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8:15 PM ET, April 17, 2012

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CNN:
TRENDING: Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November  —  (CNN) - Rocker Ted Nugent did little to quell his reputation as a conservative firebrand through comments at the National Rifle Association convention when he took aim (pun intended) at high profile members of the Barack Obama administration …
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
The Secret Service Says They Are Investigating Ted Nugent's Threatening Remarks Toward Obama  —  Ted Nugent's threatening remarks about President Obama at the annual National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis have earned him a follow-up conversation with the Secret Service.
CNN:
Romney cites ‘vast left wing conspiracy’  —  (CNN) - Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a “vast left wing conspiracy” brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign.
Discussion: Politico
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Mitt: Nugent is off key
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Nugent Tells NRA Audience to Cut Democrats' Heads Off, Slams Supreme Court (Video)
Discussion: Speakeasy, Daily Kos and Guardian
Redaktionen / Fria Tider:
Shocking photos show Swedish Minister of Culture celebrating with “n*g*er cake”  —  Photos from the party at World Art Day have already been released on Facebook and are now going viral in social media.  —  The shocking photos show several established left-wing members of the Stockholm …
Discussion: Public Secrets
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The Local:
Minister in ‘racist circumcision outrage’  —  Double click on a word to get a translation  —  Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth's participation in a “racist spectacle” in which she carved up a cake depicting a naked black woman has sparked outrage and prompted calls for the minister's dismissal.
ALEC:
ALEC Sharpens Focus on Jobs, Free Markets and Growth — Announces the End of the Task Force that Dealt with Non-Economic Issues  —  ALEC Sharpens Focus on Jobs, Free Markets and Growth — Announces the End of the Task Force that Dealt with Non-Economic Issues
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
PROGRESSIVE VICTORY: ALEC Ends Its Guns And Voter Suppression Task Force
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Chelsea Clinton, TV's Dork Diva, Struggles At NBC  —  Hillary and Bill have worked their way back into our hearts, and now it's Chelsea's turn.  The only problem: she's “terrible” on television, as network executives privately admit.  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up big, Clinton and Christie have early 2016 leads  —  PPP's newest- and perhaps final- poll on the national GOP race finds Mitt Romney running away with 54% of the Republican vote to 24% for Newt Gingrich and 14% for Ron Paul.  Those numbers don't suggest Gingrich will have much of an ability …
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Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Christie Would Listen if Romney Asks Him to Be Running Mate
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Taliban commander turns self in... for reward on ‘Wanted’ poster  —  Sometimes, capturing a Taliban commander requires vast resources and complex operations.  Last week in eastern Afghanistan, it hinged on an insurgent's “improbable stupidity,” as one U.S. official put it.
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Ex-agent Senate candidate expresses ‘disgust, embarrassment’ at Secret Service scandal  —  Former Secret Service agent and current Republican candidate for Maryland's Senate seat Daniel Bongino expressed disgust at the scandal set off by Secret Service agents in Colombia over the weekend …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Washington Post:
Secret Service, military personnel brought as many as 21 prostitutes to Colombia hotel, investigators say
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Catholic bishops criticize Ryan budget cuts to food stamps  —  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is criticizing the House-passed Republican budget for cutting food stamps and other assistance programs for the poor.  —  In a letter to the House Agriculture Committee …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Conrad announces budget markup for Wednesday  —  The Senate Budget Committee on Monday moved to take up a budget for fiscal 2013, renewing pressure from Republicans to bring the resolution up for a floor vote.  —  The budget panel announced it would hold a markup of the budget on Wednesday …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad backs off plan to vote on budget
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Atrios / Eschaton:
THE ONE TRUE WANKER OF THE DECADE  —  Tom Friedman.  —  Tom Friedman, artist's conception.  —  Friedman possesses all of the qualities that make a pundit truly wankerific.  He fetishizes a false “centrism” which is basically whatever Tom Friedman likes, imagining the Friedman agenda …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama doing well in Florida  —  Barack Obama starts the general election with a 5 point advantage over Mitt Romney in Florida, 50-45.  This is the biggest lead Obama's had in Florida over the course of five polls PPP's done in the state since the beginning of 2011.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama: ‘This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light’  —  Michelle Obama made a remarkable claim when talking up her husband, President Barack Obama, at a campaign event earlier today in Nashville, Tennessee.  —  “I am so in,” Michelle Obama said toward the end of her remarks.
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Edwards' ‘cut’ rate  —  NOW (left): John Edwards gets his hair done at Supercuts.  THEN (right): The VP rocked designer coifs in 2004.  —  CHAPEL HILL, NC — Oh, how the mighty 'do has fallen!  —  Disgraced former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, reviled for his costy coifs …
Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
War On Women Wisconsin Edition: Slut Shaming Is Okay When Feminists Do It  —  Governor Scott Walker's campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews finds herself on the receiving end of misogyny by feminists and leftist press.  —  Her crime?  She waited tables at Hooters while going to college.
Mohammad Hamid / Reuters:
Afghan schoolgirls poisoned in anti-education attack  —  (Reuters) - About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country's north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Kobach is not Mitt Romney's immigration adviser?  —  Como se dice “Etch a Sketch” en espanol?  —  Over the weekend, I noticed that Kris Kobach, Mitt Romney's unpaid immigration adviser — and the inspiration for Romney's “voluntary deportation” strategy - wasn't included …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Is it open season on Mormonism?  —  The BuzzFeed piece is misleadingly titled,"Why Ann stayed home."  In fact the reporter, McKay Coppins (who has identified himself as a Mormon), reveals nothing about her motivations.  That, rather, appears to be the “hook” for a discourse asserting …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Who Wants Taxes To Be More Complicated?  —  An unholy alliance of tax prep firms and conservative activists, that's who.  —  Tax specialist at H&R Block  —  Nobody likes taxes.  People like money, and taxes are all about having less money.  Even worse, when you give up money to a car dealer …
Discussion: The Barrometer and Blue Virginia
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP will join legal challenge against Obama's recess appointments
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House panel to save $43.9 billion on health law subsidies
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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With Voters Focused on Economy, Obama Lead Narrows
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