Top Talker – Last night, Mitt Romney won all three GOP primaries, inching closer to formally winning the GOP nomination. He now has 934 delegates, and needs just 210 more for the necessary 1144 delegates. Tuesday's sub-plots:
- North Carolina passed an amendment by 20 points to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and partnerships, the 30th state to do so. http://bit.ly/KjS6tk
- In Indiana, the longest-serving Senator in state history, Dick Lugar, lost his primary to Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock, a blow to moderates in Congress and President Obama. http://bit.ly/KOZ4mU
- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett won Wisconsin's Democratic primary in the Governor recall election, so he'll face off against Scott Walker on June 5. http://bit.ly/J8bjy2
- In West Virginia's Democratic primary, 33% of voters selected Keith Judd, a felon who is currently serving time in Texas for extortion, over President Obama. He may be entitled to at least one delegate at the Democratic convention in September. http://bit.ly/KM67NZ
Congrats! to Zambian Pundit Mutale Pamela Kapekele, who was invited to present her story (An African's Perspective: Lord's Resistance Army is Still a Massive Problem Which Kony 2012 Part 2 Doesn't Address) at the Media in Conflicts Seminar in Israel, along with 35 other accomplished journalists from across the world.
Video of the Day – Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" endorses MittRomney, saying, "I give my full support to Mitchell Romney. He has the makings of a great dictator. He is incredibly wealthy, but pays no taxes. And it's not much of a leap to go from firing people to firing squads, and from putting pets on the top of a car to putting political dissidents on top of them." Video here.
Top Stories – North Carolina Amendment 1 Makes Me Ashamed to Be an American (David Asche) – I love this country and would not want to live anywhere else. But after seeing Amendment 1 in North Carolina pass on Tuesday night, I can say that at this moment, I am ashamed that I live in a country in which we continue to deny equal rights to all people.
Why Telling People to Exercise Won't Reduce Obesity (Cam English) – A new report's recommendations for weight loss show how little we understand about curbing America's obesity epidemic.
Defeat of Senator Dick Lugar in Indiana Shows the Dangers of the Tea Party (David Dietz) – By pouring millions of dollars into the campaign to defeat the respected Indiana Senator Dick Lugar, the Tea Party once again has proved it is a danger to American politics.
How Should Millennials Fall in Love? (Jeffrey Hartinger) – "The concept of love is something I think about from time to time, most often during my various walk of shames. We were raised to believe there is one person you are meant for. Am I that jaded, already, at 23 years-old, to believe what we have been raised to believe is completely false? I’ve been in love and fallen out of it. I long for a steady and stable relationship with another, but if that does not happen, I’m OK with it. Or, at least in my 20s, I am OK with it right now. "
Happy Hump Day – Famous paintings recreated with jelly beans (BuzzFeed); Video: Behind the scenes of your trash, from lunch to landfill (Boing Boing, great job @Mae Ryan!); Are LOLCats making us smart? (The Atlantic); 6 ways to bring good food to poor neighborhoods (GOOD).
Special Shout-Out – New York City start-up incubator General Assembly is expanding to Berlin! Great work Matt Brimer and Kevin Shiiba. Read about it here.
What We’re Reading – James Carville: "Wake up Democrats, you could lose." (CNN); Obama's marriage muddle (Politico); How a double agent foiled Al Qaeda's underpants plot (LA Times).
Dessert – Ode to Maurice Sendak, 'Where the Wild Things Author' who died at age 83 on Tuesday. Watch Sendak's amazing interview with Stephen Colbert from earlier this year here: http://bit.ly/xU1LIv.