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6:00 PM ET, April 11, 2012

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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, official says  —  Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
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msnbc.com:
NBC: George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin case  —  According to officials, authorities will pursue some type of criminal charges against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.  NBC's Pete Williams report.  —  Updated at 2:57 p.m. ET: The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:   EXPERTS: Hannity Could Be Required To Testify About His Conversation With George Zimmerman
CBS News:
Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin case
Discussion: TalkLeft and Capital New York
Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Mitt Romney: “Women account for 92.3 percent of the jobs lost under Obama.”  —  Romney campaign says women were hit hard by job losses under Obama  —  Mitt Romney's campaign wants you to know that the same president who argues for contraceptive coverage and suggests that a Congress …
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CNN:
TRENDING: Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign marked the conclusion of the Republican primary - and the beginning of the general election campaign - with a nearly two-minute Web video splicing together clips of Mitt Romney's most conservative statements from the trail.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Telegraphing Loss  —  As noted this morning, Wednesday April 11th is day one of the general election.  But there are things I'm seeing that tell me that Mitt Romney is kicking off the campaign in a telling defensive posture.  What I mean is that on various fronts, Romney is kicking off within Obama's campaign narrative.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama at a high in North Carolina  —  Mitt Romney may have effectively wrapped up the GOP nomination with Rick Santorum's withdrawal yesterday, but PPP's newest North Carolina poll really shows how much Romney was hurt by the process with Barack Obama as the ultimate beneficiary.
Kyle Mantyla / rightwingwatch.org:
Fischer: Electing a ‘Spiritually-Compromised Candidate’ Like Romney Will Weaken America
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Top Santorum adviser says attacks against Romney won't be an issue
Discussion: CNN
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney can't leave women voters to his wife
Jonathan Mattise / Palm Beach Post:
Allen West hears cheers, jeers at town-hall meetings in Palm City, Jensen Beach  —  U.S. Rep. Allen West told about 90 largely supportive Palm City voters Tuesday that locally prioritized federal projects — such as the St. Lucie Inlet dredging — aren't going to matter if Washington officials don't address a mounting deficit.
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Allen West: I've ‘Heard’ 80 House Democrats Are Communist Party Members … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Allen West, Allen West Barack Obama, Allen West Communist Party, Allen West Democrats Commies, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — As many as 80 House Democrats are communists, according to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Communist Party slams Allen West
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress are Communists
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Stupid reporter’ took ‘Communist’ allegation out of context, says Allen West's campaign
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Fox News Spokesperson Tells Mediaite: We Found The Mole (UPDATE)  —  So, when we asked readers how long it would take for Fox News to find the mole that Gawker had in their midst, did anyone put money down on “24 hours”?  If so, it would appear that you just won the jackpot.
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BuzzFeed:
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current C-SPAN Employee  —  And you thought the Fox Mole had good dirt...  View Video ›  —  Source: youtube.com  —  What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The C-SPAN Mole—a long-standing, current employee of C-SPAN …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Hostile Workplace  —  Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.  —  According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
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Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Back NYPD In Garden State 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dems' Property Tax Cut More Popular Than Gov's Plan  —  New Jersey voters say 70 - 21 percent that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is “doing what is necessary to combat terrorism” by gathering information …
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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Too much ‘Boss’ for NJ gov  —  Bruce Springsteen's marathon …
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
My So-Called Ex-Gay Life  —  Early in my freshman year of high school, I came home to find my mom sitting on her bed, crying.  She had snooped through my e-mail and discovered a message in which I confessed to having a crush on a male classmate.  —  “Are you gay?” she asked.  I blurted out that I was.
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Buffett Rule  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Everybody, please have a seat.  Thank you.  It is wonderful to see you.  Lately, we've been talking about the fundamental choice that we face as a country.  We can settle for an economy …
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Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: On taxes, George W. Bush has won
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
State of Cool  —  Hillary is not going to President Obama's Democratic convention in Charlotte.  Evidently, she's going to wait for her own.  —  There were intriguing developments on the presidential trail Tuesday, and I don't mean Rick Santorum dropping out.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
National Review Fires Another Racist Writer  —  National Review Writer Robert Weissberg Speaks At White Nationalist Conference  —  Following the uproar over John Derbyshire's racist rant that led to his firing last week, National Review ended its relationship with another racist writer today.
 
 
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Katelyn Ferral / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Condoleezza Rice at Duke: 'I don't know when immigrants became the enemy'
Discussion: The Hill
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Campaign Vendors Wonder If They'll Ever Get Paid
Tennessean.com:
Gov. Haslam allows evolution bill to become TN law
Discussion: Addicting Info and ThinkProgress
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Talk: Mika Brzezinski Refuses to Perk It Up
Discussion: TVNewser and New York Magazine
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Net illegal immigration from Mexico: zero
Discussion: 24Ahead and The PJ Tatler
Sam Baker / The Hill:
GOP launches probe of $500M transfer to IRS for Obama's health law
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Perkins Accuses Romney Of Supporting ‘Special Employment Rights Based Upon Sexual Behavior’
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org
Brent Bozell / Townhall.com:
Some Very Political Science
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Republicans Are All Right  —  The Fate of the Republicans Who Supported Gay Marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Claudia De La Roca / Arts & Culture:
Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Packers Can't Beat the Lions
Discussion: Washington Examiner
BuzzFeed:
Romney Starts Looking For A Veep
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans expect Supreme Court's health-care decision to be political
 

 
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Felix Salmon to Take on Web-Based Role at Fusion

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In Defense of Explaining Things

 
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