10:36 AM, May 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, May 9th

  1. Saudi Likely Created Underwear Bomb: A Saudi bomb maker is believed to be responsible for creating the “underwear bomb” that was a central part of an al Qaeda plot foiled by a CIA double agent, security experts and officials told Reuters.
  2. Obama ‘Disappointed’ in N.C. Vote: President Obama issued a statement late Tuesday that he is “disappointed” that North Carolina passed Amendment One, which will add a line to the state’s Constitution declaring that marriage between a man and a woman is the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.” 
  3. Shareholder: News Corp. Takes a Hit: The second-largest shareholder in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. admitted on Tuesday that the company’s reputation has been harmed by the hacking investigation and that he “really hopes” the scandal is “behind us.”
  4. Greek Far-Left Leader Vows UnityThe leader of the Greek far left, who has been tasked with forming the country’s government, said that although he finds the European Union’s bailout terms “barbaric,” he will meet with pro-bailout parties on Wednesday. If the two sides fail to come to an agreement, Greece could have fresh elections in a few weeks. 
  5. Inmate Garners Votes Versus Obama: President Obama was dealt a stinging blow on Tuesday when he lost about 40 percent of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic primary to a Texas inmate. Keith Judd, who is serving time at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institute, didn’t get much campaigning done, but he was still able to win a significant chunk of the vote. 

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Photo: Supporters of North Carolina’s proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions demonstrated in Raleigh on April 20. John Avlon reports. (Allen Breed / AP Photo)

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