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12:40 PM ET, April 14, 2012

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U.S. Secret Service agents recalled from Colombia  —  The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama's trip to a summit that began there Friday.  —  Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman …
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Dan Lothian / CNN:
Secret Service agents relieved of duty in Colombia amid alleged misconduct  —  Cartagena, Colombia (CNN) — Secret Service agents sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama were relieved of duty and returned home amid allegations of misconduct, a spokesman said.
Discussion: Gawker
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Isn't It Romantic?  —  Feminism's latest triumph: Boys are afraid of girls.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: Catch us on Fox Business's “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”  The program starts at 7 p.m. ET, with a repeat showing at 10, and our panel will appear in the latter half-hour.)
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Hilary Rosen on ‘Meet the Press’?  Seriously.  —  It is almost inexplicable to political insiders and likely infuriating to Democrats, but Hilary Rosen, who has done more to solidify the GOP base and chase the Democrats off the “war on women” hooey" than any single person, will be on “Meet the Press” this Sunday.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama puts bully in bully pulpit  —  President Obama in recent days has provided a taste of the sharp tone he will use in the general election against Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.  —  Obama has emerged this year with sharper elbows than the “no-drama” candidate had in 2008.
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama: Buffett Rule will boost ‘growth’  —  President Obama used his weekly address to continue pressuring lawmakers to pass his “Buffett Rule” proposal, saying the measure would make the tax code more fair and help fund needed investments to grow the economy.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Virginia Foxx On People With Student Loans: ‘I Have Very Little Tolerance’ For Them  —  Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) took on a unique enemy during a radio interview yesterday: people with student loans.  —  Though many politicians sympathize with those who are saddled with exorbitant student debt …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
‘Like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old’  —  Candidates seeking high office, especially those who are novices unfamiliar with the basics of American government, often perceive political careers as glamorous.  After the election, however, these candidates confront a cold reality …
Discussion: Wonkette and Hullabaloo
Bookworm Room:
The real threat that the Ann Romneys of the world represent to the statist Left  —  I've been thinking (and if those aren't ominous words, I don't know what are).  I've been thinking about the Left's attack on stay-at-home Mom's, an attack that Hilary Rosen started, and that others have continued.
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Report: Start of nuclear negotiations with Iran ‘constructive,’ diplomats say  —  Nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers were making some progress Saturday morning as talks got underway, according to reports citing diplomats in attendance.  —  An unnamed diplomat in Istanbul told …
Sheila Bair / Washington Post:
Fix income inequality with $10 million loans for everyone!  —  Are you concerned about growing income inequality in America?  Are you resentful of all that wealth concentrated in the 1 percent?  I've got the perfect solution, a modest proposal that involves just a small adjustment in the Federal Reserve's easy monetary policy.
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
'BROTHER AIN'T SHOOTING NO BLANKS': FARRAKHAN TELLS BLACKS — BREEDING WITH WHITES IS THE ‘END OF YOUR RACE’  —  Louis Farrakhan, The Nation of Islam's infamous leader, is known for issuing some bizarre commentary on a variety of social and political issues.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John R. Lott Jr / National Review:
Where's the ‘Probable Cause’?  —  The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct.  The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the “affidavit of probable cause” is startlingly weak.  As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission …
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 …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
HARVARD LAWPROF EINER ELHAUGE EMAILS A LINK TO HIS PIECE IN THE NEW REPUBLIC: If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?  But I don't find it as convincing has he does.  He cites two “mandates” — the Militia Act of 1792 and a requirement that ship owners insure their seamen's health.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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 …
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Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Nazi Party gets a Washington lobbyist
Discussion: msnbc.com and Business Insider
 
 
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Trayvon Martin shooting: Shame on the NRA and its newest poster child, George Zimmerman
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