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12:30 AM ET, April 7, 2012

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape  —  NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.  —  The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action …
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Michael Miller / Riptide 2.0:
Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, Say They Are “Prepared” For Post-Trayvon Martin Violence  —  Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are “prepared” for violence in the case of a race riot.  The patrols are to protect …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
NBC Producer Out But Unnamed  —  The NY Tmes breaks its Trayvon Martin silence long enough to report at one of their blogs that an unnamed NBC producer has been fired as a result of the doctored Zimmerman “He looks black” report.  —  The people with direct knowledge of the firing characterized …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
CNN proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” why cases should not be tried in the media  —  If it were not for the fact that a young man is dead, the factual accounts and investigations in the media of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman would be laughable.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Reuters:
NBC probe centers on staffer in shooting story error  —  (Reuters) - An internal NBC News probe has determined a “seasoned” producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network.
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Five conservative Supreme Court men join Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, John Boehner and Ron Paul in the war against women  —  In my latest column, Supreme Court on trial, I initiated a new discussion about how five conservative men on the Supreme Court have joined partisan Republicans in the war against laws and programs that serve women.
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico, Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
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Jennifer Hewlett / Lexington Herald-Leader:
At UK, Clarence Thomas talks about his upbringing, Supreme Court  —  His joking remarks gave his audience little doubt about his political views.  —  After congratulating the University of Kentucky men's basketball team for winning the school's eighth NCAA national championship this week …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Clarence Thomas scolds colleagues for talking too much at oral arguments
ABCNEWS:
‘Women Are Not An Interest Group,’ Obama Says
Discussion: Truthdig
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
National Review Writer Pens Racist Screed: ‘Avoid Concentrations Of Blacks,’ ‘Stay Out Of’ Their Neighborhoods  —  Popular conservative columnist and National Review writer John Derbyshire topped all of his previous racist screeds (and sexist rants) today by posting a long breakdown …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The big March jobs miss — and why the real unemployment rate sure ain't 8.2%  —  Swing and a miss. A big miss. A really big miss. U.S. employers added just 120,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.  That's the smallest increase since October.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
That Other Obama  —  President Obama is an intelligent, judicious man who can see all sides of an issue.  But every once in a while he tries to get politically cute, and he puts on his Keith Olbermann mask.  —  I suppose it's to his credit that he's most inept when he tries to take the low road.
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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Common Sense: Lots of Accolades, but Little Action, on Budget Plan - Common Sense
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
David Brooks to the Rescue!
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Post:
Mitt hits bull's-eye  —  Something changed on Tuesday night with Mitt Romney's three primary state victories, and it wasn't just the all-but-universal acknowledgment that he'll be the Republican nominee.  —  In his speech in Wisconsin, Romney finally found the right argument to use against Barack Obama …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Sydney Morning Herald:
Germany set to tax young  —  “The German Chancellor's ruling party is seeking extra sources of revenue to pay for soaring pensions and bills for social care costs as Germany's ‘baby boomer’ generation ages amid a decline in the birth rate.”  —  GERMANY is proposing to levy extra taxes …
Andres Jauregui / The Huffington Post:
‘God Prefers Kind Atheists Over Hateful Christians,’ Portland Church's Sign Reads … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Atheism, Christianity, God Prefers Kind Atheists, Easter, Easter, Reconciling Ministries Network, Tom Tate, United Methodist Church, Portland, Portlandia, Good News
Discussion: Lippmann's Ghost and BuzzFeed
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Bella Santorum Admitted to Hospital  —  Bella Santorum, the youngest daughter of Rick Santorum, has returned to the hospital.  —  “Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a written statement.
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Rick Santorum's Daughter Bella Hospitalized Again
Discussion: Hot Air
Chris Wilson / ABCNEWS:
Checking Santorum's delegate math: Are Romney's numbers really inflated?  —  According to a campaign strategist for Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney doesn't have anywhere near the number of delegates that both his campaign and most media outlets report.  —  A memo by strategist John Yob …
Laurence H. Tribe / CNN:
The 5th Circuit Court's insult to Obama  —  Editor's note: Laurence H. Tribe is Carl M. Loeb University professor and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School.  —  (CNN) — There has never been any doubt that President Obama fully accepts the Supreme Court's authority to render …
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Paladino says Gingrich has a ‘blistering’ pre-primary schedule in New York, calls Romney a mope and a Jeff Immelt  —  Businessman and former G.O.P. gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, the most highly visible remaining supporter of Newt Gingrich in New York, says the former speaker's somewhat …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Intuit Is Now The Fourth Company To Drop Voter Suppression Group ALEC  —  Software company Intuit, the makers of programs such as Turbo Tax and Quicken, announced today that they will join Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Kraft as the fourth company to end their partnership with the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council this week.
ABCNEWS:
Obama, Comedian-in-Chief, Woos Women Supporters  —  While the Obama administration sought to convince women today that it is fighting for gender equality, it was hard to miss some of the awkward laughs President Obama's one-liners brought from the mostly-female crowd gathered at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy.
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Severin Carrell / Guardian:
Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery  —  Prof Jim Hansen to use lecture at Edinburgh International Science Festival to call for worldwide tax on all carbon emissions  —  Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a “great moral issue” …
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Jobs Report, Take #2  —  As mentioned in my earlier post, we may be at the beginning of another downshift in job growth or March's disappointing report could be an anomalous blip down in a better underlying trend.  There's some reason to hope for the latter—I noted the seasonality issues caused …
 
 
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Administration Applauds Tax Cuts—In People's Republic of China
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Virgin Atlantic investigates stars' flight ‘tip-offs’
Discussion: msnbc.com and BBC
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Obama: ‘Congress Would Get More Done If There Were More Women’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney's SWAT Team Closes Out The Primaries
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Obama's signal to Iran
New York Times:
Found to Have Misbehaved With Pupils, but Still Teaching
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Rutgers Media Relations:
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats give special interests a role at convention
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Oh, for Some Kennedyesque Grace
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