Amazon founder gives $2.5 million to gay marriage effort

at 04:19 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Amazon founder gives $2.5 million to gay marriage effort in Washington state; Bloomberg balks at Chick-fil-A ban; Dem poll shows GOP up 6 in North Carolina GOV; and Churchill’s bust remains in the White House, after all.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife have pledged $2.5 million to a PAC defending Washington state’s same-sex marriage law, which faces a referendum vote this fall. The major donation now makes up half of the group’s funds.

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) declined to join other big-name Republicans in criticizing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) letter suggesting State Department aide Huma Abedin has links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Cantor said on CBS this morning that Bachmann is expressing “her concern was about the security of the country.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) have all criticized Bachamnn’s letter. They were joined Friday by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.)

* New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t support fellow mayors trying to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities, even though he supports gay marriage. “They’re all friends, but I disagree with them really strongly on this one,” he told a radio show this morning. “You can’t have a test for what the owners’ personal views are before you decide to give a permit to do something in the city.

* Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren (D) is pushing back on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) with a new ad touting her plan to “rebuild America.” She notes that “China invests 9 percent of its GDP in infrastructure,” while “we’re at just 2.4 percent.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* President Obama announced today that he's releasing an extra $70 million in military aid for Israel, a move that according to the AP “appeared timed to upstage Republican rival Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel this weekend.”

* First lady Michelle Obama dreamed of being a gymnast as a child, she told ABC News in an interview airing tonight. “But I mean, come on — 5-11, with legs? No,” she said. ”But I love gymnastics. I was in awe of what those women could do.”

* A new Democratic poll in North Carolina shows Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton trailing Republican Pat McCrory 45 percent to 39 percent in the state’s open governor’s race. A conservative-leaning poll this week showed McCrory up by 10 points.

* A bust of Winston Churchill remains in the White House, communications director Dan Pfeiffer wrote in a blog post Friday. Columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote in his column Friday that the bust had been returned to the British Embassy when Obama moved into the White House.

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