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8:30 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.
Discussion: Townhall.com, ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Politico
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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  —  (CNN) - Hilary Rosen offered an apology Thursday after her comments about Ann Romney sparked an uproar and a debate over women and the economy.  —  “I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen …
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” …
Discussion: Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows
Discussion: The Caucus
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Hilary Rosen Apologizes For Attacking Ann Romney As a Stay-At-Home Mom
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
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
Associated Press:
North Korea fires long-range rocket  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea fired a long-range rocket early Friday, South Korean and U.S. officials said, defying international warnings against moving forward with a launch widely seen as a provocation.  —  Space officials had announced …
Discussion: Guardian, ABCNEWS and CNN
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Wall Street Journal:
North Korean Launch Fails
Discussion: New York Times, The BLT, CNN and TVNewser
Tim Schwarz / CNN:
North Korea rocket appears to have broken up
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 …
Discussion: Jezebel
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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.
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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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 …
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
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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
VA Speaker And Ex-ALEC Chair Berates Woman — 'I'm Not Speaking In Little Enough Words For You To Understand'  —  Virginia House Speaker William Howell (R)  —  ProgressVA recently released a report on the legislative influence of the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Washington Post
 
 
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