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12:25 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.
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
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 …
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.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Americans more optimistic economy is looking up, poll says  —  WASHINGTON - Americans may be downbeat about today's economy, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but they are increasingly optimistic that things are about to get better for the nation and themselves.
CNN:
Poll: Romney up, Obama down among women
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and Ballot Box
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.
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 …
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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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.
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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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.
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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
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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
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.
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 …
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
BuzzFeed:
Cell Phone Ban Keeps Obama Fundraisers Secret  —  A policy typically enforced for state secrets migrates to political ones.  “In addition to religion and guns, voters like to cling to their cell phones,” jabs Johnson.  —  (AP / Charles Dharapak)  —  In the latest attempt to crack …
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.”
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.”
 
 
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Ivan Moreno / Associated Press:
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