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5:10 PM ET, April 18, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
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 and Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:
Obama as a Boy Ate Dog Meat  —  Much has been made about Mitt Romney, in 1983, putting his family dog Seamus in a kennel on top of his roof and driving from Boston to Canada, with said canine Seamus making his displeasure known in a rather scatological way.  —  Democrats have signaled …
ABCNEWS:
Romney Says Election About ‘Jobs Not Dogs’
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama flips, re-labels likely foe Romney
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Dog Wars Escalate: Barack Obama 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.
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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msnbc.com:
NBC: Prostitute's $50 fee for two agents triggered Secret Service scandal
Discussion: emptywheel
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” …
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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.
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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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 …
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
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.
Alex Sundby / CBS News:
Obama, Romney in dead heat, 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, a CBS News …
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 …
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 …
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: msnbc.com and Daily Kos
ABCNEWS:
Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed 'America's Oldest Teenager,' Dies at 82  —  Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with “American Bandstand,” and whose trademark “Rockin' Eve” …
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sandra Fluke / Time:
Cecile Richards  —  Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, 54, is a role model for all of us as she leads women in pursuit of unfettered access to health care and reproductive freedom.  She is also my advocate and that of every woman in America, as I learned firsthand when I was publicly disparaged …
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 …
 
 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The stage is set for a deal with Iran
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson up double digits in FL-Sen
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Wall Street Journal:
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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Daily Mail:
BAR RAFAEL!  (A Ninja Turtle???)  LOL!!!!!!!  Give me a break. …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Boehner: Obama ‘lost his courage,’ has already ‘checked out’
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