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6:05 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 …
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
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.
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’
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Tlc / The Talk of the Times:
Young Obama Bullied....A Girl
Discussion: Instapundit and National Review
Washington Post:   Mitt Romney's prep school classmates recall pranks, but also troubling incidents
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.
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 …
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 …
Major Garrett /
Biden With the Assist: Veep Again Dumb Like a Fox
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.”
Discussion: and The Right Sphere
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Convention organizer: North Carolina amendment like Jim Crow  —  The North Carolina same-sex marriage ban is right up there with the worst kind of discrimination, said Democratic National Convention Committee co-chair Jim Rogers, reflecting on the constitutional amendment that passed in his home state this week.
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Rep. Allen West: Obama May Lose African American Votes Over Gay Marriage
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Black voters in NC supported Amendment One by 2-1 margin
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:
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% …
Ryan J. Reilly /
TPMMuckraker  —  Justice Department Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio Over Alleged Latino Abuse  —  The Justice Department finally filed suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, accusing the Arizona official of engaging “in a pattern or practice …
New York Times:
Justice Department Sues Arizona Sheriff
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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, Mondoweiss and CNN
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BREAKING: Senate committee agrees to hold hearing on ENDA
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The Tide Turns
Susan K. Livio / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie vetoes ‘health exchange’ bill tied to federal health care reform law
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Metropolis and Wonkette
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
Maggie Gallagher / National Review:
Fox News: Pro-Gay Marriage?
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Policy adviser testifies Edwards wanted Supreme Court seat
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Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Detroit Mayor Hit With New Charges
Discussion: Via Meadia
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
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