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8:55 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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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Then And Now: Conservative Reactions To Marriage Equality Have Lost Their Verve
Discussion: The Reaction and National Review
Bruce Carroll / The Daily Caller:
Barack Buchanan and the gay left
Jonathan Rauch / The New Republic:
Why Gay Rights May Be President Obama's Biggest Legacy
John Reitmeyer / NorthJersey.com:
After Obama's announcement, Christie reiterates stance against gay marriage
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 …
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP says it wants to focus on jobs  —  After a week when gay marriage dominated headlines, House Republicans on Saturday tried to put the focus back on jobs and the economy, which they view as their strong suit heading into this fall's elections.  —  President Obama gave his personal endorsement …
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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
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.
William A. Galston / Brookings Institute:
Six Months to Go: Where the Presidential Contest Stands as the General Election Begins  —  In this new paper, William Galston analyzes the political backdrop against which the 2012 general will be waged, offering fuller context into voter attitudes, economic trends, and policy and ideological issues shaping the electoral outcome.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swampland
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
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 …
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: Firedoglake
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
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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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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Don Walker / JSOnline:
Walker ‘conquer’ video becomes campaign fodder  —  Walker defends his '11 union comments; Barrett ‘flabbergasted’  —  By Don Walker, Bill Glauber and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  A video showing Gov. Scott Walker talking about a strategy of “divide and conquer” …
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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
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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
Jarrett Stepman / Human Events:
President Obama's former doctor claims that the president lacks passion, feeling and humanity
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Lisa Pollack / FT Alphaville:
[JPM Whale-Watching Tour] Too Big To Hedge