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President Obama waves May 10, 2012, as he leaves the stage after speaking at a fundraising event in Seattle. (Associated Press)

Obama's, Democrats' fundraising efforts slump in April

President Obama's campaign and the Democratic Party committee helping him get re-elected raised $43.6 million in April, down from the previous month's take, despite the beginning of the general election campaign, with Mitt Romney all but securing the Republican presidential nomination.

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House on May, 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama takes Wall Street cash while attacking Romney

The Obama campaign and the White House labored to explain the logic behind the president's decision to hold a fundraiser at the home of a hedge fund president the same day the re-election team released an advertisement bashing Mitt Romney for his tenure at Bain Capital.

** FILE ** Former Sen. Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota (Associated Press)

Longtime Democratic senator predicts Keystone will be built

Former North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, a leading voice in his party on energy issues during his 30 years in Congress, said Tuesday that he believes the massive Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline will eventually be built, even if President Obama wins re-election in the fall.

President Obama (left) is introduced by singer Ricky Martin at a fundraiser hosted by Mr. Martin and the LGBT Leadership Council at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York on Monday, May 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Gay activists rush to cut checks to Obama

There was a mad dash for tickets to President Obama's New York fundraiser Monday night with Ricky Martin and gay activists in the 24 hours after Mr. Obama announced his support for gay marriage, but the Obama campaign tried to tamp down talk of the rush to cut checks, according to opensecrets.com, a site that tracks money in politics.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters May 10, 2012, during a campaign stop in Omaha, Neb. (Associated Press/Omaha World-Herald)

New poll gives Romney biggest lead yet

In one of the first surveys since President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage, Republican Mitt Romney holds a seven-point lead over the president in Friday's Rasmussen daily tracking poll — his largest lead in any survey so far.