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10:35 PM ET, April 23, 2012

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Politico:
Obama's campaign whisperer  —  Barack Obama's top advisers are making a mid-"core" correction in their attacks on Mitt Romney — with a little nudge from Bill Clinton, who is finding a niche as an Obama campaign whisperer and fundraiser.  —  Late last year, as Romney galloped to the right …
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?  —  Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware.  —  With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O'Donnell of the 2012 race …
Discussion: Power Line
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama needs to find a theme soon
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Media Favored Romney Over Obama During GOP Primaries: Study  —  Forget liberal bias.  A new study reveals that the press covered Romney twice as favorably as Obama during the primaries—and declared the GOP race over weeks ago, reports Howard Kurtz.  Plus, Peter Beinart on the Democrats anti-Mormom problem.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Can Gingrich turn around the primary in Delaware?
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Post
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
How John Edwards Could Get Cornered By the Prosecution in His Campaign Finance Trial  —  As a card-carrying member of the Betrayed by John Edwards Alumni Association, I'll admit that my initial response to his federal indictment for violating campaign laws was skepticism.
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Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
Obama Selects Woman Who Wanted to Invade Israel As Chair of Genocide Panel  —  Only Barack Obama!  Today the President tried to show he was a friend of the Jews with a beautifully crafted speech Holocaust Museum.  Showing his words mean nothing, also today Samantha Power began work today …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Boehner: ‘One in three chance’ House GOP could lose majority  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that his party faces a “real challenge” in holding on to its majority in the House.  —  In an interview with Fox News to air Tuesday, Boehner predicted that the GOP will keep control …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Planned Parenthood Worried It's The Target Of New Undercover Sting … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Live Action, Lila Rose Planned Parenthood, Live-Action-Planned-Parenthood, Live-Action-Planned-Parenthood- Video, Planned Parenthood Investigation, Planned Parenthood Sting, Politics News
Steven Salzberg / Fighting Pseudoscience:
University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets.  Hmm.  —  Math and computer science are hard.  Why bother?  —  Wow, no one saw this coming.  The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department …
Pew Hispanic Center:
Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less  —  The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill.  After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally …
Sen. Tom Harkin / The Huffington Post:
Preserving Social Security  —  Social Security , Retirement , Rebuild America Act , Retirement Planning , Middle Class , Social Security Trust Fund , Politics News  —  It might surprise many in Washington, but if you ask hardworking Americans what their greatest economic concern is they don't say budget deficits or the national debt.
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Associated Press:
Social Security heading for insolvency even faster
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
RNC Spokeswoman: Republican Economic Platform Will Be The Bush Program, ‘Just Updated’  —  Ready for an update?  —  During an interview last week on The Fernando Espuelas Show, Alexandra Franceschi, Specialty Media Press Secretary of the Republican National Committee, said that the Republican …
Ian Johnston / msnbc.com:
‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change  —  Jacques Demarthon/ AFP/Getty Images  —  British environmental guru James Lovelock, seen on March 17, 2009 in Paris, admits he was “alarmist” about climate change in the past.  —  By Ian Johnston, msnbc.com
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
RSS for Morrison Institute:
Poll: Obama vs. Romney a ‘toss-up’ in Arizona  —  With the 2012 presidential election just over six months away, the latest statewide Merrill/Morrison Institute poll found that Arizonans are evenly divided on whom they will support in November.  —  According to the poll of 488 registered voters …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Hot Air and The Daily Dish
BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Will Filter Your Porn  —  In these two video from Iowa in 2007 — back when he was running as a culture warrior — the former Massachusetts Governor said President Romney would require that every new computer come with a pornography “filter.”  This may not actually be popular.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney: No short list for VP nominee
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Politico and ABCNEWS
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama lead nears double digits in New Hampshire  —  President Obama continues to hold a substantial lead over Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, despite the presumptive Republican nominee's heavy campaigning in the state.  —  The WMUR/Granite State Poll shows Obama with a nine-point lead over Romney …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, WMUR and CNN
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Path of a Spurious President Obama Quote  —  A New York Post editorial says (in a passage that has since been corrected on the site): … The trouble is that President Obama didn't say “unlike some people” (see the portion starting about 9:20 in this video, and this official transcript).
CNN:
Cheney offers advice on picking a running mate  —  (CNN) - It may be months before Mitt Romney announces who will join him on the GOP presidential ticket, but speculation surrounding the likely nominee's choice of running mate is already well beyond fever pitch.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Democrats Set to Break Spending Cap Agreement  —  Last summer, as part of the agreement that resulted in raising the federal government's debt limit, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which set spending caps for future years.  These spending caps represented “cuts” in the Washington sense …
Chicago Sun Times:
Gorbachev, in Chicago, on Obama: ‘I will support him’  —  Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and actor and philanthropist Sean Penn at Von Steuben High School as part of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.  Gorbachev's interpreter Pavel Palazhchenko is at left.  Rich Hein~Sun-Times.
Grae Stafford / The Daily Caller:
Former Justice official: Obama worse than Bush on civil liberties [VIDEO]  —  The Obama administration's use of executive power has gone further than the Bush administration's toward diminishing Americans' civil liberties, author John Yoo told The Daily Caller.
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Fortune:
Watch out!  Is the Fed pushing us into another bubble?  —  The economy is getting back on track, so maybe it's time for policy makers to loosen their grip on interest rates.  —  By Sheila Bair, contributor  —  FORTUNE — In a recent series of college lectures, Ben Bernanke sounded a positive note …
Orlando Sentinel:
Sanford commissioners reject chief of police resignation over Trayvon Martin case  —  Sanford city commissioners voted 3-2 to reject Police Chief Bill Lee's resignation over the controversial Trayvon Martin investigation.  —  Mayor Jeff Triplett, and commissioners Patty Mahany and Randy Jones voted …
Don Surber:
Underemployed college grads is a good thing  —  I know.  I am Mister Insensitivity but into each life a little rain must come.  That is why an Associated Press story on the difficulties of recent college graduates facing joblessness or underemployment warmed the cockles of my heart.
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Hugh Hefner: GOP ‘war against sex’  —  Although it's his magazine, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner doesn't frequently take to its pages to wax poetic about one thing or another.  In the May issue, however, Hefner pens a rare, full-page editorial on an unsurprising topic: Sex.  —  This time, it's political, however.
Discussion: Mediaite
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher can't enter Afghanistan  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday he was denied entry into Afghanistan because of his critical views of that country's government.  —  “Apparently, [Afghanistan President Hamid] …
Discussion: BBC, ThinkProgress, Hullabaloo and CNN
Chicago News and Weather:
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Washing Pots in Prison, Looking Forward to Teaching Shakespeare  —  FOX Chicago News Exclusive  —  (FOX Chicago News) Littleton, Colo. - Ever since Rod Blagojevich reported to the Englewood Federal Correctional Center outside Denver five and a half weeks ago …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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CNN:
12th military member under investigation in scandal
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George Hale / maannews.net:
Clampdown on Palestinian media spreads to the Web
ABCNEWS:
Romney Spokeswoman in 2010: Marco Rubio is a “Wheeling-and-Dealing” “Lobbyist-Politician w/ “Questionable Ethics”
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