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7:50 AM ET, April 14, 2012

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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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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.
Discussion: CNN
NationalJournal.com:
Obama Releases Taxes, Does Not Qualify for Buffett Rule
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?
Washington Post:
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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air
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First Read / msnbc.com:   First Thoughts: The silly season
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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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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Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Trayvon Martin shooting: Shame on the NRA and its newest poster child, George Zimmerman  —  Another guy in America who should never have been allowed to carry a gun  —  George Zimmerman appears for a bond hearing on Thursday in Sanford, Fla.  —  Officially the National Rifle Association convention …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney And The NRA: A ‘Diss’ Before Courtship
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 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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Big Picture
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 …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’  —  Like any state legislature dealing with 8 percent unemployment and thousands of its residents facing disenfranchisement, the Tennessee Senate is targeting the menace of underage hand-holding.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney files extension for 2011 tax returns
Discussion: Business Insider and CNN
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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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
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