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4:35 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  —  According to several experts in Florida law, Sean Hannity could be compelled to testify about his conversations with George Zimmerman.  Tamara Lave, a professor of criminal law at the Universtiy …
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.
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
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.
Kyle Mantyla / rightwingwatch.org:   Fischer: Electing a ‘Spiritually-Compromised Candidate’ Like Romney Will Weaken America
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney can't leave women voters to his wife
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich's $500 check for Utah primary filing fee bounces
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Priebus: 'I'm going to double down' on ‘war on caterpillars’ remarks
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney, a ‘private man in a public world,’ is silent on tales of altruism
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.).
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress 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.
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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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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Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans expect Supreme Court's health-care decision to be political  —  More Americans think Supreme Court justices will be acting mainly on their partisan political views than on a neutral reading of the law when they decide the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care law …
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Raleigh News & Observer:
Amendment goes too far  —  We are native Southerners and we oppose legalizing same-sex marriage.  —  One of us (David), reared in Mississippi, has for more than two decades directed a think tank, the Institute for American Values, that aims to strengthen marriage and reduce divorce and unwed childbearing.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama at a high in North Carolina
Discussion: Ballot Box
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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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Hachette  —  The U.S. sued Apple Inc. (AAPL), Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court, claiming the publishers colluded to fix eBook prices.  —  CBS Corp. (CBS)'s Simon & Schuster …
 
 
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Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Net illegal immigration from Mexico: zero
Discussion: 24Ahead and The PJ Tatler
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
Jason Millman / Politico:
White House pushes back against report …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Republicans Are All Right  —  The Fate of the Republicans Who Supported Gay Marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Claudia De La Roca / Arts & Culture:
Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield
Washington Examiner:
Astronauts condemn NASA's global warming endorsement
Discussion: National Review and GILL REPORT
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP warns against last-minute regulations if Obama loses election
Discussion: Politico
Tim Ghianni / Reuters:
Tennessee law allows creationism theory in classrooms
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Packers Can't Beat the Lions
Discussion: Washington Examiner
G-A-Y / Good As You:
HOLY CRAP: NOM admits it used racial wedge strategies, has unfairly stifled free speech!  (*Or was hacked)
 

 
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