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11:40 AM ET, April 15, 2012

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New York Post:
Secret Service hooker flap over $47 (or just 83,475 naughty lil' pesos)  —  By GEOFF EARLE in DC and DON KAPLAN in NY  —  A Secret Service agent shamed the United States after a wild night of babes and booze that ended in an argument with a Colombian hooker over as little as $47.
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Politico:
Military ensnared in Colombia Secret Service scandal  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — Five U.S. military members have been ordered confined to quarters over possible involvement in inappropriate conduct at the same hotel here as the 11 Secret Service personnel sent home in an unfolding scandal involving local prostitutes.
NY Daily News:
Secret Service agents busted because they refused to pay hooker: source  —  Scandal was revealed Friday before President Obama arrived in Colombia for Summit of the Americas  —  President Barack Obama waves upon arrival to Cartagena, Colombia, Friday April 13, 2012.
New York Times:
Secret Service Agents Accused of Misconduct
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney: Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside Home Or Lose Benefits … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen, Romney Campaign, Ann Romney Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney Stay At Home Mom, Hilary Rosen Ann Romney …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Flashback: Poor Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside The Home Or Lose Welfare  —  In case it wasn't already clear that last week's controversy over stay at home moms was entirely manufactured, this should put the question to bed.  —  Romney and allies cried that Democrats had declared …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Winning the War Against Women  —  The marriage tax and other obstacles to economic progress.  —  The Democrats have found their kind of war.  It's the “war against women” they have conjured for the Obama Presidential campaign run.  Should be fun, but don't look for any of the combatants to speak for the realities of today's women.
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
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Maha / The Mahablog:
The Republican War Against Women
Sara Mead / Washington Monthly:
The Real War on Moms Has a Mortality Rate
Discussion: The Mahablog
CNN:
Priebus labels ‘Buffett Rule’ a ‘tiny alteration’  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday said the proposed “Buffett Rule,” backed by President Barack Obama, is a political maneuver meant to distract from his record on the economy.
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama pledges to pursue immigration reform in second term
New York Times:
White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In  —  Last May, as a battle was heating up between Internet companies and Hollywood over how to stop online piracy, a top entertainment industry lobbyist landed a meeting at the White House with one of President Obama's technology advisers.
Yusuf / Somaliland Sun:
Al-Shabaab execute al-Amriki  —  The al-Qaeda-allied group al-Shabaab executed US-born jihadist Omar Hammami on April 5th, according to unconfirmed Somali media reports.  —  Hammami, known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, said he feared for his life from other al-Shabaab leaders because of strategic …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Geithner calls Romney statements on women, economy ‘ridiculous’  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ripped presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday, calling Romney's argument that women have been disproportionately hurt during the recession “a ridiculous argument.”
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Competition Is Healthy for Governments, Too  —  SHOULD governments — of nations, states and towns — compete like business rivals?  —  The question is simpler to ask than to answer.  But it reflects why conservatives and liberals disagree on many big issues facing the nation.
AP Member Choice Complete / Associated Press:
Taliban attack Afghan capital, 3 other cities  —  The Taliban launched a series of coordinated attacks on at least seven sites across the Afghan capital on Sunday, targeting NATO headquarters, the parliament and diplomatic residences.  Militants also launched near-simultaneous assaults in three other eastern cities.
ABCNEWS:
Obama Calls Romney's Stance on Immigration ‘Very Troublesome’  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — President Obama, on a three-day trip to South America, attacked GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney's stance on immigration reform today, saying his support for Arizona's tough immigration law is “very troublesome.”
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