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2:25 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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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 …
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.
Charlie Spiering / Campaign 2012:
Obama campaign: New York Times poll is ‘biased’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Poll: Romney has slight edge over Obama
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 …
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BuzzFeed:
7 Very Bad Predictions About Americans Elect
Discussion: Paul Krugman
americanselect.org:
Statement by Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Ezra Klein:
Why isn't Obama getting crushed right now?
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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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Misleading, But Effective  —  The centerpiece of Mitt Romney's campaign today is a web video on the human cost of the “Obama economy.”  It focuses on three individuals, still out of work, and ends on this note: “Hope and change has not been kind to millions of Americans …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: ‘A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across our nation’
Discussion: CNN
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Close race in Nebraska
Discussion: Guardian
Bob Edgar / CommonBlog:
Why We're Suing the Senate Over the Filibuster  —  I spent 12 of the most interesting years of my life in Congress and I grew to love the place.  I was fortunate to work with people of good will and good ideas in both political parties; service was particularly satisfying when we were able …
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Scott Wong / Reuters:
Group sues Senate to scrap filibuster
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.
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 …
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John Tamny / Political Economy:
For De-Friending The U.S., Facebook's Eduardo Saverin Is An American Hero
Discussion: Guardian and CalWatchDog
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Paul campaign lays out delegate strategy  —  On a call with reporters this morning, Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton laid out the campaign's strategy for winning delegates going forward and stressed that Paul's supporters won't cause problems at the Republican convention in Tampa this summer.
Discussion: CNN
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
Alex Lawson / Firedoglake:
LIVESTREAM: Sen. Sanders Speaks Out Against Pete Peterson's Fiscal Summit  —  Groups representing middle class families to hold discussion on national budget outside Pete Peterson's elite gathering  —  WATCH SENATOR SANDERS LIVE STARTING AT 1:30PM ET  —  On May 15, Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Darren Whiteside / Jerusalem Post:
Nakba Day clashes continue at Beitunia, Kalandiya
Discussion: National Review and Israel Matzav
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
FACT CHECK: “Non-Citizen” Voter In James O'Keefe's Voter Fraud Video Is Actually A Citizen
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hullabaloo
Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed:
Jay-Z Supports Gay Marriage
Discussion: Good As You
Reuters:
Greece calls new election after coalition talks fail
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Olivia Rondonuwu / Reuters:
Lady Gaga gagged in Indonesia after Islamic opposition
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Alex Guillen / Politico:
Administration going after industry on idle leases again …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Geithner warns Boehner not to play with debt ceiling
Discussion: Politico, Ezra Klein and ThinkProgress
Yahoo! News:
Nancy Pelosi: The Democrats' $43-million weapon
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NLRB Rule Speeding Union Elections Thrown Out by Judge
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Let's Call Them “Hydrocarbon Deniers”