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4:50 PM ET, April 2, 2012


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Steve Senne / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney Says Campaign Will ‘Unzip’ the Real Mitt  —  GREEN BAY, Wis. - Ann Romney defended her husband's sense of humor today during a radio interview, explaining that if people think the candidate seems too stiff at times as the host suggested, she thinks “we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama 49%, Romney 45% Among Registered Voters Nationwide  —  Obama, Romney supporters equally enthusiastic about voting  —  PRINCETON, NJ — If asked to choose between them today, 49% of U.S. registered voters say they would vote for Barack Obama for president, while 45% would choose likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
Lois Romano / Politico:
Ann Romney is the Romney Democrats fear most  —  Ann Romney's unexpected rock star status has the political arena buzzing about how her husband's campaign will leverage her popularity in an election in which Michelle Obama — one of the most admired first ladies in history — will have an outsized and substantive portfolio.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Rick Santorum: I may ‘sneak’ Wisconsin win
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and JSOnline   Inching closer  —  We Ask America clearly has a soft spot …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
HEAVY BURDEN  —  It's well known by now that Donald Verrilli …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Ezra Klein and News Desk
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Supreme Court won't overturn health care law
Discussion: ACS Blog and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Assailing the Supreme Court
Discussion: Althouse and BizzyBlog
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Black People Protest ‘Black-on-Black Violence’?  —  Juan Williams offers a meme that we are seeing repeated in response to the widespread protests around Trayvon Martin: … This is an interesting question.  It's also one that Juan Williams, who's been writing about race for almost three decades, should be able to answer.
Discussion: American Prospect
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Pink Slime Economics  —  The big bad event of last week was, of course, the Supreme Court hearing on health reform.  In the course of that hearing it became clear that several of the justices, and possibly a majority, are political creatures pure and simple, willing to embrace any argument …
Ezra Klein:
The Ryan budget's priorities in two graphs
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama, Ryan to go another round in battle over federal budget
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Justin Sink / The Hill:
‘Mad Men’ character knocks Mitt Romney's father as ‘a clown’  —  Sunday's episode of “Mad Men” — the popular drama about an ad agency in the 1960s — gave a nod to the current political scene, with one character taking a not-so-subtle jab at the father of 2012 Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
‘Mad Men’ Blasts Romney, Calls Him a ‘Clown’
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney confronted over Mormon doctrines  —  HOWARD, Wis. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was confronted at a town hall meeting here Monday by a young man who read from the Book of Mormon and asked Romney whether he agreed with his church's one-time belief that interracial marriage was a sin.
Discussion: The Hill and JSOnline
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney bats away Mormonism question  —  POLITICO's Reid Epstein reports:
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wonkette
New York Post:
Md. woman won't share $105M lotto jackpot with McD's co-workers  —  By EVAN SERPICK and WILLIAM FARRINGTON in Baltimore and BOB FREDERICKS in NY  —  Mega Millions mania has plunged a Maryland McDonald's into a bubbling cauldron of controversy hotter than a deep-fried apple pie.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Several dead, 6 injured, gunman caught in college shooting  —  A gunman opened fire inside a private university in Oakland, killing several people and injuring at least six, authorities said.  —  The shooting happened at Oikos University, a Christian school, at 7850 Edgewater Road about 10:33 a.m. …
Discussion:, L.A. NOW and The Snitch
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The right's stealthy coup  —  Right before our eyes, American conservatism is becoming something very different from what it once was.  Yet this transformation is happening by stealth because moderates are too afraid to acknowledge what all their senses tell them.
Oaksterdam University Raided by Feds  —  Classes at Oaksterdam teach people who to grow medical marijuana.  —  Federal officers arrived in the 7 a.m. hour Monday.  —  Oakland's Oaksterdam University was taken over by federal officials Monday morning.  —  Officers wearing U.S. Marshals …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Feds raid downtown Oaksterdam pot school
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Former President Clinton on Mitt Romney: Etch-a-Sketch “Is What He's Got to Do”  —  Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, currently faces a dynamic similar to the one President Bill Clinton faced during his first presidential run 20 years ago: a long, bruising primary, driving up his unfavorable ratings.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and CNN
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
As The Trayvon Martin Walkbacks Threaten To Become A Stampede  —  The media walkbacks in the Trayvon Martin shooting case are piling up.  —  ABC News has pulled the plug on its breakthrough video showing an uninjured Zimmerman being taken to the police station.; their new, enhanced video “Shows Injury”.
Washington Examiner:
Shock Poll: Majority would recall Wis. Gov. Walker  —  A new Rasmussen poll finds that Republican Wisconsin Scott Walker is in trouble of being recalled June 5, with a majority, 52 percent, saying they will vote him out less than two years after he took office and immediately went to work to cut the power of public service unions.
Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda's online forums go dark for extended period  —  Al-Qaeda's main Web forums have been offline for the past 11 days in what experts say is the longest sustained outage of the sites since they began operating eight years ago.  —  No one has publicly claimed responsibility for disabling the sites …
Where is George W. Bush?  —  George W. Bush is everywhere and nowhere in the 2012 presidential race.  —  Reviled by Democrats and generally avoided as a campaign talking point by his fellow Republicans, the former president is in a self-imposed political exile — an absence that was underscored …
Discussion: American Prospect
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Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
The Wisconsin Voter  —  The Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert …
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Michelle Malkin:
Ann Coulter's “novelty candidate” swipe at Sarah Palin
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Claims California Universities Don't Teach American History (Updated)
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Occupy SF marchers take over vacant building
 Earlier Items: 
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The Obama Jobs Gap is up to 15 million missing jobs
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Police: Explosive device goes off at Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute
Daily Mail:
Putin targets foes with ‘zombie’ gun which attack victims' central nervous system
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Local group to buy Phila. Media Network for $55 million
Lisa Miller / Washington Post:
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Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Senior citizens continue to bear burden of student loans