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10:30 AM ET, April 15, 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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Instapundit and Hot Air
New York Times:
Secret Service Agents Accused of Misconduct
Alberto Gonzales / CNN:
Former AG Gonzales: Rubio not a wise VP pick  —  Boston (CNN) - Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would not be a wise pick for number two on the GOP ticket this year, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told CNN Saturday.  —  Rubio is not ready to be president, Gonzales said, and the vice president “must be ready on day one.”
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama pledges to pursue immigration reform in second term
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Fiona Macrae / Daily Mail:
Do girls only want a career because they can't attract a man?  Provocative study casts high fliers in a new light  —  Forget ambition, financial security and that first-class degree.  —  A controversial study has concluded that the real reason women pursue careers is because they fear they are too unattractive to get married.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
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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