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6:45 PM ET, April 16, 2012

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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Obama in Tight Race as Gallup Daily Tracking Begins  —  Romney voters slightly more certain they will vote  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney is supported by 47% of national registered voters and Barack Obama by 45% in the inaugural Gallup Daily tracking results from April 11-15.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser  —  PALM BEACH, FL — Mitt Romney went well beyond his standard stump speech at a closed-door fundraiser on Sunday evening, and offered some of the most specific details to date about the policies he would pursue if elected.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender gap and likeability keep Obama over Romney  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll.
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Specifies Deductions He'd Cut  —  PALM BEACH, Fla.—Mitt Romney, speaking at a private fundraising event on Sunday, offered the first details of deductions he would eliminate or limit in order to offset the income tax cut he has proposed for all taxpayers.
BuzzFeed:
By Historic Standards, Obama Is In Trouble  —  Modern presidents who got re-elected were all leading in the polls at this point in their presidencies — as were some who lost anyway.  Obama is in a statistical tie with Romney in the first Gallup daily tracking poll of the general election, and that might not be enough.
ABCNEWS:
Romney Tells Obama to ‘Start Packing’ in ABC News Exclusive Interview  —  Acting very much like the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney sent a curt message to President Obama today: “Start packing.”  —  The message, delivered with a chuckle, came in an exclusive interview with “World News” …
Discussion: CNN
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Former Obama adviser Barnes: Bill Maher's comments on Ann Romney ‘problematic’  —  Former Obama adviser Melody Barnes said Sunday that talk show host Bill Maher's comments about the Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney controversy were “problematic” for the administration.
CNN:
Romney woos Red Sox Nation
Discussion: The Hill and Israel Matzav
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Romney secrecy
Joe Hagan / Texas Monthly:
Truth or Consequences  —  Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush.  It was supposed to be the legendary newsman's finest hour.  Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud …
Memet Walker / The Daily Tar Heel:
Column: GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich cuts interview short with UNC student  —  As a reporter, I'm rarely at a loss for words when it comes to interviewing almost anyone.  By now, I've heard and seen a lot.  —  But there I was Saturday, standing alone with my recorder in a quiet stupor, as my subject, Newt Gingrich, rushed away.
David Weigel / Slate:
Herman Cain Rally at the Capitol Fails Spectacularly … - Vincent Kartheiser on What It's Like To Play Mad Men's Pete Campbell - Cocaine Is Unbelievably Cheap Now.  Why?  - Guys on Girls: What a Pack of Dudes Thought of the Premiere - Girls on Girls: What a Bunch of Ladies Thought …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
In Conversation: Barney Frank  —  On the eve of his departure from Washington, the candid, caustic Massachusetts congressman talks with Jason Zengerle about Jon Stewart, Newt Gingrich, Tip O'Neill, Hillary Clinton, Fannie and Freddie ...  Think back a little bit to 1981, when you ­arrived here in Washington.
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rep. Frank says he urged Obama to back off healthcare reform
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jonathan Gilbert / Telegraph:
Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives  —  Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.  —  Barack Obama made a gaffe more associated with predecessor George W Bush
Katie Roiphe / The Daily Beast:
Spanking Goes Mainstream  —  From the steamy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to HBO's Girls, sexual domination is in vogue.  Katie Roiphe on why women's power at work may be fueling the craze.  Plus, Fifty Shades of Grey's naughtiest bits.  —  If every era gets the sadist it deserves …
Bloomberg:
Secret Service Sex Scandal Upsets Obama Trip  —  President Barack Obama came to Colombia seeking to erase an image of the U.S. in Latin America as overassertive Yankees who exploit the region at will.  He left with the stereotype reinforced.  —  The sixth Summit of the Americas …
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Ross Douthat:
The Palin Counterfactual  —  After Rick Santorum's exit from the race last week, Philip Klein and HotAir's Allahpundit considered what would have happened if Sarah Palin rather than Santorum had been Mitt Romney's right-wing foil.  I think that this point from Klein is interesting ...
ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Kicks Off VP Search  —  BOSTON - Mitt Romney today revealed for the first time that he has put longtime adviser Beth Myers in charge of his vice presidential vetting process.  —  “I have selected someone who has been a counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers.
David Nir / Daily Kos:
WI-Gov: Scott Walker takes leads, but sits right at the 50% mark  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 4/13-15.  Likely voters.  MoE: ±2.9% (2/23-26 results): … These numbers show a drop for Democrats from PPP's last survey of the race, which of course makes you ask, why?  What's changed?
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Less Than Half of Americans Consider Tax Bill Too High  —  Solid majority believe what they pay is fair, although low-income Americans are less satisfied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As tax filing day looms, Americans fall into two closely matched camps: those who believe the amount they pay …
Henry Paul Monaghan / The New Republic:
A Conservative Law Professor on the Obvious Constitutionality of Obamacare  —  The Constitution of the United States creates a national government of enumerated and therefore limited powers.  Accordingly, troubled members of the Court should be applauded for their efforts to search for the limits …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and theGrio
Healthy Lives:
Prison Time Considered for Teenagers Who Use the Morning After Pill  —  Ed note.  This post is from Healthy Lives editor Mark Leon Goldberg  —  There is terrible legislation being considered in Honduras which would send women to jail if they use the morning after pill.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Jezebel
Rasmussen Reports:
73% Think Photo ID Requirement Before Voting Does Not Discriminate  —  Despite his insistence that voter fraud is not a serious problem, Attorney General Eric Holder was embarrassed last week when a video surfaced of someone illegally obtaining a ballot to vote under Holder's name …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Two Federal Judges Suggest All Labor, Business or Wall Street Regulation Is Unconstitutional  —  Judges David Sentelle and Janice Rogers Brown  —  For more than two years, ThinkProgress has tracked “tentherism,” a radical misreading of the Constitution which claims that pretty much everything …
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Bitten By Penguin At St. Louis Zoo … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Gingrich 2012, Gingrich 2012, Elections 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Election 2012, Gingrich, Gingrich Penguin, Gingrich St. Louis Zoo, Newt Gingrich Penguin, Newt Gingrich St. Louis Zoo …
ABCNEWS:
Pics Show Embattled GSA Official Enjoying Wine, Spa Tub  —  The government official on the frontlines of the scandal involving a wasteful government conference, U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely, will invoke his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination …
Jo McKenna / Telegraph:
Showgirls ‘performed nun striptease’ for Silvio Berlusconi  —  Showgirls dressed as nuns performed a pole-dancing striptease for former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi at a ‘bunga bunga’ party at his luxury villa at Arcore, a Milan court heard on Monday.  —  Giving evidence one of the guests …
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal  —  Operation Fast and Furious is the deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history.  A scandal so big, it's worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong.  —  In the early days of the Obama Administration …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
 
 
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David Rogers / Politico:
Republicans to slash food stamps
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Swing states: Obama still has electoral advantages despite a much-changed map
New York Times:
House Republicans Would Thwart Romney Move to Center
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Hillary Clinton parties in Colombia: Photos of dancing, beer-slugging secretary of state cause stir
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