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11:05 AM ET, April 18, 2012

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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.
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Ted Nugent Stands By Obama Remarks, Compares Himself To ‘Black Jew At A Nazi-Klan Rally’ (AUDIO) … FOLLOW:  —  Video, Ted Nugent, Ted Nugent Obama, Dana Loesch, Dana Loesch Ted Nugent, Nugent, Nugent Obama, Obama Nugent, Ted Nugent Dana Loesch, Ted Nugent Nancy Pelosi, Ted Nugent Obama Comments …
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Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Obama flips, re-labels his probable foe  —  In a bid to win independents, President Obama's campaign is ramping up efforts to label Mitt Romney a hardcore conservative.  —  Out is the emphasis on Romney as a centrist flip-flopper with “no core,” a tag useful for Democrats as they attempted …
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Potential VP pick Mitch Daniels endorses Mitt Romney
Discussion: CNN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Phony Mommy Wars
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
The year of the ‘surrogate’  —  Hilary Rosen.  Bill Maher.
Alex Sundby / CBS News:
Obama, Romney in dead heat among registered voters, CBS News/New York Times poll finds  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Obama among registered voters …
Discussion: Politico, GOP 12 and Ballot Box
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Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Romney and Obama Are in a Tight Contest, Poll Finds  —  Mitt Romney has solidified support within his party for the presidential nomination after Rick Santorum's exit from the race, but is locked in a tight race with President Obama as attention turns to the general election phase of the campaign …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
One for the Country  —  I had to catch a train in Washington last week.  The paved street in the traffic circle around Union Station was in such poor condition that I felt as though I was on a roller coaster.  I traveled on the Amtrak Acela, our sorry excuse for a fast train …
Discussion: Gawker and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney says ‘vast left-wing conspiracy’ in media is attacking him  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said a “vast left-wing conspiracy” in the media was working with the Obama campaign to coordinate attacks against him.  —  “There will be an effort …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and americanthinker.com
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Catholic Priest Receives Standing Ovation For Shunning Anti-Marriage Equality Petition Drive  —  At least six Catholic parishes in Washington state have ignored the Seattle Archbishop's call to gather signatures for a referendum repealing the state's recently-enacted marriage equality law …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Joel Connelly / Strange Bedfellows:   Catholic pastor applauded for shunning anti-gay marriage drive
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Kelly wins GOP primary in contest for former Rep. Giffords's seat  —  Jesse Kelly won a special primary election in Arizona on Tuesday, securing the Republican nomination to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  —  Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and project manager …
Discussion: Politico
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Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Kelly to face Barber for Giffords' seat
Discussion: msnbc.com
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Michelle Obama: ‘This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light’  —  First lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail in Nashville on Tuesday and told a packed crowd in a downtown office building that the campaign has an “amazing story to tell.”
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Investor's Business Daily:
IRS Might Have Stalinist Powers Under New Law  —  Liberty: The Republican House of Representatives may soon follow the Democratic Senate and give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport on mere suspicion of owing taxes.  There's no place like home, comrade.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for 3rd year  —  Committee chairman to revisit Bowles-Simpson plan of 2010  —  In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled …
Daily Mail:
Revealed; Official fears from U.S. and UK over President Obama's ‘anti-American’ and ‘anti-white’ father  —  In his three years as U.S. president, Barack Obama has been dogged by claims he is not patriotic enough.  —  Last year he even had to publish his birth certificate to silence doubters who suggested he was not born an American.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tennessean.com:
'Don't Say Gay' bill advances in the House  —  Tennessee's elementary and middle school teachers could face more pressure not to talk about homosexuality with their students next year after the so-called Don't Say Gay bill cleared a House education committee Tuesday.
Andy Baio / Wired:
Memeorandum Colors 2012: Visualizing Bias on Political Blogs  —  I don't watch sports, but every four years, I lose myself in the horse race of the U.S. presidential elections.  That competition kicked off in earnest Monday, as Gallup started its daily tracking polls for the general election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
David Ignatius / Real Clear Politics:
A Deal in the Works With Iran?  —  WASHINGTON — The nuclear talks with Iran have just begun, but already the smart money in Tehran is betting on a deal.  That piece of intelligence comes from the Tehran stock index, which on the day after the talks opened posted its largest daily rise in months and closed at a record high.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Swampland
Darrell Calhoun / CNN:
Police: Man strips naked at Oregon airport in TSA protest  —  (CNN) — A 50-year-old man who said he felt that airport screeners were “harassing” him stripped naked at Portland International Airport, police in Oregon said.  —  Police charged John E. Brennan with disorderly conduct …
Discussion: The Latest Word and Gawker
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
VAN JONES: OBAMA ‘FORCED’ TO SIT WITH ‘RACIST’ COP AT BEER SUMMIT  —  In an April 3rd appearance on the left-wing Democracy Now TV show, Van Jones has offered his own behind-the-scenes take on an incident that made race a political issue three years before the Trayvon Martin case.
David Harsanyi / Human Events:
Another Day, Another Administration Witch Hunt  —  So many imaginary villains and so little time.  —  This week, President Barack Obama is taking the fight to “oil speculators” and “market manipulation” (nee “free enterprise"), demanding that traders put up more money for transactions …
 
 
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Why the eurozone may yet survive
Discussion: MarketBeat
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
McDonnell plans to air ‘positive’ TV ads
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taegan Goddard's …
Guardian:
Britain destroyed records of colonial crimes
Ian Katz / Guardian:
Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill
BBC:
Tolkien and Dickens grandsons join for book
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Ben Protess / DealBook:
Regulators to Ease a Rule on Derivatives Dealers
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Biden works to rev up youth vote
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
DOJ review of flawed FBI forensics processes lacked transparency
Discussion: The BLT and Crooks and Liars
Steve Coleman / Associated Press:
Baptist pastor backs Romney in spite of Mormonism
Discussion: Politico
Luke Harding / Guardian:
The World Tomorrow: Julian Assange proves a useful idiot
Ben Geman / The Hill:
White House threatens veto of highway bill over Keystone pipeline provision
New York Post:
Giving away the game
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Iranian president offers no new details on detained Washington Post reporter

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