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Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* Read of the day, courtesy of Bloomberg News:

During an election-year clash over which U.S. political party has the best prescription for curing unemployment, Democrats can argue that almost two-thirds of private-sector job growth in the past five decades came with them in the White House.

* Dems call on Mitt Romney to enter the debate over how to pay for the extension of student loan interest rates, which is in limbo now that Republicans filibustered the Dem proposal.

As I noted earlier, Romney supports the extension, but he still has not said how we should pay for it, which means he hasn’t taken a position on the actual dispute here. This will be key to watch.

* Relatedly, as Igor Volsky notes , Romney has not taken a position on which version of the Violence Against Women Act he supports.

* The Obama campaign is out with a new Web video lampooning Romney’s claim of “credit” for the auto industry’s recovery. There’s no escaping it: Romney opposed the bailout that made it possible.

* The RNC’s Hispanic outreach chief accidentally reveals to reporters that Romney is “still deciding what his position on immigration is,” and that flub neatly underscores Romney’s larger Latino problem.

* Ed Kilgore has a nice response to another falsehood in Romney’s speech today: That Obama moved far to the left of the Clinton/New Democrat legacy in part by passing ... health care reform.

* Sam Stein on the new progressive donor strategy of investing heavily on the ground game rather than on the air wars, and why this gamble was inevitable given the right’s overwhelming ad-spending edge.

* Evan McMorris Santoro: The point isn’t that Obama coming out for gay marriage would change the legislative agenda; it’s that it would move the national conservation and make legislative change more likely

* Scott Brown continues to do all he can to keep the race focused on real issues, such as whether Elizabeth Warren described herself as Native American on lawschool applications.

* But Rasmussen finds that the “controversy” over Warren’s Native American heritage hasn’t moved the needle at all, and the race remains a dead heat.

* David Dayen on a measure by House liberals that would “Stop Shoot First Laws,” which is doomed, but is a noteworthy legislative response to the success of conservatives in passing these laws across the country.

* Will there be a silver lining in Amendment One’s expected loss tonight? Human Rights Campaign points to one possible sign that the arc of justice is slowly bending in the right direction, even amid defeat.

* Also in that link, Jonathan Capehart sums it up: “North Carolina will become the 30th state — and the last Southern state — to etch discrimination into its state constitution by banning same-sex marriage.”

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