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4:00 PM ET, April 5, 2012

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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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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.
Politico:
Rick Santorum huddles with conservatives about future  —  Rick Santorum huddled in Virginia Thursday with a group of conservative leaders led by Reagan-era activists Richard Viguerie and Rebecca Hagelin to chart a path forward in the presidential race, multiple sources familiar with the meeting told POLITICO.
myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
Santorum Taking Four-Day Break from Campaign Trail
Discussion: Ballot Box and American Spectator
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Conservatives Meet Santorum to Pressure Gingrich to Exit
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
Gingrich group files for bankruptcy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich's Think Tank Files For Bankruptcy
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
DOJ returns fire on judicial review dispute  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing back against an attack from a federal judge in Texas, telling the judge that President Barack Obama's recent comments about the Supreme Court's review of the Affordable Care Act are “fully consistent” with longstanding legal principles.
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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.
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: Reuters, CNN, JSOnline and Ed Driscoll
Fox News:
Holder says court power to review laws ‘beyond dispute’  —  Attorney General Eric Holder assured a federal appeals court Thursday that the Obama administration believes judges have the authority to overturn federal laws, after President Obama's comments earlier this week raised concerns from the bench about his view of judicial power.
Mitch McConnell / CNN:
McConnell to Obama: ‘Back off’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Obama's Supreme Court comments lead some to question his strategy
Discussion: Power Line, Lawfare and The Raw Story
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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Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Caterpillars Enlisted in ‘War on Women’ Fight
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ezra Klein:
Buck up, Republicans: Romney is stronger than you think  —  I was on Morning Joe Thursday to talk about Paul Ryan's budget.  But the segment before mine was on Mitt Romney's emergence as the Republican Party's clear nominee.  And the panel — Scarborough in particular — seemed downright dejected.
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Ruben Navarrette Jr. / CNN:
GOP version of Dream Act holds promise
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
Discussion: Mediaite and iOwnTheWorld.com
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.”
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Gov. Walker: My family's been targeted
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Facebook Is Said to Pick Nasdaq for I.P.O.  —  Facebook, which is preparing for its highly anticipated initial public offering, has picked a home.  —  The social network will list its shares under the ticker symbol FB on Nasdaq, according to people with knowledge of the matter …
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex benefits denial is ruled discriminatory  —  The denial of insurance coverage to the same-sex spouse of a federal court employee in San Francisco was an act of discrimination, the court's chief judge has ruled in an order that entitles the employee to compensation for the costs of private insurance.
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
 
 
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Eric Pfeiffer / Associated Press:
Next Great Depression? MIT researchers predict ‘global economic collapse’ by 2030
Discussion: The Agonist
Marion Nestle / The Atlantic Online:
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Bryan Fischer / afa.net:
The problem with Romney: not Mormon enough
American Banker:
Bankers Form SuperPac for ‘Surgical’ Strike at Industry's Enemies
James Brightman / GamesIndustry International:
EA defends itself against thousands of anti-gay letters
David Boaz / Cato @ Liberty:
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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
Daily / Telegraph:
Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Afghanistan sees rise in ‘dancing boys’ exploitation
Andrea Louise Campbell / New York Times:
Down the Insurance Rabbit Hole
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Guardian:
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’