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9:20 AM ET, April 17, 2012

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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Obama in Tight Race as Gallup Daily Tracking Begins  —  Romney voters slightly more certain they will vote  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney is supported by 47% of national registered voters and Barack Obama by 45% in the inaugural Gallup Daily tracking results from April 11-15.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Gender gap and likeability keep Obama over Romney  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll.
CNN:
CNN/ORC poll: Most Americans say tax system favors wealthy  —  (CNN) - As procrastinators rush to file their 2011 tax returns by the Tuesday deadline, a new poll shows more than two-thirds of Americans believe the revenue system benefits the wealthy while being unfair to average workers.
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
Washington Post:
Poll: Romney rallies GOP, faces big popularity deficit for general election
CNN:
Romney woos Red Sox Nation
Discussion: The Hill and Israel Matzav
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.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin: Reuters Finds Bandages On Zimmerman, But Why Now?  —  Matt Drudge links to a Reuters story with the following “news”:  —  Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors  —  (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?  —  The pictures of Hillary Clinton dancing the night away in Colombia during the Summit of the Americas are now all over Twitter, and were first reported by ABC News: … The overwhelmingly liberal US media is treating …
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Dog Seamus ‘Loved’ Trips Atop Family Car, Says Ann Romney  —  Seamus, Mitt Romney's Irish setter who traveled with his young family strapped to the roof of their station wagon, “loved” those trips, despite once getting ill, Ann Romney told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Newt Gingrich bitten by a penguin  —  Newt Gingrich loves animals, but sometimes love hurts.  A small penguin at the St. Louis Zoo bit the former House speaker on the finger last week, the AP reports:
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Associated Press:
Feisty small penguin nips Newt Gingrich's finger during tour of St. Louis Zoo
Roseanne Barr / The Daily Beast:
Roseanne Barr on Ann and Mitt Romney and the Mommy Wars  —  Let us not be dragged back into the “working mom versus stay-at-home mom” dialogue.  By Roseanne Barr.  —  I almost got sick to my stomach when I heard Hilary Rosen's unfortunate words regarding Mrs. Mitt Romney.
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 …
Discussion: Corrente
ABCNEWS:
Sen. Tom Coburn's New Book ‘The Debt Bomb’ Warns of Economic Crisis  —  The leading Republican budget hawk in the Senate, Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK., is coming out Tuesday with a new book that provides a harsh critique of Congress and a dire warning for the future economic situation of the nation.
Discussion: The Hill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Notes on Poll-Watching, as Shift Toward General Election Season Begins  —  In a couple of weeks, we'll be starting our FiveThirtyEight forecasts for the general election.  But there's still a fair amount of work to get those ready, and we seem to be seeing an increasing number of head …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and GOP 12
Jonathan Gilbert / Telegraph:
Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives  —  Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.  —  Barack Obama made a gaffe more associated with predecessor George W Bush
Katie Roiphe / The Daily Beast:
Spanking Goes Mainstream  —  From the steamy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to HBO's Girls, sexual domination is in vogue.  Katie Roiphe on why women's power at work may be fueling the craze.  Plus, Fifty Shades of Grey's naughtiest bits.  —  If every era gets the sadist it deserves …
David Nir / Daily Kos:
WI-Gov: Scott Walker takes leads, but sits right at the 50% mark  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 4/13-15.  Likely voters.  MoE: ±2.9% (2/23-26 results): … These numbers show a drop for Democrats from PPP's last survey of the race, which of course makes you ask, why?  What's changed?
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Christie approval remains strong  —  A new Monmouth University poll shows Chris Christie sporting a fetching 51%/35% approval rating in New Jersey — numbers that mirror another recent poll.  —  The breakdown:  —  a.  Indies like Christie's performance by an impressive 54%/28%.  That's +26%.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
CBS News:
(CBS/AP) Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Obama on Tuesday will ask Congress to implement a plan that entails strengthening federal supervision of oil markets and increasing penalties for market manipulation, a senior administration official confirms to CBS News.
Discussion: Business Insider
Henry Paul Monaghan / The New Republic:
A Conservative Law Professor on the Obvious Constitutionality of Obamacare  —  The Constitution of the United States creates a national government of enumerated and therefore limited powers.  Accordingly, troubled members of the Court should be applauded for their efforts to search for the limits …
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.
Discussion: Business Insider
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Senate, Republicans Block Debate on ‘Buffett Rule’  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a move to open debate on the so-called Buffett Rule, ensuring that a measure pressed for months by President Obama and Senate Democrats to ensure that the superrich pay a tax rate …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Obama Certifies Colombia Labor Plan, Clearing Trade Pact
Colin Moynihan / City Room:
Protesters Arrested in Sleep-Out and Demonstration Near Stock Exchange
Discussion: ANIMAL, Gothamist and New York Magazine
John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Top Democratic staffer steps down amid claims of sexual harassment
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends Anchors Grill ‘Anti-Mormon’ Pastor Jeffress Over His Flip-Flop On Romney
Discussion: The Raw Story
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
More U.S. Children of Immigrants Are Leaving U.S.
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Discussion: TalkLeft and US Politics
David Rogers / Politico:
Republicans to slash food stamps
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Jezebel
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Two Federal Judges Suggest All Labor, Business or Wall Street Regulation Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Firedoglake
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