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2:33 AM ET, April 18, 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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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: Mediaite and Politico
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
The Secret Service Says They Are Investigating Ted Nugent's Threatening Remarks Toward Obama
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Mitt: Nugent is off key
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Hey, if we're going to talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago, let's talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago.  —  Can you name the author of this quote? … Give up?  That's Barack Obama, writing about his childhood with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro …
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Michelle Obama: ‘This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light’  —  First lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail in Nashville on Tuesday and told a packed crowd in a downtown office building that the campaign has an “amazing story to tell.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Power Line
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 …
Andy Baio / Wired:
Memeorandum Colors 2012: Visualizing Bias on Political Blogs  —  I don't watch sports, but every four years, I lose myself in the horse race of the U.S. presidential elections.  That competition kicked off in earnest Monday, as Gallup started its daily tracking polls for the general election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
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
New York Times:
Embarrassed by Bad Laws
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
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Catholic Bishop Claims Obama Is ‘Following a Similar Path’ To Hitler  —  In a mass proceeding a Catholic men's march this weekend, Bishop Daniel Jenky delivered a homily that appears better suited to an episode of the Glenn Beck Show than to a celebration of religious faith.
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 …
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Kobach Contradicts Romney Campaign, Says He Regularly Advises Senior Staff On Immigration Policy
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
One for the Country  —  I had to catch a train in Washington last week.  The paved street in the traffic circle around Union Station was in such poor condition that I felt as though I was on a roller coaster.  I traveled on the Amtrak Acela, our sorry excuse for a fast train …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Inquiry points to wider Secret Service scandal involving as many as 21 women  —  Investigators believe that as many as 21 women were brought by U.S. Secret Service and military personnel to the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, last week during a night of carousing, a dramatic increase …
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Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Ex-agent Senate candidate expresses ‘disgust, embarrassment’ at Secret Service scandal
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Obama easily beating Romney among U.S. women: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - American women favor Barack Obama by a 14-point margin over Mitt Romney, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday, despite the recent partisan “Mommy Wars” flap over the role of women in society.
 
 
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Mosi Secret / New York Times:
Lawyers Find Obstacles to the Disabled, Then Find Plaintiffs
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Panetta said he regretted cost to taxpayers for trips home to California
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Mitt Romney's 2012 fundraising goal: $800 million
Pete Donohue / NY Daily News:
Brooklyn state Sen. Eric Adams wants transit workers to be armed with Tasers
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
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A Wisconsin Vindication  —  Property tax bills fall …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Daily Kos
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
With Voters Focused on Economy, Obama Lead Narrows
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Catholic bishops criticize Ryan budget cuts to food stamps
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