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Elizabeth Warren explains minority listing

at 05:29 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Elizabeth Warren explains directory listing, Earl Ray Tomblin might not vote for Obama, Newt Gingrich says Romney isn’t being compared to Reagan, and George LeMieux gets an endorsement.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) told the Boston Herald today that she listed herself as a Native American in professional directories to meet people of similar background. “I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am,” she said. “Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it and so I stopped checking it off.”

* Make that two prominent West Virginia Democrats keeping their distance from Obama. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has joined Sen. Joe Manchin in saying he’s not sure whether he’ll vote for the president, who has always been unpopular in the state. "I do not believe that either candidate has a real understanding of what is important to West Virginia," Tomblin said today.

* Steven Law, president of super PAC American Crossroads and its sister 501c4 Crossroads GPS, sat down with CBS News’ John Dickerson. He talks about anonymous donors, misleading ads, and his two groups’ role in the 2010 election. It’s interesting, just watch the whole thing.

* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich suspended his presidential campaign, but he did not suspend his citizenship. He gave a lukewarm endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, saying “This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in history.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) is calling on Scott Walker (R) to explain the criminal defense fund the Wisconsin governor established in the wake of a John Doe scandal. Walker’s campaign recently transferred $60,000 to the fund to deal with the investigation into Walker’s time as Milwaukee county executive, which has led to charges against three of his former aides. Barrett is challenging Walker in Wisconsin’s June 5 recall.

* A new poll from the Democratic Public Policy Polling finds a dead heat in Virginia’s Senate race, with former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) at 46 percent and former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) at 45. Allen does better than Romney, who is trailing Obama by eight points in the state.

* Missouri state Rep. Zach Wyatt (R) came out as gay to his colleagues and called on his fellow Republicans to withdraw their support for legislation that would bar public schools from sponsoring instruction, material or extracurricular activities that address sexual orientation.

* State Rep.  Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), the author of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, has endorsed former Sen. George Le Mieux (R) in the state’s Senate race. As for the GOP frontrunner, Rep. Connie Mack IV, Baxley said he “has performed poorly and is not ready to lead.”

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