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12:45 PM ET, April 23, 2012

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals  —  WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda.  He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power …
BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Trashes GOP, Expresses Campaign Regrets  —  Former Republican presidential candidate compares his party to Communist China.  Says Reagan would have trouble winning GOP primary in this political environment.  Regrets opposition to 10-1 spending cuts to tax increase deficit deal.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Jon Huntsman explains China comment  —  Jon Huntsman on Monday attempted to explain comments comparing the Republican party to the Chinese communist party.  —  Huntsman, the former Utah governor, said on MSNBC on Monday that the night before he was “waxing philosophical” when he brought up Republicans and China.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:   Jon Huntsman Slams GOP: Reagan Would ‘Likely Not’ Be Able To Win Today
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Poll: Just three percent have favorable view of John Edwards  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  (CBS News) With opening arguments in the trial of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards set …
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Jamie Weinstein / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Morning: Dick Cheney over 10 times more popular than John Edwards
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Jury Selection in Edwards Trial Set to Begin
Discussion: News Desk and Althouse
Mj Lee / Politico:
Poll: John Edwards 3% favorable rating
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Sayare / New York Times:
For Results, Twitter Gets Out Early Word, in Code  —  PARIS — In France on Sunday, the flan was decidedly in the oven, while the tomato was surprisingly green.  By the same token — according to Twitter, at any rate — the temperature in Budapest hovered near 25 degrees.
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Greg Keller / Associated Press:
Fringes cast shadow over French prez election
New York Post:
An $8 billion trick?  —  Call it President Obama's Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department.  —  Only this isn't some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama targets foreign nationals' use of new technologies in human rights abuses  —  President Obama issued an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking …
Richard Black / BBC:
White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild  —  “Iceberg” is believed to be the first mature white orca observed  —  Scientists have made what they believe to be the first sighting of an adult white orca, or killer whale.  —  The adult male, which they have nicknamed Iceberg …
Discussion: Guardian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Amnesia Candidate  —  Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are?  If you've been following his campaign from the beginning, that's a question you have probably asked many times.  —  But the question was raised with particular force last week, when Mr. Romney tried …
Journalism.org:
HOW THE MEDIA COVERED THE 2012 PRIMARY CAMPAIGN  —  LESS HORSE RACE THAN 2008  —  By Tom Rosenstiel, Mark Jurkowitz and Tricia Sartor of PEJ  —  Mitt Romney needed 15 weeks once the primary contests began to gain a secure hold over his party's nomination for president.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats.  —  On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Romney's healthcare plan may be more revolutionary than Obama's  —  Instead of getting coverage at work, more Americans would shop for it on their own.  That would mean more choices — and more risk.  —  Republican candidate Mitt Romney says he would dump President Obama's healthcare overhaul and replace it with something else.
Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
Giuliani endorses Romney, downplays being running mate  —  (CNN) - One-time Mitt Romney rival Rudy Giuliani endorsed the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee for president on Monday.  And the former New York City mayor downplayed any chance he would be considered a running mate on the GOP ticket.
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
West says Muslim Brotherhood being allowed to influence strategy  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized the FBI on Monday for removing nearly 900 pages of training material it deemed to be offensive, saying it showed extremist Muslim groups were influencing national strategy.
David Carr / New York Times:
TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the Air  —  After broadcasting an audio clip on the “Today” show about George Zimmerman last month that hit the trifecta of being misleading, incendiary and dead-bang wrong, NBC News management took serious action: it fired the producer in charge and issued …
Michael Beckel / iWatch News Latest Stories:
Ex-GOP Gov. Crist's law firm donates to pro-Obama super PAC  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made his name in the Republican Party, but his new employer — a personal injury law firm — leans the other way, as evidenced by a $50,000 donation it made to the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Allen West Ousted From NAACP Event Over Communist Remark … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Allen West, Elections 2012, Video, Allen West Democrats Communists, Allen West Video, Barney Frank Communists, Allen West Communist Party, Allen West Communists, Allen West Tea Party, Politics News
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, TIME Ideas and The Page
Jeffry Scott / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cynthia McKinney back and running for her old congressional seat  —  Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is preparing to run for her old 4th Congressional district seat on the Green Party ticket.  —  McKinney was defeated by 4th district incumbent Hank Johnson in 2006 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Teri Weaver / Syracuse Post-Standard:
28 military protesters arrested in DeWitt near Hancock Air Base  —  DeWitt, N.Y. — Twenty-eight people were charged Sunday after failing to obtain a DeWitt town permit to march into the town and protest the U.S. military's use of unmanned drones.  —  The gathering, which included members …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: ‘National sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people’  —  President Obama on Monday announced new tools in what he called “an achievable goal” to prevent atrocities including the slaughter of innocent people in countries such as Syria and Sudan.
Discussion: Politico
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Can the Tea Party Defeat Dick Lugar?  —  After 35 years in the Senate, the Indiana Republican faces angry voters and a talented tea-party challenger.  —  Indianapolis  —  'You can't beat up on Grandpa.  You shouldn't beat up on Grandpa.  But still, there comes a time when it's time.
 
 
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Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election
Paul Wiseman / Boston Globe:
Swing-state unemployment down, Obama's chances up
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Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Tabloid Turncoat  —  Colin Myler, the Daily News' new editor …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UN to investigate plight of US Native Americans for first time
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo set to name David Paterson to MTA board, where he will replace Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Have Our News Organizations Gone Crazy?
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