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2:40 AM ET, April 19, 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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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 …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Congressional Oversight Leaders Say Secret Service Agents Brought Prostitutes into Contact …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Three Secret Service agents leave due to prostitution scandal
Discussion: Politico
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Jim Webb: Health-care law represents a leadership failure for Obama  —  President Obama's new health-care law will be his greatest liability as he attempts to once again win the critical swing state of Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) warned Wednesday.  —  “I'll be real frank here,” Webb said at a breakfast organized by Bloomberg News.
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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: Weasel Zippers and Campaign 2012
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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
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 and TBogg
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David Gibson / Washington Post:
Vatican orders crackdown on American nuns  —  WASHINGTON — The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America's 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women's ordination.
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, Yahoo! News, Reuters and CNN
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Associated Press:
Obama in Ohio: Some in GOP forget how America was built
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
MEDIA MATTERS' ERIC BOEHLERT DOWNPLAYED GENOCIDAL ANTI-SEMITISM  —  Two weeks ago, Media Matters for America (MMFA) quasi-parted ways with anti-Semitic Senior Foreign Policy Fellow MJ Rosenberg, who was fond of labeling pro-Israel Jews “Israel firsters.”  This PR maneuver was designed …
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
TV Host and Icon of New Year's Eve  —  Dick Clark, the perpetually youthful-looking television host whose long-running daytime song-and-dance fest, “American Bandstand,” did as much as anyone or anything to advance the influence of teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll on American culture, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 82.
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ABCNEWS:
Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed 'America's Oldest Teenager,' Dies at 82
Discussion: Capital Tonight and Poynter
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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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 …
Discussion: TMZ.com
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.
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
Discussion: emptywheel and nation.foxnews.com
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.
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 …
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.
John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Letter details allegations of sexual harassment at N.C. Democratic Party  —  A former staffer accused the Democratic Party's executive director of showing him a picture of a penis, caressing his leg and discussing his sexual exploits, according to a new document obtained by The News & Observer.
Discussion: Politico and BuzzFeed
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.
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: CNN, TalkLeft, 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
 
 
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James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
A ban on oil speculation?
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
House clears highway bill with pipeline mandate, thwarts Obama
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
American Muslim Alleges FBI Had a Hand in His Torture (Updated with Video)
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Biden challenges GOP over Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Bob McDonnell / CNN:
CNN Poll: Republicans divided on VP choice
David Catanese / Politico:
John McCain, Mitch Daniels come to Dick Lugar's rescue
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Democracy Corps:
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Sandra Fluke / Time:
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