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8:25 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: CNN and 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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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.
Brian Tashman / rightwingwatch.org:
Tony Perkins blames Secret Service Prostitution Scandal on the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell  —  Yesterday Janet Mefferd hosted Family Research Council president Tony Perkins where they spent most of the time lamenting the inevitable nomination of Mitt Romney, as Mefferd was troubled by Romney's past …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
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Citigroup Shareholders Reject Executive Pay Plan
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
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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