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12:10 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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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Hilary Rosen flap a “win in every regard” for GOP, says Nicolle Wallace  —  Until Thursday, it had been a pretty good week for the Obama campaign.  —  In the newly-declared battle to frame the general election, the president seemed to be winning.  His “Buffett Rule” proposal …
Discussion: Slate, Gawker and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
NOW Prez: Ann Romney Lacks ‘Life Experience’ And ‘Imagination’
BuzzFeed:
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows
Discussion: Althouse and americanthinker.com
ABCNEWS:
Obama Rejects Rosen's Comments on Ann Romney
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  —  (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
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
North Korea's rocket launch ends in failure: South Korea
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
Discussion: msnbc.com, Daily Kos and Economist
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Troubled Reelection Strategy
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Al Sharpton Equates Trayvon Martin Case With Jesus' Crucifixion  —  (CNSNews.com) - “Inequities” in the criminal justice system go back to the time of Jesus, and protests stemming from the Trayvon Martin case - some of them led by the Rev. Al Sharpton — were intended to right some of those wrongs, Sharpton said.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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.”
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
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.
 
 
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Christie Willing to ‘Listen’ to Romney VP Offer
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Florida Romney surrogates hit Obama on trade
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Trayvon Martin shooting spurs protests against companies with ties to legislative group
James E. McWilliams / New York Times:
The Myth of Sustainable Meat
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Stand Your Ground and Self Defense
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
In Cash Push, 2 Campaigns Likely to Reject Public Funds
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cannibalize the Future  —  One general rule of modern politics …
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Mark Tapscott / Campaign 2012:
What's Color of Change hiding about itself?
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House GOP hopes to revive Keystone fight with tie to highway bill extension
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