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12:40 PM ET, May 11, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
ABCNEWS:
Former Romney Classmate Describes ‘Bullying Supreme’ - A ‘Pack of Dogs’ Who Targeted ‘Different’ Boy  —  A high school classmate of presidential candidate Mitt Romney told ABC News today that he considers a particular prank the two pulled at Michigan's Cranbrook School to be “assault and battery” …
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
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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Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan's $2 Billion Blunder  —  Bank Admits Losses on Massive Trading Bet Gone Wrong; Dimon's Mea Culpa  —  A massive trading bet boomeranged on J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., leaving the bank with at least $2 billion in trading losses and its chief executive, James Dimon …
Nelson D. Schwartz / DealBook:
A Shock From JPMorgan Is New Fodder for Reformers
Discussion: Ezra Klein and National Review
Heidi N. Moore / Latest Stories on Marketplace.org:
JP Morgan's Loss: The Explainer
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!” …
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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New York Times:
Biden Said to Apologize to Obama Over Gay Marriage Issue
Washington Post:   For Obama, gay marriage stance born of a long evolution
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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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.
Politico:
Senate may try to repeal Defense of Marriage Act  —  A day after President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested Thursday that Democrats may move to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the Clinton-era law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
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Kyung M. Song / Seattle Times:
All 6 Wash. congressional Democrats favor repeal of gay-marriage ban
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:   Franklin Graham: Barack Obama Has ‘Shaken His Fist’ At God With Support For Same-Sex Marriage
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.
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
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Voters Give Romney Slight Edge Over Obama on Economy  —  Republicans more negative about Obama than Democrats are about Romney  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Registered voters are more likely to say Mitt Romney, if elected president, would do a very good or good job of handling the economy …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Associated Press:
Poll shows Americans' pessimism on economy growing
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 …
David Rohde / The Atlantic Online:
The Lesson of JP Morgan's $2 Billion Loss: Break Up the Big Banks  —  The news is astonishing.  And yet, it changes nothing.  The most important banks are still too big to fail, and still, they fall short with astonishing regularity.  —  The reports are startlingly familiar.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The New Republic
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.
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: The Raw Story
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney to focus on family, jobs in address at Va. evangelical college  —  Mitt Romney will focus on family and opportunity when he gives the commencement speech Saturday at the evangelical Liberty University.  —  “Although opportunities seem scarce in this economy, it is not for nothing …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
And today's guest star: Michelle Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
RNC, Romney campaign say Obama ‘forgot’ the recession
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Rheana Murray / NY Daily News:
Group pays drug addicts to get sterilized or receive long-term birth control, sparks criticism
Discussion: Althouse
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Like Having a Rich Class, as They Did 22 Years Ago
Discussion: Politico
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
House Votes To Cut Census Survey Done Since Thomas Jefferson
Herndon Graddick / The Huffington Post:
CNN Obama Statement Coverage Fails With Tony Perkins
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Winning Investors by 49%-38% Against Romney in Poll
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Wire
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Flipped  —  Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat has two mommies.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and alicublog
BuzzFeed:
Prominent Ron Paul Supporter Muses About Assassinating Mitt Romney
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Jonah Goldberg's desperation
Discussion: Gawker and TBogg
 

 
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