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9:50 AM ET, April 19, 2012

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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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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:   Gingrich's Secret Service detail likely costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Three Secret Service agents leave due to prostitution scandal
Discussion: Politico
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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Politico:
Obama camp tries to diversify  —  President Barack Obama's team is looking to hire more African-Americans, a search that has stirred a debate among black Democrats about Obama's record on diversity and its implications for his reelection.  —  Stefanie Brown, director of the campaign's African …
NY Daily News:
The smartest choice Ann Romney made  —  There is no shame in marrying up  —  Mitt and Ann, serving a pancake breakfast.  —  As a thirtysomething, city-dwelling, hypereducated, independent-thinking woman, I suppose I should recoil at the idea of one day getting married …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TBogg
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BuzzFeed:
How Mitt Romney Learned To Love Twitter
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Kaili Joy Gray / Daily Kos:
Democrats to introduce WORK Act to give all mothers the same choice Ann Romney had
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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Bob McDonnell / CNN:
CNN Poll: Republicans divided on VP choice
David Gibson / Washington Post:
Vatican orders crackdown on American nuns  —  WASHINGTON — The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America's 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women's ordination.
Mgoodman / CBS Dallas:
Perry Interested In Another Run For President  —  PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - Governor Rick Perry's first campaign for President did not finish as he planned.  But during a one-on-one interview with CBS 11 News reporter Jack Fink in Plano on Wednesday, it sounded like he wants to give a run for the White House another try.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The most amazing Supreme Court chart.  Maybe ever.  —  While browsing around the Pew polling site this morning — and, yes, we do a fair amount of that — we came across a chart on the Supreme Court that reminded us, for the billionth time, that assuming the average person follows …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ACS Blog
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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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.
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Bam Bites Dog  —  The political perils of personal attacks.  —  One time Barack Obama went to an Indian restaurant and ordered the lassi.  Was he ever disappointed when the waiter brought him a yogurt drink!  —  We'll be here all week.  But seriously, folks, we have a man-bites-dog story for you today.
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Lincoln Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Why Seamus Matters  —  The now famous story of how Mitt Romney strapped …
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and RADAMISTO
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
MEDIA MATTERS' ERIC BOEHLERT DOWNPLAYED GENOCIDAL ANTI-SEMITISM  —  Two weeks ago, Media Matters for America (MMFA) quasi-parted ways with anti-Semitic Senior Foreign Policy Fellow MJ Rosenberg, who was fond of labeling pro-Israel Jews “Israel firsters.”  This PR maneuver was designed …
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney: Obama is ‘in over his head’ on the economy  —  Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama is “in over his head and swimming in the wrong direction” when it comes to the nation's economy and that his policies are “putting in peril” America's future.  —  Speaking in Charlotte, N.C. …
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Yahoo! News and Reuters
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Associated Press:
Obama in Ohio: Some in GOP forget how America was built
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA seeks new authority to expand Yemen drone campaign  —  The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed, U.S. officials said.
Discussion: Fox News, Hit & Run and The BLT
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Mel Gibson Rage Rant in Costa Rica: ‘Filthy C—sucker Whore’ (Audio)  —  Mel Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December, according to a recording obtained by TheWrap.  —  Houseguest and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas provided the recording …
Discussion: TMZ.com
Washington Post:
A fairer workplace in federal contracting  —  WHITE HOUSE press secretary Jay Carney spent a good chunk of his time during a briefing last week trying to explain why President Obama has declined to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Poliglot
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Approval Recovers Slightly, Now 17%  —  Highest rating since July  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans still hold Congress in low regard, but its 17% job approval rating is the highest since last July.  Congress' approval had dipped to a record-low 10% in February.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Dennis Romboy / KSL-TV:
Secret poll: State senators favor Liljenquist in U.S. Senate race  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A secret poll of state senators found them favoring one of their former colleagues in the race for U.S. Senate.  —  Republican Dan Liljenquist came out on top in an informal poll conducted by the Office of the Legislative Auditor General.
Charles C. Johnson / BREITBART.COM:
TOURÉ, 9/11 TRUTHER  —  It now appears that Touré, an MSNBC contributor, is a 9-11 conspiracy crank.  Writing after Van Jones, the former White House green jobs czar, was fired in 2009, Touré took to Twitter to defend Jones's outlandish statements with some of his own.
 
 
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Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Obama Stands Aside as Election-Law Enforcement Weakened
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James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
A ban on oil speculation?
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
House clears highway bill with pipeline mandate, thwarts Obama
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
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Phyllis Schlafly: Let's Destroy The Word Feminism Just Like We Did Liberal!
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