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9:45 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.
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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 …
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, Mediaite and CNN
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
How Romney will respond to Obama's Bain attack
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama: Romney Is Worse Than John McCain
Discussion: American Power and Hot Air
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama: ‘Americans are on our side’ on same-sex marriage
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
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
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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 …
Discussion: CalWatchDog
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
Market Day / msnbc.com:
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Brooks faces perverting course of justice charge  —  Former News International chief executive, her husband and four others to be charged in phone-hacking inquiry  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, is to be charged over allegations that she tried …
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 …
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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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 …
BuzzFeed:
Cell Phone Ban Keeps Obama Fundraisers Secret
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Palin-backed candidate Deb Fischer surging in Nebraska Senate primary
Discussion: Politico and Datechguy's Blog
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: 
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
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
Cindy Chang / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana is the world's prison capital
Associated Press:
RI governor signs order to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Dems furious with DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall