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6:50 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Mediaite
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
Major Garrett /
Biden With the Assist: Veep Again Dumb Like a Fox
John H. Cushman Jr / The Caucus:
Biden Got Out ‘Over His Skis,’ Says Obama
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.
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
George E. Condon Jr / 2012 Decoded:
Democrats and Charlotte: Far From a Perfect Match
Discussion: Mediaite
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.”
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.
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
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Indiana GOP Senate Candidate Says His Concern About Poor Not Paying Taxes Akin To Lincoln's Fears About Slavery  —  The Republican Party's nominee for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat recently compared the fight over tax rates and reform to former president Abraham Lincoln's concern over slavery …
Discussion: Taking Note and The Maddow Blog
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Abraham Mourdock Confronts the Lucky Duckies
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.”
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 …
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David Rogers / Politico:
GOP leaves debt accord in dust
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
Ted Cruz, U.S. Senate candidate from Texas, reports bounce from Sarah Palin's endorsement
Discussion: CNN and Conservatives4Palin
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
BREAKING: Senate committee agrees to hold hearing on ENDA
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Tide Turns
Matt Stout / Boston Herald:
Lawyer: Feds digging up mobster's yard in hunt for Gardner paintings
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Charles Riley /
Defense spending to spike $2.1 trillion under Romney
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
How Barack Obama Lost Hollywood