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3:30 PM ET, April 9, 2012

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CNN:
Romney: I speak with Gingrich more than Santorum  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney, making a post-Easter appearance on the radio show of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, said he was in touch with rival Newt Gingrich more often than Rick Santorum, despite Santorum's advantage in the delegate count.
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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.
Washington Post:
Why Ron Paul matters more than Newt Gingrich  —  Former House speaker Newt Gingrich's long, slow fade into political oblivion in this presidential primary race has received lots — and lots — of attention.  —  Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas …
Dylan Byersand Mj Lee / Politico:
Mike Huckabee opens up on Obama
Discussion: Riehl World View
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt's Pennsylvania attack: ‘We fired him as senator, why promote him to president?’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum's daughter Bella could be released from the hospital on Monday
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Laws / Pundits Blog:   Pressure? What pressure?
ABCNEWS:
Romney Campaign Pulls Negative Ad From Pennsylvania Airwaves
Discussion: The Page and HotAirPundit
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Romney Camp Pulls Negative Ads in Pa. as Santorum Stays With Ill Child
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Sonia Sotomayor Is Our Country's First Disabled Supreme Court Justice  —  Over at the Plum Line, Jonathan Bernstein riffs off a White House infographic on judicial appointments to remind us that although the Senate has been pretty obstructionist when it comes to confirming judges …
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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 and Daily Kos
David Axelrod / CNN:
TRENDING: Grassley calls Obama ‘stupid’ on Twitter  —  (CNN) - Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has long been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama, used scathing language in a tweet Saturday to condemn the president's remarks about the Supreme Court last week.
Discussion: TheGazette and The New Republic
Josh Hicks / Associated Press:
Obama's selective memory of Supreme Court history
Discussion: ACS Blog and Washington Post
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 …
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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.
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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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is the “Centrist” Brand Worth Fighting For?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Special prosecutor: Won't take Trayvon Martin death to grand jury, still investigating  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not take the Trayvon Martin shooting death before a grand jury.  —  Corey said she continues to investigate the case and will not involve …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin: Police department shut down to public
Discussion: Daily Kos, msnbc.com and Mediaite
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.
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
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 …
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Kids, Obamas play games at annual White House Easter Egg Roll  —  The South Lawn of the White House was filled with children and their families Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll.  —  There were cheers of excitement and tears of frustration as the whistle blew and children attempted to race their eggs across the finish line.
Discussion: Politico and CBS News
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Warren raises $6.9M, doubling Scott Brown  —  Democrat Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first three months of 2012, doubling Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and cementing her status as the top Senate fundraiser of the cycle.  —  Warren's astonishing first-quarter haul put her in line …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Taylor Marsh
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
REV. WRIGHT UNLEASHED: ‘WHITE SUPREMACY’ DRIVES ‘WORLD POLICY,’ ALLAH & YAHWEH ARE THE ‘SAME’...AND CLARENCE THOMAS IS WORSHIPPING ‘SOME OTHER GOD’  — Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered three fiery sermons about faith, race and politics at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Charleston, West Virginia
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Philip Kitcher / Opinionator:
The Taint of ‘Social Darwinism’  —  Given the well-known Republican antipathy to evolution, President Obama's recent description of the Republican budget as an example of “social Darwinism” may be a canny piece of political labeling.  In the interests of historical accuracy, however …
 
 
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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Local activist becomes New York Times reporter for Danziger Bridge sentencing
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Judge Rules Wells Fargo Engages in “Reprehensible,” …
Globe and Mail:
U.S. Navy deploys second aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran
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Geoffrey Kabaservice / The New Republic:
How Democrats Are Complicit in the Republican War Against Women
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Brazil's Surge in Violence Against Gays Is Just Getting Worse
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