A week that began with stagnant presidential polls and a vague sense of ennui in Washington ultimately produced some light as well as heat. We’ll all probably be thinking back to this moment for a good while. In the meantime, here’s some news leftovers to chew on:

* A quick Gallup/USA Today poll finds 51% supporting Obama’s position on same-sex marriage, 45% opposing. Remarkably similar to recent polls on same-sex marriage, and, for that matter, on the presidential race.

* Greg Sargent notes that JP Morgan fiasco could make Mitt Romney’s proposal to repeal Dodd-Frank a little dicier going forward.

* Dave Weigel cites “exploding cigar” strategy for boomeranging any attack on Romney into an attack on Obama in explaining frantic conservative search for Obama “bullying” incident. Very, very interesting.

* McKay Coppins goes deep in exploring Liberty University student views about the “cult” that is Mitt Romney’s religion.

* Trayvon Martin’s mother tapes Mother’s Day appeal for reconsideration of “Stand Your Ground” gun laws.

And in non-political news:

* Least surprising entertainment news ever: NBC cancels “Are You There Chelsea?” But “Whitney,” featuring an actual friend of the actual Chelsea Handler, survives after rough start.

I’m excited because my pastor loaned me his copy of the Last Waltz DVD; I haven’t seen the entire flick since its initial release.

This weekend we’ll be rejoined by Kathleen Geier, who gained a lot of new fans during her last stint at Political Animal. Please give her a big hand; she signed on just today when our regular pitching rotation hit a snag.

And don’t forget to call your mama if you can!


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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.