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12:45 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” …
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.
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: ThinkProgress, Slate and Gawker
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rosen cancels her appearance on NBC's ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama aides say Rosen shows president will take on friends
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
Matt Stoller / naked capitalism:
Does the 2012 Presidential Election Matter?
David Weigel / Slate:
The “War on Women” Is Over  —  The life cycle of a political …
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.
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.
Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test
Discussion: FP Passport and New York Magazine
Jay Carney / White 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 …
New York Times:
Obamas and Bidens to Release Tax Returns
Discussion:, Economist and Daily Kos
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:   Top Earners Can Find Ways Around Buffett Rule
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 …
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Al Sharpton Equates Trayvon Martin Case With Jesus' Crucifixion  —  ( - “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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: 56% Say Obama Tried to Intimidate Court on Health Care  —  A majority of American voters think President Obama's recent comments about the Supreme Court were an attempt to intimidate the justices as they decide the constitutionality of one his biggest accomplishments — the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
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.”
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.”
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?
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Brewer signs bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Christie Willing to ‘Listen’ to Romney VP Offer
Discussion:, ABCNEWS and Blue Jersey
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Florida Romney surrogates hit Obama on trade
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Trayvon Martin shooting spurs protests against companies with ties to legislative group
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Stand Your Ground and Self Defense
Discussion: Althouse
Newt Gingrich rents donor list to raise cash
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cannibalize the Future  —  One general rule of modern politics …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Mark Tapscott / Campaign 2012:
What's Color of Change hiding about itself?
Discussion: ALEC
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
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