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11:20 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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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  —  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.
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Mitt: Nugent is off key
Discussion: CNN and Campaign 2012
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
So ... Ted Nugent Threatened to Assassinate President Obama? [Updated: Secret Service Is On It]
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.
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.
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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: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad backs off plan to vote on budget  —  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats on Tuesday and postponed a committee vote on a 2013 budget resolution, most likely until after the November elections.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Conrad announces budget markup for Wednesday
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: CNN and Politico
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President on Increasing Oversight on Manipulation in Oil Markets  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  Lately, I've been speaking a lot about our need for an all-of-the-above strategy for American energy — a strategy that produces more oil and gas here at home …
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Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Proposal would increase oil market supervision
 
 
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Senate GOP will join legal challenge against Obama's recess appointments
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