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10:25 AM ET, April 13, 2012

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Jonathan Martinand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The Draperizing of Mitt Romney  —  The Draperizing of Mitt Romney is under way.  —  He may not drink or cheat, and he lacks the fictional ad-maker's charisma, but Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” …
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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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Obamas and Bidens to Release Tax Returns
Discussion: msnbc.com and Economist
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney fundraising appeal off Rosengate in 3, 2, 1...
BuzzFeed:
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows
Discussion: The Caucus
CNN:
Rosen apologizes over comments against Ann Romney
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Failed North Korean Launch a Setback for Kim Jong-un  —  SEOUL, South Korea — For the new North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who completed the last step in his hurried ascension to power in Pyongyang on Friday, his government's failure to put a satellite into orbit is a $1 billion humiliation.
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Reuters:
Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test  —  (Reuters) - North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.
Discussion: FP Passport and New York Magazine
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
North Korea's rocket launch ends in failure: South Korea
Telegraph:   North Korea acknowledges rocket failure
Associated Press:
North Korea fires long-range rocket
Discussion: Guardian, ABCNEWS and CNN
New Jersey Online:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire  —  NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital tonight for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house.
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
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
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 …
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Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Brewer signs bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mark Tapscott / Campaign 2012:
What's Color of Change hiding about itself?  —  Coca Cola executives who recently decided to stop supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) did so in response to demands from an obscure left-wing activist group, Color of Change (COC).  So were executives of giant candy-maker Mars …
Discussion: ALEC
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 …
Melody Guyton Butts / Durham Herald-Sun:
Ailes lectures young journalists  —  CHAPEL HILL - Fox News chief Roger Ailes offered more than a few words of advice Thursday in a room filled mostly with young journalists, starting with a recommendation that elicited at least a few eye rolls: “I think you ought to change your major.”
Politico:
Newt Gingrich rents donor list to raise cash  —  Desperate times in the Newt Gingrich camp have called for desperate measures.  —  Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the former House speaker has resorted to renting his presidential campaign's most valuable asset - its donor list - for as much as $26,000-a-pop.
Discussion: Hot Air and BuzzFeed
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP hopes to revive Keystone fight with tie to highway bill extension  —  House Republican leadership will take another crack at forcing approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on legislation extending federal transportation funding for another 90 days.
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 …
Investor Relations:
2012 Founders' Letter  —  Introduction  —  Throughout our evolution, from privately held start-up to large, publicly listed company, we have managed Google for the long term—enjoying tremendous success as a result, especially since our IPO in 2004.  Sergey and I hoped, though we did not expect …
 
 
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
In Cash Push, 2 Campaigns Likely to Reject Public Funds
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Slate, msnbc.com and The Caucus
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cannibalize the Future  —  One general rule of modern politics …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Acts to Advance Health Law in New York
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
The real Buffett Rule: Tax cuts for corporate jets
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
South Jersey Man Gives Up His Obama Flag But Not His Opinions
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
VA Speaker And Ex-ALEC Chair Berates Woman — 'I'm Not Speaking In Little Enough Words For You To Understand'
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Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Demolishing Paul Ryan
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Robert Caro's Big Dig
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