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9:50 PM ET, May 8, 2012


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Tom Curry /
The latest political headlines powered by NBC News and  —  NBC News projects Lugar defeated in Indiana primary  —  NBC News has declared Richard Mourdock as the projected winner in the Indiana Senate primary.  Mourdock defeated six-term Republican foreign policy elder statesman Sen. Richard Lugar.
Bill Nichols / Politico:
Lugar loses primary battle  —  Sen. Dick Lugar, the political gold standard in Indiana for nearly 40 years, suffered a once unthinkable primary defeat Tuesday, marking a seismic shift in his state's political culture and sending yet another warning to longtime Senate incumbents.
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Analysis: Lugar's grassroots withered
Discussion: Campaign 2012
On primary day, Lugar defends his value in Senate
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Half of Americans Support Legal Gay Marriage  —  Democrats and independents in favor; Republicans opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty percent of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages — down slightly from 53% last year …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
For a Blunt Biden, an Uneasy Supporting Role  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama reviewed the comedy routine he was to deliver at the recent White House Correspondents' Association dinner, one joke struck him as too hot.  It suggested he might dump Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. from the ticket.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Obama donors witholding money over executive order punt  —  Some leading gay and progressive donors are so angry over President Obama's refusal to sign an executive order barring same sex discrimination by federal contractors that they are refusing to give any more money to the pro-Obama super PAC …
Biden defends Iran stance: ‘We were the problem’
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and The Hill
Washington Free Beacon:
No Birth Certificate Required  —  The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child—still residing in utero—must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
White House Tours Do Not Require Fetuses To Be Counted As Full Humans … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, White House Secret Security, White House Tour Unborn Baby, White House Tours, White House Tours Babies, White House Visitors, White House Visitors Office, White House Visitors Unborn Babies, Politics News
Discussion: US Politics
Steven Ertelt /
White House: Abortion OK, But Visitors Must Register Unborn Children
Bob Drummond / Bloomberg:
Private Jobs Increase More With Democrats in White House
Donovan Slack / Politico:   IG agent: W.H. hindered probe
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Cruel irony in Elizabeth Warren's Cherokee saga  —  Throughout her career and political campaign, Elizabeth Warren has found victims everywhere she looked, including when she looked in the mirror and saw an alleged descendant of one of the most historically victimized groups, Native Americans.
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
ELIZABETH WARREN ANCESTOR ROUNDED UP CHEROKEES FOR TRAIL OF TEARS  —  For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American.  When recently asked to provide evidence of her ancestry, she pointed to an unsubstantiated claim on an 1894 Oklahoma Territory …
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:   Brown calls on Warren to reveal law school records
New York Times:
Suicide Mission Volunteer Was Double Agent, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The would-be suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the suicide mission …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Low student loan interest rates in limbo after Democrats' bill stalls in Senate  —  In a 52-45 vote, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a motion to proceed to legislation that would keep interest rates on federal student loans from doubling.  —  Sixty votes were needed to move to a debate on the legislation …
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Mob on the Quad  —  Late last night, in a shameful example of editorial cowardice, the Chronicle of Higher Education fired Naomi Schaefer Riley.  Naomi is a good friend of mine, a sometimes contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, and a fine writer.  And the story of what happened to her is highly instructive.
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Silencing Dissent About Black Studies
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Maurice Sendak, Children's Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83  —  Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children's book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark …
Aden Fine / ACLU:
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter Stands Up For One Of Its Users  —  Twitter has filed a motion in state court in New York seeking to quash a court order requiring it to turn over information about one of its users and his communications on Twitter.  This particular case involves a Twitter user …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Bank of America Begins “Pay Settlement With Other People's Money” Scheme  —  Bank of America, Charlotte NC (Wikipedia)  —  Bank of America says they have begun mailing notices to their borrowers about principal reduction opportunities under the foreclosure fraud settlement.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Bank of America Starts Mortgage Reduction Effort
Discussion: Newsy and Althouse
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Awkward!  Republicans Who Opposed Auto Bailout Stumped By Romney Claiming Credit For It  —  As long as Mitt Romney publicly claims credit for the auto industry's recovery, he's going to put his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill in an awkward position.
Rasmussen Reports:
Three-Way Race: Romney 44%, Obama 39%, Ron Paul 13%  —  Texas Congressman Ron Paul appears more interested in influencing the direction of the Republican Party than in running as an independent presidential candidate.  But perhaps Democrats should be careful what they wish for …
Justin Lahart / Real Time Economics:
Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1%  —  One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.  —  The Labor Department's establishment survey …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Edwards trial: Donor warned Obama campaign  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former Sen. John Edwards's defense suggested Tuesday that he was simply seeking to cover up his extramarital affair and out-of-wedlock child when he told associates and advisers in 2008 that he hoped to be the Democrats …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Yahoo! News
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
House to vote on Trayvon amendment  —  House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida.  —  The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part …
Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: To the Class of 2012  —  Attention graduates: Tone down your egos, shape up your minds.  —  Dear Class of 2012:  —  Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you.  Through exertions that—let's be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's new hero: Bill Clinton  —  LANSING, Mich. — Mitt Romney has a new hero on the stump and it's Bill Clinton.  —  In seeking to drive a wedge between centrist and liberal Democrats, Romney spoke here on Tuesday in glowing terms of the Clinton era's balanced budgets and rosy economy.
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
VIDEO: Sacha Baron Cohen's dictator likes Mitt Romney  —  Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays a dictator in his upcoming movie, dressed in character yesterday and told reporters at a press conference that he liked “Mitchell Romney.” … If Santorum were running, though, Cohen …
Discussion: Politicker
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Felix Salmon:
Chart of the day: Let's go buy a house!
James Carville / CNN:
Wake up Democrats; you could lose
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Sen. Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Student loans are a burden but it's the lack of jobs that hurts America more
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Nancy Pelosi Hires Think Progress' Faiz Shakir As Director Of New Media
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Sarcastic President Obama tells Congress it's time to get to work
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Associated Press:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 7 in Ohio  —  Barack Obama continues to have the upper hand …