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5:00 AM ET, April 13, 2012

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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
This Is What A Twitter Firestorm Looks Like  —  The outrage over Hilary Rosen's criticism of Ann Romney peaked, and has begun to fall.
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air, ABCNEWS and Politico
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CNN:
Rosen apologizes over comments against Ann Romney  —  (CNN) - Hilary Rosen offered an apology Thursday after her comments about Ann Romney sparked an uproar and a debate over women and the economy.  —  “I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen …
ABCNEWS:
Obama Rejects Rosen's Comments on Ann Romney  —  President Obama strongly disagreed with Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's controversial comment about Ann Romney, saying today that “there's no tougher job than being a mom.”  —  “Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think …
BuzzFeed:
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows  —  Some have suggested Americans won't identify with Ann Romney because stay-at-home motherhood is increasingly an upper-class luxury.  The numbers don't back up that anecdotal impression.  —  With the presidential election campaign turning today …
Discussion: The Caucus
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Joe Biden: ‘War on women is real’  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he believes the right's “war on women is real” and could be particularly salient during the multiple Supreme Court appointments he expects to come during the next president's term.  —  “I think the war on women is real …
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Mediaite
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Attack Hilary Rosen For Raising Children As A Lesbian  —  Hilary Rosen with her former partner Elizabeth Birch and kids Jacob and Anna.  —  No one is arguing that raising children isn't work.  Democratic strategist and CAP Action board member Hilary Rosen is a single mother …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Ann Romney responds to claim she has ‘never worked a day in her life’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill and Yahoo! Politics!
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Hilary Rosen Apologizes For Attacking Ann Romney As a Stay-At-Home Mom
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit ‘Irresponsible And Unethical’  —  Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared on MSNBC's Hardball where fill-in host Michel Smerconish asked him his opinions of the arrest warrant issued and carried out for alleged Trayvon Martin murderer, George Zimmerman.
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Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon's mom says ‘shooting was accident,’ Zimmerman to face judge  —  George Zimmerman woke up in a Seminole County jail cell this morning as the mother of Trayvon Martin, the teen he killed, revealed on national television that she thinks the shooting was an accident.
Allison Yarrow / The Daily Beast:
Governor Jan Brewer Signs Arizona's Extreme New Abortion Law  —  Life now starts earlier in Arizona: In practice, the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks.  —  Despite its name, critics derided the Women's Health and Safety Act that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law today as cruel …
Discussion: Jezebel
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Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:   Brewer signs bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Romney Edges Obama as Approval of President Drops  —  April 11: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, waves before addressing an audience during a campaign event, in Warwick, R.I.AP  —  Republican Mitt Romney holds a slim edge over President Obama …
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Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
In Pivot to Messaging, Ron Johnson Looks to Purge Staff  —  Freshman GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) is looking to purge nearly his entire Washington, D.C.-based legislative team, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the situation.  —  Johnson's frustration with his legislative staff …
Associated Press:
North Korea fires long-range rocket  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea fired a long-range rocket early Friday, South Korean and U.S. officials said, defying international warnings against moving forward with a launch widely seen as a provocation.  —  Space officials had announced …
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and ABCNEWS
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Erin Tracy / modbee.com:
SWAT teams surround Modesto home after deputy, another man gunned down  —  UPDATE - 5:15 p.m. As the standoff entered its seventh hour, SWAT teams from Stanislaus County, Modesto, Ceres and Merced County had the home surrounded.  Two SWAT teams from San Joaquin County were on standby.
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
The Sexual Sadism of the Michigan Department of Corrections  —  Screen shot from video produced by ACLU on the strip-search procedure (photo: ACLU)  —  A consortium of civil liberties, religious and health organizations, and experts including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Hammered for ‘Jetting Around,’ Taking Vacations While Americans Suffer  —  President Obama, during an interview with St. Louis's KMOV, was hammered for “jetting around, [taking] different vacations and so forth, sometimes ... under the color of state business.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
VA Speaker And Ex-ALEC Chair Berates Woman — 'I'm Not Speaking In Little Enough Words For You To Understand'  —  Virginia House Speaker William Howell (R)  —  ProgressVA recently released a report on the legislative influence of the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Washington Post
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
South Jersey Man Gives Up His Obama Flag But Not His Opinions  —  LUMBERTON, N.J. (CBS) — A South Jersey man has come up with what he hopes is a solution to a controversy over the American flag that he flew in his yard — a flag bearing the image of President Barack Obama in place of the field of stars.
Ryan J. Reilly / Livewire:
U.S. Indicts 1st Anti-Gay Hate Crime  —  For the first time in history, the United States has issued an indictment in hate crime case involving a crime against an individual based on their sexual orientation, the Justice Department said Thursday: … The two defendants allegedly kidnapped …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why American Food Used to Be So Bad and Other Lessons From Tyler Cowen  —  For the past four years, I've been ordering the most unappatizing sounding item on the menu when I eat at nice restaurants.  This counterintuitive advice from Tyler Cowen's 2007 book Discover Your Inner Economist has worked surprisingly well.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
 
 
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Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
The real Buffett Rule: Tax cuts for corporate jets
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Guardian:
Anti-gay adverts pulled from bus campaign by Boris Johnson
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Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Demolishing Paul Ryan
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Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Evicted From Park, Occupy Protesters Take to the Sidewalks
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