Tuesday May 15, 2012 Happening Now

New NYTimes/CBS News polling has Mitt Romney with an edge over President Obama for the first time in their polling. The same poll shows 67% of those polled believe the President's decision on same sex marriage was politically motivated. The polls also suggests the same sex marriage decision is hurting the President with a small number of voters, but a small number is all it may take especially in swing states for Governor Romney to beat President Obama. Romney also leads Obama among independents and women.

Meantime, President Obama taped an appearance on "The View" yesterday. He says the JP Morgan scandal points to the need for Wall Street reform. The President will appear at the Fraternal Order of Police memorial event during our show today to honor fallen police officers.

1055EDT -- POTUS delivers remarks at the Fraternal Order of Police memorial event. LIVE

The New York Times reports today that JP Morgan has had a big appetite for risky trading including CEO Jamie Dimon. Look for more resignations and losses for the bank today.

Mitt Romney travels to Des Moines, Iowa for the first time since January today. The Governor is expected to slam the Obama administration over debt and spending. James Rosen takes a look at Iowa where recent registrations have favored the GOP and will make the state much more competitive in November.

P.S. There is a presidential primary tonight in Oregon.

1500EDT - Romney holds event at Hotel Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, IA. LIVE via LiveU

It's day 17 of the John Edwards campaign finance trial. Today his daughter Cate Edwards Upham could take the stand. We should also know in the next two days whether or not John Edwards himself will take the stand.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is set to unveil major steps to fight Alzheimer's disease.. This as doctors intensify a recruitment drive for their largest study ever to try and find a cure.

Keep a close eye on Europe today. There was some minor good news.. The Euro Zone narrowly avoided falling into recession. In France today, the new French President Francois Hollande takes office. In Greece, talks continue for a ninth day to try and form a coalition government. Protests are expected today in Spain. Greg Burke is covering all this for us.

Europe launched raids in Somalia targeting Somali pirates overnight.

A battle against Al Qaeda strongholds in Yemen is intensifying.

Syria also continues its march towards civil war.

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.