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5:50 PM ET, April 5, 2012

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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
DOJ returns fire on judicial review dispute  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing back against an attack from a federal judge in Texas, telling the judge that President Barack Obama's recent comments about the Supreme Court's review of the Affordable Care Act are “fully consistent” with longstanding legal principles.
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: It's time for Augusta golf club to admit women members
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12, JSOnline, Reuters and Ed Driscoll
Washington Post:
Obama's Supreme Court comments lead some to question his strategy
Mitch McConnell / CNN:
McConnell to Obama: ‘Back off’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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Politico:
Rick Santorum huddles with conservatives about future  —  Rick Santorum huddled in Virginia Thursday with a group of conservative leaders led by Reagan-era activists Richard Viguerie and Rebecca Hagelin to chart a path forward in the presidential race, multiple sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO.
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.
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Gingrich group files for bankruptcy
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Conservatives Meet Santorum to Pressure Gingrich to Exit
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Priebus Says Gender Battle as Fictonal as Caterpillar War  —  The leaders of the two political parties clashed over the role of gender in U.S. elections, with the Democrat saying her opponents have been “shockingly out of touch” on women's issues and the Republican saying Democrats and the media have created a phony conflict.
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Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Caterpillars Enlisted in ‘War on Women’ Fight
Marion Barry / nbcwashington.com:
Barry Comment Critical of Asian Business Owners  —  While celebrating his Democratic primary victory in Ward 8 Tuesday night, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry delivered a remark apparently critical of Asian business owners.  —  Barry spoke of changes in the ward, saying he's worked hard …
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Report: Marion Barry: ‘Dirty’ Asian stores  —  Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry referred to “dirty” Asian-owned businesses after winning the city's Council Ward 8 primary, demanding that “they ought to go,” according to a report.  —  “We got to do something about these Asians coming …
Discussion: Mediaite and iOwnTheWorld.com
Ezra Klein:
Buck up, Republicans: Romney is stronger than you think  —  I was on Morning Joe Thursday to talk about Paul Ryan's budget.  But the segment before mine was on Mitt Romney's emergence as the Republican Party's clear nominee.  And the panel — Scarborough in particular — seemed downright dejected.
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Ruben Navarrette Jr. / CNN:
GOP version of Dream Act holds promise
Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:
Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers  —  WINNIPEG— From Thursday's Globe and Mail  —  The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.
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.
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.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney, Who Has Two Harvard Degrees, Says Obama Spent ‘Too Much Time At Harvard’
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
CNN ENHANCES ZIMMERMAN 911 CALL AGAIN — AND REPORTER NOW DOUBTS RACIAL SLUR USED  —  Recently, CNN enhanced audio of George Zimmerman — the man who shot Trayvon Martin — to try and determine if he did, in fact, use a racial slur while calling police on the night of the shooting.
Eric Pfeiffer / Associated Press:
Next Great Depression?  MIT researchers predict ‘global economic collapse’ by 2030  —  A new study from researchers at MIT and produced for an international think tank, says that the world could suffer from “global economic collapse” and “precipitous population decline” …
Discussion: The Agonist
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 …
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.
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
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
United States v. $35,131  —  Reader Rob Carty has directed our attention to this week's opinion by Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in the forfeiture case of The United States of America v. $35,131.00 in United States Currency.
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.
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Assails ‘Disobedience’ Among Priests  —  ROME — Striking the tone that once earned him the moniker “God's Rottweiler,” Pope Benedict XVI in a stern pre-Easter homily on Thursday denounced “disobedience” in the church, cutting down reform-minded priests who seek the ordination of women and the abolition of priestly celibacy.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
American Banker:
Bankers Form SuperPac for ‘Surgical’ Strike at Industry's Enemies  —  Frustrated by a lack of political power and fed up with blindly donating to politicians who consistently vote against the industry's interests, a handful of leaders are determined to shake things up.
 
 
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Obama real happy to set new ethics rules for others
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The drug legalization dilemma
Discussion: Villainous Company and Hit & Run
Kalyn McMackin / The Daily Caller:
Va. school teacher thinks ‘Republicans are stupid’
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex benefits denial is ruled discriminatory
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Bryan Fischer / afa.net:
The problem with Romney: not Mormon enough
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EA defends itself against thousands of anti-gay letters
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
Socialism and Social Darwinism
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Scott Walker Says His Sons “Targeted on Facebook” Over Recall Effort
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan sees rise in ‘dancing boys’ exploitation
Andrea Louise Campbell / New York Times:
Down the Insurance Rabbit Hole
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Guardian:
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’
 

 
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