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6:50 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.”
Jon Meacham / TIME Ideas:
Why Obama Owns bin Laden  —  Judging from the Republican response, President Obama's ad asking whether Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that captured Osama bin Laden raises serious questions  —  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to American troops in Hinesville, Ga., on April 27, 2012
Discussion: ABCNEWS and PERRspectives
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Depressed Bin Laden thought about ‘al-Qaida’ name change, White House says
Discussion: Politico
ABCNEWS:
Obama Zings Romney on Bin Laden
Discussion: Wonkette and Hot Air
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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Dana Loesch / Twitchy:
Twitter, you have a problem: An infestation of radical flag-spam abusers … Hat tip to @Ed: … He is not alone.  —  And you will not be surprised to learn that at least one of the Twitter libs identified as a flag-spam ringleader also happens to be spearheading a Stop Rush Limbaugh effort online.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Twitter eats itself?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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 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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CNN:
Sununu: ‘19 or 20’ names in the VP bowl
CNN:
Giuliani and Romney to team up
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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Randy Lee Loftis / The Scoop:
Days after damaging video surfaces, EPA regional chief Armendariz resigns
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Guardian
ABCNEWS:
Christie Willing to Be Sold on VP Slot  —  Chris Christie has said he's “not looking to become vice president,” but the New Jersey governor said today the presumptive GOP nominee might be able to convince him otherwise.  —  “He might be able to convince me.
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
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Matt Katz / Philly.com:
Romney could ‘convince’ Christie to run for VP  —  PLAINSBORO — During a visit this morning to West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School's AP history class, a student asked Gov. Christie if he would consider being Mitt Romney's running mate.  Christie began giving his standard answer …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Mark Duffy / BuzzFeed:
The North Carolina Legislature Really Doesn't Like Gays  —  A week from Tuesday, North Carolinians vote on whether to make gay marriage constitutionally illegal.  This print ad campaign was launched to shock voters into defeating the Amendment.  —  This is how the Amendment One question will appear on the ballot:
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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New York Times:
Bigotry on the Ballot  —  North Carolina already has a law …
Discussion: Firedoglake, NOM Blog and Good As You
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: Ballot Box and The Hill
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.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
NICK GILLESPIE COMMENTS ON MY NEW YORK POST OPED ON STUDENT LOANS: … He's right, of course.  You can learn a lot — even substantive stuff that's useful — in any course, potentially.  I was mocking “gender studies” classes, but even those can potentially be valuable.
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New York Post:
O's college cop-out
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.
Joe Kovacs / WND:
BREITBART'S CORONER POISONED TO DEATH?  —  Police probe mysterious demise of L.A. medical examiner  —  Medical examiners in Los Angeles are investigating the possible poisoning death of one of their own officials who may have worked on the case of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative firebrand …
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Elijah Cummings to Darrell Issa: Stop ‘witch hunt’  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Truth Wins Out and Good As You
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 11% Think War on Terror Is Over  —  Voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that the war on terror is over one year after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, although most feel his al Qaeda terrorist group is weaker today.  But a majority also still thinks a terrorist attack is possible in the next year.
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Restore Our Future cleans its YouTube channel of negative primary spots
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
RNC hotel assignments out — Florida gets Innisbrook Resort
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama vs. the rule of law
Associated Press:
AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
Discussion: Hit & Run
Diana Markosian / Washington Times:
Chechen women in mortal fear as president backs Islamic honor killings
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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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Robert Costa / National Review:
Santorum's Meeting with Romney ‘About More than an Endorsement’
Discussion: Politico
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama campaign video teases new slogan: ‘Forward’
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