Morning Briefing: May 14, 2012

A new poll shows that most Americans support same sex unions by a large margin, whether in the form of civil unions or full marriage equality. Sixty two percent of Americans believe in some form of union for gay and lesbian couples, with thirty eight percent believing in full marriage equality and twenty four percent supporting civil unions or something similar, according to a new New York Times/CBS News poll.

Three high-ranking executives at JPMorgan Chase are expected to resign this week following their roles in the bank’s recent $2.3 billion loss from risky trades. Ina Drew, the bank’s chief investment officer and one of Wall Street’s most powerful women, will be among the departures.

Democratic Massachusetts Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren is calling for JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s resignation from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, arguing his position on the board represents a conflict of interest.

More than 230,000 Americans in half a dozen states lost crucial unemployment benefits over the weekend according to a new report, the latest casualties of Republican-backed cuts to federal programs designed to help workers who cannot find jobs.


Tea Party activists are turning their focus to electing far-right Republicans to the U.S. Senate, including several who will not commit to backing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Greece is moving closer than ever to dropping out of the Euro Zone after the new Parliament has repeatedly failed to form a new government. Though elections were less than 10 days ago, the country is now hurtling towards a new round after insurgent parties rejected the austerity plan of the former ruling party.

The European Union imposed new sanctions on Syria today, hoping to curb funding for the regime after diplomatic efforts have failed to deescalate the mounting violence.

The Chief of Staff to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) resigned amid allegations of improper influence peddling and steering of no-bid contracts to friends.

Mitt Romney’s son Josh was in attendance at the Arizona Republican Convention on Saturday to try and secure the state’s 29 winner-take-all delegates for his father, but Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) supporters didn’t take kindly to his speech, repeatedly booing him and cutting his remarks short.


And finally: Will Ferrell reprised his role as Geroge W. Bush on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, playing Joe Biden’s semi-imaginary friend.