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www2.wkrg.com:
Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition  —  Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he's in critical condition.  —  According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night.
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Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
And now it's time to play: How Deep Did They Bury the Lede?  —  WKRG reports: … Here's Owens:  —  Hey, that's what he gets for having a similar skin color to someone we've all been instructed to hate.  —  Well done, Spike Lee.  Nice job, NBC.  Keep up the good work, ABC.
Discussion: Fox News and Addicting Info
Ace of Spades HQ:
20 Blacks Beat White Interloper With Makeshift Bludgeons; Victim In Critical Condition; One Attacker Said, “Now That's Justice For Trayvon”  —  No national media coverage.  —  And this is the third racially-motivated attack in which the attackers explicitly cited “Justice for Trayvon” as a motivation or excuse for the brutal attacks.
WPMI:   Delmar Attack Over Possible Racial Slurs
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Ann Romney: 'I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don't Have A Choice' And ‘Must Go To Work’  —  In an emotional speech about the difficulty of motherhood and life on the campaign trail, Ann Romney used an odd choice of words to discuss mothers who are forced to work while raising their children.
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Agonist
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CNN:
Romney and Santorum aiming to meet May 4th
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Ezra Klein:
Why Romney could be a transformational president  —  One thing my presidential election model can't tell you is what sort of Congress the next president is likely to end up with.  But we can speculate.  —  If Obama wins the election, the odds are that he's facing a Republican House, and perhaps even a Republican Senate.
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Note Then-Senator Obama Didn't Show Up for Vote on Student Loan Bill in 2007
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
Matt Kelley / Radio Iowa:
Grassley talks about Secret Service sex scandal & national security (audio)  —  Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said today he has deep concerns about the competence and integrity of the Secret Service.  —  The questions arise as President Obama will visit Iowa City tomorrow …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grassley: Colombian prostitutes may have been Russian spies
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Daily Kos
CNN:
Obama praises Secret Service, hits ‘knuckleheads’ who caused scandal
Discussion: Politico
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
Second N.J. trooper suspended amid high-speed caravan investigation  —  TRENTON — The State Police today suspended two troopers without pay and reassigned a station commander as the investigation into an unauthorized, high-speed escort of sports cars to Atlantic City last month kicked into high gear.
BuzzFeed:
Romney Set To Make 97th Pivot To General Election  —  This one may stick.  —  A campaign worker prepares for Mitt Romney's speech tonight at the Raddisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney's big speech …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Romney begins his pivot toward general election
Alan Bjerga / Bloomberg:
Mad-Cow Case Confirmed in Central California, USDA Says  —  Mad Cow Case Confirmed in Central California  —  The first U.S. case of mad cow disease in six years was found in a dairy cow in central California before its meat entered the human food chain and posed any health threat to consumers, officials said.
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and L.A. NOW
Tor.com Frontpage Partial:
Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free  —  Tom Doherty Associates, publishers of Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen, today announced that by early July 2012, their entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free.  —  “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said president and publisher Tom Doherty.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bryan Fischer Stumped: Unable To Explain How John Bolton ‘Did A Great Job’ With ‘Gay Activist’ By His Side  —  The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer took his crusade against Richard Grenell — an openly gay man who is now Mitt Romney's chief spokesperson for foreign policy …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's abject failure on entitlement reform  —  President Obama's dearth of leadership on entitlement reform has consequences.  The Wall Street Journal reports: … Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Michael Ramlet from the American Action Forum provide some useful detail.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
New Fashion Wrinkle: Stylishly Hiding the Gun  —  Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.  —  And they are great for hiding a handgun.
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals  —  Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside.  —  One of the nation's largest medical debt-collection companies …
Discussion: The Consumerist and Yahoo! Finance
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — April 2012  —  The April poll gauged Americans' opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the wake of the Supreme Court oral arguments in the legal challenges to the health reform law in March.  —  The increased public attention to the Affordable Care Act generated …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Sunny skies but light turnout for five Northeastern primaries  —  Voters in the Northeast aren't embracing to the better-than-expected weather Tuesday, with election officials across the region reporting exceedingly light turnout in primary contests across five states.
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Mitt Romney's Gay Spokesman: A Milestone in Republican Politics  —  The hiring of Richard Grenell by Romney signals a shift in the GOP's openness to gays and gives the party its first out presidential campaign spokesman.  —  The recent hiring of Richard Grenell, Mitt Romney's openly gay …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Eli Yokley / PoliticMo:
Brunner former company Vi-Jon's credit rating downgraded  —  Late last year, Brunner launched his campaign from a Vi-Jon plant in St. Louis.  (Photo/Brunner campaign)  — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful John Brunner has made improving the nation's economy a key issue in his campaign.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Earth to Ben Bernanke  —  Chairman Bernanke Should Listen to Professor Bernanke  —  When the financial crisis struck in 2008, many economists took comfort in at least one aspect of the situation: the best possible person, Ben Bernanke, was in place as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Kenneth Rogoff / Financial Times:
A euro parable: the couple with a joint account  —  Perhaps the following parable is not entirely fair to the euro, but nevertheless the parallels seem striking.  —  Consider a young couple who is contemplating marriage, but unsure whether to take the big step.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Ezra Klein
Metro Weekly:
Transgender Breakthrough: EEOC ruling that gender-identity discrimination is covered by Title VII is a “sea change” that opens the doors to employment protection for transgender Americans  —  News:  —  An employer who discriminates against an employee or applicant on the basis …
Open Channel / msnbc.com:
US officials: N. Korea has up to ‘few dozen’ nukes  —  North Korea could carry out an underground test of a nuclear weapon as early as Tuesday night as the North's reclusive leadership dramatically tries to up the stakes with the U.S. and the West, U.S. officials told NBC News.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Rebecca Burgin, a long-time girlfriend of former North Carolina Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley, told The Daily Caller that she believes Parmley infected her with HIV.  —  Parmley resigned on April 15 amid sexual harassment allegations from a former young male staffer.
 
 
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Scott Brown to release six years of tax returns; Elizabeth Warren says she'll release four years
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