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4:55 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 …
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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ABCNEWS:
Romney Spokeswoman in 2010: Marco Rubio is a “Wheeling-and-Dealing” “Lobbyist-Politician w/ “Questionable Ethics”  —  On his way to becoming a Republican superstar, Marco Rubio endured a bruising Senate campaign where his ethics, his integrity and even his commitment to conservative principles were under almost daily assault.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Maddow Blog
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney-Marco Rubio stump in Pennsylvania
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Romney: No short list for VP nominee
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
6 things to watch for at the John Edwards trial
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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BuzzFeed:
Jon Huntsman Trashes GOP, Expresses Campaign Regrets
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 …
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Baird Helgeson / Hot Dish Politics:
GOP threatened with eviction at St. Paul headquarters
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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.
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Associated Press:
Gov't auditors call on Obama administration to cancel Medicare bonuses GOP sees as political
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin Case - A Partially Parallel Shooting In Alabama  —  Reality generally does not provide the sort of parallel situations that would satisfy the rigors of social science.  However, let's go to Alabama for a shooting case from April 15 with many similarities to the Trayvon Martin shooting.
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
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
NO END IN SIGHT  —  The talk in Washington these days is all about budget deficits, tax rates, and the “fiscal crisis” that supposedly looms in our near future.  But this chatter has eclipsed a much more pressing crisis here and now: almost thirteen million Americans are still unemployed.
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.
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.”
Bryan Fischer / afa.net:
Re: Richard Grenell: Romney has some 'splaining to do  —  Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”  —  Gov. Mitt Romney stepped on a landmine by appointing Richard Grenell, an out, loud and proud homosexual, to be his spokesman on national security and foreign policy issues.
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.
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 Booman Tribune
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 …
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 …
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 …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
House GOP targets healthcare law with major cuts  —  House Republicans, continuing to target the 2010 healthcare overhaul, have identified billions of dollars in cuts and changes to its programs they hope to include in the 2013 federal budget.  —  Under the House-passed budget …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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, Hullabaloo and ThinkProgress
George Hale / maannews.net:
Clampdown on Palestinian media spreads to the Web … BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) — The Palestinian Authority has quietly instructed Internet providers to block access to news websites whose reporting is critical of President Mahmoud Abbas, according to senior government officials and data analyzed by network security experts.
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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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Romney leads in respect on working women issue
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Hugh Hefner: GOP ‘war against sex’
Discussion: Mediaite
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Ron Paul not quitting
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