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9:35 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.
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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” …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Rosen apologizes over comments against Ann Romney
BuzzFeed:
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows
Discussion: The Caucus
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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Wall Street Journal:
North Korean Launch Fails  —  Pyongyang Admits Test of Rocket Collapses; U.S. Condemns ‘Provocative Action’  —  SEOUL—North Korea launched a multistage rocket Friday morning, again defying countries that want it to stop pursuing advanced weapons, but it blew up less than two minutes …
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
North Korea's rocket launch ends in failure: South Korea  —  (Reuters) - North Korea's much hyped long-range rocket launch on Friday ended in apparent failure, South Korean officials said, dealing a blow to the prestige of the reclusive and impoverished state that defied international pressure to push ahead with the plan.
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
Telegraph:   North Korea acknowledges rocket failure
Associated Press:
North Korea fires long-range rocket
Discussion: Guardian, ABCNEWS and CNN
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
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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Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Brewer signs bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks  —  Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill into law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and making numerous other changes to abortion regulations.  —  The new law will likely go into effect sometime in July, depending on when the Legislature ends its session.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Allison Yarrow / The Daily Beast:
Governor Jan Brewer Signs Arizona's Extreme New Abortion Law
Discussion: Jezebel
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 …
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.
 
 
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