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5:00 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Sphere
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Mitt Romney Outed As Anti-Gay High School Bully  —  Last year's string of heartbreaking suicides by young members of the LGBT community who had been bullied by their classmates led hundreds of celebrities, sports teams, politicians and ordinary citizens to record “It Gets Better” videos.
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Cutting-edge reporting from WaPo: Let's take an in-depth look at ... Romney's cruel high-school pranks  —  And so the general election media coverage begins.  I guess the Washington Post ran out of stories based on Seamus the Roof-Ridin' Dog.  Despite demonstrating zero curiosity …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney apologizes for high school pranks that ‘might have gone too far’  —  Mitt Romney apologized Thursday morning for pranks he helped orchestrate in high school that he said “might have gone too far,” including an incident in which he pinned down a fellow student and cut his hair.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney on prank: ‘Back in high school I did some dumb things’
Discussion: GOP 12
Washington Post:   Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
News Analysis: Obama's Watershed Move on Gay Marriage  —  President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday was by any measure a watershed.  A sitting United States president took sides in what many people consider the last civil rights movement, providing the most powerful evidence …
Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
Fox News: Pro-Gay Marriage?
John H. Cushman Jr / The Caucus:
Biden Got Out ‘Over His Skis,’ Says Obama
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Black voters in NC supported Amendment One by 2-1 margin
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite, ABCNEWS and RedState
Opposing same-sex marriage not priority for Boehner, Reid evolves
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Ballot Box
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Obama and Romney Alike Face Political Risks on Gay Marriage
Discussion: CBS News, The Daily Caller, CNN and GOP 12
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Reid: Democratic platform will include pro-gay marriage plank
Harvey Morris / IHT Rendezvous:
Disappointment as Gay Marriage Is Left Out of Queen's Speech
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.
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% …
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Spotlight on Autoworker in Obama's Latest Ad  —  Republicans are trying to chip away at President Obama's success with the auto industry by bringing attention to a battery maker that took stimulus money and then laid off workers.  —  A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
Toledo auto-parts worker stars in campaign ad
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.”
New York Times:
Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse  —  The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn.  The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, CNN and Mondoweiss
How Barack Obama Lost Hollywood  —  Last time they fell in love, volunteered, gave millions, but now “they hate him.”  Can gay pride and a Clooney bash make his star twinkle again?  —  Source:  —  LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On Tuesday night, comedian Jon Lovitz stood in the green room …
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.
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 …
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Lawyer: Feds digging up mobster's yard in hunt for Gardner paintings  —  MANCHESTER, Conn. — FBI agents, bloodhounds, beagles and a ferret are swarming the backyard of a reputed Connecticut mobster in a hunt for the long-lost Gardner Museum masterworks, the alleged gangster's lawyer told the Herald.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama on Biden: ‘Got Out a Little Bit Over His Skis’  —  Vice President Joe Biden is at least part of the reason President Barack Obama came out in favor of same sex marriage yesterday, the president admitted in the interview on the issue with ABC's Robin Roberts:
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House votes to replace Pentagon cuts mandated by debt deal
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Adviser: We'll Campaign On Constitutional Marriage Ban
Charles Riley /
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barone / National Review:
Reelection Is Not Inevitable
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and GayPatriot
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Senate Candidate Says His Concern About Poor Not Paying Taxes Akin To Lincoln's Fears About Slavery
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats have real chance to hold on to Senate majority
Public Religion Research Institute:
May PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey
Discussion: Business Insider, CNN, Mediaite and GOP 12
Robert J. Barro / Wall Street Journal:
Robert Barro: Stimulus Spending Keeps Failing