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8:35 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 …
msnbc.com:
NBC: Prostitute's $50 fee for two agents triggered Secret Service scandal
Discussion: emptywheel
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: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
ABCNEWS:
Romney Says Election About ‘Jobs Not Dogs’
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and RedState
James Crugnale / Mediaite:   Dogs Against Romney Defends Obama Over Dog Consumption Revelations
ABCNEWS:
Obama as a Boy Ate Dog Meat
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.
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
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Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney: Obama is ‘in over his head’ on the economy
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
Associated Press:
Obama in Ohio: Some in GOP forget how America was built
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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” …
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: ACS Blog
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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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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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 …
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
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid cites seniors' love of junk mail to argue for passage of postal reform bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cited seniors' love of junk mail in urging passage of a United States Postal Service reform bill.  —  In his opening speech on Wednesday, Reid called on the Senate …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Mica: Reid trying to ‘intimidate’ GOP into halting GSA investigation
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
In Facebook Deal, Board Was All But Out of Picture  —  On the morning of Sunday, April 8, Facebook Inc.'s youthful chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, alerted his board of directors that he intended to buy Instagram, the hot photo-sharing service.  —  It was the first the board heard of what …
 
 
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Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
American Muslim Alleges FBI Had a Hand in His Torture (Updated with Video)
Discussion: World Now and ThinkProgress
Bob McDonnell / CNN:
CNN Poll: Republicans divided on VP choice
David Catanese / Politico:
John McCain, Mitch Daniels come to Dick Lugar's rescue
Dave Levinthaland Anna Palmer / Politico:
POLITICO Influence: ABA cash dash
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
More Money, More Problems  —  MSNBC's Al Sharpton is reeling in debt and back taxes.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Debtor's Prison for Failure to Pay for Your Own Trial
Democracy Corps:
Democrats Gaining in Battleground and Ryan Budget Could Finish the Job
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CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

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