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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Hanging with Clooney; Kaine’s forced hand; and Justice Edwards? (read-this roundup)

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The scene at the driveway of actor George Clooney where the Obama fundraiser took place. (MANDEL NGAN - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Fringe benefit — President Obama might have been forced to address the issue of gay marriage sooner than he’d planned, but the timing seems fortuitous: as our colleagues at the Reliable Source report, it “assured a warmer welcome for the president at George Clooney’s star-studded $12 million fundraiser in L.A. Thursday night.”

Our colleague Amy Gardner has the deets from the celeb-heavy event (held in a tent pitched on the movie star’s basketball court).

Forcing the issue — Not so thrilled about Obama’s pronouncement might be Tim Kaine, the former Virginia governor who’s running for Senate. Kaine, a close ally of Obama’s, doesn’t flat-out support gay marriage, and as our colleague Ben Pershing reports, it probably doesn’t help his chances in the split Old Dominion to have a “nuanced discussion” about the issue.

Too late.

Justice Edwards? — The trial of former Sen. John Edwards reveals the backstory of the North Carolina Democrat’s crumbling campaign. “Edwards envisioned himself in a Supreme Court justice’s robes and was willing to support whichever candidate — Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton — could make that happen,” our colleague Manuel Roig-Franzia reports.

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