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8:00 AM ET, April 5, 2012


 Top Items: 
Washington Examiner:
Coke caves in face of Democratic boycott threat  —  Brian Smalls casts his vote at a polling station Tuesday in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  Democratic officials Wednesday launched a two-pronged attack on states with new laws requiring identification before voting …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Progressive Movement Compels Coca-Cola To Pull Support From ALEC Over Voter Suppression Efforts  —  Prompted by a petition campaign by the progressive advocacy group Color of Change, Coca-Cola has pulled its support from ALEC, a right-wing corporate-funded front group …
Discussion: ColorOfChange
Center for American Progress:
Voter Suppression 101  —  How Conservatives Are Conspiring …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Laurence Tribe: Obama Misspoke on Supreme Court … Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor and former mentor to President Barack Obama, said the president “obviously misspoke” earlier this week when he made comments about the Supreme Court possibly overturning the health-care law.
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Accuses Obama of Masking Agenda  —  GOP Candidate Says President Shifts Positions to Win New Term; Attack Offers Possible Flavor of General-Election Fight  —  WASHINGTON—Mitt Romney broadened his election-year critique of President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying he misleads Americans …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan's rapidly-improving vice presidential prospects
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama doing better in Nevada
Discussion: American Prospect and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney takes the lead in Pennsylvania  —  Mitt Romney's taken the lead in PPP's newest poll of Rick Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania.  Romney has 42% to 37% for Santorum with Ron Paul at 9% and Newt Gingrich at 6%.  The numbers represent a dramatic turnaround from when PPP polled the state a month ago.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum may drop out rather than lose home state of Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Mj Lee / Politico:
James Carville: Rick Santorum is headless chicken
Discussion: CNN
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Lawrence O'Donnell, Bigot  —  I am announcing the creation of a new award, which I will call the Golden Ass, to be presented to those who resort to anti-Mormon bigotry in their campaign against Mitt Romney.  Today's Golden Ass is Lawrence O'Donnell, an asinus aureus if ever there was one, an ass of exceptional asininity.
Eugene W. Fields / Orange County Register:
Student removed from contest for pro-gay remark  —  Fullerton Union High School student says he hopes gay marriage will be legal and is removed from Mr. Fullerton competition.  —  Text: Next Article »  —  / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER  —  FULLERTON - Students …
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, 4 others charged in 9/11 attack  —  (CNN) — The United States on Wednesday announced charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of orchestrating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused of involvement in the plot.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Pirate's Cove and ACLU
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged 9/11 mastermind, to get new trial
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, TalkLeft, Truthdig and ACLU
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
CIA Committed ‘War Crimes,’ Bush Official Says  —  A top adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Bush administration that its use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading” interrogation techniques like waterboarding were “a felony war crime.”
Alberta Election / Agence France Presse:
Officials from Egypt's Brotherhood at White House  —  White House officials held talks with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington this week, as the Islamist group threw itself into the fray in Egypt's presidential election.  —  The meeting on Tuesday with low-level National …
Jennifer Steck / WUPW-TV:
Hate fueled weekend beating says elderly man  —  Police don't see it a hate crime after interviews  —  TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) - Saturday afternoon around 4:45 p.m., 78-year-old Dallas Watts was walking home from the gas station at the corner of Starr and White in East Toledo.
David R. Dow / The Daily Beast:
Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law  —  The Roberts Court's rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age.  If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them.  —  You think the idea is laughable?
Associated Press:
Obama: Easter story helps him in troubled times  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Easter story of Christ's agony and resurrection has helped him get through the tough moments of an embattled presidency.  —  The president got “Amens” from religious leaders …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Steve King Proposes A Don't Ask, Don't Tell Approach To Gays In The Workplace  —  LE MARS, Iowa — To Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the problem is not that it's legal for employers to fire an employee for being gay.  It's that the employee made his sexual orientation publicly known in the first place.
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain surgery  —  Washington (CNN) - Chuck Colson, the convicted Watergate figure turned evangelist, is in critical condition after undergoing surgery over the weekend following a brain hemorrhage, according to his publicist.
Jennifer Wlach / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney's Birthday Bash at Trump Tower Sells Out  —  Now that Mitt Romney has secured wins in Maryland, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia, he can turn his focus to the next important task on the April calendar: finding his wife, Ann, the perfect birthday gift.
Discussion: USA Today
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate Donald Trump Offers To Expose His ‘Very Very’ Impressive Genitals
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Courting Nerd Vote, Obama Flashes Star-Trek Salute With Nichelle Nichols
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Mike Pflanz / Telegraph:
Teenage girl suicide bomber blows up Somalia theatre
Hilary Leila Krieger / Reuters:
62% of US Jewish voters want Obama reelected
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
What Romney can learn from Obama's Mount Rushmore dreams: Character Sketch
Discussion: Yahoo! Politics!, CNN and Ballot Box
This just in... Tim Johnson to drop out
Discussion: Daily Kos and Ballot Box
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Four Former DNC Chairs Endorse Marriage Equality In Democratic Platform
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Lucia Graves / The Huffington Post:
Republican Environmental Group Drops ‘Republican’ From Its Name
Discussion: The Impolitic
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trayvon Martin resolution introduced
Sam Anderson / New York Times:
Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive ‘Stupid Games’