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11:15 AM ET, April 5, 2012

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney takes the lead in Pennsylvania  —  Mitt Romney's taken the lead in PPP's newest poll of Rick Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.  Romney has 42% to 37% for Santorum with Ron Paul at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%.  The numbers represent a dramatic turnaround from when PPP polled the state a month ago.
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Ed Gillespie joins Team Romney
Discussion: msnbc.com, CNN and The Huffington Post
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
What Romney can learn from Obama's Mount Rushmore dreams: Character Sketch
Discussion: Yahoo! Politics!, CNN and Ballot Box
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum may drop out rather than lose home state of Pennsylvania
Reuters:
White House in damage control over Obama Supreme Court remarks  —  (Reuters) - The White House was forced on the defensive on Wednesday as it sought to explain controversial remarks President Barack Obama made earlier in the week about the Supreme Court's review of his signature healthcare reform law.
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Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Laurence Tribe: Obama Misspoke on Supreme Court … Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor and former mentor to President Barack Obama, said the president “obviously misspoke” earlier this week when he made comments about the Supreme Court possibly overturning the health-care law.
BREITBART.COM:
FORMER OBAMA STUDENT: OBAMA'S IGNORANCE OF CONSTITUTION EMBARRASSING  —  Prof. Thom Lambert of the University of Missouri Law School has responded with alarm to President Barack Obama's attack on the Supreme Court and the power of judicial review by recalling his own days as Obama's student at the University of Chicago.
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Why is Obama so rattled? Another speaking gaffe sets off a federal appeals court judge
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Peter Overby / NPR:
Boycotts Hitting Group Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’ … Two of America's best-known companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile conservative organization behind the national proliferation of “stand your ground” gun laws.
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Center for American Progress:
Voter Suppression 101  —  How Conservatives Are Conspiring …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Politico:
Bay State not buying ‘war on women’  —  Political analysts shocked by Republican Scott Brown's 2010 victory to replace Ted Kennedy as Massachusetts senator should brace themselves.  This year's contest between Sen. Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren remains a key battleground …
Discussion: Mediaite and Pirate's Cove
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Scott Walker Says His Sons “Targeted on Facebook” Over Recall Effort  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says the vitriol over the effort to recall him has gotten so bad at times that his children have been “targeted on Facebook.”
Discussion: Politico and JSOnline
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Scott Walker on Recall: “God's Got A Plan”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin  —  The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly.  Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.  —  Two tragedies are apparent in the Trayvon Martin case.
BBC:
Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat  —  A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said.  —  District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger at The Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC.  His work focuses on domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up.  —  Don't Worry About Deficit That Will Heal Itself
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Guardian:
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’  —  Broadcaster says accessing of emails of John Darwin, who faked own death, was authorised by executives and in public interest  —  Sky News has admitted that one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
On the stump, Dems split with Obama over Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don't have the same luxury.  —  Eight of the 18 non-incumbent Democrats running for Senate surveyed …
Eugene W. Fields / Orange County Register:
Student removed from contest for pro-gay remark  —  Fullerton Union High School student says he hopes gay marriage will be legal and is removed from Mr. Fullerton competition.  —  Text: Next Article »  —  / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER  —  FULLERTON - Students …
Dave Williams / bizjournals:
Newt Gingrich think tank files bankruptcy … Newt Gingrich's health-care think tank has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  —  The Center for Health Transformation  —  , which has offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and St. Louis, plans to liquidate its assets, according to a filing Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan sees rise in ‘dancing boys’ exploitation  —  DEHRAZI, Afghanistan — The 9-year-old boy with pale skin and big, piercing eyes captivated Mirzahan at first sight.  —  “He is more handsome than anyone in the village,” the 22-year-old farmer said, explaining why he is grooming the boy as a sexual partner and companion.
Ruben Navarrette Jr. / CNN:
GOP version of Dream Act holds promise  —  Young Latino protesters hold placards outside Mitt Romney' s Nevada campaign headquarters in Las Vegas in February  —  Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist
Discussion: GOP 12 and Naked Politics
JSOnline:
Waukesha County clerk needs to step down  —  Upcoming elections - from the gubernatorial recall to the presidential - are too important to leave in the hands of Kathy Nickolaus.  —  Imagine this: It's 9 p.m. on June 5, recall election day, and the polls have been closed for an hour.
Discussion: MAL Contends and Dane101
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV  —  (Reuters) - Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Christie Gives New Jersey Firms Tax Breaks for Short Moves  —  Panasonic received $102.4 million in tax credits to move its headquarters nine miles within New Jersey.  Goya Foods picked up $81.9 million in credits to build offices and a warehouse in Jersey City, two miles from its current complex.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Lawrence O'Donnell, Bigot  —  I am announcing the creation of a new award, which I will call the Golden Ass, to be presented to those who resort to anti-Mormon bigotry in their campaign against Mitt Romney.  Today's Golden Ass is Lawrence O'Donnell, an asinus aureus if ever there was one, an ass of exceptional asininity.
 
 
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