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9:45 PM ET, April 30, 2012

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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Romney on OBL: ‘Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order’  —  Mitt Romney, asked if he would have given the order to go after Osama Bin Laden, as President Obama's new video and his campaign aides have suggested he wouldn't have done, per POLITICO's Ginger Gibson: “Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Inside the Mitt Laden Smackdown  —  As you know, on the eve of the anniversary of the targeted killing of arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden, the Obama reelection campaign launched a frontal attack on Mitt Romney.  They not only celebrated Obama's decision but freely suggested that Romney …
CBS News:
Arianna Huffington: President's bin Laden ad “despicable”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of the The Huffington Post, called the Obama campaign's decision to tout the assassination of Osama bin Laden in a campaign advertisement “despicable.”
ABCNEWS:
Obama Zings Romney on Bin Laden  —  Without mentioning his opponent by name, President Obama took clear political aim at Mitt Romney on Monday, continuing a line of attack from his campaign that Romney would not have given the go-ahead to the mission that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkette
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Depressed Bin Laden thought about ‘al-Qaida’ name change, White House says
Discussion: Politico
First Read / msnbc.com:
The first place for news and analysis from the NBC News Political Unit. Follow us on Twitter.
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
Jon Meacham / TIME Ideas:
Why Obama Owns bin Laden
Discussion: PERRspectives and ABCNEWS
Chris Christie / CNN:
Romney might convince me, Christie says  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said Romney “might be able to convince” him to serve as his No. 2 on the Republican presidential ticket.  —  “He might be able to convince me.  He's a convincing guy, but I really love this job.
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Matt Katz / Philly.com:
Romney could ‘convince’ Christie to run for VP
Discussion: Ballot Box
CNN:
Giuliani and Romney to team up
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABCNEWS:
Christie Willing to Be Sold on VP Slot
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
CNN:
Sununu: ‘19 or 20’ names in the VP bowl
Discussion: Indecision Forever, Politico and GOP 12
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Christie opens door for VP slot
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
NORTH CAROLINA: Man Films Himself Firing A Shotgun Into Neighbor's Yard Sign Against Amendment One  —  How is NOM going to spin THIS?  Somebody please mirror this clip immediately onto your own YouTube channel and send me a back-up link.  —  UPDATE: Thanks folks, we've now got back-up copies of this shameless a**holery.
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Mark Duffy / BuzzFeed:   The North Carolina Legislature Really Doesn't Like Gays
Victor Morton / Washington Times:
New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism  —  The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, “Forward” — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.  —  Many Communist and radical publications …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Legendary Paul Ryan  —  Mitt who?  —  The implosion of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign—the first implosion, before the weird resurrection and inevitable second implosion—came because he used four words: right-wing social engineering.  He used the phrase, last May …
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
The Ticket: Paul Ryan's Kinetic Rise in G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. Ryan strolls the halls of Capitol Hill with the anarchist band Rage Against the Machine pounding through his earbuds.  —  At 6:30 every morning, he leads an adoring cast of young, conservative members …
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown calls on Warren camp to ‘come clean’  —  Liz listed self as minority in professional directories  —  Despite claiming she never used her Native American heritage when applying for a job, Elizabeth Warren's campaign admitted last night the Democrat listed her minority status …
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Stephanie Ebbert / Boston Globe:
Directories identified Warren as minority
Bristol Palin:
Defending the “Palin Pick”  —  Most of you know I'd rather post photos of my family and write about Alaska than talk about politics.  But after reading and watching some recent commentary, I can't help myself.  —  The chattering class is talking - endlessly - about Mitt Romney's choice of a Vice Presidential running mate.
Stephen King / The Daily Beast:
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&'s Sake!  —  The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America.  —  Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain't Santa Claus.
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
On Saturday night I was honored to be invited to the White House Correspondents Association dinner...  On Saturday night I was honored to be invited to the White House Correspondents Association dinner.  There was much glam, glamour, and humor flowing.  However, as I walked from the Washington Hilton …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Ballot Box
Dana Loesch / Twitchy:
Twitter suspends another conservative account; Update: Chris Loesch free, flag-spam prog brigade still loose; Update: Loesch suspended again … Just as with @FreeMarket_US last week, Twitter has suspended the account of conservative Chis Loesch.  Chis is the husband of talk radio host …
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Fox News:
Top EPA official resigns after ‘crucify’ comment  —  A top EPA official has resigned after coming under scrutiny for 2010 remarks in which he compared the agency's enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion.  —  Al Armendariz, the top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region …
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Why the presidential election could be over at 8:30 a.m., October 26  —  This may be as good as it gets.  Sputter-speed growth of around 2% and a moribund labor market.  As the above chart suggests, the recovery is losing momentum.  Here's Goldman economist Jan Hatzius:
Discussion: Hot Air
ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Secretly Drops By Grieving Police Station  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — It's not often that Mitt Romney omits from his remarks that he's running for president, but today the presumptive GOP nominee did just that, secretly dropping by a New Hampshire police station to offer his condolences …
Discussion: The Hill
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
TV in real dime  —  Viewers who stream network TV shows may soon discover the free ride is not so free.  —  Hulu, which attracted 31 million unique users in March under a free-for-all model, is taking its first steps to change to a model where viewers will have to prove they are a pay-TV customer …
Erica Ho / newsfeed.time.com:
Tennessee Passes Abstinence-Based “Gateway Sexual Activity” Bill  —  Hugging?  You better not be doing that in Tennessee.  —  The state has passed a long-mocked bill allowing parents to sue teachers and other outside parties for “promoting or condoning ‘gateway sexual activity’ by students.”
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
Bloomberg:
Occupy Wall Street Plans Global Disruption of Status Quo May 1  —  Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, whose anti-greed message spread worldwide during an eight-week encampment in Lower Manhattan last year, plan marches across the globe tomorrow calling attention to what they say are abuses of power and wealth.
 
 
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Island Packet:
Bluffton Middle School teacher accused of assault, calling student “Jew”
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Bloomberg:
Tea Party Congressmen Accept Cash From Bailed-Out Bankers
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Says The Country Only Elected President Obama Because He's Black
OSCN:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Restore Our Future cleans its YouTube channel of negative primary spots
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 11% Think War on Terror Is Over  —  Voters overwhelmingly reject …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
RNC hotel assignments out — Florida gets Innisbrook Resort
Discussion: Politico
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
This Blind Chinese Lawyer May Be the Toughest Foreign Policy Challenge Obama Has Ever Faced
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Obama vs. the rule of law
Diana Markosian / Washington Times:
Chechen women in mortal fear as president backs Islamic honor killings
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Nate Reens / MLive.com:
Obama pictured next to swastika in Grand Rapids flyer that claims U.S. is becoming Nazi Germany
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama's sister releases memoir
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