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7:25 PM ET, May 10, 2012

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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents  —  BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School.  Back on the handsome campus …
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Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Romney Camp on Defense Over ‘Pranks’  —  ABC News' Emily Friedman, Emily Stanitz and Steven Portnoy report:  —  One of Mitt Romney's closest friends and a high school classmate has been asked by the Romney campaign to come out and offer “supporting remarks” in defense of the candidate following …
Tlc / The Talk of the Times:
Young Obama Bullied....A Girl  —  The above text comes directly from President Obama's first memoir, “Dreams From My Father” and recounts an incident which occurred while he was in middle school.  When our president became the subject of taunts from his fellow classmates, he decided to shove a little girl named Coretta.
Discussion: Instapundit
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Content of Romney's Character  —  A young Mitt Romney, relaxing with friends.  —  It is a horrendous coincidence of timing for Mitt Romney that the day after President Obama ceased his elaborate wink-and-nod game and endorsed gay marriage, Jason Horowitz reports that Romney bullied a gay classmate at his prep school.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney apologizes for high school pranks that ‘might have gone too far’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney on prank: ‘Back in high school I did some dumb things’
Discussion: Ballot Box
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Bristol Palin:
Hail to the Chiefs - Malia and Sasha Obama  —  Is anyone really surprised by the fact that President Obama came out of the closet for gay marriage?  What was most surprising is when he explained how his position (supposedly) “evolved,” by talking to his wife and daughters: … Let's pause for just one second.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House strikes back on gay marriage  —  Just hours after President Barack Obama publicly backed gay marriage, the House struck back and passed a measure aimed at reinforcing the Defense of Marriage Act.  —  With a 245-171 vote, the House voted to stop the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds …
New York Times:
Biden Said to Apologize to Obama Over Gay Marriage Issue  —  WASHINGTON — A few hours before President Obama offered his historic endorsement of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. apologized to the president in the Oval Office for forcing Mr. Obama's hand …
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
Bristol Palin rips President Obama for listening to daughters Malia, Sasha on supporting gay marriage  —  Palin — a single mom herself — argued children are raised in homes where there is both a mother and a father  —  Bristol Palin ripped President Obama on Thursday for allowing his daughters …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
News Analysis: Obama's Watershed Move on Gay Marriage
Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
Fox News: Pro-Gay Marriage?
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Allen West: Obama May Lose African American Votes Over Gay Marriage
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Records shed more light on Elizabeth Warren's minority status  —  A second law school, the University of Pennsylvania, has touted Elizabeth Warren as a minority faculty member in an official school publication, according to an online document obtained by the Globe.
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Policy adviser testifies Edwards wanted Supreme Court seat  —  GREENSBORO, NC — A delusional, two-timing Sen. John Edwards dreamed of a Supreme Court appointment, even as his political career crumbled under the weight of a seedy sex scandal, according to testimony today.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Edwards prosecution plays tape of lies, rests
Discussion: ABCNEWS
George E. Condon Jr / 2012 Decoded:
Democrats and Charlotte: Far From a Perfect Match  —  Democrats who already were queasy about the site of their national convention could be excused after Tuesday's election in North Carolina if they asked, “Tell me again just why we're going to Charlotte this year?”
Discussion: Mediaite
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Convention organizer: North Carolina amendment like Jim Crow
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Ad Claims to Have Helped Man Get a Job, but Man Claims Employment Since 2006  —  Matt Negrin of ABC reports that “A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle, an autoworker in Ohio who says he was laid off and ‘scared to death’ until the president swooped in to save the industry.”
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Spotlight on Autoworker in Obama's Latest Ad
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin Recall Election: Walker 50%, Barrett 45%  —  Embattled Republican Governor Scott Walker holds a five-point lead over his newly nominated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Wisconsin's special recall election.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows that 50% …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House votes to replace Pentagon cuts mandated by debt deal  —  The House voted Thursday to override steep cuts to the Pentagon's budget mandated by last summer's debt deal and replace them with spending reductions to food stamps and other mandatory social programs.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Abraham Mourdock Confronts the Lucky Duckies  —  It's too early to tell if Richard Mourdock is going to present Democrats with the gift of a United States Senate seat.  But like 2010 Senate candidates Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell, he does seem determined to keep giving us all a clear glimpse into the wingnut id.
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Senate Candidate Says His Concern About Poor Not Paying Taxes Akin To Lincoln's Fears About Slavery
Discussion: Taking Note and The Maddow Blog
James Hansen / New York Times:
Game Over for the Climate  —  GLOBAL warming isn't a prediction.  It is happening.  That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Tide Turns  —  The Obamaites let go of fear and make this a choice election - between the future or the past:  —  One small note.  Above, Romney says that we should not discard 3,000 years of history of one-man-one-woman marriage.  Ahem.  His own family were ardent polygamists only a century ago …
David Rogers / Politico:
GOP leaves debt accord in dust  —  Moving right and bleeding moderate votes, Republicans narrowly won House approval Thursday of their plan to shift tens of billions from poverty programs to protect the Pentagon from automatic cuts under the August debt accords.
Discussion: Firedoglake
BBC:
Prince Charles turns BBC Scotland weatherman  —  Prince Charles presents a special weather forecast during his BBC Scotland visit  —  Prince Charles had a go at reading the weather during a tour of BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters.  —  He and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall …
 
 
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Michael Holden / Reuters:
Thousands of British police join anti-austerity protest
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Agonist
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: Senate committee agrees to hold hearing on ENDA
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Adviser: We'll Campaign On Constitutional Marriage Ban
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Lawyer: Feds digging up mobster's yard in hunt for Gardner paintings
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Defense spending to spike $2.1 trillion under Romney
Michael Crowley / Time:
Indie Block  —  When Americans elect announced last July …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Detroit Mayor Hit With New Charges
Discussion: Via Meadia
New York Times:
Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
Discussion: Guardian, Taylor Marsh, Mondoweiss and CNN
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats have real chance to hold on to Senate majority
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