Morning Briefing: May 10, 2012

President Obama said he is not upset at Vice President Biden for saying, a bit prematurely, that he was “comfortable” with same-sex marriages because Obama had already decided to back marriage equality. “I had already made a decision that we were going to take this position before the election and before the convention,” Obama said in his interview with ABC News that aired this morning.

The Colorado legislature failed to pass a bill that would have allowed civil unions for same-sex couples before the session ended Wednesday, but a call for a special session by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) could revive the measure.

Seventy people were killed in Syria this morning, in two separate but closely-timed explosions that rocked Damascus, the capital and heart of the country’s government.

The Justice Department plans to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a hard-line anti-immigrant who is being investigated for racial profiling and other civil rights violations. Arpaio was in settlement talks with the Justice Department, but after refusing a court-appointed monitor the talks fell apart. Now, the Justice Department plans to sue.


Thirty percent of Bank of America shareholders voted for a resolution calling for greater disclosure of lobbying operations. The resolution failed, but it was the most popular resolution offered by shareholders at a meeting this week.

A new study finds that Americans living in the Northeast have more economic opportunity to move up the ladder, with Maryland, New York, and New Jersey topping the list as the states with the highest mobility rankings. Nine states in the South, including Texas and Florida, have worse economic mobility rates than the national average.

According to a Rutgers University survey, just half of the college graduates who graduated between 2006 and 2011 are working full time. One-fifth of recent college grads have gone back to school, and the respondents who have begun jobs are making less than their peers who graduated in 2006 and 2007.

And finally: It’s been a BFD week for Joe Biden, who helped make yesterday’s historic announcement possible when he “got out a little bit over his skis” on marriage equality, as Obama said this morning. And last night, the vice president appeared on “Jeopardy!” where he delivered clues about classic American cars.