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3:15 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 …
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 …
Rusty / Dogs Against Romney:
Dogs Against Romney: On Obama, Dog Meat, and Mitt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama flips, re-labels likely foe Romney
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
WORK Act Would Give Low-Income Moms The Same Option As Ann Romney (For 3 Years)
Discussion: Daily Kos, Jezebel and The Maddow Blog
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber, Gawker and New York Times
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msnbc.com:
NBC: Prostitute's $50 fee for two agents triggered Secret Service scandal
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Daily Mail:
BAR RAFAEL!  (A Ninja Turtle???)  LOL!!!!!!!  Give me a break.  How full of yourself can you get “BAR?”  So pretentious!  Anything for some press too!  Sick....  I think Bar is the least beautiful of the VS Models.  —  It amazes me that some of you idiots still think that these pat downs are about security.
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 …
ABCNEWS:
The List of Top Republican VP Candidates  —  Mitt Romney's search for a vice presidential running mate has only just begun, but speculation among top Republicans and Romney's close allies is well under way.  Here is how the list of potential running mates looks today.  —  Top Tier
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Romney adviser Kris Kobach: No legal status of any kind for the undocumented  —  It's been widely assumed that Mitt Romney will moderate his positions on immigration to make inroads among Latinos in the general election, perhaps by supporting some sort of GOP version of the DREAM Act.
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hit & Run
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson up double digits in FL-Sen  —  Bill Nelson, despite less than impressive approval numbers, continues to lead all of his potential opponents in the Florida Senate race by double digits.  —  Nelson is up 47-37 on Connie Mack IV, 47-35 on Mike McCalister, and 48-34 on George LeMieux.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ron Paul still buying ad time in Rhode Island  —  While the general consensus is that Mitt Romney has all but officially clenched the Republican presidential nomination, Ron Paul isn't going quietly into the night.  —  The Texas congressman announced Wednesday that his campaign …
Discussion: CNN
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Princeton, Penn and Michigan join the MOOC party  —  By  —  Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor have teamed up with a for-profit company to offer free versions of their coveted courses this year to online audiences.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The stage is set for a deal with Iran
Barack Obama:
Spanish language ads highlight President Obama's commitment to issues important to Latinos
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Wall Street Journal:
Shutting Down ALEC  —  Playing the race card to silence a free-market policy voice.
Discussion: RedState
John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Perdue asks Democratic Party chairman David Parker to resign
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Mica: Reid trying to ‘intimidate’ GOP into halting GSA investigation
Discussion: Politico
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
From his first days on the political scene, Sen. Marco Rubio …
Christopher Bedford / The Daily Caller:
Joe Kennedy III calls for ending ‘cheap oil’
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Crossroads: The ATM of the Right
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.
BBC:
Tolkien and Dickens grandsons join for book
Discussion: ArtsBeat
Tennessean.com:
'Don't Say Gay' bill advances in the House
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Kelly wins GOP primary in contest for former Rep. Giffords's seat
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Daily Mail:
Revealed; Official fears from U.S. and UK over President Obama's ‘anti-American’ and ‘anti-white’ father
Discussion: Weasel Zippers