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9:45 AM ET, April 12, 2012

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Hilary Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Ann Romney and Working Moms  —  My Twitter feed was on fire after an appearance last night on CNN's AC360, where I said that I thought it was wrong for Mitt Romney to be using his wife as his guide to women's economic struggles when she “had never worked a day in her life.”
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).
Ann Romney / CNN:
Democrat's comment about Ann Romney creates firestorm on Twitter  —  (CNN) - Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen generated instant bipartisan criticism Wednesday night for her statement that Ann Romney has “actually never worked a day in her life.”  —  The reaction on Twitter from high level politicos …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Mitt Romney's campaign stumbles in effort to court female voters
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Billionaire Santorum supporter ready to move on
Discussion: Politico
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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Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Zimmerman Attorney Defends ‘Troubled’ Client: ‘It Must Be Frightening Not To Be Able To Go Into A 7/11’  —  On the rainy night he was gunned down by George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin was walking back to his father's house from a nearby 7/11 with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CBS News:
Zimmerman booked on 2nd-degree murder charge
Associated Press:
Second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin case
Discussion: Associated Press and ABCNEWS
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman To Be Charged With Second Degree Murder, Is Now In Custody
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Eric Holder Praises Left-Wing Activist Al Sharpton, Says Facts, Law Will Guide Trayvon Martin Investigation
Joe Muto / Gawker:
Hi Roger.  It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole  —  Hi.  My name is Joe Muto.  I was the Fox Mole.  —  Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough.  —  They nailed me.
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Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Stupid reporter’ took ‘Communist’ allegation out of context, says Allen West's campaign  —  During a Tuesday town hall meeting with constituents, Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said that 80 or so Democratic congressmen are “members of the Communist Party.”
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rebuffing Obama's gimmicky ‘Buffett Rule’  —  President Obama admits it: His proposed “Buffett Rule” tax on millionaires is a gimmick.  —  “There are others who are saying: 'Well, this is just a gimmick.  Just taxing millionaires and billionaires, just imposing the Buffett Rule …
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Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama promotes ‘Buffett Rule’ among wealthy endorsers
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich Unloads on FOX News in Private Meeting  —  DOVER, Del. — During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted FOX News Channel, accusing the cable network of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: White House To Delay Implementation Of Key Anti-Discrimination Order  —  After months of dodging questions about the progress of an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting, the White House won't issue the directive …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Analysts: Gas prices may have peaked  —  Gasoline prices, which have vexed President Obama politically in recent months, may have reached their peak, according to energy analysts.  —  Prices at the pump reached nearly $3.94 last Friday, the highest point this year, according to AAA.
Texts from Hillary:
TTYL  —  It's been an overwhelming—and hilarious—week for us here at Texts from Hillary (TFH).  What started as a joke at the bar between two friends turned into a national conversation about Secretary Clinton and went as far as talks about 2016.  —  After a week that included 32 posts …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
State of Cool  —  Hillary is not going to President Obama's …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Daily Kos
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Tops Romney-Christie In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Mendendez Has 9-Point Lead Over Little Known Opponent  —  President Barack Obama leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 49 - 40 percent in the New Jersey presidential race, a lead that shrinks to 49 …
Discussion: GOP 12, Daily Kos and Hotline On Call
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Biden: Al Franken is a ‘leading legal scholar’  —  Vice President Joe Biden described former Saturday Night Live comedian, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., as a “leading legal scholar,” presumably in the Senate, today.  —  “He has been one of the leading legal scholars,” Biden said of Franken today, according to the pool report.
Sara Sorcher / NationalJournal.com:
Clinton Overrules Republican Lawmaker's Hold on Palestinian Aid  —  Ros-Lehtinen: “Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?”  —  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the G8 foreign ministers at the start of a working session at Blair House in Washington on Wednesday.
 
 
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David Catanese / Politico:
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Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - Runner Up #4
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sarah Palin PAC pays for space in Tampa
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Katelyn Ferral / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Condoleezza Rice at Duke: 'I don't know when immigrants became the enemy'
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Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
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Discussion: TVNewser and New York Magazine
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Net illegal immigration from Mexico: zero
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