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7:10 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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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 …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama needs to find a theme soon
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 …
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.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
House GOP targets healthcare law with major cuts
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Report: Health law will save Medicare $200B
Discussion: Hit & Run and ThinkProgress
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
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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).
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.
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 …
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.
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, CNN, Hullabaloo and ThinkProgress
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.
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, Hot Air and CNN
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Dick Cheney / CNN:
Cheney offers advice on picking a running mate
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BuzzFeed:
Gay Republican Group Fundraises For Controversial Sheriff
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Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
FBI ends basement search for Etan Patz, but no reports of human remains found
Discussion: Newsy and New York Magazine
msnbc.com:
George Zimmerman released on bail in Trayvon Martin shooting case
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
NO END IN SIGHT  —  The talk in Washington these days …
Reuters:
Suspected cyber attack hits Iran oil industry
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election
Discussion: Booman Tribune and ABCNEWS
Richard Black / BBC:
White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild
Discussion: Guardian and ABCNEWS
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Jon Huntsman explains China comment
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Pushback for Romney Fund