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6:25 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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Associated Press:
Second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin case … JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.
Discussion: CBS Miami
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: Capital New York and TalkLeft
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Top Santorum adviser says attacks against Romney won't be an issue
Discussion: CNN
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Romney Campaign Demands Correction From PolitiFact On Women's Job Loss Claim
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  —  A top official of the Communist Party USA on Wednesday ripped Rep. Allen West's “sad ploy” for claiming that as many as 80 Democratic members of the House are communists.  —  “I just think it's an absurd way to cast a shadow over his colleagues.
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Stupid reporter’ took ‘Communist’ allegation out of context, says Allen West's campaign
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Won't Repeal The Lilly Ledbetter Act, Campaign Confirms
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney can't leave women voters to his wife
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Priebus: 'I'm going to double down' on ‘war on caterpillars’ remarks
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
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.
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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.
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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Too much ‘Boss’ for NJ gov  —  Bruce Springsteen's marathon, highenergy gig at MSG had a celebrity crowd rocking — except for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was caught dozing by fans.  —  Christie — an ardent Boss buff who's said to have caught fellow New Jersey heavy-hitter Springsteen's show …
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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
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Talk: Mika Brzezinski Refuses to Perk It Up  —  When I told my wife I was interviewing you, she said, “I like Mika because she's ornery, and all the other women on TV in the morning are so damn chipper.”  —  I proudly own that.  I spent 20 years trying to be perky like the beauty queens on TV, and none of it ever worked.
Discussion: TVNewser and New York Magazine
BuzzFeed:
Romney Starts Looking For A Veep  —  Gillespie will lead the hunt, a source says.  Nobody wants another Palin.  —  Source: cache.daylife.com  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — The Republican primary campaign effectively ended yesterday, and Mitt Romney's aides and supporters have already begun turning …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hot Air
 
 
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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
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Net illegal immigration from Mexico: zero
Discussion: 24Ahead and The PJ Tatler
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Baker / The Hill:
GOP launches probe of $500M transfer to IRS for Obama's health law
Discussion: Daily Kos
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Perkins Accuses Romney Of Supporting ‘Special Employment Rights Based Upon Sexual Behavior’
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org
Kyle Mantyla / rightwingwatch.org:
Fischer: Electing a ‘Spiritually-Compromised Candidate’ Like Romney Will Weaken America
Discussion: Truth Wins Out
Claudia De La Roca / Arts & Culture:
Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
WaPo Media Watchdog Barks Up Wrong Tree, Protects NBC
Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans expect Supreme Court's health-care decision to be political
 

 
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