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9:55 AM ET, May 15, 2012


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New York Times:
Politics Seen in Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Support  —  WASHINGTON — Most Americans suspect that President Obama was motivated by politics, not policy, when he declared his support for same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released on Monday, suggesting that the unplanned way it was announced shaped public attitudes.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Romney has slight edge over Obama  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  (CBS News) Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a slight edge over President Obama in the race …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Americans more optimistic economy is looking up, poll says  —  WASHINGTON - Americans may be downbeat about today's economy, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but they are increasingly optimistic that things are about to get better for the nation and themselves.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney takes lead over Obama in national poll
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Business Insider and Mediaite
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama: Romney Is Worse Than John McCain
Discussion: American Power and Hot Air
Jonathan Macey / Wall Street Journal:
Losing Money Isn't a Crime  —  J.P. Morgan lost $2 billion.  They'll learn from experience.  Regulators rarely do.  —  Regulators, politicians and news reporters are hysterical at the news of J.P. Morgan's recent $2 billion trading loss.  The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating to see whether laws were broken.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Red Flags Said to Go Unheeded by Bosses at JPMorgan
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Post:
Break up the banks  —  The $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Newsy
Romney donor pulls support, backs Obama, over same-sex marriage  —  (CNN) - A well-known, openly gay supporter of Mitt Romney in New York has decided to withdraw his support for Romney and back President Barack Obama instead.  —  The clincher: Romney's stance on same-sex marriage.
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: ‘Americans are on our side’ on same-sex marriage
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Right-Wing Lauds Facebook Co-Founder's Decision To Renounce US Citizenship: He's ‘An American Hero’  —  Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook whose falling out with the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg was the subject of the 2010 blockbuster The Social Network …
John Tamny / Political Economy:
For De-Friending The U.S., Facebook's Eduardo Saverin Is An American Hero  —  Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook.  (Image credit: via @daylife)  —  As is well known now, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin recently renounced his U.S. citizenship.  Though no specific reason was given …
Discussion: CalWatchDog
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Romney Runs Against History in Touting CEO Credentials  —  Shortly after his election as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney gathered the people who would fill the state's top jobs for a get-acquainted luncheon.  —  As the group tucked in to plates of pasta salad and greens, Romney …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
How Romney will respond to Obama's Bain attack
Scott Whitlock /
MSNBC's Chris Matthews to Black Pastor: ‘I Hope You Evolve’  —  Hardball anchor Chris Matthews, who routinely smears his political opponents as racist, on Monday lectured an African American minister who opposes gay marriage, “I hope you evolve.”  The host patronizingly added, “I'm just teasing.”
Senior Pastor  —  Harry R. Jackson, Jr. is senior pastor …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Is prestigious genealogical society throwing media under the bus on Warren 1/32 Cherokee claim?  —  There is a new and bizarre twist in the Elizabeth Warren 1/32 Cherokee saga.  —  As discussed below, Warren's claim to 1/32 Cherokee heritage arose from comments attributed to the prestigious …
Jennifer C. Braceras / Boston Herald:
Defining diversity at Harvard Law
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Market Day /
Poll shows rising user distrust of Facebook  —  Facebook has become an ubiquitous worldwide force.  That's part of what has investors drooling and users worrying.  —  Facebook's public offering will be the largest and perhaps most highly anticipated Internet deal in history.
Discussion: The Reaction
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Let's Call Them “Hydrocarbon Deniers”  —  John has already noted what ought to have been above-the-fold news in every newspaper last week—the testimony of the GAO's head of natural resources that the U.S. has recoverable oil shale “about equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves.”
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Americans Elect without a nominee  —  Americans Elect, the deep-pocketed nonprofit group that set out to nominate a centrist third-party presidential ticket, admitted early Tuesday that its ballyhooed online nominating process had failed.  —  The group had qualified for the general election ballot …
Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman prosecutors file list of witnesses, evidence in Trayvon Martin shooting  —  SANFORD - As many eagerly awaited the release of never-before-seen evidence in the case against George Zimmerman, members of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office provided a preview on Monday in the form of an eight-page document.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Kodak Had a Secret Nuclear Reactor Loaded With Enriched Uranium Hidden In a Basement  —  Kodak may be going under, but apparently they could have started their own nuclear war if they wanted, just six years ago.  Down in a basement in Rochester, NY, they had a nuclear reactor loaded …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Inhofe Staffer Asks Oil Lobbyist ‘Partners’ For ‘Better Coordination And Communication’  —  Republicans are the default choice for oil and gas dollars, having received 88 percent of the industry's political contributions in 2011.  In return, House and Senate Republicans block regulations the industry deems a potential threat.
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Palin-backed candidate Deb Fischer surging in Nebraska Senate primary  —  An establishment candidate, a favorite of Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) and a candidate backed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) square off Tuesday in a GOP primary for Nebraska's open Senate seat.
Discussion: Politico and Datechguy's Blog
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Nancy Hicks / Lincoln Journal Star:
City Council passes anti-discrimination measure, but petition drive could put it on ballot
Discussion: ThinkProgress and LGBTQ Nation
David Brooks / New York Times:
The ESPN Man  —  Two of the nation's smartest analysts …
Cell Phone Ban Keeps Obama Fundraisers Secret
Discussion: Business Insider
Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Gay Marriage: Opinions Divide, and Sharply
Discussion: The Page
Forecast the Facts:
Eli Lilly, BB&T, and Pepsi Confirm They Will No Longer Fund the Heartland Institute …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and DeSmogBlog
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
ALEC Memo Instructed Members To ‘Navigate Away’ From Tough Questions
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Henry Kissinger gets TSA pat-down
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Jeff Fitzgerald, Wisconsin GOP Senate Candidate, Responds To Dropkick Murphys Complaint
John Snow / Wall Street Journal:
‘Taxmaggedon’ Is a Real Threat
Cindy Chang / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana is the world's prison capital
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall