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In new swing-state poll, Obama clings to two-point edge

05/07/12 10:18AM

The Morning Joe gang Monday took a look at a new USA Today/Gallup poll of swing states – the first to come out since Mitt Romney emerged last month as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.Voters in the 12 battlegrounds gave Obama a 47-45 edge – well within the poll’s margin of error.  Sixty percent of respondents said they thought Romney would do a good job on the economy over the next four years, compared to 52 percent who said that of the president.But perhaps the poll’s most interesting finding was an enthusiasm gap that, surprisingly, favors Obama. read more

Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Education Secretary Arne Duncan: I believe in same-sex marriage

05/07/12 08:55AM

Vice President Joe Biden's declaration Sunday on "Meet the Press" that he's "absolutely comfortable" with gay marriage continued to reverberate Monday.On Morning Joe, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan echoed Biden. Asked by TIME's Mark Halperin whether he thinks same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry, Duncan said flatly: "Yes I do.""Have you ever said that publicly before?," Halperin wondered."I don’t think I’ve ever been asked publicly," Duncan replied.Forty-nine percent of Americans agree with Duncan and Biden on the issue, according to recent polling. read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, May 7

05/07/12 05:46AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?400 arrested as Putin returns to powerFrance's flashy, fiery Sarkozy is ousted by SocialistReport: US secretly frees Afghanistan insurgents as part of peace negotiationsGeorge Lindsey, famous as Goober Pyle, diesBattleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heatCan liberal star Elizabeth Warren connect with center in Massachusetts?  read more

Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy waves from his car as he leaves after addressing supporters at his Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party headquarters after the the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections were...

The Tease: Coming up on MJ

05/06/12 11:03PM

A fresh start? France says, "Au revoir" to outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy, as the French voted in their first Socialist for president since François Mitterrand. What does this all mean for the EU's vision for economic austerity? We'll weigh the possibilities in our Top Talkers. Economic boom? Washington Post columnist David Ignatius points to two promising studies about upcoming revivals of key U.S. industries in his latest column. We'll ask him to give us the details at the roundtable. Back to School? read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, May 4, 2012

05/04/12 10:53AM

U.S. WEAKNESS IN BEIJINGEDITORIALWALL STREET JOURNALNow more than Mr. Chen's best interests are at stake. The case will reverberate within China and in U.S.-China relations for years. In response to Beijing's demands that the U.S. apologize for sheltering Mr. Chen for six days, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell—who had helped negotiate the deal—said "this was an extraordinary circumstance" and "we don't expect it to be repeated." That may have been diplomatic of Mr. read more