The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.
Compiled by Laura Koran
CNN: Obama interview on same-sex marriage to air
Another flurry of reactions is likely to follow Thursday when a full interview airs with President Barack Obama endorsing same-sex marriage - the first American president to do so. "At a certain point I've just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama said in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.
CNN: Lugar's loss further polarizes U.S. Senate
Richard Lugar's landslide loss in Tuesday's Indiana Republican primary isn't just a 36-year veteran getting tossed out of office before he wanted to go. It's also the latest blow to the political center in an increasingly polarized Senate. Already, nearly half a dozen moderate senators in both parties are retiring this year.
CNN: Obama, Romney tied in Sunshine State, even with Rubio and Bush on ticket
A poll released Wednesday showed President Barack Obama and his GOP rival Mitt Romney neck and neck in Florida, a battleground state Obama narrowly won in 2008. When two of the state's most popular Republican politicians are added to the ticket – Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush – Romney sees a slight bump, but the results remain within the poll’s sampling error.
CNN: Dinner with Clooney, Obama nets $15 million
There are bundlers – the mega-fundraisers who collect checks from friends and contacts, then forward them to campaigns – and then there's George Clooney. Clooney did something that few, if any, bundlers have done this year for President Barack Obama's campaign: rake in $15 million dollars, a figure provided to CNN by a top Democratic source.
CNN: Authorities plead for public help in search for Tennessee girls
Investigators pleaded for help from the public Wednesday in their search for two kidnapped Tennessee girls and the man accused of abducting them and killing their mother and sister. The FBI added the suspect, Adam Mayes, to its list of 10 most wanted fugitives and added $100,000 to the reward fund offered for a break in the case.
CNN: Slaying victim's son: Killer still 'wandering around' Churchill Downs
Wilson Perez believes his father's killer is one of the hundreds of stable workers who live and care for horses in an area known as the "backside" of the Churchill Downs horse racing grounds. "I imagine he's wandering around here," Wilson Perez told CNN during an exclusive interview near the barn where his father's body was found. "It has to be someone who lives here because no one else can come in."
CNN: Fate of man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's relatives in jury's hands
Jurors will resume deliberations at 10 a.m. ET Thursday in the trial of a man accused of killing the mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew of entertainer Jennifer Hudson. William Balfour, Hudson's former brother-in-law, faces charges of first-degree murder, home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer has argued there is no forensic evidence linking him to the killings.
CNN: Warhol 'Double Elvis' goes for $37 million
The Andy Warhol classic painting "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)" sold Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York for more than $37 million, the auction house said. With commission, the sale price of $33 million totaled $37,042,500, short of the $50 million that Sotheby's had predicted it might fetch. The piece (silkscreen ink and spray paint on canvas) shows Elvis Presley in a gunslinger pose.
CNN: Greece starts another day with no government
Greece's far-left party Syriza must succeed in forming a government Thursday or admit failure, but party leader Alexis Tsipras faces an uphill task. He is the second Greek politician to try to build a coalition after Sunday's elections in which voters angry about tough government budget cuts fled to parties on the far left and right to punish more moderate parties that made the cuts.
CNN: State media: Dozens dead or injured in Syria blasts
Two strong explosions rocked the Syrian capital Thursday, state television reported, leaving bloody streets littered with debris as thick black smoke drifted into the sky. The number of casualties was unclear, but dozens were dead or injured, according to Syrian state television.
CNN: Russian plane wreckage found in Indonesia
The wreckage of a Russian passenger airliner that went missing during a demonstration flight over Indonesia has been located in a mountainous area, a local official said Thursday. Teams searching for the plane spotted debris from the Sukhoi Superjet 100 at a height of about 5,800 feet (1,800 meters) on the side of Mount Salak, a volcano south of Jakarta, said Daryatmo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency.
CNN: Egypt to air first ever televised presidential debate
Two candidates will square off Thursday in Egypt's first-ever televised presidential debate – just two weeks ahead of the elections. Secular candidate Amre Moussa, Egypt's former foreign minister and the former head of the Arab League, enjoys a considerable lead in a recent poll.
Financial Times: China surplus jumps on weak imports
China’s trade surplus jumped in April as imports and exports both further decelerated, renewing fears of a harder-than-expected landing for the world’s second-biggest economy. Exports grew just 4.9 per cent from a year ago, compared with 8.9 per cent growth in March. Imports rose 0.3 per cent year on year, compared with March’s 5.3 per cent increase, according to official data released on Thursday.
CNN Money: Gay marriage: Boost in 'economic inequities' fight
Advocates are hopeful that President Obama's decision to support same-sex marriage will bring gay couples one step closer to equal treatment on taxes, Social Security and other important financial matters. Obama said in an interview Wednesday on ABC News that his views on gay marriage have evolved, and that he now supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.
CNN: Japan takes over TEPCO after disaster
Reeling from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has effectively been nationalized after Tokyo approved a request for a 1 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) injection of capital. TEPCO supplies power to nearly 30 million people in the Tokyo region and was once valued at more than $150 billion. But the nuclear disaster that followed Japan's historic earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 has left it dependent on government support.
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