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10:50 AM ET, April 10, 2012

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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: George Zimmerman Launches Website, Features Vandalized Black Cultural Center  —  According to NBC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, George Zimmerman has launched a new website: … On the website — therealgeorgezimmerman.com — Zimmerman solicits donations to support his “living expenses and legal defense.”
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Zimmerman family challenges Holder on New Black Panthers, says no arrests ‘based solely on your race’  —  In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, a family member of George Zimmerman asked the nation's top law enforcement officer …
Washington Post:
Obama holds key leads on Romney, as economy malaise looms over reelection bid  —  With the general-election campaign beginning to take shape, President Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but remains vulnerable to discontent …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How Romney can solve his woman problem
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
74% of Republicans Say Romney ‘Definitely’ the Nominee
Discussion: 2012 Decoded and Ballot Box
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Health-care law will add $340 billion to deficit, new study finds  —  President Obama's landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation's budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.
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John Crawley / Reuters:
Obama healthcare could worsen U.S. debt: Republican study  —  (Reuters) - Instead of curbing government spending, President Barack Obama's healthcare law could add up to $530 billion to the federal debt over ten years, a Republican expert on U.S. government benefit programs said on Tuesday.
Josh Boak / Politico:
Buffett rule not solution to debt, W.H. says  —  The Obama administration is emphasizing “fairness” over deficit reduction in its renewed pitch for the “Buffett rule” ahead of next week's scheduled Senate vote.  —  Introducing a minimum 30 percent income tax on millionaires …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama Campaign Attacks Mitt Romney Over Swiss Bank Account
Discussion: BuzzFeed and New York Magazine
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Obama campaign: Romney ‘looks out for people just like him’
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Reuters
Mark Judge / The Daily Caller:
The end of my white guilt  —  My white guilt died on Good Friday, April 6, 2012.  That was the day my bike got stolen.  —  I was at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the Stations of the Cross — the pre-Easter Catholic ritual of recounting the events …
Ashley Judd / The Daily Beast:
Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance  —  Ashley Judd's ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy.  But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.  —  The Conversation about women's bodies exists largely outside …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Report Disputes Christie's Basis for Halting Tunnel  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report …
Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Gates Foundation Will Withdraw Support for ALEC Nonprofit  —  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today became the latest backer to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council.  —  A foundation spokesman told Roll Call that it does not plan to make future grants …
Lauren Fox / US News:
Gas Prices Grow More Under Obama than Carter  —  Marking the similarities between President Barack Obama's time in office and former president Jimmy Carter's is nothing new.  But as of Monday, Obama has hit one more Carter benchmark - both saw gas prices double in their first term of office.
The City Wire:
Pryor will not actively campaign for Obama  —  U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said he will not actively campaign in Arkansas for President Barack Obama during the 2012 general election cycle.  —  Pryor noted his unwillingness to support the Obama, the titular head of the Democratic Party …
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
Steven Emerson / The Investigative Project …:
IPT Exclusive: State Department Barred Inspection of Muslim Brotherhood Delegation  —  The State Department broke with normal procedures last week when it ordered the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to conduct a secondary inspection on members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom …
New York Times:
A Shift in Strategy in Pennsylvania for Romney  —  Mitt Romney's attempt to pull off a victory in Rick Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania was all set to go into overdrive Monday with attack ads highlighting how voters there soundly rejected him in his 2006 Senate race.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Seeking Marriage Equality in Nevada  —  Today, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund took what one of its lawyers calls “a strategic step” in the national effort to advance marriage equality by filing a federal lawsuit in Nevada seeking equal marriage rights …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Herman Cain On The VP Slot, Improper Sexual Conduct Charges, & Whether Obama Will Cause America To Default On Its Debt  —  Late last week, I was pleased to get the opportunity to talk to former Presidential candidate, former Godfather's Pizza CEO, and former talk radio host Herman Cain.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
False Nikki Haley Twitter Report Spreads Fast  —  It took only two minutes.  An unfounded report on a little-known blog claiming that Gov. Nikki R. Haley was about to be indicted rocketed from South Carolina political circles into national circulation, along the way becoming the latest lesson …
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Maine Equality Opponents Distribute ‘Sodomy Based Marriage’ Truth Pledge  —  (Click on the image to read the pledge in its entirety.)  —  This November, Maine residents will have the first-ever opportunity to vote for marriage equality at the ballot, and though polling is strong and steady for the measure …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Limbaugh to Leave AM Station in Philadelphia  —  “The Rush Limbaugh Show” is leaving the dominant conservative talk radio station in Philadelphia, one of the biggest radio markets in the country.  —  In its place on the station, WPHT, will go “The Michael Smerconish Show,” hosted by Mr. Smerconish, a native of the city.
BBC:
Abu Hamza US extradition backed by European Court  —  The suspects have been indicted on various charges of alleged terrorism in the US  —  The European Court of Human Rights has backed terror extraditions from the UK to the United States.  —  The Strasbourg court held there would be no violation …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Harry's Place
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
WaPo WAY Off on Social Security  —  I was about to go after Robert Samuelson's terribly misleading attack on Social Security this AM—it has become welfare!...FDR would hate it!—when it occurred to me that this is just the type of spurious attack the drives Dean Baker nuts …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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Robert Samuelson / Real Clear Politics:
The Origins of Entitlement
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
America loves a vigilante.  Until we meet one.  —  Of the countless stories we tell ourselves, the American myth of the solitary enforcer of justice may be the most tenacious, beloved and — as the story of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin has so grievously demonstrated — distorting.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Racial slur on Mich. road sign targets Trayvon Martin
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The Law School Crunch Is Here—Finances and Quality to Suffer
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
U.S. filmmaker repeatedly detained at border
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Kill Civilians and Officers in Western Afghanistan
Discussion: emptywheel and The Page
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Taking a Different Look at the Gender Gap
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
New Cities … From an interesting Credit Suisse report …
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WANKER OF THE DECADE Runner Up #5
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