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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Adviser Says Romney Can Change His Positions After The Primaries: 'It's Almost Like An Etch A Sketch'  —  Mitt Romney can't be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign's senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he's the nominee  —  Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Etch A Sketches hit the trail  —  Newt Gingrich gleefully seized on Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's “Etch A Sketch” comments from this morning, bringing out an Etch A Sketch as a prop on the campaign trail today.  —  Gingrich, via POLITICO's Ginger Gibson, called Fehrnstrom's comment a sign …
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney adviser says campaign can start fresh for general election, ‘like an Etch A Sketch’  —  Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on Wednesday dismissed concern that the nastiness of the GOP primary race could negatively affect the fight to replace President Obama.
Alfredo Rocha / ABCNEWS:
Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney in GOP Primary  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney after Romney's lopsided win in Illinois Tuesday night.  The former Florida Governor - a Republican heavyweight - called on members of the party to coalesce behind Romney.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum …
Discussion: National Review, GOP 12 and msnbc.com
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
‘Etch A Sketch’ Latest Gaffe From Romney Campaign
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and CNN
Byron Tau / Politico:   Obama staffers seize on Etch A Sketch quip
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Platform ‘Like An Etch A Sketch,’ Top Spokesman Says
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Caucus
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Mytheos Holt / TheBlaze.com:
UPDATED (STORY PULLED): U2 SINGER BONO GRILLED ON CAMERA OVER BAND'S MOVE TO AVOID TAXES  —  Editor's note: The original Breitbart.com story has been removed and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to “private” on YouTube.  There is widespread discussion on Twitter …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Jason Mattera interviews someone — is it Bono?  —  Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for rough-and-tumble journalism.  Last year he created a sensation when he pulled something of a fast one on Vice President Biden.  He distracted the veep by pretending he wanted to pose for a picture with him.
NOM Blog:
The National Organization for Marriage Announces International “Dump Starbucks” Protest Campaign  —  Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)  —  “Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against the majority of the American people …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
IRONY ALERT: Anti-Gay Group Complains About Out-Of-Staters ‘Buying’ Marriage Equality In New Hampshire
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
NOM's Brian Brown, Bob Vander Plaats Lead Crowd of Chanting Bigots at Anti-Gay Iowa Rally: VIDEO
Discussion: AKSARBENT and Good As You
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Why the Republican budgets make the poor pay  —  I don't think Paul Ryan intended to write a budget that concentrated its cuts on the poorest Americans.  Similarly, I don't think Mitt Romney intended to write a budget that concentrated its cuts on the poorest Americans.
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Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
WH: Ryan ‘aggressively and deliberately ignorant’  —  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't pull any punches in his attack on Paul Ryan's budget, as he declared that supporters of the budget — and by extension, Ryan himself — are “aggressively and deliberately ignorant” …
H. HooVer / Distriction:
Sign of the Times  —  Stephon stood just a few feet away from Barack Obama.  The president, busy shaking hands, looked right at him.  “It was like he was waiting for me to say something,” he said later.  —  So the 26-year-old Prince George's Community College student took his cue and spoke …
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
More See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians  —  Santorum Voters Disagree  —  A new survey finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion and politics.  The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
AP Fact Check: In 36 Years Of Data, Not A Shred Of Evidence That Drilling Reduces Gas Prices  —  Experts deny that drilling brings down gas prices, despite how often Republicans claim to have the “silver bullet.”  Now, the Associated Press reports that an analysis of 36 years …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Sanders bill would force CFTC's hand in effort to lower gas prices
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Unanimous Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Sackett v. EPA  —  The Supreme Court today issued a unanimous decision in favor of the property owners in the important case of Sackett v. EPA [HT: GMU law student Matthew Roberts].  The opinions in the case (an opinion for the court …
Discussion: Wizbang
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Idaho couple to challenge EPA on wetlands ruling
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead nationally  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Mitt Romney leads with 34% to 31% for Rick Santorum, 20% for Newt Gingrich, and 9% for Ron Paul.  But if Gingrich dropped out Santorum would have a small lead with 41% to 40% for Romney and 11% for Paul.
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Darren Goodeand Dan Berman / Politico:
Obama: Expedite part of Keystone  —  CUSHING, Okla. — President Barack Obama will use Thursday's visit to Oklahoma to announce that he's ordered federal agencies to get on the horse to approve the southern part of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House announced.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Julian Sanchez:
Fearing for Your Life  —  Most of the commentary on the Trayvon Martin case has focused on the growing mountain of evidence suggesting that shooter George Zimmerman, far from acting in “self defense,” was the instigator of the confrontation between the two late last month.
Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
Gillibrand: Hillary Clinton Should Run In 2016  —  In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed Shift, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she will be “one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.”  Gillibrand is a close Clinton supporter, and her words add weight to speculation about Clinton's plans.
MRCTV:
Wasserman Schultz's Selective Memory  —  Loading the player ...  Rating  —  Your rating: None Average: 1 (1 vote)  —  MRCTV's Alicia Powe and Katie Yoder confront DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) about her claim that Republicans want to ‘literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws’ by enforcing voter id laws.
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Andrew Sullivan Is Frightened by Complexity  —  Somehow, in the midst of grappling with Andrew Sullivan's attack on me (in which he lied about what I have written, what I think, what I believe, and what I've reported, and shows no understanding, by the way, of reporting itself — but, hey, what are friends for?)
Discussion: Power Line, The Daily Dish and Politico
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Liberal Dems back Obama's no show on health law anniversary
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David Weigel / Slate:
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum Wield Etch-a-Sketches in Lousiana
Discussion: The Loyal Opposition
Alana / Nielsen Wire:
The Race for Campaign Site Visitors
Discussion: Ballot Box and Media Decoder
House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform:
Europe's Sovereign Debt Crisis: Causes, Consequences for the United States and Lessons Learned
Discussion: Hot Air, The Caucus and Guardian
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Employees Join Goldman Sachs Among Top Obama Donors
Discussion: DealBook and Weasel Zippers
Jim Ragsdale / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
House approves placing photo ID on November ballot
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Jason Leopold / truth-out.org:
DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout
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Vince Coglianese / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters wants a fight, but can't take a punch
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