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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* Obama, on The View, comments on the J.P. Morgan debacle: “this is why we passed Wall Street reform.”

In the rest of the interview, which airs tomorrow, he’s expected to sharpen the contrast by highlighting Mitt Romney’s call for repealing it.

* Obama is also sharpening his message to women, and pay equity is at the center of it — confirming that the battle for the female vote will be much about economic issues as about social ones.

* Gallup finds that 54 percent say that gay and lesbian relationships are morally acceptable, which is up 14 points since 2001, another sign of the enormity of the cultural shift that’s underway.

* And Pew finds that 52 percent overall, and 60 percent of independents, say Obama’s support for gay marriage hasn’t changed their views of him.

* A top openly gay donor who has maxed out to the Romney campaign demands his money back over gay marriage, and I’d be surprised if more like him don't step forward in the days ahead.

* As I’ve been saying, Job 1 of the Obama campaign is to undermine Romney’s aura of economic competence, and Jamelle Bouie explans why that makes today’s ad attacking the Bain years so crucial.

* Jed Lewison on why Romney’s use of the auto-bailout to fend off attacks on Bain will only play in Obama’s favor:

The auto industry is still here, GST Steel isn’t. Mitt Romney got rich from what he did, President Obama didn’t. That’s not a contrast that works well for Mitt Romney.

* Will the attacks on Bain work? Steve Kornacki digs into the history of previous Romney races and finds that their success is mixed at best.

* Romney supporters are touting Steve Ratner’s defense on Bain, but the argument that he was responsible for creating profits and not jobs isn’t a particularly good rebuttal to the Bain attacks, either.

* And the Romney campaign pushes back with a new Web video highlighting Bain investments that enabled a steel company’s success — with the help of Big Government subsidies and grants.

* Interesting: Elizabeth Warren calls for J.P. Morgan’s chief to step down, and in response, Scott Brown’s campaign, which relies heavily on Wall Street donations, highlights his vote for Wall Street reform.

* And like Steve Benen, I find it puzzling that right wing groups are running ads attacking Obama as too cozy with Wall Street, given that a leading conservative critique is that he’s sowing class warfare against ... Wall Street.

Though perhaps the bright side is that this gives us a clue as to who is winning the Wall Street argument.

What else?

Update: In the Obama reelect reality check of the day category: The latest New York Times/CBS polling finds Romney leading Obama by three nationwide, 46-43, though that’s within the margin of error, and Obama’s approval rating is 50 percent.

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