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6:55 PM ET, May 11, 2012

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Six in 10 Say Obama Same-Sex Marriage View Won't Sway Vote  —  More say it makes them less likely rather than more likely to vote for Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans, 60%, say President Barack Obama's newly announced support for same-sex marriage will make no difference to their vote.
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USA Today:
Poll: 51% agree with Obama's endorsement of gay marriage  —  More than half of Americans say they approve of President Obama's stance that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, but 60% say that his shift in position will have no bearing on how they vote in the November election, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup poll.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and ThinkProgress
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.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Then And Now: Conservative Reactions To Marriage Equality Have Lost Their Verve
Discussion: National Review and Wonkette
John Reitmeyer / NorthJersey.com:
After Obama's announcement, Christie reiterates stance against gay marriage
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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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama was a bully, too  —  Rush Limbaugh on Friday slammed President Barack Obama for not apologizing to the young girl he shoved in fifth grade, and implied The Washington Post was biased in reporting that Mitt Romney had bullied a student in high school.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney adviser: His treatment of Rick Perry shows his kindness
ABCNEWS:
Sister of Alleged Romney Target Has ‘No Knowledge’ of Any Bullying Incident
Donald Douglas / American Power:
The Left's Coordinated ‘Bullying’ …
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and The Other McCain
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
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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Jarrett Stepman / Human Events:
President Obama's former doctor claims that the president lacks passion, feeling and humanity  —  In a revealing new book, The Amateur, author Edward Klein interviews President Barack Obama's physician, Dr. David Scheiner, MD, who blasts the president's health care plan and says that President Obama has an …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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Don Walker / JSOnline:
Barrett, Walker at odds over ‘divide and conquer’ union remark
Discussion: Daily Kos, Althouse and Instapundit
BuzzFeed:
Democrats Pounce On Walker's “Divide And Conquer” Video
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
Lisa Pollack / FT Alphaville:
[JPM Whale-Watching Tour] Too Big To Hedge  —  Throughout FT Alphaville's coverage of the credit trades of JP Morgan's Chief Investment Office, there were two thoughts that kept nagging us.  We'd think about them whenever we wrote about the technicals the trades might be creating.
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Washington Free Beacon:
Watch Tamron Hall Go Nuts  —  HALL: So there you have it Tim.  And the point is, he's doing local television—that's a local reporter asking something that is important to the people of that particular state.  His response, you know, people are raising an eyebrow about.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Obama hangs with Clooney in L.A.  —  LOS ANGELES — What would you do if you got to spend three hours at George Clooney's house?  With George Clooney?  —  That's how long President Obama spent at the Hollywood star's luxurious hillside house in Studio City Thursday evening for a $40,000 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
This is What an Insane Anti-Gay Wingnut Looks Like: VIDEO  —  Check out this testimony from Jane Skrovota at this week's hearings regarding a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Lincoln, Nebraska.  And BETTER YET, watch the reaction of the guy behind her.  —  Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Discussion: Advocate, Mediaite, Gawker and LGBTQ Nation
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:
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.
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
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Time Magazine's cover mom defends breastfeeding picture  —  The mother featured in Time Magazine's provocative breastfeeding cover photo stopped by the “Today” show on Friday with her son to discuss the “media craze” sparked by the controversial image.  —  “I understand some of the breastfeeding …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong / New York Times:
Maternity Ward Swag
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Extended jobless benefits cut in eight states
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hot Air and ThinkProgress
thepage.time.com:
Halperin's Take: Why ACA Rebates Are A Big Deal
Guardian:
Michele Bachman decides not be Swiss after all
BuzzFeed:
Mormon Cultist For President!
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Washington Post
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
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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
David Catanese / Politico:
Ex-GOP pol eyes Fla. Senate bid
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Easy Useless Economics
 

 
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