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4:10 PM 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.
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama flips, re-labels likely foe Romney
Rusty / Dogs Against Romney:
Dogs Against Romney: On Obama, Dog Meat, and Mitt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Dog Wars Escalate: Barack Obama Ate Dog Meat
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.
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
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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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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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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BuzzFeed:
Massachusetts Democrats Slam Scott Brown For Dirty Yankees Money
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Homosexuals are inferior to dogs and pigs, says Iranian cleric  —  Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli has blamed homosexuals for spread of Aids and says pro-gay politicians are lower than animals  —  An influential Iranian cleric who is entitled to issue juristic rulings according to the Sharia law …
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The most amazing Supreme Court chart. Maybe ever.
Sandra Fluke / Time:
Cecile Richards  —  Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, 54 …
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Mass. Sen. hopeful Elizabeth Warren on the device tax, the FDA and a climate for innovation
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The stage is set for a deal with Iran
Steve Kolowich / Inside Higher Ed:
Princeton, Penn and Michigan join the MOOC party
Wall Street Journal:
Shutting Down ALEC  —  Playing the race card to silence a free-market policy voice.
Discussion: RedState
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hit & Run
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Current TV to Hire Gavin Newsom, California's Lieutenant Governor
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’
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.
Daily Mail:
Revealed; Official fears from U.S. and UK over President Obama's ‘anti-American’ and ‘anti-white’ father
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 

 
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