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10:25 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.
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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 …
CNN:
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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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BuzzFeed:
New Libertarian Nominee Gary Johnson Slams Republicans For Gay Staffer Flap
Discussion: Examiner and Politico
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
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 …
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: Las Vegas Sun and Politico
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Never Mind Europe.  Worry About India.  —  THE economic slowdown in India is one of the world's biggest economic stories, but it is commanding only a modicum of attention in the United States.  —  It may not even look like a slowdown because by developed standards, India's growth …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Via Meadia
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 …
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
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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
 
 
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Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Former President Clinton opposes NC amendment that would ban gay marriage
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Reuters:
Connecticut Passes a Marijuana Bill
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
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Discussion: DCist and Washington Monthly
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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
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