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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Obama told the hosts of a pre-taped episode of ABC's The View that the JP Morgan trade fiasco exemplified the reason why he pushed for Wall Street reform, according to ABC News:

“JPMorgan is one of the best managed banks there is. Jamie Dimon, the head of it, is one of the smartest bankers we got and they still lost $2 billion and counting,” the president said. “We don’t know all the details. It’s going to be investigated but this is why we passed Wall street Reform.”

Watch below:

 

Peter David, The Economist's Washington, D.C. bureau chief, died in a car accident Thursday night, the magazine reported:

We are very sorry to announce that Peter David, our Washington bureau chief, Lexington columnist and former foreign editor, died in a car accident on Thursday night. He had worked atThe Economist since 1984 and was a much-loved colleague and friend. We will pay fuller tribute to him in next week’s issue.

 

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Per the White House pool report, President Obama played basketball on Friday morning with staff members and a few celebrity attendees from his dinner with George Clooney in Los Angeles last night, including Clooney himself and Tobey Maguire.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is out with a new video highlighting President Obama's remarks on Thursday in which he recalled the 2008 recession, saying that even he sometimes forgets how serious it truly was.

"Sometimes people forget the magnitude of it," Obama said. "Sometimes I forget."

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House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced his support of gay marriage via a release on Thursday afternoon:

“Because I believe that equal treatment is a central tenet of our nation, I believe that extending the definition of marriage to committed relationships between two people, irrespective of their sex, is the right thing to do and will not, in any way, undermine the institution of marriage so important to our society nor impose a threat to any individual marriage. It will, however, extend the respect due to every one of our fellow citizens that we would want for ourselves and our children.”

The U.S. government posted its first budget surplus in April, the first in more than three years and the biggest since April of 2008, reports Bloomberg News:

 Receipts topped outlays by $59.1 compared with a deficit of $40.4 billion in April 2011, the Treasury Department said today. Economists projected a $35 billion surplus, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. It was the first surplus since September 2008 and the biggest since April 2008.

Mitt Romney has commented on a Washington Post account of his prep school days that recalled some troubling incidents of bullying.

 

 

A Washington Post account details the six years Mitt Romney spent at the all-boys Cranbrook prep school. It includes several of his former classmates recalling his boisteroius nature as a prankster, and also reveals some troubling incidents of bullying.

Romney singled out one student, John Lauber, for his "bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye":

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

The Post account also recalls teachers, particularly one with failing eyesight, being the "butt of Romney’s brand of humor":

One venerable English teacher, Carl G. Wonnberger, nicknamed “the Bat” for his diminished eyesight, was known to walk into the trophy case and apologize, step into wastepaper baskets and stare blindly as students slipped out the back of the room to smoke by the open windows. Once, several students remembered the time pranksters propped up the back axle of Wonnberger’s Volkswagen Beetle with two-by-fours and watched, laughing from the windows, as the unwitting teacher slammed the gas pedal with his wheels spinning in the air.

As an underclassman, Romney accompanied Wonnberger and Pierce Getsinger, another student, from the second floor of the main academic building to the library to retrieve a book the two boys needed. According to Getsinger, Romney opened a first set of doors for Wonnberger, but then at the next set, with other students around, he swept his hand forward, bidding the teacher into a closed door. Wonnberger walked right into it and Getsinger said Romney giggled hysterically as the teacher shrugged it off as another of life’s indignities.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered the following statement following President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage:

“My personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman. But in a civil society, I believe that people should be able to marry whomever they want, and it’s no business of mine if two men or two women want to get married.  The idea that allowing two loving, committed people to marry would have any impact on my life, or on my family’s life, always struck me as absurd. 

 

“In talking with my children and grandchildren, it has become clear to me they take marriage equality as a given. I have no doubt that their view will carry the future.

 

“I handled a fair amount of domestic relations work when I was a practicing lawyer, and it was all governed by state law.  I believe that is the proper place for this issue to be decided as well.”

 

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