In Case You Missed It of the Day

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President Obama talked gay marriage with the ladies of The View this morning, and though he declined to say whether he would publicly fight federal laws that limit the rights of gay and lesbian couples, he told co-host Barbara Walters "we don't think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional."

Congress is clearly on notice that I think it's a bad idea. This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign because you've got Governor [Mitt] Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can't have same-sex marriages.

In a lighter moment, co-host Joy Behar asked Obama whether he knew about "the controversial sex book" Fifty Shades of Grey, which is topping best-seller lists across the country. The president admitted he did not know, but promised, "I'll ask Michelle when I get home."

[towleroad]

Infographic of the Day

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Infographic of the Day
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A public transit-style guide to the evolving Obama and Romney positions on gay marriage. (Embiggen.)

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Not The Onion of the Day

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Not The Onion of the Day
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This is a screengrab from today's Fox Nation story on President Obama's support of gay marriage. It has since been changed to read: "Obama flip flops on gay marriage." Still a fail.

[thestranger]

Breaking News of the Day: Obama Backs Gay Marriage [UPDATED]

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Breaking News of the Day: Obama Backs Gay Marriage [UPDATED]
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President Obama has publicly announced his support for gay marriage in an interview today with Robin Roberts.

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

Obama, who is the first U.S. president to openly back gay marriage, had come under fire this week for remaining mum on the subject after Joe Biden and Arne Duncan publicly declared their support. The president's announcement comes a day after North Carolina voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that bans marriage equality.

Obama's interview will appear on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday. Excerpts will air tonight on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer.

[abc]

Gay Marriage Endorsement of the Day

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Gay Marriage Endorsement of the Day
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan became the third member of President Obama's cabinet to endorse same-sex marriage today, joining Veep Joe Biden and Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Duncan's endorsement, which comes on the heels of Biden's Sunday morning reveal, may force Obama to take a stronger public stand on the subject. The president has said that his views are "evolving," but he has not formally backed same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, David Axelrod, a top Obama adviser, said this morning that the vice president's comments were "entirely consistent with the president's position":

Couples who are married, whether they are gay or heterosexual couples, are entitled to the very same rights or very same liberties.

[thecaucus]

Presidential Rally of the Day

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Presidential Rally of the Day
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In his first two official rallies yesterday, President Obama stopped in Columbus, OH and Richmond, VA to discuss what he hopes to accomplish if he's reelected for a second term, as well as highlighting his accomplishments in revitalizing the American auto industry and ending the war in Iraq. Unlike Romney's comments about "borrowing money from your parents," Obama continued to discuss the realities of a crumbling middle class: "This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and we can't turn back now."

[politicalticker]

Campaign Slogan of the Day

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After much speculation, the Obama campaign has finally settled on a campaign slogan -- "Forward" -- announcing it today with this seven-minute(!) video.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney released his own video this morning, "Broken Promises," which argues that Obama failed to keep his pledge to cut government programs that do not work.

[shortformblog]