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2:10 PM ET, April 15, 2012

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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 …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Bill Maher: Ann Romney Has “Never Gotten Her A** Out of the House to Work”  —  The conservative outrage machine is going to churn on all cylinders over this one, I think — and rightly so.  Not necessarily because Maher said something unusually contemptible here, but for reasons we'll discuss in a moment.
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.”
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ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Timothy Geithner  —  STEPHANOPOULOS (voice-over): Good morning, and welcome to “This Week.”  —  And they're off.  The general election begins, and so do the wars over women.  —  ROSEN: His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.
Discussion: American Spectator
ABCNEWS:
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner: 'We Can't Tell Yet' If Growth Has Stalled
Discussion: Hot Air
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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NY Daily News:
Secret Service agents busted because they refused to pay hooker: source
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.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Former Dem. Congressman Kennedy Alleges ‘Quid Pro Quo’ for Access to White House
Maha / The Mahablog:
The Republican War Against Women  —  The Wall Street Journal wants us to know that Republicans can win the War Against Women.  Seriously.  I like this headline so much I screen captured it before some dweeb at WSJ wakes up and realizes what it says -  —  Anyway, WSJ thinks Romney …
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Wall Street Journal:
Winning the War Against Women
Discussion: Althouse and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Sara Mead / Washington Monthly:
The Real War on Moms Has a Mortality Rate
Discussion: The Mahablog and Feministe
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Adviser Ed Gillespie Struggles To Defend Campaign's Major Economic Claim  —  Mitt Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie struggled to defend his campaign's central piece of evidence supporting its claim that President Obama is waging a war on women today.
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Gillespie says he's not running Romney's vice president search
Discussion: CNN
Fox News:
Cheney calls Obama ‘unmitigated disaster’ in post-surgery speech  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Wyoming Republican state convention at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyo.  —  Dick Cheney, just weeks after undergoing heart transplant surgery …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Jim Salter / Associated Press:
NRA official: Media sensationalizing Martin case
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