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7:55 PM ET, May 9, 2012


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Rick Klein / Yahoo! Good Morning America:
President Obama Affirms His Support for Same Sex Marriage  —  President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.  In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage  —  Updated President Obama declared for the first time on Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage, putting the moral power of his presidency behind a social issue that continues to divide the country.  “At a certain point,” Mr. Obama said in an interview …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality  —  President Obama has come out in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian people in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts this afternoon: … Watch it:  —  His endorsement comes less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden embraced …
E.J. Graff / American Prospect:
I Am Gobsmacked  —  Well, I guess I'm cynical.  I had a list of reasons as long as my arm for President Obama NOT to state that he favors equal marriage.  My heart is turning such cartwheels that I am not sure I can write anything cogent.  —  Here's what I was all ready to say before the announcement:
Log Cabin Republicans:
Obama Announcement Is Cold Comfort to LGBT Americans  —  (Washington, DC) - Log Cabin Republicans respond to President Barack Obama's latest evolution on the freedom to marry.  —  “That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
President Obama's calculated gamble on gay marriage  —  President Obama's decision to express support for gay marriage in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts is a decision that comes with real political risk.  —  President Obama declares his support for gay marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
An Obama Gay Marriage Timeline  —  President Obama may come out in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage today in an interview with the ABC News.  It's been a long and winding road there.  —  Obama in 1996: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
M.S. / Democracy in America:
Good for Obama, bad for gay marriage  —  BARACK OBAMA took cubic miles of guff for spending the last few years insisting his position on gay marriage was “evolving”.  Now he's finally come out and said what everybody knew he was eventually going to say: he thinks gay people should be allowed to marry the partner of their choice.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Top social conservative worried the right may lose on gay marriage  —  Conservative religious leaders predicted President Obama's support of gay marriage will hurt him this election — but one fretted that the tide has turned against them long-term on the issue, and that Obama's statement could further erode their position long-term.
Discussion: Reuters
New York Times:
Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.
Leaked: White House Talking Points On Gay Marriage Flip
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
‘On My Behalf’  —  The debate over same sex “marriage” …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Sen. Danforth (R) Says GOP Becoming ‘Increasingly Inconsequential,’ ‘Intolerant’  —  Former Ambassador to the UN and U.S. Sen. John Danforth (R-MO)  —  In 2010, former Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) told the New York Times that “If Dick Lugar, having served five terms …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Lugar's Demise and the Constitutional Crisis
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Moderate Republicans Fall Away in the Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
Dick Lugar, poor loser?
Discussion: Wonkette and Hot Air is the website for KDVR Television …:
Romney in Colorado: “I do not favor civil unions”  —  DENVER — Mitt Romney, who's now a sure bet to be the Republican Party's presidential nominee this fall, commented about gay marriage and civil unions during an interview with FOX31 Denver's Jeremy Hubbard Wednesday.
Sarah Huisenga / CBS News:
Romney affirms opposition to same-sex marriage
Justin Sink / The Hill:
RNC chairman: Obama ‘played politics,’ GOP ‘clear’ in opposition to same-sex marriage
Discussion: The Hill, Ballot Box and CNN
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Republicans: Our Position Is Clear, Marriage Is Between One Man And One Woman
Bill Dedman /
Conservative author Jonah Goldberg drops claim of two Pulitzer nominations  —  On the dust jacket of his new book, “The Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” best-selling conservative author and commentator Jonah Goldberg is described as having “twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Shep Smith: ‘Wrong side of history’  —  Fox News anchor Shep Smith made his own news today when he said President Obama was “now in the 21st century” after announcing his support for same-sex marriage.  Minutes later, in a conversation with colleague Bret Baier, he added:
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Naomi Schaefer Riley / Wall Street Journal:
The Academic Mob Rules  —  Instead of encouraging wide discussion, the Chronicle of Higher Education fires a blogger.  —  Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a cover story called “Black Studies: ‘Swaggering Into the Future,’” in which the reporter described how …
Dan Froomkin / Reuters:
Colin Powell's New Book: War With Iraq Never Debated … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, George W Bush, War Wire, Video, Iraq WMD, Scooter Libby, Works For Me, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — In his new book, former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
5 Questions For Mitt Romney On Gay Rights  —  Mitt Romney said today that “domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”  That leaves a lot of gray area, and there are some questions he'll likely have to answer.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Mass. Dems file ethics complaint against Brown (Updated)  —  The Massachusetts Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Scott Brown, alleging that Brown has used official resources for campaign purposes.  —  The complaint focuses on footage of Brown's half-court shot …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and BuzzFeed
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Ethics investigation of Buchanan extended
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Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Nicholas Katzenbach, Trusted Adviser to J.F.K. and L.B.J., Dies at 90
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Bank Of America Protests Begin At Shareholder Meeting (LATEST UPDATES)
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Fortune and Firedoglake
Stephanie Banchero / Wall Street Journal:
School-Standards Pushback  —  Conservative Groups Oppose …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Democrats withdraw Trayvon amendment
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Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney: Obama's policies are ‘old’ and ‘outdated’
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NOW president returns fire on Limbaugh
Kate Nocera / Politico:
GOPer: Don't ax Planned Parenthood
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