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10:10 AM 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.
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  —  Richmond, Va. — President Barack Obama has been in campaign mode for months, but he made it official Saturday in front of enthusiastic young supporters at two events that illustrated some old strengths and significant new hurdles for the incumbent.
Obama outlines case for re-election at first official campaign rally
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
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
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Paul supporters oust two Romney backers … SPARKS - In a show of anti-establishment political power at Saturday's Nevada Republican Convention, GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul's supporters ousted two Mitt Romney backers from the Republican National Committee.
Discussion: Politico and Las Vegas Sun
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 …
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
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Cherokee Nation, cont'd
Discussion: Althouse
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
Justin Fox:
Don't Like the Message?  Maybe It's the Messenger  —  We all like to think we can evaluate information and arguments rationally, regardless of where they come from.  But we don't.  As Yale Law School's Dan Kahan, who has studied this stuff a lot, puts it:
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.”
Discussion: Associated Press, Examiner and Politico
Anne Sorock / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“Julia”: Obama marketing machine fail  —  In the days since the unveiling of the Obama campaign's cartoon Julia, critics on both the left and the right have laughed off the cradle-to-grave depiction of life with Big Brother handling everything for “its women”:
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
The incredible shrinking labor force
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Former President Clinton opposes NC amendment that would ban gay marriage
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Advocate
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
At Union Station late at night, all's fare when seeking a cab
Discussion: DCist and Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Maher Tears Into Romney For Giving Money To Mormon Church Instead Of Directly To Charity
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Other McCain
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry