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2:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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.).
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Richard Mourdock: ‘Bipartisanship Ought To Consist Of Democrats Coming To The Republican Point Of View’
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
Dick Lugar, poor loser?
Discussion: Wonkette
In statement, Lugar defends campaign while criticizing partisan environment
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Moderate Republicans Fall Away in the Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
The Caucus:
Gay Marriage Issue Looming, Obama Sits for an Interview  —  2:03 p.m. |  Updated With his re-election bid looming, President Obama is set to confront one of the most sensitive political challenges of his presidency on Wednesday as he sits down for an interview that is likely to include a discussion of his views on gay marriage.
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 …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Asked About Gay Marriage, Romney Doesn't Answer  —  FORT LUPTON, Col. — At an event at an oil-and-gas production company here Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney refused to answer questions on same-sex marriage, a topic about which President Obama is expected to speak this afternoon, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama expected to speak on gay marriage  —  President Barack Obama is expected to speak about his views on gay marriage in an interview Wednesday afternoon, following days of increasing pressure to clarify his “evolving” position on the issue.  —  Obama is scheduled to sit …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Roberts to ask Obama about gay marriage
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
First Thoughts: The margins told the story  —  Voters arrive at Overbrook Elementary School in Charleston to cast their votes in the primary election, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. … *** The margins told the story: The overall results went largely as expected last night in Indiana, North Carolina …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Billy Graham and Amendment One
Pam Spaulding / Firedoglake:
North Carolina's Amendment One: Where Do I Begin?
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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: BuzzFeed
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.
Nigel Bunyan / Telegraph:
Rochdale grooming trial: Police accused of failing to investigate paedophile gang for fear of appearing racist  —  Police and social workers were last night accused of failing to investigate an Asian paedophile gang for fear of being perceived as racist, allowing them to prey on up to 50 young white girls.
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.
John Miller / CBS News:
CIA sacrifices valuable intelligence source to foil underwear bomb plot  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) NEW YORK - It's a stunning revelation in the foiled plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner: The triggerman chosen by al Qaeda was actually a double agent who was working for the CIA and Saudi intelligence services.
Discussion: The Reaction and
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
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Tea Party Rising
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Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Gov. McDonnell: Political future not in the Senate
Discussion: ABCNEWS and GOP 12
Ron Paul / CNN:
Paul: Delegates are for agenda, not convention speech
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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?
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Washington Post
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tony Perkins Claims His Children Are Not Gay Because ‘We Are Teaching Them The Right Ways’
New York Times:
German Patience With Greece on the Euro Wears Thin
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Arthur Brooks: America and the Value of ‘Earned Success’
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