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1:30 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
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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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 …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama needs to find a theme soon
Discussion: New York Magazine and Paul Krugman
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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Reuters:
Sarkozy courts French far right after Hollande win
Discussion: The New Republic
Greg Keller / Associated Press:
Fringes cast shadow over French prez election
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
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] …
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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: ABCNEWS and Guardian
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Report: Health law will save Medicare $200B  —  President Obama's healthcare reform law will save the Medicare program roughly $200 billion by 2016, according to an analysis from the program's actuaries.  —  The report, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Romney's healthcare plan may be more revolutionary than Obama's
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.
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.
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Jim Kouri / Examiner:
FBI implements Obama's politically correct counterterrorism training
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Politics in Minnesota:
State GOP served with eviction papers for its St. Paul office space  —  The debt-plagued Republican Party of Minnesota is getting kicked out of its party headquarters near the state Capitol.  —  Massachusetts-based Hub Properties Trust filed paperwork in Ramsey County on Wednesday to evict …
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.
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 …
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.”
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
President Obama Edits Out Climate Change From His Earth Day 2012 Proclamation  —  You'll be glad to know that in the last 12 months, that whole climate change problem went away.  At least that's the impression left from comparing President Obama's 2012 Earth Day proclamation with the 2011 one.
Discussion: Get Energy Smart!
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why stay?  President, Congress should just go home until after the election  —  The president is in full campaign mode.  So is Congress.  The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections.  —  Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Swampland
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 …
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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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
RNC Spokeswoman: Republican Economic Platform Will Be The Bush Program, ‘Just Updated’
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Jonathan Miller / NationalJournal.com:
Ron Paul Says He'll Continue, Even If Romney Clinches Nomination
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: ‘National sovereignty is never a license to slaughter your people’
Discussion: Politico
Michael Beckel / iWatch News Latest Stories:
Ex-GOP Gov. Crist's law firm donates to pro-Obama super PAC
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
Can the Tea Party Defeat Dick Lugar?
Paul Wiseman / Boston Globe:
Swing-state unemployment down, Obama's chances up
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Tabloid Turncoat  —  Colin Myler, the Daily News' new editor …
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
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Pushback for Romney Fund
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
A day will come when I stop enjoying this.  Today is not that day.
Discussion: Instapundit and Don Surber
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
George Zimmerman released on bond in Trayvon Martin killing
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Have Our News Organizations Gone Crazy?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
At The NYT: Clueless Blue Deer Meet Onrushing Truck
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