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4:00 PM 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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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Troubled Reelection Strategy  —  Karl Rove had a spot-on column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.  He wrote, in part: … Exactly.  If I had to offer a brief summary of Obama's campaign strategy this year, it would be this:  —  Clearly, this is not an ideal strategy, for any candidate.
David Weigel / Slate:
The “War on Women” Is Over  —  The life cycle of a political talking point, from birth to adolescence to death.  —  A moment of silence, please, for a talking point that was taken too soon.  The “war on women” began its life in a February 2011 House speech about abortion.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama aides say Rosen shows president will take on friends  —  Senior Obama aides say President Obama's criticism of Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comments show he's willing to stand up to his friends, unlike Mitt Romney.  —  The argument from the aides is an effort to find a bright spot …
BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Claims Romney Would “Outlaw Abortion”  —  It's a stretch, based on a single remark in 2007, and accompanied by the false claim that Romney wants to shut down Planned Parenthood.  A silver bullet against the Republican — or Obama over-reaching to alarm female voters?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rosen cancels her appearance on NBC's ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: Politico, msnbc.com and Mediaite
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The silly season
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
The flap over Hillary Rosen's comments disparaging stay-at-home-moms …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Hilary Rosen flap a “win in every regard” for GOP, says Nicolle Wallace
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Slate and Gawker
Jay Carney / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama and Vice President Biden's 2011 Tax Returns  —  Today, the President released his 2011 federal income and gift tax returns.  He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $789,674.  About half of the first family's income …
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Brendan Smialowski / ABCNEWS:
President Obama's Secretary Paid Higher Tax Rate Than He Did  —  President Obama today released his 2011 federal income tax, with he and his wife reporting an adjusted gross income of $789,674.  The Obamas paid $162,074 in total tax - an effective federal income tax rate of 20.5%.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?
CNN:
TRENDING: Tax fight gets personal as Obama and Biden returns released
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.
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CBS News:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Race into home fire was a “come to Jesus moment”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it his “come to Jesus moment” when he ran into a burning building to save a neighbor's life.  —  Booker arrived home last night to discover …
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, his government's failure to put a satellite into orbit on Friday was a $1 billion humiliation.  —  Mr. Kim wanted to mark his ascension to top political power …
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Reuters:
Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test
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.”
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Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Roger Ailes: Soledad O'Brien Was ‘Named After A Prison’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Roger Ailes, Soledad O'Brien, Roger Ailes Soledad o'Brien, Soledad o'Brien Roger Ailes, Media News  —  Roger Ailes made a jaw-dropping comment about CNN's Soledad O'Brien during a college lecture on Thursday night.
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter and Hullabaloo
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama order coordinates federal oversight of ‘fracking,’ gas development  —  President Obama signed an executive order Friday establishing a high-level task force charged with coordinating federal oversight of domestic natural gas development.  —  The task force is charged with ensuring …
Discussion: Politico
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The White House:
Executive Order — Supporting Safe and Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas Resources
Discussion: White House.gov Blog and Green
Howard Berkes / NPR:
GOP-On-GOP Attacks Leave Orrin Hatch Fighting Mad  —  Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has spent 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including stints as chairman of the Judiciary and Labor committees.  He's in line to become chairman of the Finance Committee if Republicans gain control of the Senate in November.
Associated Press:
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin chased by 4 bears in backyard  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he was chased and nearly caught by four bears that were raiding his birdfeeders.  —  Shumlin says he was in bed in his rented Montpelier home late Wednesday night when he heard …
James E. McWilliams / New York Times:
The Myth of Sustainable Meat  —  THE industrial production of animal products is nasty business.  From mad cow, E. coli and salmonella to soil erosion, manure runoff and pink slime, factory farming is the epitome of a broken food system.  —  There have been various responses to these horrors …
Dave Schuler / The Glittering Eye:
Does it really matter who is elected to the presidency in November?  —  Regardless of who is elected the U. S. will continue to be interventionist in its foreign policy.  —  Regardless of who is elected the “Bush tax cuts” will be sustained.  There may be some tweaking around the edges.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Ezra Klein
Tyler Cowen / The Atlantic Online:
Six Rules for Dining Out  —  How a frugal economist finds the perfect lunch  —  A BAD OR MEDIOCRE meal is more than just an unpleasant taste, it is an unnecessary negation of one of life's pleasures—a wasted chance to refine our palates, learn about the world, and share a rewarding experience.
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Establishment comes to Lugar's aid
Sadolphsen / The Maine Wire:
“Moderate Caucus” chair urges Cheney's execution
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Once Taboo, Germans' Anti-Israel Whispers Grow Louder
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Large study shows little difference between human and robot essay graders
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Florida Dems release ‘Sh** Allen West Says’ video after ‘communist’ remarks
CBS Miami:
Exclusive: Rubio Weighs In On Contraceptive Controversy
Discussion: ABCNEWS, GOP 12, msnbc.com and Discourse.net
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Rep. Matheson has a tough fight ahead in bid for re-election
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Stand Your Ground and Self Defense
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cannibalize the Future  —  One general rule of modern politics …
Discussion: The Mahablog
 

 
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