Romney apologizes for high school stunt. Harry Reid supports gay marriage. Obama raises $15 million in Hollywood shindig.
Happy Friday. Mitt Romney led a group of high schoolers who held down a student presumed to be gay and cut off his bleached blond hair, according to five people who saw the incident. Romney says he doesn't remember it. [WaPost]
But in a TV interview he apologized: "I don’t recall the incident myself, but I’ve seen the reports and I’m not going to argue with that. There’s no question but that I did some stupid things when I was in high school and obviously if I hurt anyone by virtue of that, I would be very sorry for it and apologize for it." [FoxNews] [WaPost] [CBSNews]
-> See Romney's yearbook photos. [WaPost]
Happy Birthday: To Ashlee Buchholz, environmental adviser in the Gov's office.
Tweets of the Day: From @WestWingReport: "Pres. spent just under four hours at tonight's mega-fundraiser. Leaving, pool saw neighbors in bathrobes outside hoping for a glimpse."
From @SenJohnMcCain: "Really enjoyed meeting @MiaBLove this afternoon - great candidate from #Utah. Learn more: love4utah.com"
-> Pat Bagley draws President Obama throwing the gay marriage bouquet. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly reports that Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is still having his annual fundraiser even though his name won't appear on the ballot this year, a strong indication that he plans to run for office in the future. [Trib]
-> State wants to keep public at a distance during tar sands hearing. [Trib]
-> Ad campaign looks to attract people to National Parks. [DNews]
-> Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey announces he will retire at the end of the month. [Trib]
-> AG Mark Shurtleff uses his Twitter account to bear witness on his trip to Israel. [SLMag]
-> Cedar Hills mayor says he expects he will be cleared of Ponzi charges. [Herald]
-> Utah students rally in support of Dream Act. [Trib]
-> Mia Love is among the first dozen "Young Guns" selected by the National Republican Congressional Committee. [TheHill]
-> Upset over the Justice Department's reaction to the Fast and Furious scandal, Rep. Jason Chaffetz pushes an amendment that would block the department from using federal funds to lie to Congress. [TheHill]
-> Sen. Mike Lee creates his own budget resolution that would slash spending and government health programs. [DailyCaller]
2012 Watch: Obama sees a massive increase in fundraising after he announces his support for legalizing gay marriage. [WaPost] The campaign is continuing to push the issue. [NYTimes] GOP leaders aren't going there. [Politico] But it lets Romney unite his base. [Politico]
-> And even after all of that, there remains some inconsistencies in Obama's gay marriage stance. [WaPost]
-> Obama spiritual adviser says: "I've had better days" and expresses his disagreement with the president on gay marriage. [WaPost]
-> Utahns continue to react to Obama's new stand, but say it won't sway the debate. [DNews]
-> Romney will give the commencement address at the conservative Liberty University on Saturday and is expected to use the speech to reach out to evangelicals. [USAToday]
-> Obama attends fundraiser in Los Angeles and pulls in $15 million. [Politico] [NYTimes] While Romney was in Kansas City raising $1.2 million. [KCStar] Though, we should point out that George Clooney only hosted one of those fundraisers.
-> President Barack Obama called Romney's recent auto claim "one of his Etch-a-Sketch moments." [DetNews]
Where are they?
-- Matt Canham and Robert Gehrke
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