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3:35 PM ET, May 11, 2012

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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
WASHINGTON POST ROMNEY HIT PIECE IMPLODES  —  Today's unconscionable Washington Post story, which implied without evidence that Mitt Romney was a homophobic bully to one John Lauber back in his high school days five decades ago, has totally imploded.  —  Timed to drop the day after President …
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ABCNEWS:
Sister of Alleged Romney Target Has ‘No Knowledge’ of Any Bullying Incident  —  The older sister of Mitt Romney's former high school classmate said she has no knowledge of any bullying incident involving her brother and the GOP presidential candidate.  —  Christine Lauber of South Bend …
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Did The WashPost Report a 5,000-Word Expose on Obama's Cocaine Use In the Last Cycle? Of Course Not
Discussion: The Mahablog
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney adviser: His treatment of Rick Perry shows his kindness
New York Times:
Romney Accused of Prep School Bullying
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Bill blockbuster: O's an ‘amateur’  —  Bill Clinton thought so little of President Obama — mocking him as an “amateur” — that he pressed his wife last summer to quit her job as secretary of state and challenge him in the primaries, a new book claims,  —  “The country needs you!” …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
JP Morgan Loses $2 Billion in Massive Failed Effort to Exploit Volcker Rule Loophole  —  NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co, James ‘Jamie’ Dimon speaks during An Evening With the Fortune 500 at the New York Stock Exchange on May 7, 2012 in New York City.
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Lisa Pollack / FT Alphaville:
[JPM Whale-Watching Tour] Too Big To Hedge
Heidi N. Moore / Latest Stories on Marketplace.org:
JP Morgan's Loss: The Explainer
Mike DeForest / clickorlando.com:
Trayvon Martin gun range targets sold online  —  Seller admits he wants to profit off controversy  —  An unidentified entrepreneur admits he is trying to profit off Trayvon Martin's death by selling gun range targets featuring the teen who's death has sparked a nationwide controversy.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Trayvon Martin's mom tapes Mother's Day appeal against ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Rauch / The New Republic:
Why Gay Rights May Be President Obama's Biggest Legacy  —  When he first campaigned for the White House, Barack Obama vowed to be a fierce advocate for gay rights, but it hasn't always been clear if he intended to keep his promise.  Indeed, we gay folks had gotten used to grousing about the President.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Guardian
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John Reitmeyer / NorthJersey.com:
After Obama's announcement, Christie reiterates stance against gay marriage
Jason Stein / JSOnline:
In film, Walker talks of ‘divide and conquer’ union strategy  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A filmmaker released a video Thursday that shows Gov. Scott Walker saying he would use “divide and conquer” as a strategy against unions.
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Democrats Pounce On Walker's “Divide And Conquer” Video  —  Today's fight in Wisconsin is over a video of Scott Walker saying he would “divide and conquer” unions, shot before his controversial budget repair bill.  Democrats note inconsistencies.  —  A video showing Wisconsin Governor Scott …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO  —  Global Investors Poll Finds Facebook Is Overvalued  —  Eduardo Saverin, the billionaire co- founder of Facebook Inc. (FB), renounced his U.S. citizenship before an initial public offering that values the social network …
TMZ.com:
Beach Boys Singer Bruce Johnston — 'Obama's a Socialist A-Hole'  — Barack Obama — Honored with Fried Chicken and Waffles  — Clooney's Obama Bash — Release the Hounds! … See More: GEORGE CLOONEY , BARACK OBAMA , POLITIX  —  Add to My Links  —  5/11/2012 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Wall Street Journal:
Clooney Fundraiser Nets $15 Million For Obama Campaign  —  LOS ANGELES—Even as he struggles to rekindle the excitement of his 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama proved Thursday he still has the loyalty of Hollywood's elite, pulling in nearly $15 million in a fundraising dinner at the home of actor George Clooney.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Paul Babeu / Paul Babeu for Sheriff Committee:
Seeking re-election as Pinal County Sheriff  —  First, let me say how much your friendship and support means to me.  When I announced my candidacy for Congress, I promised the citizens of Pinal County that I would ensure continuity of leadership in the Sheriff's Office.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Time magazine and our mommy porn fixation  —  As a culture, we're unhealthily obsessed with our mothers.  —  For the past several months, I have been deluged with e-mails wanting to know if I have made plans yet for Mother's Day.  —  Only a few of these have been from my mother.
Discussion: Healthland and Althouse
Manu Raju / Reuters:
Frustrated Harry Reid: Reform the filibuster  —  An angry Harry Reid took to the floor Thursday and demanded changes to the Senate's hallowed filibuster rules, siding with junior Democrats who have sought to substantially weaken the powerful delaying tactic.
Associated Press:
Lesbian seeking marriage license arrested in NC  —  (AP) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A lesbian who sought a North Carolina marriage license with her partner and was rejected under a state law banning same-sex marriage was arrested with another person Thursday after they refused to leave a government office …
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
House Dems trained to make race the issue  —  House Democrats received training this week on how to raise the issue of race to defend government programs, according to training materials obtained by The Washington Examiner.  —  The prepared content of a Tuesday presentation …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Easy Useless Economics  —  A few days ago, I read an authoritative-sounding paper in The American Economic Review, one of the leading journals in the field, arguing at length that the nation's high unemployment rate had deep structural roots and wasn't amenable to any quick solution.
 
 
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Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
New York Times:
For Ultra-Orthodox in Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules
James Hill / ABCNEWS:
John Edwards Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Geraldo On TSA: ‘I Got Manually Raped By A Guy,’ ‘[He] Was Getting Off On It.’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Wonkette
Chris Moody / Associated Press:
Obama campaign adds ‘clean coal’ to website after Republican outcry
Christian Adams / The PJ Tatler:
DOJ vs. Sheriff Joe: Hispanic Discrimination in Photo of ‘Mexican Navy Seal’
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David Catanese / Politico:
Ex-GOP pol eyes Fla. Senate bid
David Rohde / The Atlantic Online:
The Lesson of JP Morgan's $2 Billion Loss: Break Up the Big Banks
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The New Republic
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Studio City, California
Discussion: Firedoglake
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Allen West Claims LGBT Workplace Discrimination 'Don't Happen' And Doesn't ‘See That As Being A Big Issue’
Discussion: Advocate and The Raw Story
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
And today's guest star: Michelle Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Trolling for Dirt on the President's List
Rheana Murray / NY Daily News:
Group pays drug addicts to get sterilized or receive long-term birth control, sparks criticism
Discussion: Lean Left and Althouse
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Like Having a Rich Class, as They Did 22 Years Ago
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Winning Investors by 49%-38% Against Romney in Poll
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Wire