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11:45 AM ET, April 9, 2012

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Gullible Center  —  So, can we talk about the Paul Ryan phenomenon?  —  And yes, I mean the phenomenon, not the man.  Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the principal author of the last two Congressional Republican budget proposals, isn't especially interesting.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama levels straight shots at Supreme Court and Ryan budget  —  ELON, N.C.  —  Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive.  —  They have long experience with attacking the evils of the left and the abuses of activist judges.  They love to assail “tax-and-spend liberals” …
Discussion: msnbc.com, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Tim Cavanaugh / Hit & Run:
Was Obama's SCOTUS Attack Good Politics? (Special Dumbth Edition)
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Salena Zito / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Romney campaign withdraws ad targeting Santorum while daughter is hospitalized  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign told stations across Pennsylvania to pull until further notice a television ad targeting fellow Republican candidate Rick Santorum because Santorum's daughter is ill. The ad was slated to begin airing this morning.
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ABCNEWS:
Romney Campaign Pulls Negative Ad From Pennsylvania Airwaves  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  With Rick Santorum's young daughter, Bella, in the hospital, Mitt Romney is yanking a negative television ad from the Pennsylvania airwaves “until further notice,” campaign officials said on Monday.
Discussion: GOP 12 and HotAirPundit
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt's Pennsylvania attack: ‘We fired him as senator, why promote him to president?’
Discussion: Washington Wire
Sam Baker / The Hill:
White House has diverted $500M to IRS to implement healthcare law  —  The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president's healthcare law.  —  The money is only part of the IRS's total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process.
New York Times:
Major Republican Super PAC Prepares to Take On Obama  —  American Crossroads, the biggest of the Republican “super PACs,” is planning to begin its first major anti-Obama advertising blitz of the year, a moment the Obama re-election campaign has been girding for and another sign that the general election is starting in earnest.
Stephen J. Rose / The Atlantic Online:
How We Spend  —  And what that tells us about the economy  —  EVEN AMERICANS WHO think they know where their money goes probably have no idea how their spending compares with that of their parents or grandparents.  But such figures yield a surprising picture of how our economy works—and how it's changing.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Fox Orlando Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazis ‘A Civil Rights Group’  —  The National Socialist Movement flag, as featured on their website  —  A Fox Orlando affiliate decribed Neo-Nazis as “a civil rights group” on a television broadcast and online.  The group of Neo-Nazis, known …
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Jennifer Bisram / Orlando and Central Florida News …:
Civil rights group patrolling Sanford
BuzzFeed:
It's “Game On” In Chicago  —  One year in, the Obama campaign unleashes itself on America.  Confident, cool, digitally dynamic.  But are they getting cocky?  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed  —  CHICAGO, Ill. — On the evening of April 4, campaign manager Jim Messina gathered more than 300 staffers …
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
NBC's Bad Edit Pre-dated Today Show And Still Appears on NBC News Sites  —  Saturday and Sunday, Reuters reported it had interviewed MSNBC News President Steve Capus and others at NBC and got “the fullest explanation yet” of the network's racially-charged, misleading edit of George Zimmerman's 911 call …
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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Obama's Monthly Job Approval Edges Higher in March  —  Approval high among core supporters; still lags with Hispanics, low-income adults  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 46% in March, up from 45% in January and February, and significantly improved …
Discussion: Ballot Box and The PJ Tatler
BREITBART.COM:
O'KEEFE VOTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION: YOUNG MAN OFFERED HOLDER'S BALLOT  —  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that there is no proof that in-person voter fraud is a problem.  He's about to see proof that even he can't deny.  —  In a new video provided to Breitbart.com …
Nicole Debevec / UPI:
Under the Supreme Court: High court agrees to consider corporate free speech post-Citizen United  —  The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider taking another bite of the corporate political free speech apple recently, accepting a petition asking justices to summarily overturn …
Jonathan Martinand Alexander Burns / Politico:
‘Orphan’ state parties worry GOP  —  National Republicans have begun to intervene in a handful of key Senate and House battlegrounds where state parties are in disarray, seeking to head off the possibility that local mismanagement could cost the party control of Congress.
Discussion: Washington Wire
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Mike Wallace dies: Veteran journalist and former ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent was 93  —  Advertisements for the CBS newsmagazine show “60 Minutes” once boasted that for anyone hiding a secret, four of the most dreaded words in the English language were “Mike Wallace is here.”
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CBS News:
“60 Minutes” icon Mike Wallace dies at 93
 
 
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Kristian Jebsen / The Daily Beast:
Brazil's Surge in Violence Against Gays Is Just Getting Worse
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Inviting Bill Clinton on campaign trail carries risk, reward for Obama
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Philip Kitcher / Opinionator:
The Taint of ‘Social Darwinism’
Discussion: Althouse and Eclectablog
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U.S. Transfers Control of Special Operations to Afghans
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James Hohmann / Politico:
President Obama leads among ‘swing independents’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up
Matt Welch / Reason:
When Losers Write History
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
Special report: Rendition ordeal that raises new questions about secret trials
Discussion: emptywheel and The Agonist
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich: I'm ‘Slightly Less Than’ $4.5 Million In Debt
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