — The Connecticut Senate passed a bill on Saturday legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with tight restrictions intended to avoid the problems that have plagued some of the other states where it is now legal.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry  —  NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord's bounty in return.  —  The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station …
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Krugman:
Economic Tribalism  —  Hmm.  This seems to be meta Saturday, with reactions to how people think - or, all too often, don't think — about economics taking center stage.  —  Justin Fox has an interesting post documenting something I more or less knew, but am glad to see confirmed …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Dave Winer's …
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
The incredible shrinking labor force  —  If the same percentage of adults were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.1 percent.  If the percentage was where it was when George W. Bush took office, the unemployment rate would be 13.1 percent.
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So long Ken Livingstone: the era of Boris has begun in earnest
Discussion: normblog
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
Republican Congressman Opens Inquiry Into DEA's Inhumane Detention of College Student Daniel Chong
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
At Union Station late at night, all's fare when seeking a cab
Discussion: DCist and Washington Monthly
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Occupy Violence: It's Different, Somehow
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Investigation, Lawsuit Expose Barbaric Conditions at For-Profit Youth Prison in Mississippi
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Liz Cheney eyes the political stage
Nicole Gelinas / City Journal:
The Life of Zachary  —  Imagining how the next generation …
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Can Democrats retake the House in November?
Washington Post:
The EPA is earning a reputation for abuse
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David Cross / Movoto Real Estate Watch:
White House For Sale (Infographic)
Discussion: DCist and Politico