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11:30 AM ET, April 27, 2012

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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 1st quarter 2012 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 …
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CNBC:
US Economy Grows at Tepid 2.2% Pace; Misses Estimates  —  U.S. economic growth cooled in the first quarter as businesses cut back on investment and restocked shelves at a moderate pace, but stronger demand for automobiles softened the blow.  —  Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate …
msnbc.com:
US economic growth slows in the first quarter
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Robert Pear / New York Times:
House Defies Veto Threat on Hacking Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Defying a veto threat from President Obama, the House on Thursday passed a bill that encourages intelligence agencies and businesses to share information about threats to computer systems, including attacks on American Web sites by hackers in China and other countries.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Mashable! and The Page
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
White House rejects Boehner's claim Obama wants to control the Internet
Keith Perineand Jennifer Martinez / Politico:
House passes CISPA bill
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
John Boehner doubts Marco Rubio immigration plan could pass House this year
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Why Jeb Bush doesn't want veep  —  He's the GOP vice presidential pick that Democrats fear most — a brassy choice who would likely deliver his crucial home state, boost the ticket with Hispanics and Catholics and appeal to both conservatives and independents.  —  The problem: Jeb Bush apparently doesn't want the job.
Discussion: GOP 12
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama Web ad says Romney wouldn't have ordered bin Laden raid  —  President Obama's campaign is using Bill Clinton to argue Mitt Romney would not have launched the raid to capture Osama bin Laden last year.  —  The argument is being made to coincide with the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death.
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Death of a Fairy Tale  —  This was the month the confidence fairy died.  —  For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine.  According to this doctrine, governments should respond …
E.J. Schultz / AdAge:
Anheuser-Busch Warns UFC About Fighters' Sexist, Homophobic Comments  —  Major Sponsor Threatens Action ‘If Incidents Continue’  —  Anheuser-Busch, a major sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship, has reprimanded the mixed-martial arts organization for remarks made by some fighters.
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Obama administration scraps child labor restrictions for farms  —  The Labor Department withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have limited the work that children can perform on farms.  —  The proposal drew heavy criticism from rural-state lawmakers and agricultural leaders …
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Standing With Swing Voters Is Weak  —  On Wednesday I argued that only a tiny swath of the actual electorate - maybe 10 percent - will be up for grabs in November.  Today, I want to answer the obvious follow-up question: what are these voters thinking?
Discussion: GOP 12
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Nebraska battle complicates GOP effort to retake Senate  —  The Senate Republican primary in Nebraska has turned into a proxy war between conservatives and establishment Republicans that could complicate efforts to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats.
Sean Hackbarth / FreeEnterprise.com:
EPA Official Has History of Unfair Attacks on Oil and Gas  —  Last night, Region 6 EPA Administrator Al Armendariz released an apology for comparing his agency regulating oil and gas companies to Roman centurions crucifying villagers:  —  I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words.
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Leigh Beadon / Techdirt:
Insanity: CISPA Just Got Way Worse, And Then Passed On Rushed Vote  —  Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow.  Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168.  But that's not even the worst part.
BuzzFeed:
'80s Band Contemplating Legal Action Against Rove Group  —  An Obama-bashing commercial by Karl Rove's Super PAC appears to sample from an '80s electronica hit — but Yello did not approve this message.  —  Swiss band Yello  —  Source: s3-ak.buzzfed.com  —  Swiss electronica band …
Nigel Davies / Reuters:
Spanish economy in “huge crisis” after credit downgrade  —  (Reuters) - Spain's sickly economy faces a “crisis of huge proportions”, a minister said on Friday, as unemployment hit its highest level in two decades and Standard and Poor's weighed in with a two-notch downgrade of the government's debt.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Bill Plante / CBS News:
Secret Service probing foreign hard-partying allegations going back to 2000  —  (CBS News) WASHINGTON - The Secret Service sex scandal is getting wider.  —  The dispute over payment to a prostitute in Cartagena, Colombia, by a Secret Service agent has triggered new charges of hard partying and impropriety by agents around the globe.
Julianna Goldman / Bloomberg:
Clinton Backers Wait for Obama's to Cut Checks for Super-PAC  —  Bill and Hillary Clinton's network of political donors has a message for President Barack Obama's longtime backers when it comes to multi-million dollar contributions — you first.  —  Through March, only 12 of Obama's 532 top fundraisers …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
ATF: 70 percent of guns found in Mexico come from US  —  Nearly 70 percent of all guns found in Mexico came from the U.S. over the past four years, according to data released by the federal government on Thursday.  —  More than 68,000 of the 99,691 firearms that were recovered between 2007 and 2011 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The President Has a List
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Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Economy in U.S. Probably Expanded as Consumer Spending Picked Up
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Gingrich Is Quitting the Race (Just Give Him a Little Time)
NDTV News:
Anti-gay propaganda bill passed in Siberia
Maureen Ryan / The Huffington Post:
‘Parks And Recreation’ Gets Political: Amy Poehler And Mike Schur Talk Pawnee Debate Night
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
Egypt ‘necrophilia law’? Hooey, utter hooey.
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Amy Davidson / News Desk:
What John Edwards Said  —  Perhaps it's a bad sign …
John DiStaso / unionleader.com:
Manchester's Biundo, former Santorum campaign manager, moves to key post in Rommey camp
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
NBC's Bad Zimmerman Edit - The Non-Story Expands
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Two Republican House members say Obama misquoted them
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