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9:45 PM ET, April 24, 2012

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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: Power Line, 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
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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BuzzFeed:
Romney's Big Speech: “It's Still About The Economy ... And We're Not Stupid”  —  Romney to declare victory, will try to reclaim message of “fairness.”  But the networks won't carry it.  —  (AP / Jae C. Hong)  —  Mitt Romney will declare victory himself to be the Republican Party's nominee …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Holly Bailey / ABCNEWS:
Romney to shift to Obama and target economy in New Hampshire primary night speech  —  Mitt Romney is not expected to call himself the Republican presidential nominee tonight after polls close in five more state primary contests.  But according to excerpts of the remarks he'll give in Manchester …
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo! News
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
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.
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
Stephen Lacey / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Says It Plans To Craft Legislation To Take Down State Renewable Energy Targets  —  Two leading conservative political organizations say they are stepping up coordinated efforts to repeal state-level renewable energy targets.  —  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a …
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Jim Snyder / Bloomberg:
Clean-Energy Requirements Targeted by ALEC, Norquist
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
At Florida International University, GOP rising star Sen. Marco Rubio is professor Rubio  —  MIAMI — The teacher entered the classroom at 11 a.m. sharp, took a determined swig of Starbucks and launched into a lesson on why political compromise is so elusive.
Discussion: GOP 12
Julian Gavaghan / Daily Mail:
Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?  Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.  — Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities  —  There are at least 63 active drone sites around …
Discussion: Business Insider and msnbc.com
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Cooper Union Will Charge Tuition for Graduate Students  —  After months of agonized debate about its 110-year-old tradition of free education, Cooper Union will begin charging graduate students next year while maintaining, at least for now, its no-tuition policy for undergraduates, the college's president said Tuesday.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
 
 
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America's false autism epidemic
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CBS piece on Christians' plight in Middle East — in Israel?
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Planned palace upsets some neighbors in tony D.C. suburb
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DNC head: ‘Entirely reasonable’ Boehner fears losing House
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