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1:15 PM ET, May 6, 2012


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Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN EMPTY ARENA  —  Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state.  A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney's campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance.
Ted Strickland / CNN:
Strickland, Davis weigh in on crucial battleground states  —  (CNN) - With Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama focusing on Ohio and Virginia in recent days, two former leaders from those battleground states added their input Sunday on who will carry the states this fall.
Discussion: Politico
Jim Provance / Toledo Blade:
Obama kicks off re-election campaign in Columbus
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rubio: Obama ‘has become like everyone else in Washington’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama kickoff: Hope, change and Mitt
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage  —  Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people.  His comments signify a split within the Obama administration and may pave the way for President Obama …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden: ‘Comfortable’ giving equal rights to same-sex couples  —  Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support for same-sex couples having “the same exact rights” as heterosexual couples.  —  “I am Vice President of the United States of America,” Biden said on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Spin of the Times: Bias cloaked as front-page news  —  It's no surprise to anyone who pays attention that mainstream media tilt their coverage in favor of Democrats and leftish ideas.  But it's not confined to endless puff pieces about the president, or the ignoring of unpleasant facts.
Discussion: Althouse
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Los Angeles Times:
GOP, take down that small tent  —  California's Republican Party used to work toward solutions.  Now it's an exclusive club where members' ideological cards must be checked at the door.  —  From left: Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Nathan Fletcher.  (National Archives, Bob Galbraith …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Schwarzenegger: GOP too narrow, rigid  —  Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one-time darling of the California GOP who left office with almost no support within his party, resurfaces today with an Los Angeles Times op-ed that won't get him back in the GOP's good graces.
Pamela Owen / Daily Mail:
Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50,000 residents eked out a grimy living in the most densely populated place on earth  —  Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight …
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
Gingrich 'can't imagine' being VP  —  Days after ending his run for the GOP presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich said Sunday he would not accept the Republican vice presidential slot if offered, and said Romney should focus on picking a young running mate.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Washington Examiner:
Warren ancestry claim puts light on corrupt system  —  Washington Post editorial writer and liberal blogger Jonathan Capehart is puzzled.  Why does the “non-issue” of Harvard law professor and Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry “require so much attention?” he asked last week.
Discussion: Althouse
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why You Can't Get a Taxi  —  And how an upstart company may change that  —  WHERE I LIVE in Washington, D.C., about a mile and a half north of the Capitol, you can sometimes get a taxi in two minutes flat.  And sometimes, after spending 20 minutes wistfully waving two fingers in the air …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Ayotte: I'm more qualified to be president than Obama was  —  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) argued she's more qualified to be president than President Obama was when he ran in 2008.  —  “I'll tell you this, I have great experience as attorney general in the state.
Discussion: Politico
Cristina Silva / Associated Press:
After GOP race, Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nod  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is campaigning to win the White House as a Libertarian after receiving scant attention in the Republican presidential race.  —  Johnson easily became the party's presidential nominee …
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
George Talbot / Breaking News from the Press-Register:
Alabama politician Bill Johnson ‘obsessed’ with donating sperm
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