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8:30 AM ET, April 6, 2012

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Republican Committee Makes Big Turnaround on Fund-Raising  —  Once teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and irrelevance, the Republican National Committee has raised more than $110 million over the past 15 months and retired more than half its debt, accumulating large cash reserves …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Molly Ball / Reuters:
The Truth About the Republican War on Caterpillars  —  From an exterminator in the House leadership to trying to bring back DDT, the GOP has been no friend to America's larvae.  —  RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (left) and a caterpillar (right).  —  In a statement widely taken as a metaphor …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama says 2012 will be a ‘fun debate’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that the 2012 election will be a “fun debate” over two competing visions for the nation, referring to Mitt Romney as the Republican “front-runner” who has backed policies that would undermine middle-class families.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The ‘war on caterpillars,’ and what Reince Priebus meant  —  The battle over women voters in the 2012 presidential campaign reached a fever pitch early Thursday, with Democrats crying foul over Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus' comments using an insect — a caterpillar …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
DWS?s ?  Jewbag? hire questioned  —  The staffer for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who posted the controversial ‘Jewbag’ photo on her Facebook page in 2006 is no anonymous aide — but the daughter of Mark and Nancy Gilbert, two major Florida donors who have raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign.
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Effort would change Texas primary to winner take all, benefit Santorum  —  Updated at 5:20 p.m. to include comments from the RNC throwing cold water on the winner-take-all effort:  —  A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Texas would need — but not receive — a waiver from the national party to change its primary.
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Post and The Page
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Politico:
Rick Santorum huddles with conservatives about future
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Pro-Santorum super-PAC stays quiet ahead of Pennsylvania primary
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
CNN:
Lawyers: Zimmerman whispered ‘punks’ before shooting Trayvon Martin  —  Sanford, Florida (CNN) — George Zimmerman told his lawyers that he whispered “punks,” not a racial slur, in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin, his attorneys told CNN on Thursday.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Keith Olbermann files suit against Current TV  —  When Current TV terminated Keith Olbermann's contract last week, the outgoing host announced his intention to file suit against the company.  —  He has apparently followed through on his word: According to an “exclusive” report from TMZ …
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Keith Olbermann / TMZ.com:
You Owe Me Roughly $70 Mil
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV
Fox News Insider:
TEXT: Read Eric Holder's DOJ Response to 5th Circuit on Authority of the Supreme Court  —  Below is the full letter signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, requested by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals following comments made by President Obama calling the DOJ's stance into question. … April 5, 2012
Discussion: Power Line and NO QUARTER
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Romney using ethics exception to limit disclosure of Bain holdings  —  Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose wealth has become a central issue in the 2012 campaign, has taken advantage of an obscure exception in federal ethics laws to avoid disclosing the nature and extent of his holdings.
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: If the Supreme Court throws out the federal health care law, it “would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”  —  Obama attaches stark terms to possible Supreme Court ruling on health care law
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Jonathan Allenand Tony Romm / Politico:
Republicans invade Silicon Valley  —  In Silicon Valley, the Wild West of American industry, Republican “Young Guns” now dot the horizon.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took a ride in Google's driverless car this week, and he's planning a trip to Microsoft later this spring.
Discussion: The Page
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
President Obama and Cantor are all smiles as JOBS Act is signed into law
Discussion: Politico
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: It's time for Augusta golf club to admit women members
Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Romney, Who Holds Two Harvard Degrees, Says Obama Spent ‘Too Much Time’ At Harvard  —  Mitt Romney again bashed President Obama for his connections to Harvard on Thursday, despite holding multiple degrees from the university himself and relying heavily on Harvard advisers as part of his presidential campaign.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney, Who Has Two Harvard Degrees, Says Obama Spent ‘Too Much Time At Harvard’
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Matt Lauer to Stay With NBC's ‘Today’ Show  —  NBC News has signed Matt Lauer to a new multiyear contract to remain as the co-host of the “Today” show, addressing one of the division's most pressing issues.  —  The news will be announced formally on the air during the show Friday morning.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Energy Department prepares to approve more green loans  —  The Energy Department said Thursday it expects to begin tentatively approving new taxpayer-backed loans for renewable energy projects in the coming months.  —  The announcement comes about seven months after Solyndra …
 
 
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Marion Barry apologizes for anti-Asian remarks
Kaiser Health News:
Mississippi Legislature Passes Abortion Clinic Bill
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Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
Mitt's new advisor lobbied for national mandate
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Electronic Dance Genre Tempts Investors
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
GSA Again Under Fire, Now Over Video Spoof
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Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Assails ‘Disobedience’ Among Priests
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Eric Pfeiffer / Associated Press:
Next Great Depression? MIT researchers predict ‘global economic collapse’ by 2030
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Ezra Klein:
Buck up, Republicans: Romney is stronger than you think
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