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12:35 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.
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 …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama: Romney Is Worse Than John McCain  —  “John McCain believed in climate change and believed in immigration reform.”  —  US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign fundraiser May 14, 2012 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.  —  (Getty Images / MANDEL NGAN)
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney takes lead over Obama in national poll
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Obama Courts Private Equity Cash at New York Fundraiser
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Advocate and Weasel Zippers
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.
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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 …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: ‘Americans are on our side’ on same-sex marriage
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Acceptance of Gay/Lesbian Relations Is the New Normal
Lou Rocco / ABCNEWS:
Obama Faces Questions on Federal Fight for Same Sex Marriage
Discussion: Capital New York and Good As You
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why Republicans should resist using the same-sex marriage issue against Obama.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GayPatriot
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 …
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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 …
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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall  —  Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — and the Democratic National Committee in particular — for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Scott Walker, I'm told.
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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.”
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 …
New York Post:
Break up the banks  —  The $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan — a failure of the famed risk-management prowess of bank chief Jamie Dimon — is cause for celebration in some quarters.  —  Dimon deftly steered his bank from most of the excesses that brought about the 2008 banking crisis.
Discussion: FOX News Radio, Newsy and msnbc.com
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Bloomberg:
Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades (Update 1)
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Henry Kissinger gets TSA pat-down  —  Seems no one is immune from the tender mercies of the TSA pat-down.  First, we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was subjected to a handsy search.  And now we learn of the latest high-profile search-ee …
Discussion: Blogging Blue
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.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Book says U. of Chicago Medical Center VP bribed Jeremiah Wright  —  On an appearance on Sean Hannity's radio show on Monday, “The Amateur” author Edward Klein revealed the name of a close ally of President Barack Obama that his book alleges offered a $150,000 bribe to Rev. Jeremiah Wright to be quiet until after the 2008 election.
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
ALEC Memo Instructed Members To ‘Navigate Away’ From Tough Questions … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Politics, Video, Alec, American Legislative Exchange Council, Center For Media And Democracy, Common Cause, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — When the American Legislative Exchange Council …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Ron Paul ends his hunt for votes  —  DEVELOPING:  —  Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Monday he will not compete in primaries in any of the states that have not yet voted — essentially confirming Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Mr. Paul said he will continue …
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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: Addicting Info and LGBTQ Nation
New York Times:
Falling Limbs: In New York, Neglected Trees Prove Deadly
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Titans of Twitter  —  In a discussion of the Romney campaign's outreach …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Black Pastor Tells CNN His Church Won't Support Obama, ‘Plan To Stay Home’
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Egyptians Want to Ditch Peace Treaty With Israel, Poll Shows
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama: The First Gay President