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2:15 PM ET, April 5, 2012

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Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Priebus Says Gender Battle as Fictonal as Caterpillar War  —  The leaders of the two political parties clashed over the role of gender in U.S. elections, with the Democrat saying her opponents have been “shockingly out of touch” on women's issues and the Republican saying Democrats and the media have created a phony conflict.
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Reuters:
White House in damage control over Obama Supreme Court remarks  —  (Reuters) - The White House was forced on the defensive on Wednesday as it sought to explain controversial remarks President Barack Obama made earlier in the week about the Supreme Court's review of his signature healthcare reform law.
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Caterpillars Enlisted in ‘War on Women’ Fight
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Ed Gillespie joins Team Romney
Discussion: msnbc.com, CNN and The Huffington Post
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.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Santorum Meets Conservatives to Pressure Gingrich to Exit
Discussion: Hot Air, Guardian and New York Times
myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
Santorum Taking Four-Day Break from Campaign Trail
Discussion: Ballot Box and American Spectator
Dave Williams / bizjournals:
Newt Gingrich think tank files bankruptcy … Newt Gingrich's health-care think tank has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  —  The Center for Health Transformation  —  , which has offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and St. Louis, plans to liquidate its assets, according to a filing Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta.
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Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich's Think Tank Files For Bankruptcy
Discussion: Politico
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:   Gingrich group files for bankruptcy
Marion Barry / nbcwashington.com:
Barry Comment Critical of Asian Business Owners  —  While celebrating his Democratic primary victory in Ward 8 Tuesday night, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry delivered a remark apparently critical of Asian business owners.  —  Barry spoke of changes in the ward, saying he's worked hard …
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Report: Marion Barry: ‘Dirty’ Asian stores  —  Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry referred to “dirty” Asian-owned businesses after winning the city's Council Ward 8 primary, demanding that “they ought to go,” according to a report.  —  “We got to do something about these Asians coming …
Politico:
Bay State not buying ‘war on women’  —  Political analysts shocked by Republican Scott Brown's 2010 victory to replace Ted Kennedy as Massachusetts senator should brace themselves.  This year's contest between Sen. Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren remains a key battleground …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Scott Walker Says His Sons “Targeted on Facebook” Over Recall Effort  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says the vitriol over the effort to recall him has gotten so bad at times that his children have been “targeted on Facebook.”
Discussion: JSOnline
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Gov. Walker: My family's been targeted
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Brody / The Brody File:   Exclusive: Scott Walker on Recall: “God's Got A Plan”
Ruben Navarrette Jr. / CNN:
GOP version of Dream Act holds promise  —  Young Latino protesters hold placards outside Mitt Romney' s Nevada campaign headquarters in Las Vegas in February  —  Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist
Discussion: Naked Politics and GOP 12
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Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Marco Rubio to Santorum and Gingrich: “It's Time Now to Concede”
Discussion: The Hill
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
About Ezra Klein  —  Ezra Klein is a columnist and blogger at The Washington Post and a policy analyst for MSNBC.  His work focuses on domestic and economic policy-making, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up.  —  Don't Worry About Deficit That Will Heal Itself
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
United States v. $35,131  —  Reader Rob Carty has directed our attention to this week's opinion by Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in the forfeiture case of The United States of America v. $35,131.00 in United States Currency.
BBC:
Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat  —  A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said.  —  District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin  —  The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly.  Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.  —  Two tragedies are apparent in the Trayvon Martin case.
Discussion: DISSENTING JUSTICE
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV  —  (Reuters) - Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama: It's time for Augusta golf club to admit women members  —  President Obama thinks women should be allowed membership in the Georgia golf club that is hosting the Masters tournament this week, according to the White House.  —  “His personal opinion is women should be admitted,” …
Discussion: JSOnline and CNN
Daily / Telegraph:
Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint  —  An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large.  —  Greater London had the lowest carbon emissions per person, with six tonnes each
Peter Overby / NPR:
Boycotts Hitting Group Behind ‘Stand Your Ground’ … Two of America's best-known companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile conservative organization behind the national proliferation of “stand your ground” gun laws.
Paul Waldie / Globe and Mail:
Healthy polar bear count confounds doomsayers  —  WINNIPEG— From Thursday's Globe and Mail  —  The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
Socialism and Social Darwinism  —  The arbiters of appropriate expression in America get very exercised when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.”  They treat the claim in the same way as calling Obama a Muslim, Kenyan, or “the anti-Christ.”  —  But headlines this week report …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jonathon M. Seidl / TheBlaze.com:
CNN ENHANCES ZIMMERMAN 911 CALL AGAIN — AND REPORTER NOW DOUBTS RACIAL SLUR USED  —  Recently, CNN enhanced audio of George Zimmerman — the man who shot Trayvon Martin — to try and determine if he did, in fact, use a racial slur while calling police on the night of the shooting.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan sees rise in ‘dancing boys’ exploitation  —  DEHRAZI, Afghanistan — The 9-year-old boy with pale skin and big, piercing eyes captivated Mirzahan at first sight.  —  “He is more handsome than anyone in the village,” the 22-year-old farmer said, explaining why he is grooming the boy as a sexual partner and companion.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
On the stump, Dems split with Obama over Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Obama has steered clear of taking a firm stance on the Keystone pipeline, but many Democrats running for Senate don't have the same luxury.  —  Eight of the 18 non-incumbent Democrats running for Senate surveyed …
JSOnline:
Waukesha County clerk needs to step down  —  Upcoming elections - from the gubernatorial recall to the presidential - are too important to leave in the hands of Kathy Nickolaus.  —  Imagine this: It's 9 p.m. on June 5, recall election day, and the polls have been closed for an hour.
 
 
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American Banker:
Bankers Form SuperPac for ‘Surgical’ Strike at Industry's Enemies
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Hullabaloo
John Sexton / BREITBART.COM:
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James Brightman / GamesIndustry International:
EA defends itself against thousands of anti-gay letters
Associated Press:
Connecticut Senate votes to abolish death penalty
Robert Winnett / Telegraph:
American intelligence agencies spooked by Britain's open courts
Discussion: Guardian and emptywheel
U.S. Senator Scott Brown / baywindows.editme.com:
Guest Opinion: by U.S. Senator Scott Brown, (R-MA)
Discussion: Advocate and ThinkProgress
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Down the Insurance Rabbit Hole
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Guardian:
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Gay Marriage Law
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Christie Gives New Jersey Firms Tax Breaks for Short Moves
Discussion: Hit & Run