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2:05 PM ET, May 9, 2012


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Lugar's Demise and the Constitutional Crisis  —  The defeat of Richard Lugar in the Indiana Republican Senate primary is the kind of event that would have been shocking just a half-dozen years ago, and has since grown routine.  Incumbent senators used to have almost no fear that they might …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Richard Mourdock dismisses Dick Lugar attack  —  Fresh from his Republican primary win, Richard Mourdock on Wednesday brushed aside Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar's parting shot hat he has an “unrelenting partisan mindset.”  —  On appearances on Fox News' “Fox & Friends” and CNN's “Starting Point …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Man in the News |  Richard Mourdock: Richard Mourdock's Many Pursuits Don't Include Bipartisanship  —  The man who deposed the Republican foreign policy conscience of the Senate is a 60-year-old homebody, a former geologist who loves riding motorcycles, running marathons and thumbing through history books in bed.
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 …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Geneva Sands / Ballot Box:
Mourdock says he hasn't decided on backing McConnell as leader  —  The morning after crushing Sen. Dick Lugar in a Republican primary, Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock said he hasn't decided whether to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP senators wonder: Am I next?  —  There's a new rule in American politics: Republican senators and Senate hopefuls who are too close to Washington and show streaks of moderation are toast — or most certainly poised for a grilling of their lifetime.  —  Call it the Mike Castle rule.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Richard Mourdock: ‘Bipartisanship Ought To Consist Of Democrats Coming To The Republican Point Of View’
In statement, Lugar defends campaign while criticizing partisan environment
Tom Curry /
Six-term Senate veteran Lugar defeated in Indiana primary
The Caucus:
Gay Marriage Issue Looming, Obama Sits for an Interview  —  President Obama, who is under mounting pressure to clarify his thinking on same-sex marriage after top aides publicly embraced it in recent days, will sit down for an interview with ABC News on Wednesday during which he is likely to be pressed on his …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
REPORT: Obama Expected To Endorse Marriage Equality In ABC News Interview  —  As President Obama prepares to sit down with ABC's Robin Roberts this afternoon just hours after voters in North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Roberts to ask Obama about gay marriage
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Asked About Gay Marriage, Romney Doesn't Answer
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Obama may clarify position on same-sex marriage in interview today
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.”
National Review:   Jonah Goldberg  —  Jonah Goldberg was the founding editor …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Obama Loses West Virginia Delegates To Prison Inmate  —  The vote highlights the President's unpopularity in the Appalachian heartland.  In 2008, white voters there cited race as a factor.  —  Federal prisoner Keith Russell Judd, 49, at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Beaumont, Texas in March 15, 2008.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Tom Barrett wins Wisconsin recall primary  —  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic primary in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election Tuesday, dealing a blow to organized labor and setting up the June 5 race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  —  Barrett defeated former Dane …
Scott Walker / CNN:
Fresh ads in Wisconsin recall, fresh off Tuesday election
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cravenness of Higher Education  —  The Chronicle fires a writer for doing what she was hired to do.  —  The Chronicle of Higher Education has fired our former editorial-page colleague, Naomi Schaefer Riley, for a blog posting on the Chronicle's website that offended 6,500 professors.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Billy Graham and Amendment One  —  One of the odder phenomena surrounding the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina was the last-minute emergence of the Rev. Billy Graham, the retired, chronically-ill 93-year-old evangelist, as a supporter of the amendment.
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
North Carolina's Amendment One: Where Do I Begin?
Tim Mak / Politico:
Michele Bachmann claims Swiss citizenship  —  Rep. Michelle Bachmann is now officially a Swiss miss.  —  Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently became a citizen of Switzerland, making her eligible to run for office in the tiny European nation, according to a Swiss TV report Tuesday.
Florida nabs white supremacists planning “race war”  —  ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a “race war” have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday.
Rolling Stone:
Tom Gabel of Against Me!  Comes Out as Transgender  —  Singer reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone  —  Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone.  Gabel, who has dealt privately …
Josh Glasstetter /
GOP Newsletter Calls for Armed Revolution if Obama Re-Elected  —  The Greene County, Virginia Republican Committee publishes a monthly newsletter for members called “The Constitutional Conservatives.”  The newsletter is heavy on Tea Party rhetoric about how Obama and liberals are ruining America, and so forth.
James Carville / CNN:
Wake up Democrats; you could lose  —  Editor's note: James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on “The Situation Room” as well as other programs on all CNN networks.  —  (CNN) — A long time ago a great three-time governor of Louisiana …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney super-PAC ad looks to reignite Hilary Rosen controversy  —  The controversy over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's remark that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life” has largely subsided, but a new ad from a super-PAC backing Mitt Romney hopes to revive the issue in time for Mother's Day.
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and Hullabaloo
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus: Limbaugh boycott cost ‘millions’  —  Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey said yesterday that the advertiser boycott against Rush Limbaugh cost his company millions of dollars in revenue for the first two quarters of the year.  —  “It hit us pretty hard,” Dickey said during a call with financial analysts yesterday.
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Washington Examiner:
McDonnell: Obama better organized in Virginia than Romney
Discussion: ABCNEWS, GOP 12 and Yahoo! News
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Our Mr. Brooks Is Movin' on Up (with Cyclicalists!)
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Hillary Clinton on make-up, hair: Who cares?
Robert Johnson / Business Insider:
This Army Sergeant Rescued More Than A Dozen Soldiers During A Deadly 60 Hour Mission
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Desperately avoiding Obamanomics and Obamacare
Discussion: Sense of Events
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John Miller / CBS News:
CIA sacrifices valuable intelligence source to foil underwear bomb plot
Discussion: The Reaction and
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama aide to take stand in Edwards trial
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tony Perkins Claims His Children Are Not Gay Because ‘We Are Teaching Them The Right Ways’
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of ‘Earned Success’
Discussion: Sense of Events and Instapundit