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2:25 PM ET, April 9, 2012

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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.
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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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Romney Camp Pulls Negative Ads in Pa. as Santorum Stays With Ill Child
Mike Laws / Pundits Blog:   Pressure? What pressure?
ABCNEWS:
Romney Campaign Pulls Negative Ad From Pennsylvania Airwaves
Discussion: The Page and HotAirPundit
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.
James Hohmann / Politico:
President Obama leads among ‘swing independents’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Taylor Marsh
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
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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
Nicole Debevec / UPI:   Under the Supreme Court: High court agrees to consider corporate free speech post-Citizen United
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.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Weasel Zippers
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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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Clicking on a Fortune: Facebook to Acquire Photo-Sharing Start-Up Instagram for $1 Billion  —  Facebook has just announced that it will acquire Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service for $1 billion in cash and shares.  —  The social networking giant posted on the acquisition …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Gawker
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
REV. WRIGHT UNLEASHED: ‘WHITE SUPREMACY’ …
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fdlreporter.com:
Bills on abortion, sex ed signed
Paul Rogers / Mercury News:
Windfall of cash could hit state treasury from global warming program
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
For agency, a loss of technology has had down- and upsides
Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
For Big Companies, Life Is Good
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Rick Santorum / NY Daily News:
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel
Discussion: GOP 12
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Warren raises $6.9M, doubling Scott Brown
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Rob Crilly / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
In Pakistan: your moustache or your life
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Geoffrey Kabaservice / The New Republic:
How Democrats Are Complicit in the Republican War Against Women
Anna M. Tinsley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Fort Worth engineer who got Obama's attention still doesn't have a job
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Kristian Jebsen / The Daily Beast:
Brazil's Surge in Violence Against Gays Is Just Getting Worse
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Fox Orlando Affiliate Calls Neo-Nazis ‘A Civil Rights Group’
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up
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When Losers Write History
 

 
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