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2:35 AM ET, April 6, 2012

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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 …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Obama says 2012 will be a “fun debate”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Priebus Says Gender Battle as Fictonal as Caterpillar War
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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Fox News Insider:
TEXT: Read Eric Holder's DOJ Response to 5th Circuit on Authority of the Supreme Court
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Power Line
Washington Post:
Obama's Supreme Court comments lead some to question his strategy
Mitch McConnell / CNN:
McConnell to Obama: ‘Back off’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV
Keith Olbermann / TMZ.com:
You Owe Me Roughly $70 Mil
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: It's time for Augusta golf club to admit women members
Discussion: Politico, JSOnline, CNN, Reuters and GOP 12
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama and Cantor are all smiles as JOBS Act is signed into law
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
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.
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.
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Pro-Santorum super-PAC stays quiet ahead of Pennsylvania primary
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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’
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.
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.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
MSNBC duped: Network runs satirical fake news from Daily Kos as a real story  —  If you've ever tuned into to MSNBC weekdays between 11 a.m. and noon ET, you are likely to have sees at least one segment focused on a LGBT issue moderated by host Thomas Roberts.
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
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.
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
GSA Again Under Fire, Now Over Video Spoof  —  The same government agency already under fire for wasteful spending at a Las Vegas conference is under further scrutiny today for a newly discovered video featuring a U.S. General Services Administration employee joking about excess government spending.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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