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6:15 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.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
So ... Ted Nugent Threatened to Assassinate President Obama?  [Updated: Secret Service Is On It]  —  We're not sure how else to take this remark from the nutjob guitarist and Romney-endorser: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
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
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Rep. Pete King: GOP voters in his district not excited about Romney
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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
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
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.
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
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Secret Service Bragged About Protecting Obama While Partying At Colombian Brothel  —  ABC News' Reena Ninan, Christine Romo and Mary Bruce Report:  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — ABC News has learned exclusively that the Secret Service officials accused of misconduct in Colombia revealed …
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Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Ex-agent Senate candidate expresses ‘disgust, embarrassment’ at Secret Service scandal
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Christie Would Listen if Romney Asks Him to Be Running Mate  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said today he's “not looking to become vice president,” but left the door open to a conversation about being Mitt Romney's running mate if the presumptive GOP nominee comes calling.
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.
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 …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bob Beckel Screams ‘F**k’ Live On Hannity, Refuses To Believe He Was On Air  —  Bob Beckel didn't realize when the commercial break ended during tonight's final segment of Hannity, caught in a heated off-camera argument with fellow panelist Jennifer Stefano.
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 …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Minimum Wage Lower Than in LBJ Era Needs A Raise  —  Here's an unhappy observation about the minimum wage: Congress last increased the rate in stages in 2006, topping it out at $7.25 an hour in 2009, or $15,080 a year.  —  That amount, when adjusted for inflation …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP will join legal challenge against Obama's recess appointments  —  Senate Republicans will join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Obama's recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
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.
NPR:
Full Transcript: Michelle Obama Speaks To NPR  —  NPR's Michel Martin spoke with first lady Michelle Obama from the White House on Monday.  The full transcript of that interview is below.  Read the edited version of the interview.  —  MICHEL MARTIN: Mrs. Obama, thank you so much for joining us.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Gaffes Are His Own  —  Yesterday Barack Obama addressed the Summit of the Americas in Colombia and spoke about the conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falklands.  Obama seemed to tilt toward Argentina by calling the islands the “Malvinas” rather than the Falklands …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House panel to save $43.9 billion on health law subsidies  —  The tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee will mark up legislation on Wednesday that saves $43.9 billion over a decade by requiring people to pay back any excess insurance subsidies they receive under President Obama's healthcare reform law, the panel announced Tuesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
CHARTS: How Unequal Pay Is Even More Unequal For Some Women  —  Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that women completed the extra 3.5 months of work they needed in order to make an equal amount to what men earned in 2011.  And while it is fairly common knowledge that women make 77 cents …
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
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors  —  (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager.
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 …
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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 …
The Catholic Post:
Full text of Bishop Jenky's homily at men's march and Mass  —  A podcast audio version of the homily is available at  —  The Bishop's Podcasts.  —  For a story on the annual march and Mass click here.  —  For several photos from the event, visit The Catholic Post's site on Facebook.
 
 
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Catholic bishops criticize Ryan budget cuts to food stamps
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