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1:55 PM ET, April 19, 2012

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ABCNEWS:
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 …
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Gingrich's Secret Service detail likely costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day  —  Even though by his own estimates he has very little prospect of winning the Republican nomination, Newt Gingrich is still likely costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day with his Secret Service detail on the campaign trail.
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
Source: Ousted Secret Service agent plans to sue
Discussion: msnbc.com and Taylor Marsh
Un Bylined / Bangor Daily News:
Were those prostitutes spies? Officials check identities in Secret Service scandal
Discussion: The Other McCain and Corrente
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 …
New York Times:
New York Times/CBS News Poll Shows Doubts on Economy Helping Romney
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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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor: GOP will expand majority
Discussion: Politico
Nancy Pelosi / Chicago Tribune:
Respecting the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court
Discussion: American Spectator
Darius Dixon / Politico:
West backs ‘Motor City Madman’  —  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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. West doubles down on Communist ‘ideology’ of progressive caucus
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:   Allen West Says Congressional Progressive Caucus Is Communist But Won't Name Names
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.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Abby Huntsman: Romney won't pick dad for VP
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and CNN
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Obama To GOP: Abide By Debt Limit Deal Or Else Face A Govt Shutdown Right Before The Election  —  In a major escalation of a slowly building fight over funding the government, the White House has warned House Republicans, in no uncertain terms, that the government will shut …
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Virginia / CNN:
Romney to deliver Liberty University commencement speech  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney will deliver the commencement address at the evangelical Christian university led by Jerry Falwell, Jr., Liberty University said in a Thursday post to their website.  —  The school, located in Lynchburg …
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Liberty University Christian College Education:
Gov. Mitt Romney to deliver 2012 Commencement address  —  Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced today that Gov. Mitt Romney will address Liberty University graduates at the 2012 Commencement ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Arthur L. Williams Stadium.
Julie Bykowicz / Business Week:
The Business of Ending a Presidential Campaign  —  Hours after dropping out of the presidential race this month, Rick Santorum fired off an e-mail to supporters asking for “one more” contribution: “I am planning to do everything in my power to bring a change about in the White House,” he wrote.
Discussion: Capital Tonight
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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images; Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Daily Kos
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Jim Webb: Health-care law represents a leadership failure for Obama  —  President Obama's new health-care law will be his greatest liability as he attempts to once again win the critical swing state of Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) warned Wednesday.  —  “I'll be real frank here,” Webb said at a breakfast organized by Bloomberg News.
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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 …
John Frank / Raleigh News & Observer:
Letter details allegations of sexual harassment at N.C. Democratic Party  —  A former staffer accused the Democratic Party's executive director of showing him a picture of a penis, caressing his leg and discussing his sexual exploits, according to a new document obtained by The News & Observer.
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Penis picture, detailed gay sex descriptions among sexual harassment allegations against NC Democrat
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 …
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CNN:
Romney comments spark ‘CookieGate’ special
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
OWS Celebrates Holocaust Day w/ Antisemitic Cartoons  —  To give them their due, there are a lot of people in the comments pissed off about the picture.  But, there are also 43 likes and 59 people sharing the photo (as of this writing).  —  So, is this a one-offer that we who already …
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 …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Obama: 'I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth'  —  ELYRIA, Ohio — President Obama took his economic argument on the road Wednesday, declaring at a community college in hard-hit manufacturing country that his commitment to workforce training programs — programs, he said …
Marty Nemko / The Atlantic Online:
Why the U.S. Economy Is Biased Against Men  —  That women earn 77 cents for every $1 earned by a man is a popular refrain.  But look closer.  Prejudice against guys in the economy is real and widespread.  —  You've just landed on Planet Zuto.  —  The Intergalactic Equal Employment …
 
 
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