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11:35 PM ET, April 14, 2012

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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.
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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.
New York Times:
Secret Service Agents Accused of Misconduct
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.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Alberto Gonzales / CNN:
Former AG Gonzales: Rubio not a wise VP pick
Discussion: Univision News Tumblr
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama pledges to pursue immigration reform in second term
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
GOP strategists: Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuno is a sleeper vice presidential pick  —  Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno (R) is a sleeper pick for the No. 2 spot on the 2012 presidential ticket, according to GOP strategists.  —  Republican front-runner Mitt Romney has kept his cards close to his chest …
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Associated Press:
Obama 2008 Gains Key to Presidential Battleground
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Linda Hirshman / Washington Post:
Hilary Rosen was right: Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.  —  Beltway pundit Hilary Rosen committed a mortal sin of American politics: She spoke the truth with a microphone on.  —  “What you have,” she told Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, “is Mitt Romney running around the country saying …
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Phil Gast / CNN:
Storm hits Iowa hospital; tornadoes roll across Plains  —  (CNN) — A possible tornado struck a hospital Saturday evening in Creston, Iowa, according to a dispatcher with the Union County Sheriff's Department.  A search-and-rescue operation was under way.  —  “We have been hit.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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 …
Daily Mail:
Democrat staffer ‘paid to keep quiet after being sexually harassed by party official’  —  A former North Carolina Democratic Party staffer was reportedly sexually harassed by a party official but agreed to keep it quiet after a payoff.  —  The unidentified worker - whose name …
Los Angeles Times:
At Latin America summit, Obama to face push for drug legalization  —  Latin American leaders at the Summit of the Americas, in their attempt to curb regional drug violence, are expected to call for legalizing marijuana and other drugs, a move Obama opposes.  —  An indigenous Bolivian woman …
Sara Mead / Washington Monthly:
The Real War on Moms Has a Mortality Rate  —  Despite what Dave Weigel says, the fates seem determined to drag the Ann Romney/Hilary Rosen/war on women/war on moms debate into the weekend, so I guess I might as well, too.  One response to the War on Moms claims—well-made by Salon's Irin Carmon here …
Discussion: The Mahablog
 
 
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Analysis: Obama's “green jobs” have been slow to sprout
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Obama puts bully in bully pulpit
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
‘Like watching a temper tantrum by a 2-year-old’
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Sheila Bair / Washington Post:
Fix income inequality with $10 million loans for everyone!