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4:55 PM ET, April 19, 2012

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Edgar Sandoval / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: First photos of Colombia escort in explosive Secret Service hooker scandal  —  24-year-old single mom is known as Dania, she says agent offered $30 for $800 service  —  CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The Daily News can reveal the first photo of the 24-year-old Colombian call girl whose encounter …
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Secret Service Pre-Planned Party at Colombian Hotel  —  ABC News' Reena Ninan, Christine Romo and Mary Bruce Report:  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — Secret Service officials planning a wild night of fun in Colombia did some of their own advanced work last week, booking a party space at the Hotel Caribe …
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
Source: Ousted Secret Service agent plans to sue  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) One of the Secret Service agents who has been forced out of his job is already planning a lawsuit, a congressional aide told CBS News after Mark Sullivan, the agency's director, briefed lawmakers Wednesday night.
Un Bylined / Bangor Daily News:
Were those prostitutes spies? Officials check identities in Secret Service scandal
Discussion: The Other McCain and Corrente
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Suggests Anti-Semitism Is A Problem Within The House GOP Caucus  —  A few weeks ago, the House GOP was up in arms over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) $25,000 donation to anti-incumbent candidate Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who ultimately defeated his opponent, incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL).
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor's small-business tax cut passes House in 235-173 vote  —  The House approved legislation backed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Thursday that would cut taxes on small business by 20 percent.  —  For the second day in a row, the House ignored a veto threat from President Obama …
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Suggests Raising Taxes On The Poor: 'You've Got To Discuss That Issue'  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) revived one of the GOP's favorite talking points this morning, telling attendees at a Politico-sponsored breakfast event that it was imperative that Congress address the …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Faith in Public Life
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor: GOP will expand majority
Discussion: Politico and HotAirPundit
Nancy Pelosi / Chicago Tribune:
Respecting the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court
Discussion: American Spectator
Quinnipiac University:
Big Lead With Women Gives Obama An Edge On Romney, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Christie, Rubio, Ryan Top GOP Running Mate List  —  President Barack Obama holds a thin 46 - 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
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Michael Patrick Leahy / The Daily Caller:
The coming conservative landslide  —  Wishful liberals and Chicken Little conservatives who watch the weekly fluctuations in the presidential polls have concluded that President Obama is a shoo-in for re-election.  They point out that Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Dogfight over Obama's dog-meat-eating childhood joined by White House
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama has small lead; Christie would help Romney
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Guardian
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Lorain officials question use of gypsum plant as Romney backdrop  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly four years after National Gypsum shuttered its drywall plant in Lorain, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will reuse the facility on Henderson Drive as a backdrop for his message …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney speaks at shuttered Ohio plant, blasts Obama's economic record
Discussion: CNN
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Virginia / CNN:
Romney to deliver Liberty University commencement speech
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama warns GOP not to move spending bills that break debt deal  —  The Obama administration on Wednesday stated for the first time that the president will not sign any 2013 spending bills until the House abandons the spending levels in Rep. Paul Ryan's budget.
Discussion: Politico and The Maddow Blog
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Allen West backs Ted Nugent  —  Ted Nugent doesn't bear “any ill will” toward President Barack Obama, Rep. Allen West said Thursday despite the rocker's appointment with the Secret Service over his controversial comments.  —  “I think he was just expressing maybe his opinion about something …
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LZ Granderson / CNN:
Ted Nugent should be in jail
Discussion: Mediaite, CANNONFIRE and Wizbang
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
What Newt Gingrich Lost by Running for President  —  His almost certainly failed campaign for the Republican nomination leaves his stature diminished — and his empire in shambles.  —  LANCASTER, Penn.  — Newt Gingrich has gotten noticeably fatter over the course of his campaign.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Outside the Beltway
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Sarkozy Re-election Bid in Trouble  —  PARIS — The candidate — energetic, bold, indefatigable — is confident, sure he will win, pulling energy from his big crowds.  —  “Take your destiny in your hands!”  Nicolas Sarkozy shouted to the 100,000 or so who came to the Place de la Concorde for him last Sunday.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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John Lichfield / The Independent:
François Hollande builds lead as Nicolas Sarkozy allies admit writing is on the wall
Kris Maher / Washington Wire:
Romney's Cookie Comment Bites Back  —  In a campaign stop Tuesday outside Pittsburgh, Mitt Romney made what many locals considered a tasteless remark about cookies from a local landmark bakery. … Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, met with four couples …
Aram Roston / The Daily Beast:
New Account: Zimmerman Told Cops Trayvon's Last Words Were ‘Okay, You Got It’  —  In exclusive reporting from Sanford, Fla., Aram Roston offers a new inside account of what Zimmerman told police after the shooting.  —  Last December, George Zimmerman hosted a small gathering at a clubhouse in Lake Mary, Florida.
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Michele Bachmann- Obama “Waving a Tar Baby in the Air”  —  During our sit-down interview with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Bachmann skewered President Obama's energy policy and his farcical view of energy “independence.”  —  Bachmann said that Obama doesn't know “zilch about the economy …
ABCNEWS:
Marco Rubio Says He Would Turn Down VP Slot If Asked  —  Sen. Marco Rubio said today he would decline any offer from Mitt Romney to be a part of the GOP ticket this fall.  —  “I don't want to be the vice president,” the Florida Republican said during an interview with Major Garrett of the National Journal.
Tim Mak / Politico:
Leon Panetta: U.S. ‘within an inch of war’  —  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Wednesday that the United States was “within an inch of war almost every day” in the region around North Korea.  —  “We're within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world …
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Raese: Smoking regs like Hitler's Jewish star  —  Lots of Senate candidates rail against onerous government regulations.  But West Virginia Republican John Raese , who's looking to knock off Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, took it to another level recently at the Putnam County Lincoln Day dinner.
Byron Tau / Politico:
‘Dinner with Barack’ now includes George Clooney  —  The Obama campaign's perennial “Dinner with Barack” contest now includes a special guest: George Clooney.  —  “Any donation you make today automatically enters you for a chance to be George Clooney's guest at a reception for President Obama …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Romney's image improves but remains a net-negative
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and ABCNEWS
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ill. Rep. Walsh settles with his ex-wife over unpaid child support
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Examiner:
K Street and Tea Party again fight for soul of GOP
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Stuart Winer / The Times of Israel:
Elie Wiesel rejects Netanyahu's comparisons of Iranian threat to the Holocaust
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Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
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Julie Bykowicz / Business Week:
The Business of Ending a Presidential Campaign
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