"Morning Briefing: May 9, 2012"
Cumulus Media, which owns several radio stations that broadcast Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, told financial analysts that the boycott of Limbaugh’s advertisers cost them millions of dollars in revenue through the first two quarters of the year. “It hit us pretty hard,” an executive said.
Public support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low with just 27 percent of Americans saying they support the effort. A full 66 percent say they oppose the war, while 40 percent describe themselves as “strongly” opposed.
Gas prices continued their steady decline this week, falling roughly 20 cents in recent weeks to $3.76 nationally. Despite the blame they heaped on Obama when gas prices were rising, none of have credited the president for falling prices, and some have even continued the attack.
President Obama’s campaign expressed strong disappointment that North Carolina voters approved Amendment One, a constitutional revision banning same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in the state. “The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” Obama’s North Carolina spokesman said.
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) lost the GOP primary in his state last night to Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), ending his 36 years in the Senate and guaranteeing that there will be no incumbent candidate for the seat this year. Mourdock is a more conservative Republican who garnered Tea Party support. His election guarantees a more polarized general election for Indiana this fall.
Wisconsin’s recall election last night determined that there will be a rematch this fall. Gov. Scott Walker (R) will again face off against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D). Walker and Barrett competed in 2010 for the governorship, with Walker winning out by a six-point margin.
Despite news that Democratic donors plan to invest a few million dollars into progressive super PACs, pro-GOP outside groups continue to be far ahead in fundraising totals. The pro-Democratic Priorities USA Action, for example, has raised $9 million to date, compared to about $52 million for the pro-Romney Restore Our Future Super PAC.
The suicide bomber who had been sent by the Yemen branch of al Qaeda to blow up a U.S.-bound airplane turns out to be a double agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission. The intelligence agent works for the Saudi intelligence service, which has cooperated with the CIA for years to fight against Al Qaeda.
And finally: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) never seemed to like Europe much, but now she’s a Swiss citizen, according to a Swiss TV report. Bachmann’s husband claimed citizenship in the mountainous country based on his heritage, and when it was approved, his wife and kids were granted automatic citizenship as well.