Morning Briefing: May 15, 2012

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows that a large majority of Americans believe the economy is on its way up. Fifty eight percent believe that a year from now, the economy will be “good.” And this translates to good news for President Obama — 56 percent believe the President will win in November, while only 36 percent believe Romney will beat out Obama.

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will face calls to step down from his chairmanship during the company’s shareholder meeting in Tampa today. Following the bank’s big loss, which totaled $2 billion over six weeks, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) will demand that the top roles at the company be split up. They argue that having Dimon as both CEO and chairman leads to less oversight and fewer protections from big losses.

Common Cause has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Senate’s filibuster rule.

Americans Elect, an elaborate and well-funded attempt to nominate a centrist third-party presidential candidate, acknowledged that it has failed to nominate a candidate through its online process.

The Liberty Committee, a libertarian organization that has provided financial support for Ron Paul’s presidential bids, is now alleging that Paul defrauded the group out of $20,000 by doubling billing dozens of plane tickets using taxpayer money.

The Colorado legislature held a special session yesterday to address a bill that would have introduced civil unions for same sex couples in the state, but the Republican-controlled House effectively killed the bill in committee.

And finally: Hardball host Chris Matthews had a rough night on Jeopardy. Matthews finished dead last with the paltry sum of only $2,300, and many right-wing sites are seizing the opportunity to remind people of his Jan. 2011 quip against Sarah Palin’s intelligence: ”I’d like to see her on just a couple of episodes of ‘Celebrity Jeopardy.’”