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12:15 PM ET, May 8, 2012


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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 …
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
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Booman Tribune
Robert Costa / National Review:
Beyond Boston  —  Among politicos, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is frequently referenced as “Boston.”  Romney's headquarters is housed there, and for much of the campaign season, the phrase has been used to describe the former governor's tight-knit group of senior advisers …
Associated Press:
Romney taking credit for auto industry success
Romney: 'I'll take a lot of credit' for auto industry success
Discussion: Associated Press and The Raw Story
Ellen McGregor / WEWS-TV:
Mitt Romney visits Euclid, says manufacturing can come back to Ohio and explains how
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
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 …
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Half of Americans support legalizing gay marriage: Gallup
Discussion: National Review
BuzzFeed:   Gary Johnson: I'm The Best Candidate On Gay Marriage
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Santorum endorses Romney: ‘All hands on deck’  —  A reader forwards this email Rick Santorum is sending to his list of supporters in which he announces he's endorsing Mitt Romney.  —  Santorum makes clear that he felt Romney had answered questions about his commitment to principles …
Rick Santorum Formally Endorses Mitt Romney
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Santorum endorses one-time rival Romney
Discussion: Shakesville, ThinkProgress and BuzzFeed
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 …
Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Soros Makes 2012 Splash With Big Donations
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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.
Discussion: Politico
Chris Christie's Approval Rating Peaks in N.J.
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Liz McMillen / Brainstorm:
A Note to Readers  —  When we published Naomi Schaefer Riley's blog posting on Brainstorm last week ("The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies?  Just Read the Dissertations"), several thousand of you spoke out in outrage and disappointment that The Chronicle had published …
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Romney's Path Is Not Necessarily Narrow  —  Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post wrote last week that Mitt Romney's path to the presidency is awfully narrow, and that he has a ceiling of around 290 electoral votes.  Thus, “[w]hile Romney's team would absolutely take a 290-electoral-vote victory …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Weekly Standard
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
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Hate-Filled Pastor Says Anti-Gay Amendment Would Protect Marriage ‘In The Garden Of Eden’  —  Rev. Ron Baity, the head of Head of Return America organization, appeared on CNN to discuss Tuesday's vote on North Carolina's Amendment 1, a measure that would prohibit same-sex marriage …
Discussion: Good As You
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Dick Lugar to learn his fate in Indiana; N.C. votes on marriage amendment  —  Dick Lugar could see his 36-year Senate career come to an end Tuesday in the Indiana Republican primary as voters decide whether to send him back to Congress for another six-year term or bank on challenger Richard Mourdock.
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo! News
Indianapolis Star:
6 a.m. update: Polls open
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
How ‘Mad Men’ Landed The Beatles: All You Need Is Love (and $250,000)  —  In most cases, “Mad Men” is bound by the history of the era in which it takes place.  But on Sunday night, a new episode of that 1960s period drama that concluded with the Beatles song “Tomorrow Never Knows” …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Media Decoder
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Hollande's Economic Policy May Better Suit the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — With the victory of the Socialist candidate, François Hollande, in the French presidential election, the White House has lost one of its closest allies on the Continent, but perhaps gained one with economic policy beliefs more closely aligned with its own.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Structural Revolution  —  The country is divided when different people take different sides in a debate.  The country is really divided when different people are having entirely different debates.  That's what's happening on economic policy.  —  Many people on the left are having …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Mahablog
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Fox News contributor laments ‘mistake’ of letting women vote  —  Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Fox News contributor, tea party activist and personal friend of Sean Hannity's said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America's greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote …
David Cole / New York Review of Books:
No Accountability for Torture  —  Sometimes I think being American means never having to say you're sorry.  On Wednesday, May 2, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a federal appeals court in San Francisco, unanimously dismissed a lawsuit against former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Taylor Marsh
AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera English to close China bureau  —  Move comes after authorities refuse to renew correspondent's press credentials and visa.  —  Al Jazeera English has closed its bureau in Beijing after the Chinese authorities refused to renew its correspondent's press credentials and visa, or allow a replacement journalist.
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: Firedoglake
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Fighter Pilots Claim Intimidation Over F-22 Raptor Jets
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Examiner
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Israel to revive razing of homes as form of punishment
Discussion: Blog
Boston Herald:
Parents: Rule's half-baked
Rolling Stone:
Is This the Most Boring Election Ever?
Discussion: Hit & Run
Greek Government Mandate Passes to Syriza After Samaras Fails
Discussion: BBC and The Reaction
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Official: EU to move forward on transaction tax
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jennifer Ryan / Bloomberg:
U.K. Unemployment Will Rise Until 2016 on Fiscal Cuts, CEBR Says
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Ambassador to Pakistan set to leave post
Discussion: CNBC, The Hill, Gretawire and ABCNEWS
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Challenged By Town Hall Constituents Over Previous Praise Of Ayn Rand
Discussion: The Raw Story
Adam Goldman / Associated Press:
US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Guardian