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2:45 AM ET, April 5, 2012

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Washington Examiner:
Coke caves in face of Democratic boycott threat  —  Brian Smalls casts his vote at a polling station Tuesday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting …
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Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Progressive Movement Compels Coca-Cola To Pull Support From ALEC Over Voter Suppression Efforts  —  Prompted by a petition campaign by the progressive advocacy group Color of Change, Coca-Cola has pulled its support from ALEC, a right-wing corporate-funded front group …
Discussion: ColorOfChange
Center for American Progress:
Voter Suppression 101  —  How Conservatives Are Conspiring to Disenfranchise Millions of Americans  —  A woman votes at at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on January 31, 2012, in Cleveland.  Conservative legislators are introducing and passing legislation that creates new barriers …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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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 …
David R. Dow / The Daily Beast:
Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law  —  The Roberts Court's rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age.  If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them.  —  You think the idea is laughable?
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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.
Mj Lee / Politico:
James Carville: Rick Santorum is headless chicken  —  James Carville chose these colorful words to describe Rick Santorum after Mitt Romney swept three Republican primaries Tuesday: “He was like a chicken with his head chopped off.  The chicken is dead.  The only person that don't know it is the chicken.”
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney takes the lead in Pennsylvania
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum may drop out rather than lose home state of Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough: ‘No One’ In GOP Establishment Thinks Romney Will Beat Obama  —  Unemployment stubbornly over 8%.  His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court.  The “flexibility” moment with Putin's pawn.  Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you?
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's rapidly-improving vice presidential prospects
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama doing better in Nevada
Discussion: American Prospect and GOP 12
Associated Press:
Obama: Easter story helps him in troubled times  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Easter story of Christ's agony and resurrection has helped him get through the tough moments of an embattled presidency.  —  The president got “Amens” from religious leaders …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama gets laughs and ‘amens’ at prayer breakfast
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
CIA Committed ‘War Crimes,’ Bush Official Says  —  A top adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Bush administration that its use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading” interrogation techniques like waterboarding were “a felony war crime.”
CNN:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 4 others charged in 9/11 attack  —  (CNN) — The United States on Wednesday announced charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of orchestrating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused of involvement in the plot.
Discussion: Firedoglake and ACLU
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate Donald Trump Offers To Expose His ‘Very Very’ Impressive Genitals  —  Politico's Mike Allen reported last month that reality star/businessman/attention seeker Donald Trump is building his political stature as a top surrogate for Mitt Romney.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jennifer Wlach / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney's Birthday Bash at Trump Tower Sells Out
Discussion: USA Today
Jennifer Steck / WUPW-TV:
Hate fueled weekend beating says elderly man  —  Police don't see it a hate crime after interviews  —  TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) - Saturday afternoon around 4:45 p.m., 78-year-old Dallas Watts was walking home from the gas station at the corner of Starr and White in East Toledo.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Evolution ‘Monkey Bill’ Poised To Become Law In Tennessee  —  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) announced yesterday that he will “probably” sign a bill that attacks the teaching of “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning” …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses  —  If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don't worry.  It's probably just a Google employee testing the company's new augmented-reality glasses.
Alberta Election / Agence France Presse:
Officials from Egypt's Brotherhood at White House  —  White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt's presidential election.  —  The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National …
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
ACTUAL BILL AYERS RANT: WHY DO ‘UNIFORMED MILITARY’ GET TO BOARD PLANES FIRST?  —  Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn paid an impromptu visit to Occupy Wall Street in New York City Friday, bestowing their advice to a gaggle of elated protesters.  Ayers and Dohrn, former leaders …
Capitol Fax.com:
This just in... Tim Johnson to drop out  —  * 4:35 pm - In a move that will surely stun the political establishment, sources say that Congressman Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) intends to drop out of his reelection race.  I'm told by sources that the timing is “imminent” and there will likely be an announcement on Thursday.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Ballot Box
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Steve King Proposes A Don't Ask, Don't Tell Approach To Gays In The Workplace  —  LE MARS, Iowa — To Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the problem is not that it's legal for employers to fire an employee for being gay.  It's that the employee made his sexual orientation publicly known in the first place.
Mike Pflanz / Telegraph:
Teenage girl suicide bomber blows up Somalia theatre  —  At least five people including top sporting officials were killed and dozens injured when a teenage female suicide bomber sent by Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab blew herself up during a VIP celebration at Mogadishu's newly-reopened National Theatre.
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
What Romney can learn from Obama's Mount Rushmore dreams: Character Sketch  —  After his primary night sweep on Tuesday, Mitt Romney unveiled a new line of attack against the president.  Reminding voters that Barack Obama has claimed that “he is doing an historically great job,” …
Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! Politics! and Ballot Box
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Courting Nerd Vote, Obama Flashes Star-Trek Salute With Nichelle Nichols
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Hilary Leila Krieger / Reuters:
62% of US Jewish voters want Obama reelected
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain surgery
Stephanie Simon / Reuters:
Catholic university in Ohio ends birth-control coverage
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Four Former DNC Chairs Endorse Marriage Equality In Democratic Platform
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Lucia Graves / The Huffington Post:
Republican Environmental Group Drops ‘Republican’ From Its Name
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