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10:55 AM ET, April 26, 2012

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CNN:
TRENDING: Republicans request investigation of Obama travel  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just playing politics - he may be committing fraud on the taxpayer's dime, the Republican National Committee charged on Wednesday.  —  In a letter to the Government Accountability Office …
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Washington Free Beacon:
Liberal Media Mock Obama for Faux Campaign  —  Members of the media are questioning the Obama administration's numerous “official business” trips to swing states, during which he has been giving stump speeches and raising campaign funds.  —  High-profile Washington reporters engaged in a line …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:   RNC calls for investigation into Obama's travel costs for ambiguously political trips
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT TECH: House weighs changes to cybersecurity bill after veto threat
Discussion: Politico and CANNONFIRE
Mary Milliken / Reuters:
Kimmel to “feast on stupid comments” at White House dinner
KIRO-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: New Secret Service scandal centers on strippers, prostitutes in El Salvador  —  U.S. Secret Service agents brag they routinely use third-world prostitutes while conducting out-of-country security detail for Presidential visits  —  Sponsored Links  —  SEATTLE —
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Bad Day In Court for the Obama Administration  —  Some years ago, I worked on a big case in Alaska and spent a lot of time there.  At that time, the local bar was buzzing about a lawyer who had a really bad day in court: he was kicked to death by a moose in the parking lot of the federal courthouse in Anchorage.
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Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman Crucifixions  —  A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency's philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed …
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Matt Dempsey / U.S. Senate Committee …:
Inhofe To Detail EPA's “Crucify Them” Strategy on American Energy Producers in Senate Floor Speech
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Craig Bannister / CNSNews:   EPA Official's ‘Philosophy’ On Oil Companies: ‘Crucify Them’ - Just As Romans Crucified Conquered Citizens
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney fundraiser: Donors ‘coming out of the woodwork’  —  Mitt Romney's fundraising has skyrocketed since he became the de facto nominee, a top Romney fundraiser told The Hill Wednesday evening.  —  “People are coming out of the woodwork,” said the fundraiser, who requested not to be named.
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting  —  (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.  —  The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain.
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA'S FALLON APPEARANCE VIOLATED CAMPAIGN LAW  —  Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon's unwatchable show to “slow-jam the news.”  By this, Fallon meant that Obama would read a campaign speech about student loans, Fallon would utter a few lines to back him up every so often …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Romney's principled, radical view for America  —  It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.  —  He would never put it this way, of course …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Crossroads ad attacks Obama's ‘celebrity’ presidency  —  A new ad released Thursday by the conservative super-PAC American Crossroads seeks to use President Obama's “cool” status against him, appealing to the youth vote by asking how America's “biggest celebrity” has helped them find jobs.
Discussion: CNN
Henry Chu / World Now:
Liberia's Charles Taylor guilty of aiding, abetting war crimes  —  LONDON — In a landmark case, former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity through his arming of ruthless rebel groups in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for so-called blood diamonds.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
White House Correspondents' Dinner guest list: The latest  —  Newsweek/The Daily Beast Actress Reese Witherspoon; “The Help” star Viola Davis; J.R. Martinez of “Dancing With the Stars”; Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Gen. David Petraeus; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Stephen Hilger / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney's Appointment of Gay Aide Richard Grenell Signals New Attitude  —  Last week, Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his new foreign policy spokesman.  Grenell was President Bush's communications director at the United Nations for eight years, and has been a spokesman for a handful …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Will Log Cabin endorse Romney?  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (Blade file photo by Michael Key)  —  Mitt Romney swept a series of GOP presidential primaries this week as news surfaced that Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign on Tuesday.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Vogue's flattering article on Syria's first lady is scrubbed from Web  —  It may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in decades.  —  “Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic — the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” writer Joan Juliet Buck began …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
2 House Democrats Defeated After Opposing Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The defeat of two conservative House Democrats by more liberal opponents in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary illustrates the strong hold the new health care law still has over committed Democratic voters and foreshadows …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Centrist lawmakers find themselves on losing end of 2012 races  —  Next year's Congress might be the most polarized yet thanks to the loss of centrist lawmakers — a trend emphasized in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primaries.  —  “The middle is getting squeezed,” ex-Rep. Tom Davis (Va.) …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senate approves changes to the U.S. Postal Service  —  Congress moved one step closer Wednesday to overhauling the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service by approving sweeping reforms to rebalance the mail agency's finances and help cut the size of its delivery network.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
News, And Not News  —  The Times poses a puzzle on its front page today - in the world that brought us Trayvon Martin, what is news, and what is not news?  In the course of asking they continue their non-coverage of Summer Moody and Matthew Owens, two stories with Trayvon Martin resonance that don't fit any comfortable Times template.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House to vote on student loans  —  An electoral battle between President Obama and Republicans over young voters escalated Wednesday when Speaker John Boehner scheduled a Friday vote to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling this summer.  —  Boehner (R-Ohio) coupled the vote …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Speaker
New York Times:
Bo Xilai Said to Have Spied on Top China Officials  —  BEIJING — When Hu Jintao, China's top leader, picked up the telephone last August to talk to a senior anticorruption official visiting Chongqing, special devices detected that he was being wiretapped — by local officials in that southwestern metropolis.
 
 
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Mike Levine / Fox News:
Feds urge vigilance 1 year after bin Laden's death
Jon Caramanica / New York Times:
Critic's Notebook: HBO's ‘Girls’ is Hardly the Only Example of Monochromatic TV
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Micah Cohen / FiveThirtyEight:
Since Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
White House approves broader Yemen drone campaign
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama camp targets Romney's ‘back to the future’ foreign policy
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Wall Street Journal:
Europe's Phony Growth Debate
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Brian New / KENS:
I-TEAM : Congressman Canseco says he was assaulted during TSA pat-down
Discussion: msnbc.com, The Hill and The Raw Story
Lisa Derrick / Lisa Derrick's myFDL diary:
Fred Karger Campaign Ad Flagged, Pulled by YouTube
Discussion: Advocate
ABCNEWS:
Behind Obama's Definition of Wealth and Paying Off Student Loans
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
Mitt Romney's Dark Knight
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress