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4:25 PM ET, May 14, 2012

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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Acceptance of Gay/Lesbian Relations Is the New Normal  —  For third year, majority says gay/lesbian relations are morally acceptable  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The slight majority of American adults, 54%, consider gay or lesbian relations morally acceptable.
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CBS News:
Poll: Most Americans support same-sex unions  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  A new CBS News/New York Times Poll shows a solid majority of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples …
Associated Press:
RI governor signs order to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island's governor on Monday declared that the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexual ones when it comes to health insurance and a slew of other benefits.
Discussion: Good As You and Shakesville
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Why Republicans should resist using the same-sex marriage issue against Obama.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GayPatriot
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why We Regulate  —  One of the characters in the classic 1939 film “Stagecoach” is a banker named Gatewood who lectures his captive audience on the evils of big government, especially bank regulation — “As if we bankers don't know how to run our own banks!” he exclaims.
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Ben White / Politico:
Obama's Wall Street problem  —  The giant $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase highlights a central problem in President Barack Obama's case for a second term: Four years after the financial crisis nearly brought the nation to its knees, very little appears to have changed.
Bloomberg:
Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Risky Trades (Update 1)
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Warren calls for Dimon to step down as New York Fed bank director
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Jared Bernstein
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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BuzzFeed:
Ron Paul Is Basically Dropping Out  —  Paul says in a statement that he's ending his primary campaign.  He'll still scrap for delegates, but the long march is over.  —  (Reuters / Mark Makela)  —  Ron Paul will not compete in any upcoming primaries, according to a release sent out to reporters …
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Paul says he'll cease campaigning in coming primaries
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ron Paul / CNN:
BREAKING: Ron Paul to end active campaigning
Discussion: “The Lid” and Mediaite
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama's Bain ad: ‘Like watching an old friend bleed to death’ (Updated)  —  The Obama campaign's 2-minute ad on Mitt Romney's Bain Capital is record is out, and it is brutal.  —  Targeting Romney's involvement in the acquistion of GST Steel, the commercial shows workers at a shuttered plant pinning Romney and Bain with the blame.
Discussion: CNN
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama targets Romney tenure at Bain Capital with new ad, website  —  President Obama is taking dead aim at Mitt Romney's record helming Bain Capital, debuting a new television ad, online video, and website that each depict the private equity firm as predatory and having engaged in “questionable business practices.”
Byron Tau / Politico:
Ex-Obama adviser: Latest anti-Romney ad is ‘unfair’
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Mike Allenand Jim Vandehei / Politico:
The un-McCain campaign  —  Mitt Romney and his top aides are building a strategy, partly by design and partly because of circumstance, around what they consider John McCain's disastrously run campaign in 2008.  —  The strategy: whatever McCain did, do the opposite.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
For VP, Romney Is Looking For An ‘Incredibly Boring White Guy’
Discussion: Politico and Dependable Renegade
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Daily Kos
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weaskamerica.com:
Recall Fever  —  In the Midwest, it's not easy to find a more polarizing figure than Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  In a state where bold ideas are often rewarded, Walker's slash-and-burn rhetoric during his first months in office resulted in bringing national attention …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Left Is Getting Clobbered on Twitter  —  We are in the early stages of the 2012 campaign season, with a lot of battlespace preparation going on.  In the skirmishing so far, one perhaps surprising media advantage has become clear: the right is clobbering the left on Twitter.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Titans of Twitter  —  In a discussion of the Romney campaign's outreach …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama: The First Gay President  —  The president's bold support shifted the mainstream.  Andrew Sullivan on why it shouldn't be surprising—Obama's life as a biracial man has deep ties to the gay experience.  —  It was the spring of 2007, back when Barack Obama's bid …
Bloomberg:
As European Austerity Ends, So Could the Euro  —  The euro currency is a malady that condemns at least a generation of Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese and Irish to the economic infirmary.  —  In these nations, unemployment rates are now at their highest levels in recent decades …
New York Times:
After Obama's Decision on Marriage, a Call to Pastors  —  WASHINGTON — About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself.  He had struggled with the decision …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Black Pastor Tells CNN His Church Won't Support Obama, ‘Plan To Stay Home’  —  President Obama's headline-grabbing flip-flop on gay marriage may cost him dearly in the more religious parts of the black community, reports CNN today, as pastors tell their congregations the president is wrong in stepping in.
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Why You Don't Have Stand-Alone HBO Go—And Why You Should Give HBO More Credit  —  There's been a lot of discussion over the past couple of days about why HBO hasn't made its content more widely available to non-cable subscribers.  While I understand individual consumers are frustrated …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Lankford Explains Why It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone For Being Gay: 'It's A Choice Issue'  —  Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) told ThinkProgress last week that he believes someone should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation.  —  In a conversation on Capitol Hill …
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors and Advocate
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Tina Brown explains Obama ‘gaylo’  —  SIREN: President Barack Obama isn't actually gay.  —  But now that Tina Brown, Newsweek editor and grand dame of Manhattan publishing, has adorned him with the rainbow-colored “gaylo” and ordained him America's “first gay president,” it hardly seems to matter.
 
 
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Transcript of Obama's Barnard College Commencement Address
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
NY Daily News:
Estranged husband and wife Mark and Michelle Schimel are running against each other for a state Assembly seat
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Magazine
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
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Michael Kirkland / UPI:
2012 election drowning in secret money
Discussion: ThinkProgress
BuzzFeed:
Pat Robertson: Romney's Not Jesus, But We'll Take Him
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
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Greg Giroux / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Shakesville
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
West Virginia frets over felon's performance
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Report says 230,000 unemployed losing benefits over weekend
Discussion: Scared Monkeys