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3:25 AM ET, May 12, 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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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.
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.
Bruce Carroll / The Daily Caller:
Barack Buchanan and the gay left
John Reitmeyer / NorthJersey.com:
After Obama's announcement, Christie reiterates stance against gay marriage
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 …
Guardian:
MI6 and CIA rattled over bomb plot leak  —  Leak about UK involvement described as despicable by CIA as anger turns to Obama administration for compromising mission  —  Detailed leaks of operational information about the foiled underwear bomb plot are causing growing anger in the US intelligence community …
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.
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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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.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Genealogist for Elizabeth Warren 1/32 Cherokee claim goes silent, source document shown false  —  The claim that Elizabeth Warren was 1/32 Cherokee has been suspect from the start, yet the media repeats the claim as if it were documented.  —  Now the last documentary hope that Warren …
The Moderate Voice:
What Capitalists Don't Know: Without Democracy, Capitalism Dies (Guest Voice)  —  What Capitalists Don't Know:  —  Without Democracy, Capitalism Dies  —  by Craig Barnes  —  In the 1990s renowned political scientist and author Ben Barber wrote in Jihad vs McWorld that global capitalism was at war with democracy.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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
Associated Press:
American racing legend Carroll Shelby dead at 89  —  DALLAS - Carroll Shelby, the legendary auto racer and car designer who built the fabled Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford's Mustang and Chrysler's Viper, has died.  He was 89.  —  Shelby's company …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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: Mediaite, Gawker and Advocate
Our Children's Trust:
Legal Updates:  —  Four law professors for industry filed an amicus curiae brief arguing there is no federal public trust, and if there is, it's purpose is to allow pollution.  Check out Plaintiffs' strong response here.  The hearing on the Defendants' Motions to Dismiss the case is set for May 11 in D.C. Come support the youth!
Discussion: democrats.com
DealBook:
S.E.C. Opens Investigation Into JPMorgan's $2 Billion Loss  —  Regulators are investigating potential civil violations surrounding the $2 billion loss that JPMorgan Chase disclosed on Thursday, raising further questions about the trading activities at the nation's biggest bank.
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats' Fund Taps Corporate Donors for Convention  —  Democrats have trumpeted their ban on corporate donations to their national convention this summer, saying that it shows they are free from the influence of special interests.  —  But through a special fund, convention planners …
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
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Bill blockbuster: O's an ‘amateur’
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama campaign adds ‘clean coal’ to website after GOP complaints  —  The Obama campaign added a section on “clean coal” to its website this week after House Republicans alleged that the president's “all-of-the-above” energy plan neglected the fossil fuel.  —  “President Obama has set …
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Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Obama evolves on coal
Discussion: Hot Air and Vodkapundit
 
 
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Kathy Kiely / Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group:
Momma's boy: Santorum holds congressional record for ‘mother’
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
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
New York Times:
For Ultra-Orthodox in Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules
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Geraldo On TSA: ‘I Got Manually Raped By A Guy,’ ‘[He] Was Getting Off On It.’
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