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4:10 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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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.
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.
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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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
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor's small-business tax cut passes House in 235-173 vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. West doubles down on Communist ‘ideology’ of progressive caucus  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Thursday maintained that the “the strategy, the tactics, the ideology” of progressive caucus members in Congress are the same as that of the Communist Party.
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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
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.
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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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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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, ABCNEWS and Yahoo! News
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Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Violence Against Women Act takes center stage  —  We first began reporting two months ago on the legislative fight surrounding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.  This year's effort has drawn Republican opposition, however …
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Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Chuck Grassley: GOP Won't Filibuster Violence Against Women Act
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: ABCNEWS and Capital Tonight
 
 
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LZ Granderson / CNN:
Ted Nugent should be in jail
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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Romney's image improves but remains a net-negative
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ill. Rep. Walsh settles with his ex-wife over unpaid child support
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Washington Examiner:
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Stuart Winer / The Times of Israel:
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Nancy Pelosi / Chicago Tribune:
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Morning Jay: Obama the Underdog
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