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12:55 PM ET, April 16, 2012

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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.
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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.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Romney secrecy  —  COMING ATTRACTIONS - David Axelrod tells us the Obama campaign will make a major umbrella issue of what he calls “Romney's penchant for secrecy”: “George Bush felt it was appropriate to release the names of his bundlers.  John McCain did.  But not Mitt Romney.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Romney Sells Inauguration Access, Nine Months Early  —  A cool $50,000 reserves your seat at the “presidential inaugural retreat.”  Now all Mitt has to do is get elected!  —  Romney greeted supporters during a phone bank fundraiser last May in Las Vegas.  —  (AP / Julie Jacobson)
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ann Romney: Controversy over Hilary Rosen remark an ‘early birthday present’  —  Ann Romney, the wife of GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, told supporters at a private fundraising event on Sunday that last week's Hilary Rosen controversy was an “early birthday present.”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Mahablog
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Romney's own hot-mic moment  —  Romney's own hot-mic moment... At Florida fundraiser (overheard by NBC's Garrett Haake), Romney singles out HUD for possible elimination and says he wants to cut the Education Dept... He and his wife also were giddy about the Hilary Rosen flap …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Campaign 2012
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney says ‘all moms are working moms’ but mothers on welfare ‘need to go to work’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: Secret Service misconduct allegations reveal ‘pattern of behavior’  —  “We clearly have lost confidence and we need to get that confidence back,” said Issa of the allegations.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Monday that the recent scandal involving Secret Service agents …
Discussion: Hot Air and nation.foxnews.com
Tim Mak / Politico:   Darrell Issa: Possibly ‘billions’ in GSA waste
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 …
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.
Telegraph:
British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘offering £10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush’  —  A controversial British peer has been suspended from the Labour Party amid reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush.
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Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
Spain has accepted mission impossible  —  Are the markets panicking because Spain may fail to hit its deficit targets, or are they panicking at the thought that Spain may succeed?  That, to me at least, is the key question facing eurozone policy makers.  The ultimate outcome of the eurozone crisis …
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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.
Greg Tepper / The Times of Israel:
Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near  —  'IAF expects losses, and knows it can't destroy entire Iranian program'  —  major Israel TV station on Sunday night broadcast a detailed report on how Israel will go about attacking Iran's nuclear facilities …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks with reporters.  A Senate report review found that his chamber in 2011 was among the least productive in 20 years.  (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)  —  For those who need proof …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse and The PJ Tatler
FlyDubai:
Saudi Arabia bans ‘gays, tom-boys’ from schools  —  Saudi Arabia has decided to bar gays and tom boys from its government schools and universities within a crackdown against the spread of this phenomenon in the conservative Moslem Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper said on Monday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama-DNC raise $53 million in March  —  The president's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee took in a combined $53 million in March through their various fundraising accounts, the Obama camp announced in a video Monday.  —  There were 190,000 first-time donors …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
 
 
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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