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9:45 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 …
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
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Can Gingrich turn around the primary in Delaware?
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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
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
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
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
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
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).
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
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 …
Dick Cheney / 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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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, ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
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.
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
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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Cristina Corbin / Fox News:
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BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Will Filter Your Porn
George Hale / maannews.net:
Clampdown on Palestinian media spreads to the Web
msnbc.com:
George Zimmerman released on bail in Trayvon Martin shooting case
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