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9:45 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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman To Be Charged With Second Degree Murder, Is Now In Custody  —  The AP reports that Trayvon Martin's shooter George Zimmerman is currently in police custody and will be charged with murder in the second degree, a more serious crime than the manslaughter charge many analysts speculated Zimmerman might face.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXPERTS: Hannity Could Be Required To Testify About His Conversation With George Zimmerman
CBS Miami:
Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and The PJ Tatler
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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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.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Romney Campaign Demands Correction From PolitiFact On Women's Job Loss Claim … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Unemployment, Video, Job Rate, Politifact, War On Women, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney's top policy adviser sent a letter …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Telegraphing Loss
BuzzFeed:
Romney Starts Looking For A Veep
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Won't Repeal The Lilly Ledbetter Act, Campaign Confirms
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Billionaire Santorum supporter ready to move on
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sarah Palin PAC pays for space in Tampa
Discussion: Wonkette
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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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.”
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republican Rep. Allen West says many congressional Democrats are Communists
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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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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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Mitt Romney's campaign stumbles in effort to court female voters
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 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.
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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Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - Runner Up #4  —  Mark Halperin.  —  I'm not even sure what Mark Halperin's job is anymore, aside from being a dick on Morning Joe, but once upon a time he oversaw production of The Note, ABC News's morning emailed news tip sheet, back before such things were commonplace.
Discussion: driftglass
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.
Katelyn Ferral / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Condoleezza Rice at Duke: 'I don't know when immigrants became the enemy'  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Turmoil in the Middle East underscores the importance of reform and has changed the way the United States thinks about backing authoritarian regimes, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill and INSTAPUTZ
 
 
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Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama promotes ‘Buffett Rule’ among wealthy endorsers
Sara Sorcher / NationalJournal.com:
Clinton Overrules Republican Lawmaker's Hold on Palestinian Aid
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
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Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Net illegal immigration from Mexico: zero
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Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: On taxes, George W. Bush has won
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Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield
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