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4:00 PM ET, April 20, 2012

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Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Warning Graphic Photo: Possible New Evidence Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head  —  A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The George Zimmerman Bail Hearing  —  Wow - some days chicken salad and some days Florida state prosecutor.  —  George Zimmerman will be released on bail, set at $150,000.  The prosecution had asked for $1 million, the defense for $15,000.  —  CNN has 1, 2 transcripts.
Discussion: CNN
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Prosecutor: Zimmerman Allegedly Slapped His Ex-Girlfriend And ‘Asked Her How It Felt’
Discussion: Jezebel and Colorlines
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
GMA Shows Exclusive Images Of George Zimmerman's Head Injuries From Night Of Trayvon's Death
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney's 'Obama Isn't Working' Banner Evokes Racial Stereotypes  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn't Working,” which is also the name …
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mitt Romney's challenge: Convincing GOP he can win  —  Poll after poll indicates the presidential campaign is a dead heat, but you wouldn't know it from talking to many Republican professionals.  If you gave them truth serum, they would tell you they think Mitt Romney will lose.
Mitch Daniels / CNN:
Daniels offers tough love for Romney
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Campaign Memo: Campaign Memo: In Strategy Shift, Obama Team Attacks Romney From the Left
Discussion: Daily Kos and Conservatives4Palin
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Brian Schweitzer: Mitt Romney's ‘Family Came From a Polygamy Commune in Mexico’  —  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says Mitt Romney's roots in Mexico will hurt him with female voters.  —  The Daily Beast contacted the office of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today to talk about whether his state …
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Gateway Guest Blogger / The Gateway Pundit:
Oops!  Dem Governor Bashes Romney for Polygamist Roots - Forgets About Obama's Polygamist DAD  —  The Luo Tribe has a long history of polygamy...  In this Obama Family photo are: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama …
Washington Post:
Secret Service supervisors involved in Colombia scandal identified  —  One of the Secret Service supervisors who was forced out of the agency this week for his involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal made light of his official protective work on his Facebook page …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Palin To Secret Service Agent: “Check This Out, Bodyguard — You're Fired”  —  Sarah Palin joined FOX News tonight to discuss the Secret Service prostitution scandal as well as the GSA spending scandal.  Palin also reacted to news that broke this afternoon about another Secret Service scandal, this time involving her.
Fox News:
Palin to Secret Service agent: 'Check this out - you're fired ... the buck stops with the president'
Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Manchin on the Fence About Obama Vote  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has done more than any other Democrat up for reelection this year to distance himself from President Obama, said he does not know if he will vote for Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.
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Joe Manchin / CNN:
TRENDING: Manchin may buck party in presidential vote
Jesse Helfrich / Ballot Box:
Democrats expressing buyers' remorse on Obama's healthcare law  —  An increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama's healthcare law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it.  —  The public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of November's elections.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Pipeline
NewsMax.com:
Jeb Warns Newsmax: Get Ready For ‘Most Negative Campaign’ Ever  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Americans are facing what will likely be the “most negative campaign in modern times” …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Mediaite
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Rubio, in Appeal to G.O.P.'s Conscience, Urges Compromise on Dream Act
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New Romney flack's old pastime: ridiculing the Gingriches  —  Mitt Romney's campaign put out word Thursday that Richard Grenell, the former Bush administration spokesman at the United Nations, was joining his team as a spokesman on foreign policy issues.  —  In between his gigs at the UN …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Guardian
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Congressman Proposes Amendment to Strip Most Newspapers, Churches, Nonprofits, and Other Corporations of All Constitutional Rights  —  That's the People's Rights Amendment: … So just as Congress could therefore ban the speech of nonmedia business corporations, it could ban publications …
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor  —  WASHINGTON - A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.  —  Sponsored Links
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Fears Rise That Recovery May Falter in the Spring  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again, raising fears that the winter's economic strength might dissipate in the spring.  —  In recent weeks, European bond yields have started climbing.
BuzzFeed:
A Ph.D In Beards  —  Everything you need to know about facial hair in one infographic.  —  by  —  ImWithKanye  · added an hour ago  · 31 responses
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
LEGOs for girls has feminist group in a twist  —  The new “Lego Friends” line rolled out in December features LadyFigs, curvier takeoffs on the traditional boxy figurines that live in a place called Heartlake City.  Shown above is a set depicting “Stephanie's Outdoor Bakery.”  (LEGO.com)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Alan Blinder: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Insurance
Discussion: EconLog
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Religious Belief Declining Very Slowly Around the World
Discussion: UChicago News
Guardian:
Live updates: Breivik insists he is not a racist
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Ken Blackwell / The Huffington Post:
Appeals Court Gives Arizona Partial Victory on Voter ID Law
Bloomberg:
Parsons Blames Glass-Steagall Repeal for Crisis
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Romney Says ‘No Time for Elaborate Vacations’
 Earlier Items: 
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Case Against Jury-Nullification Advocate Heicklen Dismissed
Discussion: Hit & Run, Law Blog, The BLT and City Room
Wall Street Journal:
Economic Reports Fan Fears
James Rosen / Fox News:
New federal agency OFR stirs ‘Orwellian’ fears
Discussion: protein wisdom
Bloomberg:
Nine U.S. Banks Said to be Examined on Overdraft Fees
Discussion: msnbc.com
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
From Hope to Hardball  —  How Barack Obama became Bill Clinton.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
Testing the Teachers  —  There's an atmosphere of grand fragility …
 

 
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