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10:40 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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New York Post:
New low ‘blow’: Coke eyed at Secret Service ho-down  —  By HARRISON HERNANDEZ in Cartagena, Colombia and CHUCK BENNETT and LORENA MONGELLI in NY  —  The Secret Service sure knows how to party.  —  Cocaine and several bottles of whiskey apparently fueled the elite agents' boneheaded fling …
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
NUGENT REVEALS DATE OF HIS SECRET SERVICE INTERVIEW IN EPIC GLENN BECK INTERVIEW: 'WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BBQ'  —  Rock star and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent appeared on Glenn Beck's radio show this morning.  The outspoken musician discussed the heat he's been taking over controversial comments …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Three Secret Service agents leave due to prostitution scandal
Discussion: Politico
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Congressional Oversight Leaders Say Secret Service Agents Brought Prostitutes into Contact …
Discussion: Business Insider
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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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: ABCNEWS, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Lincoln Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Why Seamus Matters  —  The now famous story of how Mitt Romney strapped …
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.
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Scrutiny of Romney's Stance on War Now More Likely
NY Daily News:
The smartest choice Ann Romney made  —  There is no shame in marrying up  —  Mitt and Ann, serving a pancake breakfast.  —  As a thirtysomething, city-dwelling, hypereducated, independent-thinking woman, I suppose I should recoil at the idea of one day getting married …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, TBogg and Jezebel
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Kaili Joy Gray / Daily Kos:
Democrats to introduce WORK Act to give all mothers the same choice Ann Romney had
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ACS Blog
Politico:
Obama camp tries to diversify  —  President Barack Obama's team is looking to hire more African-Americans, a search that has stirred a debate among black Democrats about Obama's record on diversity and its implications for his reelection.  —  Stefanie Brown, director of the campaign's African …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Jim Webb: Health-care law represents a leadership failure for Obama
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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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
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
What's with Obama?  His Falklands gaffe angers Brits, puzzles others  —  OK, picture this: President George W. Bush, he of the cast-iron Texas tongue, at a news conference concluding an international summit.  —  He's asked about a dispute involving Argentina and Great Britain …
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Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney: Obama is ‘in over his head’ on the economy  —  Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama is “in over his head and swimming in the wrong direction” when it comes to the nation's economy and that his policies are “putting in peril” America's future.  —  Speaking in Charlotte, N.C. …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Yahoo! News
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Associated Press:
Obama in Ohio: Some in GOP forget how America was built
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
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
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Mel Gibson Rage Rant in Costa Rica: ‘Filthy C—sucker Whore’ (Audio)  —  Mel Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December, according to a recording obtained by TheWrap.  —  Houseguest and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas provided the recording …
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Ken Lester named new judge in Zimmerman murder case  —  The 15-year judge has experience in high-profile cases.  —  SANFORD - The new judge in the George Zimmerman murder case will be Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., who's been on the bench 15 years.  —  The case passed to him today, but not before things got a bit complicated.
Discussion: TalkLeft, CNN, msnbc.com, theGrio and Daily Kos
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
Bob McDonnell / CNN:
CNN Poll: Republicans divided on VP choice  —  Washington (CNN) - Who should Mitt Romney choose as his running mate?  —  According to a new national poll, there's no consensus among Republicans.  But a CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday does indicate there's an ideological split …
Dennis Romboy / KSL-TV:
Secret poll: State senators favor Liljenquist in U.S. Senate race  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A secret poll of state senators found them favoring one of their former colleagues in the race for U.S. Senate.  —  Republican Dan Liljenquist came out on top in an informal poll conducted by the Office of the Legislative Auditor General.
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
A ban on oil speculation?  —  Joseph P. Kennedy II, former Congressional Representative from Massachusetts, and founder, chairman, and president of Citizens Energy Corporation, has a proposal to make energy affordable for all.  All we have to do, Kennedy claims, is “bar pure oil speculators entirely …
Discussion: Power Line
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
House clears highway bill with pipeline mandate, thwarts Obama  —  The House, defying a White House veto threat, passed GOP legislation Wednesday that extends transportation program funding through September and mandates construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
 
 
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Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
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Discussion: Campaign 2012
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
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