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4:40 PM ET, May 8, 2012


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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.
First Read /
Is Obama's gay marriage stance all about suburban voters?  —  The American electorate, like President Obama, is “evolving” on gay marriage.  In fact, there's been a sea change among Americans when it comes to the subject across demographic groups.  —  Women, African Americans, independents …
John_Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
President Barack Obama planned to visit North Carolina on Election Day
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney: 'I'll Take A Lot Of Credit' For Auto Industry Recovery … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Auto Bailout , Auto Bailout , Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Barack Obama , Video, Politics News, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Auto Bailout, Photo Galleries, Politics News
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up 7 in Ohio  —  Barack Obama continues to have the upper hand …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney mocks Obama for using Julia ‘cartoon’ to sell economic record
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
RNC official: Romney still deciding position on immigration reform  —  The Republican National Committee attempted to walk back a potentially bruising botched response Tuesday after an official said Mitt Romney is still making up his mind on immigration.  —  “As a candidate, to my understanding …
Republicans Admit: We Have A Latino Problem
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Dick Lugar is going to lose.  Did he have to?  —  Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar will almost certainly lose his bid for a seventh term Tuesday at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.  —  FILE - In this April 24, 2012, file photo, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tea Party sees gains in Senate
Discussion: and New York Times
Associated Press:
Presidential Perks: Paying for Carter's postage, Bush's bills, and Clinton's rent  —  Spinners and Winners  —  You could call it welfare for former Presidents.  —  It's a little-noticed part of the federal budget: Each year U.S. taxpayers pick up the tab for the expenses of our former Presidents.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Report: Bush's $80K phone bill
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Bank of America Starts Mortgage Reduction Effort  —  Bank of America has started sending letters to thousands of homeowners in the United States, offering to forgive a portion of the principal balance on their mortgages by an average of $150,000 each.  —  The reduction for qualifying homeowners …
Discussion: Althouse
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Bank of America Begins “Pay Settlement With Other People's Money” Scheme
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
7 Possible Explanations for the Israeli Political Revolution  —  The largest opposition party in Israel, Kadima, just joined Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's coalition, obviating the need for elections in September, and turning Bibi into something akin to what only Iran has previously had: a Supreme Leader.
In surprise move, Netanyahu, Mofaz agree to form unity government, cancel early elections
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Student loan bill blocked in Senate  —  Another of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities was stymied in the Senate Tuesday when lawmakers rejected a bill to stop student loan interest rates from doubling in July.  —  The legislation failed to muster the 60 votes needed to break a GOP-led filibuster.
Senate Republicans block vote on student loan interest rates
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Liberals Steer Outside Money to Grass-Roots Organizing  —  After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing to inject up to $100 million into independent groups to aid Democrats' chances this fall.  But instead of going head to head …
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 …
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie's approval rate highest ever amongst N.J. residents  —  TRENTON — Fifty-six percent of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll this morning.  —  That's Christie's highest ever rating in a Fairleigh Dickinson poll.
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 …
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
Clinton addresses ‘au naturale’ moment  —  (CNN) - Hillary Clinton laughed off the perpetual conversation over her appearance that landed in the spotlight once again Monday when a picture of her sporting glasses sans make-up made the rounds on the internet.  —  “I feel so relieved …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Sarcastic President Obama tells Congress it's time to get to work  —  An at times sarcastic President Obama on Tuesday prodded Congress to take “bold action” to help the economy, arguing an election year is “no excuse for inaction.”  —  Speaking at the University of Albany …
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Gould Keil / New York Post:
Sheik turned away by Fifth Avenue co-op board — because of too many kids: sources  —  He's got the dough and the pedigree — just too many damn kids for the co-op board at one of Manhattan's toniest buildings.  —  Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani — prime minister …
Discussion: Althouse
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Colleen Curtis / White Blog:
President Obama's “To-Do List” for Congress
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Michelle Malkin
Donovan Slack / Politico:
IG agent: W.H. hindered probe
Justin Lahart / Real Time Economics:
Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1%
Discussion: FT Alphaville and Economist's View
Washington Examiner:
In new biography, Obama asks: Am I an American?
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
15 Genuinely Interesting Things About Rob Portman
Discussion: Wonkette and ABCNEWS
Lorne Matalon / Reuters:
Playboy model steals the show at Mexican election debate
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
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The Rabbis ♥ Joe Biden
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney's Path Is Not Necessarily Narrow
Discussion: GOP 12 and Weekly Standard
Rolling Stone:
Is This the Most Boring Election Ever?
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Structural Revolution
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum endorses Romney: ‘All hands on deck’