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9:00 AM ET, May 15, 2012

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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 …
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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.
CNN:
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.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney takes lead over Obama in national poll  —  Mitt Romney holds a 3 percent lead over President Obama nationally in the latest CBS News-New York Times poll.  —  Romney took 46 percent in the poll, compared to Obama's 43 percent.  The 3 percent difference is within the poll's 4 point margin of error.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
How Romney will respond to Obama's Bain attack  —  The Obama campaign has released a new ad holding Mitt Romney responsible for the loss of 750 jobs in the bankruptcy of a steel plant purchased by Romney's Bain Capital in 1993.  The ad, which will play in several key states …
CNN:
TRENDING: Jay-Z still has Obama's back  —  (CNN) - Jay-Z may not be “a huge fan of the [political] system,” but the rapper remains a firm supporter of President Barack Obama.  —  The rapper said Monday in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow he knows little of GOP contender Mitt Romney …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Americans more optimistic economy is looking up, poll says
Discussion: Politico, The Page, Ballot Box and Gawker
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama: Romney Is Worse Than John McCain
Discussion: Hot Air and American Power
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: ‘Americans are on our side’ on same-sex marriage
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Lou Rocco / ABCNEWS:
Obama: JPMorgan Is ‘One of the Best-Managed Banks’  —  Just hours after a top JPMorgan Chase executive retired in the wake of a stunning $2 billion trading loss, President Obama told the hosts of ABC's “The View” that the bank's risky bets exemplified the need for Wall Street reform.
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DealBook:
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
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 …
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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 …
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
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.”
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thehopeconnection.org:
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 …
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Jennifer C. Braceras / Boston Herald:
Defining diversity at Harvard Law
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Associated Press:
Obama Courts Private Equity Cash at New York Fundraiser  —  On the same day his campaign launched an attack on Mitt Romney's record in private equity, President Obama is attending a big-dollar fundraiser at the Manhattan home of one of the industry's top figures.
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Tom Curry / msnbc.com:
Clyburn seeks ‘national policy’ legalizing same-sex marriages  —  During an appearance on The Daily Rundown, Rep. James Clyburn, D -S.C., called for a national policy to give legal recognition to marriages between same-sex couples.  —  Rep. James Clyburn, the House Democrats' third-ranking leader …
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Associated Press:
RI governor signs order to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state
Lou Rocco / ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Questions on Federal Fight for Same Sex Marriage
Discussion: Capital New York and Good As You
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 …
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.”
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.
Damla Ergun / ABCNEWS:
Obama and Gay Marriage: Opinions Divide, and Sharply  —  Americans divide essentially evenly in their responses to President Obama's new position on gay marriage, with views more strongly negative than positive and stark divisions across political, ideological and other groups - including a broad gender gap.
Discussion: The Page
 
 
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BuzzFeed:
Cell Phone Ban Keeps Obama Fundraisers Secret
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Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Palin-backed candidate Deb Fischer surging in Nebraska Senate primary
Discussion: Politico
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Brooks faces perverting course of justice charge
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
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Henry Kissinger gets TSA pat-down
Discussion: Blogging Blue
 Earlier Items: 
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John Snow / Wall Street Journal:
‘Taxmaggedon’ Is a Real Threat
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Paul Cameron Suggests Obama is Gay and Demands Gays be Imprisoned before they Rape Kids
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and Addicting Info
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Government Waste  —  Government workers are among the employees …
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Cindy Chang / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana is the world's prison capital
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Titans of Twitter  —  In a discussion of the Romney campaign's outreach …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall