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11:50 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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Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
The flap over Hillary Rosen's comments disparaging stay-at-home-moms like Ann Romney has gotten a lot of play.  I've been on the record (okay, on Twitter) mocking the feigned Republican outrage.  Something about it just didn't sit well with me.  —  This, of course, puts me at odds with the Republican …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Battle of All Mothers  —  Hilary Rosen and the misogynistic foundation of contemporary feminism.  —  In a February article about the unwieldily named Democratic National Committee chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, The Wall Street Journal noted that “Obama advisers have occasionally told …
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 …
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Does the 2012 Presidential Election Matter?  —  Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.  You can follow him on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/matthewstoller  —  If you picked up a newspaper in DC this week, it would have been hard to avoid noticing that a bizarre …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Hilary Rosen flap a “win in every regard” for GOP, says Nicolle Wallace
Discussion: Slate, Gawker and The Gateway Pundit
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
NOW Prez: Ann Romney Lacks ‘Life Experience’ And ‘Imagination’
ABCNEWS:
Obama Rejects Rosen's Comments on Ann Romney
BuzzFeed:
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney fundraising appeal off Rosengate in 3, 2, 1...
Discussion: alicublog and Althouse
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, 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
Discussion: FP Passport and New York Magazine
Telegraph:   North Korea acknowledges rocket failure
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
North Korea's rocket launch ends in failure: South Korea
Associated Press:
North Korea fires long-range rocket
Discussion: Guardian, ABCNEWS and CNN
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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New York Times:
Obamas and Bidens to Release Tax Returns  —  WASHINGTON — Punctuating a week of political assaults on Mitt Romney over taxes, President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. plan to release their own income tax returns on Friday, along with a statement calling on Mr. Romney to do the same …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Daily Kos and Economist
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Troubled Reelection Strategy
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.”
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.”
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
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cannibalize the Future  —  One general rule of modern politics is that the people who talk most about future generations — who go around solemnly declaring that we're burdening our children with debt — are, in practice, the people most eager to sacrifice our future for short-term political gain.
Discussion: The Mahablog
 
 
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Stand Your Ground and Self Defense
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