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11:40 AM ET, April 8, 2012

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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Parting Ways  —  Anyone who has read Derb in our pages knows he's a deeply literate, funny, and incisive writer.  I direct anyone who doubts his talents to his delightful first novel, “Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream,” or any one of his “Straggler” columns in the books section of NR.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
National Review fires John Derbyshire  —  The National Review has fired longtime columnist John Derbyshire following an article he wrote for an online magazine that was widely viewed as racist in nature.  —  “[Derbyshire's] latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
In 2009, Derbyshire Argued Women Shouldn't Vote: ‘Women Voting Is Bad For Conservatism’
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Gingrich says Romney ‘most likely’ nominee, would back him in Nov.  —  GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he will support front-runner Mitt Romney if he garners the delegates needed for the nomination.  —  “I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization …
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu Are Old Friends  —  The two young men had woefully little in common: one was a wealthy Mormon from Michigan, the other a middle-class Jew from Israel.  —  But in 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly …
Sbhagav / CBS Baltimore:
Crowd Beats, Strips & Robs Tourist On St. Patrick's Day; Incident Caught On Camera  —  BALTIMORE (WJZ)- Caught on camera- a tourist being beaten in downtown Baltimore and instead of helping him, a crowd laughs and steals his belongings.  —  Mike Hellgren has the video and the investigation.
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit  —  PHOENIX — Perhaps no law in the past generation has drawn more praise than the drive to “end welfare as we know it,” which joined the late-'90s economic boom to send caseloads plunging, employment rates rising and officials of both parties hailing the virtues of tough love.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Blogging Blue and Economix
Russell Berman / The Hill:
DNC chairwoman says Romney, GOP lawmakers ‘rooting for economic failure’  —  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), said congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney seem to be “rooting for economic failure” after they panned the latest jobs report.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
CBS News:
Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012 … PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers.  His visits were preceded by the four dreaded words: Mike Wallace is here.  —  Wallace took to heart the old reporter's pledge …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Newt touts ‘Chilean model’ for Social Security  —  Newt Gingrich Sunday said that he'd like to see the United States adopt a ‘Chilean model’ for Social Security — a pension system that is reliant on a government mandated purchase of a private investment account.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Susan Candiotti / CNN:
2 arrested in Tulsa shootings  —  Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN) — Authorities in Oklahoma arrested two people early Sunday in connection with a deadly spate of apparently random shootings in Tulsa that have had residents on edge.  —  About 30 representatives from four law enforcement agencies …
Discussion: Liberty Street and Macsmind
Reuters:
Hamas executes 3 in Gaza, including ‘collaborator’  —  Terror group denounces man who allegedly helped Israel as a “traitor,” says executions were in accordance with religion, law.  —  Hamas executed three men on Saturday, hanging two convicted murderers and a Gazan found guilty of collaborating …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kansas City Star:
Bank wants Missouri Rep. Cleaver to pay $1.5 million on car wash loan  —  U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's car wash headache is raging once again.  —  The bank that loaned the Kansas City congressman and his wife $1.3 million in 2002 to buy the Grandview Auto Wash at 12204 Blue Ridge Extension …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Nice Deb
 
 
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Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
Wisconsin's Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women
Eric Russell / Bangor Daily News:
Poll: Summers, Dill lead in Senate primary races, King leads overall
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: U.S., Afghans reach deal governing nighttime raids
Discussion: Associated Press
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Obama heads to the golf course
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mike Huckabee takes aim at Rush Limbaugh
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David P. Goldman / Gatestone Institute:
Short Supply, Not Middle East Tensions, Push up Oil Prices
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ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Plans Multi-Million Dollar Pennsylvania Ad Buy
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Huckabee Mum On VP Speculation: 'Don't Buy The Corsage For The Prom Until You Get The Date'
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