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1:05 PM 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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David Brooks / New York Times:
The ESPN Man  —  Two of the nation's smartest analysts have just come out with reports on how the presidential election looks six months out.  Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution argues that at this point President Obama has a modest advantage over Mitt Romney.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama OK with Biden comments  —  NEW YORK - President Barack Obama isn't upset at the vice president for speaking out on gay marriage.  —  “I was OK with it because it came out of a generosity of spirit.  You know, when you get to know Joe Biden, he is the most honest, straightforward guy …
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Obama campaign: New York Times poll is ‘biased’  —  Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter dismissed today's CBS/New York Times poll showing that 67 percent of people believed Obama made his decision on gay marriage for political reasons.  Only 24 percent said that Obama did it “mostly because he thinks it is right.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
The New York Times/CBS News poll: 5 takeaways  —  The New York Times/CBS News poll released Monday shows a highly competitive race, with Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama 46 percent to 43 percent - a result that's within the poll's 4-percentage-point margin of error.
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 …
Steven Shepard / NationalJournal.com:
Romney Edges Obama in Panel-Back Survey
Discussion: Business Insider and RedState
www.wftv.com:
FBI may charge George Zimmerman with hate crime  —  SANFORD, Fla. —  WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious.  —  State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him …
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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.
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 …
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Obama Drops His Name Into the Other Presidential Biographies  —  Many of President Obama's fervent devotees are young enough not to have much memory of the political world before the arrival of The One.  Coincidentally, Obama himself feels the same way—and the White House's official website reflects that.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
After Repeatedly Mocking Palin for What She'd Do on ‘Jeopardy!’  Matthews Comes In Last  —  On at least four occasions, MSNBC's Chris Matthews mocked Sarah Palin for how he felt she'd do if she were ever on the hit television game show Jeopardy!.  —  In a delicious example of instant karma …
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
George W. Bush: 'I'm for Mitt Romney'  —  Mitt Romney has the support of George W. Bush.  —  “I'm for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: ‘A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across our nation’  —  Mitt Romney is expected to launch a severe critique of the president's stimulus package Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, arguing that government spending and debt “threatens what it means to be an American.”
Discussion: CNN
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Misleading, But Effective  —  The centerpiece of Mitt Romney's …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
House of Delegates rejects gay judge Tracy Thorne-Begland  —  Virginia's General Assembly rejected a gay man for a Richmond judgeship early Tuesday, after conservatives argued that his support for gay marriage and challenge to the military's now-defunct “don't ask, don't tell” policy made him unfit for the bench.
Discussion: Wonkette, Towleroad and Law Blog
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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: Guardian and CalWatchDog
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Scott Wong / Reuters:
Group sues Senate to scrap filibuster  —  For years, critics of the filibuster have failed to convince senators to change the procedural delaying tactic.  Now they're taking their case to the courts.  —  The nonpartisan nonprofit Common Cause sued the U.S. Senate on Monday …
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Bob Edgar / CommonBlog:
Why We're Suing the Senate Over the Filibuster
Discussion: Firedoglake
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Brooks charged with perverting the course of justice  —  Former News International chief executive, her husband and four others charged in phone-hacking inquiry  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, has been charged over allegations that she tried to conceal evidence …
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
The Boston Globe:
For the record  —  ■ Correction: Because of a photographer's error, a caption on the front of Sunday's Metro section, accompanying a story on Boston University reacting to the deaths of three students studying abroad, misspelled the name of Jeremy Butz, a water polo player at the school.
Olivia Rondonuwu / Reuters:
Lady Gaga gagged in Indonesia after Islamic opposition  —  (Reuters) - Pop star Lady Gaga has been refused a permit to perform in the Indonesian capital next month over security concerns, police said on Tuesday, after Islamic groups voiced strong objections to her “vulgar” style.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
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 …
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.
 
 
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