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6:45 PM ET, April 18, 2012

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William Neuman / New York Times:
Colombian Escort Speaks About Secret Service Scandal  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — A Secret Service agent preparing for President Obama's arrival at an international summit meeting and a single mother from Colombia who makes a living as a high-priced escort faced off in a room at the Hotel Caribe …
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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Ted Nugent Stands By Obama Remarks, Compares Himself To ‘Black Jew At A Nazi-Klan Rally’ (AUDIO)
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bam Bites Dog  —  The political perils of personal attacks.  —  One time Barack Obama went to an Indian restaurant and ordered the lassi.  Was he ever disappointed when the waiter brought him a yogurt drink!  —  We'll be here all week.  But seriously, folks, we have a man-bites-dog story for you today.
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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 …
Rusty / Dogs Against Romney:
Dogs Against Romney: On Obama, Dog Meat, and Mitt  —  I woke up early this morning to my phone ringing.  It was a reporter, wanting to know the reaction of Dogs Against Romney to “new information” brought up by Romney campaign operatives.  I asked her to read it to me.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Romney Says Election About ‘Jobs Not Dogs’
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and RedState
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers  —  An American soldier says he released the photos to the Los Angeles Times to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline.  The Army has started a criminal investigation.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Phony Mommy Wars  —  Ann Romney is a good mom.  —  She's also a good pol.  —  And though her people skills are far superior to Mitt's, it turns out that Ann is just as capable as her husband of turning an advantage into a disadvantage.  —  After the liberal strategist Hilary Rosen …
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama flips, re-labels likely foe Romney
Kaili Joy Gray / Daily Kos:
Democrats to introduce WORK Act to give all mothers the same choice Ann Romney had
BuzzFeed:
Whistleblower Alleges Top U.S. Official Got Blowjob On Roof Of Baghdad Embassy  —  State Department gadfly Peter Van Buren drops a bombshell on his blog.  He claims there's a sex tape.  —  A Foreign Service Officer who once posed for Playboy, according to State Departement official and blogger Peter Van Buren.
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Peter Van Buren / We Meant Well:
Rule No. 1: It is Poor Judgement to Talk About Fight Club  —  What counts as poor judgement or lack of discretion these days such that Federal employment is no longer suitable?  It is a good question, because the State Department is proposing to fire me in part for my “poor judgement” …
Fox News:
TV and music pioneer Dick Clark dies at age 82  —  Dick Clark, the creator of “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve,” died Wednesday morning.  —  He was 82.  —  Clark suffered a massive heart attack after entering St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica on Tuesday night …
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ABCNEWS:
Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed 'America's Oldest Teenager,' Dies at 82
Discussion: Capital Tonight and Poynter
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
TV Host and Icon of New Year's Eve
Dahr Jamail / AJE - Al Jazeera English:
Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists  —  Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.  —  New Orleans, LA - “The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Legacy Of BP Oil Spill: Eyeless Shrimp And Fish With Lesions
BuzzFeed:
Catholic League Promises To “Mobilize” Religious Groups Against Jon Stewart  —  A bit about a “vagina manger” offends.  “We will not stop with a boycott,” the League's president writes.  —  A segment of The Daily Show skewering the media fervor over the “war on women” that recommended that women use …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The most amazing Supreme Court chart.  Maybe ever.  —  While browsing around the Pew polling site this morning — and, yes, we do a fair amount of that — we came across a chart on the Supreme Court that reminded us, for the billionth time, that assuming the average person follows …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
The $5 Trillion Man: Debt Has Increased Under Obama by $5,027,761,476,484.56  —  (CNSNews.com)- In the 39 months since Barack Obama took the oath of office as president of the United States, the federal government's debt has increased by $5,027,761,476,484.56.
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Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:   What's with Obama? His Falklands gaffe angers Brits, puzzles others
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity  —  It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, bereft of fresh fruits and vegetables.  —  But two new studies have found something unexpected.
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown taps evil empire  —  Yankees prez pitches in $2,500 to re-election  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown may be rooting for the Red Sox [team stats] against the Yankees this week, but the head of the hated Pinstripes is going to bat for Brown.  —  Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees …
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Ken Lester named new judge in Zimmerman murder case  —  SANFORD - Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr., who's been on the bench 15 years and has a great deal of experience with high-profile murder cases, on Wednesday was assigned the George Zimmerman murder case.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Phyllis Schlafly: Let's Destroy The Word Feminism Just Like We Did Liberal!  —  My gratitude to the stalwarts at Right Wing Watch for watching nearly two hours of Phyllis Schlafly's seminar earlier this month at The Citadel.  She had some interesting things to say about feminism.
Discussion: rightwingwatch.org and Hullabaloo
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
Less Will Happen In The Lame Duck Than You Think  —  As my column from today's Roll Call explains, if you've been thinking that everything will be settled in the lame duck session of Congress that's ahead, think again...and again...and again.  Would you believe that nothing will be settled?
David Catanese / Politico:
John McCain, Mitch Daniels come to Dick Lugar's rescue  —  Mitch Daniels and John McCain are coming to Sen. Dick Lugar's rescue, POLITICO has learned.  —  The Indiana governor and the Arizona senator have cut ads on Lugar's behalf that are likely to air in the closing weeks of his neck-and-neck Republican primary contest.
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
No Savings Are Found From Welfare Drug Tests  —  MIAMI — Ushered in amid promises that it would save taxpayers money and deter drug users, a Florida law requiring drug tests for people who seek welfare benefits resulted in no direct savings, snared few drug users and had no effect on the number …
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Mayor Taking New Step on Smoking  —  Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday plans to propose legislation that would require residential buildings to adopt written policies on where smoking is permitted or prohibited and disclose those rules to prospective tenants and owners …
 
 
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Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
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Democracy Corps:
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