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2:45 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.
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: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ann Romney: Controversy over Hilary Rosen remark an ‘early birthday present’
Callum Borchers / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney says ‘all moms are working moms’ but mothers on welfare ‘need to go to work’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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 …
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’
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.
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)
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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Romney's own hot-mic moment
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Campaign 2012
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.
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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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Republicans ramp up Hispanic outreach  —  The Republican National Committee announced a major expansion of its Hispanic outreach program: the addition of Hispanic outreach state directors in six battleground states.  —  “We all know the importance of reaching out to the Latino community,” …
Discussion: CNN
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
GOP's List Of Latino Candidates Echoes Challenges With Latino Community
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
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.
BuzzFeed:
Herman Cain's Rally At The Capitol Is A Bust  —  Photo from Slate's Dave Weigel shows a small crowd for “Cain's Revolution on the Hill.”
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
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 …
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 …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Hillary Clinton parties in Colombia: Photos of dancing, beer-slugging secretary of state cause stir  —  Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut loose during her trip to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, partying at a local club early Sunday morning.
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 and Weasel Zippers
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Miami-Dade Fire Captain Blames Trayvon Martin Killing On ‘S**tbag’ Parents Of ‘Urban Youths’  —  The Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department opened an investigation into a racist post on one of its captains' Facebook page.  According to The Grio, Brian Beckmann, a captain in the Miami-Dade fire department …
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 …
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.
John Avlon / CNN:
Where's the outrage over Republican's ‘communist’ claim?  —  Editor's note: John Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is co-editor of the book “Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns.”
 
 
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Ross Douthat:
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New York Post:
GOP hopeful that Police Commissioner Kelly will run for mayor
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