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1:55 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  —  Conservatives who were a little amazed at The Washington Post's 5,400-word opus on Mitt Romney's high-school pranks wondered: Is this how the Post covered Barack Obama's admission in his memoir …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney adviser: His treatment of Rick Perry shows his kindness  —  An adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign defended the candidate's “kind impulses” on Friday, pointing to his treatment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry during recent GOP debates as proof.  —  Kerry Healey, Romney's former …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Romney Accused of Prep School Bullying
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama talks gay rights at Clooney fundraiser  —  * Guest list includes Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire, Jack Black  —  * Dave Matthews performs at one of two Seattle fundraisers (adds quotes from Obama)  —  President Barack Obama called his endorsement of same-sex marriage a “logical extension” …
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage unites base  —  Social conservatives who doubted Mitt Romney now have a reason to rally around him after President Obama's embrace of gay marriage.  —  Despite the fact that very conservative and religious voters didn't support Romney in the primary …
Jonathan Rauch / The New Republic:
Why Gay Rights May Be President Obama's Biggest Legacy
Discussion: New York Magazine
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!” …
Felix Salmon:
JP Morgan: When basis trades blow up  —  I'm not sure if it was the biggest quarterly loss of all time, but Merrill Lynch's $16 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2008 certainly ranks very high up there in the annals of investment-bank blowups.  It happened after the bank had already …
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Heidi N. Moore / Latest Stories on Marketplace.org:
JP Morgan's Loss: The Explainer
Nelson D. Schwartz / DealBook:
A Shock From JPMorgan Is New Fodder for Reformers
Discussion: Ezra Klein and National Review
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.
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
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
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Studio City, California  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you!  (Applause.)  Good to see you, L.A.!  —  (Applause.)  Please everybody have a seat.  What a extraordinary evening.  It is wonderful to be with all of you.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Trolling for Dirt on the President's List  —  First a Romney supporter was named on an Obama campaign website.  That was followed by the slimy trolling into a citizen's private life.  —  Here's what happens when the president of the United States publicly targets a private citizen for the crime of supporting his opponent.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Allen West Claims LGBT Workplace Discrimination 'Don't Happen' And Doesn't ‘See That As Being A Big Issue’  —  Rep. Allen West (R-FL), no stranger to controversy, declared on Thursday that gay people are never fired because of their sexual orientation in the United States.
Discussion: Advocate and The Raw Story
Christian Adams / The PJ Tatler:
DOJ vs. Sheriff Joe: Hispanic Discrimination in Photo of ‘Mexican Navy Seal’  —  I just read the complaint filed by the Holder Justice Department against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  (See also PJ Tatler on the radical lawyers who wrote the complaint.)
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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.
Discussion: FT Alphaville and Daily Kos
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will Time's Breastfeeding Cover Be Bad For Business?  —  Time's new cover.  Click to expand.  —  It's safe to say the folks at Time magazine weren't caught unawares by the controversy already boiling up around their latest cover, which features an attractive 26-year-old mother breastfeeding her almost-four-year-old son.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Lesbian seeking marriage license arrested in NC
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
And today's guest star: Michelle Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
RNC, Romney campaign say Obama ‘forgot’ the recession
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney to focus on family, jobs in address at Va. evangelical college
Discussion: CNN
Rheana Murray / NY Daily News:
Group pays drug addicts to get sterilized or receive long-term birth control, sparks criticism
Discussion: Althouse
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Voters Give Romney Slight Edge Over Obama on Economy
Discussion: GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Like Having a Rich Class, as They Did 22 Years Ago
Discussion: Politico
Herndon Graddick / The Huffington Post:
CNN Obama Statement Coverage Fails With Tony Perkins
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kyung M. Song / Seattle Times:
All 6 Wash. congressional Democrats favor repeal of gay-marriage ban
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Winning Investors by 49%-38% Against Romney in Poll
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Wire
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg's desperation
Discussion: Gawker and TBogg
 

 
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TechCrunch:
Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Bluesky says it is now allowing heads of state to sign up, and adds features including hashtags in profile bios and the ability to long press a link to share

 
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