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8:25 PM ET, April 13, 2012

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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.
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David Weigel / Slate:
The “War on Women” Is Over  —  The life cycle of a political talking point, from birth to adolescence to death.  —  A moment of silence, please, for a talking point that was taken too soon.  The “war on women” began its life in a February 2011 House speech about abortion.
Erika Johnsen / Townhall.com:
Pelosi: Thanks to Romney, “I Feel Better” about Retaking the House
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Favor “Buffett Rule” by 60% to 37%  —  Majorities of Democrats, independents in favor; Republicans opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Six in 10 Americans favor Congress' passing the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would mandate a minimum 30% tax rate for Americans with a household income of $1 million or more per year.
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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 …
Brendan Smialowski / ABCNEWS:
President Obama's Secretary Paid Higher Tax Rate Than He Did  —  President Obama today released his 2011 federal income tax, with he and his wife reporting an adjusted gross income of $789,674.  The Obamas paid $162,074 in total tax - an effective federal income tax rate of 20.5%.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?
NationalJournal.com:
Obama Releases Taxes, Does Not Qualify for Buffett Rule
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“I Despise These People”  —  Some of you may recall that two years ago Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah was unceremoniously dumped at a state GOP convention, not even qualifying for his party's primary.  This was in many respects the high point of Tea Party Fever in 2010 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Howard Berkes / NPR:
GOP-On-GOP Attacks Leave Orrin Hatch Fighting Mad  —  Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has spent 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including stints as chairman of the Judiciary and Labor committees.  He's in line to become chairman of the Finance Committee if Republicans gain control of the Senate in November.
Hilary Rosen / msnbc.com:
Statement from Hilary Rosen  —  Below is a statement from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen explaining her decision to cancel her scheduled appearance on Meet the Press this Sunday:  —  “I thank David and the folks at MTP for offering me the chance to participate in the Roundtable.
Discussion: Lynn Sweet, Mediaite and Campaign 2012
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Hilary Rosen on ‘Meet the Press’? Seriously.
Discussion: Hot Air
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rosen cancels her appearance on NBC's ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
The New Republic:
If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?  —  In making the legal case against Obamacare's individual mandate, challengers have argued that the framers of our Constitution would certainly have found such a measure to be unconstitutional.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
HARVARD LAWPROF EINER ELHAUGE EMAILS A LINK TO HIS PIECE …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ted Strickland / Politico:
Romney no straight shooter on NRA  —  When it comes to gun rights, Mitt Romney is anything but a straight shooter.  And when the presumptive Republican nominee speaks to the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, he's going to have a tough time explaining …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney And The NRA: A ‘Diss’ Before Courtship
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Roger Ailes: Soledad O'Brien Was ‘Named After A Prison’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Roger Ailes, Soledad O'Brien, Roger Ailes Soledad o'Brien, Soledad o'Brien Roger Ailes, Media News  —  Roger Ailes made a jaw-dropping comment about CNN's Soledad O'Brien during a college lecture on Thursday night.
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Melody Guyton Butts / Durham Herald-Sun:
Ailes lectures young journalists
Thomas Cloud / CNSNews:
Shovel Ready in San Fran: $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project  —  (CNSNews.com) — The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded …
Robert Schlesinger / US News:
Nazis Get Their Own Lobbyist  —  So Rep. Allen West thinks the Democratic Party is full of communists?  Wait until he gets a load of the new Nazi lobbyist.  No, seriously.  —  On Tuesday, the same day that West was fantasizing about 80 members of Congress being card-carrying members …
Tyler Cowen / The Atlantic Online:
Six Rules for Dining Out  —  How a frugal economist finds the perfect lunch  —  A BAD OR MEDIOCRE meal is more than just an unpleasant taste, it is an unnecessary negation of one of life's pleasures—a wasted chance to refine our palates, learn about the world, and share a rewarding experience.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Catholic group criticizes Paul Ryan  —  Nearly 60 progressive Catholic leaders released a statement Friday condemning Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's assertion that his budget proposal was shaped by his Catholic faith.  —  “When a high-profile Catholic congressman is mangling church teachings …
BuzzFeed:
Rick Santorum Signed Up 3-Year-Old Daughter For A Lifetime NRA Membership  —  The former candidate speaks to the National Rifle Association convention and brags of Bella's new membership.  She is three.  —  by  —  Rosie Gray  · added an hour ago  · 22 responses
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors and Jezebel
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GSA official to take the Fifth  —  The General Services Administration official tasked with organizing a now-infamous $822,000 Las Vegas conference plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights ahead of a scheduled Monday grilling on the Hill.  —  On Thursday, House Oversight …
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
A former North Carolina Democratic Party staffer was sexually harassed by a party official, made a financial settlement with the party and signed a non-disclosure agreement to keep the incident quiet, according to emails obtained by The Daily Caller.  —  “If this hits the media, the Democratic Party …
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney files extension for 2011 tax returns
Discussion: CNN and Business Insider
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Should Iowa child support recipients prove they don't do drugs?
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP sets sights on Dodd-Frank and consumer bureau in hunt for deficit cuts
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Mystery donor gives $10 million to Crossroads GPS group to run anti-Obama ads
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Said to Transform Treasury to Prop Trading
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Associated Press:
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin chased by 4 bears in backyard
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The Myth of Sustainable Meat
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Failed North Korean Launch a Setback for Kim Jong-un