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9:15 PM ET, April 26, 2012


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Daily Mail:
WTF?!?!  —  Sounds dead boring to me!  —  I don't believe that man could think of such a thing.  Religion is not for the rational man.  —  Where the hell does it say you can do that in the Quran!  Why would you want to!!!  The other laws are the usual sexist bull you get in Muslim countries …
Abeer Tayel / English:
Egypt's women urge MPs not to pass early marriage, sex-after-death laws: report  —  Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) has appealed to the Islamist-dominated parliament not to approve two controversial laws on the minimum age of marriage and allowing a husband to have sex …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
After Previously Praising Her, Paul Ryan Now Disses Ayn Rand: ‘I Reject Her Philosophy’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan and his on-again, off-again political inspiration, Ayn Rand  —  In 2005, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Ryan Shrugged  —  'You know you've arrived in politics when you have an urban legend about you, and this one is mine," chuckles Representative Paul Ryan, the Budget Committee chairman, as we discuss his purported obsession with author and philosopher Ayn Rand.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Paul Ryan defends budget to Catholics
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
SECOND FIRING IN FALSE ZIMMERMAN 911 EDIT  —  There has been a second firing at NBC over the misleading edit of George Zimmerman's 911 call.  A report published yesterday afternoon by the Miami Herald identifies reporter/producer Jeff Burnside as the individual responsible for the edits …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
NBC's Bad Zimmerman Edit - The Non-Story Expands  —  Breitbart's Big Journo flags a Miami Herald story telling us that NBC6 Miami reporter/producer Jeff Burnside was fired for his role in a misleading edit of the Zimmerman call to 911.  —  The timing is not clear, but the Herald story …
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Romney Campaign Again Warns Of ‘Soviet’ Threat  —  The Romney campaign has been accused of being stuck in the 1950s.  But it also seems mired in the 1980s — it again invoked Cold War threats on Thursday, as it tried to attack the Obama administration on foreign policy.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Biden: Obama has ‘big stick,’ Romney doesn't
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Monica Crowley Reacts To Fluke's Reported Engagement: “To A Man?”  —  Fox News political and foreign affairs analyst Monica Crowley reacted to a report that Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke got engaged to her boyfriend by tweeting: “To a man?”  —  Following criticism of her on Twitter …
Keith Perineand Jennifer Martinez / Politico:
House passes CISPA bill  —  The House passed the controversial CISPA cybersecurity bill on Thursday, defying a White House veto threat and throwing the issue squarely into the Senate's lap.  —  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said the bill was …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:   White House rejects Boehner's claim Obama wants to control the Internet
Michelle Obama's White House fantasy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Cool Kids Versus the Squares, Yet Again  —  When Barack Obama appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other night, he walked on stage and gave Fallon a quick pound hug, that handshake/one-arm hug that we cool guys do these days to express a sentiment something like, “It is good to see you again …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Crossroads ad attacks Obama's ‘celebrity’ presidency
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Young Voters Back Obama, but Many Aren't Poised to Vote  —  Older voters much more likely to vote, and more likely to support Romney  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama continues to enjoy a substantial lead over Mitt Romney among voters under 30, but these youthful Americans …
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:   Young People May Not Bother to Vote for Obama: Poll
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
The HuffPost Election Map: A First Look At The Presidential Race … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Barack Obama 2012 , Elections 2012, Video, 2012 Presidential Election, Electoral College, Mitt Romney Polls, Election Map, Mitt Romney 2012, Polling Map, Pollster Analysis, Politics News
Discussion: Hot Air
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Plan of Attack: Obama, Romney and the Electoral College
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
More Support for Gun Rights, Gay Marriage than in 2008 or 2004  —  OVERVIEW  —  Opinions about a pair of contentious social issues, gun control and gay marriage, have changed substantially since previous presidential campaigns.  On gun control, Americans have become more conservative; on gay marriage, they have become more liberal.
Morgan Little / Los Angeles Times:   Americans increasingly in favor of gay marriage, gun rights
Paul Krugman:
The New Voodoo  —  Every time I think we might be making progress against the prejudices and myths that pass for judicious thinking these days, something like this editorial in the FT comes along to renew my despair.  —  The editorial is a response to the latest bad UK economic news …
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Says GOP Plan on Student Loan Rate 'Assault on Women's Health'  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi railed against Republican efforts to offset the one-year extension of the 3.4 percent student loan rate by taking money out of a fund she believes is imperative to the “survival to women.”
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Weasel Zippers
John DiStaso /
Manchester's Biundo, former Santorum campaign manager, moves to key post in Rommey camp  —  MANCHESTER — Veteran Manchester Republican activist Mike Biundo, the former national campaign manager for Rick Santorum, has signed on with the Mitt Romney campaign in a key post organizing conservative voters …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Post
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
I Was Wrong About Dick Cheney . . .  . . . and other lessons I learned from vetting vice-presidential candidates.  —  We've entered the silly season when vast numbers of words will be expended on who Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate should be.  Since the actual announcement …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Vacation backlash: Blue collar Dems jealous, angry at Obamas  —  Blue collar workers are upset with the number of vacations the first family take.  The Obamas are shown returning from their Christmas vacation in Hawaii in January.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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 —
David Catanese / Politico:
Dick Lugar trails by 5, poll says  —  Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar has fallen behind state Treasurer Richard Mourdock by five points, according to a new poll released Thursday.  —  The survey, taken Tuesday and Wednesday by Wenzel Strategies on behalf of Citizens United, places Mourdock at 44 percent and Lugar at 39 percent.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects mistress's secrecy bid at John Edwards trial  —  The federal judge overseeing former presidential candidate John Edwards's trial on campaign finance charges has rejected what appears to be a bid by Edwards's ex-mistress to keep some of the trial exhibits secret.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Yahoo! News
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senators want to rid federal law of word ‘lunatic’  —  Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would remove all references to the word “lunatic” from federal law, a step they said is needed to reflect the country's modern understanding of mental-health conditions.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Pew Research Center:
Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments  —  Republicans Like State Government, Especially in GOP-Led States  —  OVERVIEW  —  Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years.
Discussion: Politico
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Toomey to replace DeMint as Senate GOP Steering Committee chairman
Discussion: Politico
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Two Republican House members say Obama misquoted them
Discussion: Speaker, National Review and
Associated Press:
Deal on Senate vote on violence against women bill
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Chris Christie Tells Jersey 'I'm Not Going Anywhere'
Discussion: GOP 12
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kentucky Employees May Not Be Fired for Lawfully Storing Guns in Their Cars
Brother Romney: Commitment To Mormon Church “All Encompassing”
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Bankrupting the Vote  —  It's well known that Republicans …
Discussion: Reuters and The Maddow Blog
Chuck Rudd / The Daily Caller:
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Only Reasonable Response Is Alarm