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10:45 AM ET, April 6, 2012

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Republican Committee Makes Big Turnaround on Fund-Raising  —  Once teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and irrelevance, the Republican National Committee has raised more than $110 million over the past 15 months and retired more than half its debt, accumulating large cash reserves …
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Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Effort would change Texas primary to winner take all, benefit Santorum  —  Updated at 5:20 p.m. to include comments from the RNC throwing cold water on the winner-take-all effort:  —  A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Texas would need — but not receive — a waiver from the national party to change its primary.
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Post, CNN and The Page
Associated Press:
Obama says 2012 will be a “fun debate”  —  (AP) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Thursday that the 2012 election will be a “fun debate” over two competing visions for the nation, referring to Mitt Romney as the Republican “front-runner” who has backed policies that would undermine middle-class families.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama raises nearly $1.5 million in 3 hours
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Molly Ball / Reuters:
The Truth About the Republican War on Caterpillars
CNBC:
US Adds 120,000 Jobs; Unemployment Falls to 8.2%  —  U.S. payrolls rose far less than expected in March, keeping the door open for further monetary policy support from the Federal Reserve, even as the unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent.
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Annalyn Censky / CNNMoney.com:
March jobs report: Hiring slows, Unemployment falls  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Hiring slowed dramatically in March, clouding optimism about the strength of the recovery.  —  Employers added 120,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday, falling far short of economists' expectations.
Lorraine Woellert / Bloomberg:
Payrolls in U.S. Probably Expanded by 205,000 Last Month
Investor's Business Daily:
Is Obama ‘Dangerously Close To Totalitarianism’?  —  Power: Given the president's end-runs around Congress, his shredding of the Constitution and his assault on the authority of the courts, a second term free of electoral restraints may be a frightening prospect.
Discussion: Cold Fury
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Romney using ethics exception to limit disclosure of Bain holdings  —  Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose wealth has become a central issue in the 2012 campaign, has taken advantage of an obscure exception in federal ethics laws to avoid disclosing the nature and extent of his holdings.
Jonathan Allenand Tony Romm / Politico:
Republicans woo Silicon Valley  —  In Silicon Valley, the Wild West of American industry, Republican “Young Guns” now dot the horizon.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) took a ride in Google's driverless car this week, and he's planning a trip to Microsoft later this spring.
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Blacks, Nonblacks Hold Sharply Different Views of Martin Case  —  Blacks more likely to believe race is a major factor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Black Americans' views differ dramatically from those of nonblacks regarding the circumstances involved in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
DWS?s ?  Jewbag? hire questioned  —  The staffer for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz who posted the controversial ‘Jewbag’ photo on her Facebook page in 2006 is no anonymous aide — but the daughter of Mark and Nancy Gilbert, two major Florida donors who have raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign.
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Strange (and Formerly Sexist) Economics of Engagement Rings  —  Diamonds are forever, but the meaning of the diamond engagement ring has changed dramatically in the last century.  Today's symbol of love was once something more like virginity insurance.  —  Norman Chan/Shutterstock
Tarek Amara / Reuters:
Tunisians jailed for Facebook cartoons of Prophet  —  (Reuters) - Two young Tunisians have been sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of the prophet Mohammad on Facebook, in a case that has fuelled allegations the country's new Islamist leaders are gagging free speech.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
The Post and Courier:
Schlafly says contraception issue contrived  —  Photo by Leroy Burnell/staffCitadel cadet Spencer Mellon (left) holds the door for Colleen Holmes, executive director the Eagle Forum (center), and Phyllis Schlafly.  The famous political activist delivered a lecture in a new course being offered …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rob Portman tops veepstakes  —  If he wins the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick will ultimately come down to two basic choices: whether he wants a running mate who helps him govern or one who helps him politically.  —  Which imperative reigns won't be clear until …
Free exchange:
Alternative jobs-report summary  —  TODAY, the Bureau of Labour Statistics released its March employment report.  There is a 90% chance that employment rose by between 20,000 and 220,000 jobs.  The change in the number of unemployed from February to March was probably between (roughly) …
Wall Street Journal:
Super PAC Money Stalled Despite Obama Greenlight  —  Former White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton in 2010  —  After Bill Burton failed to win the job of White House press secretary last year, he took a position nobody else wanted—helping lead a super PAC to help re-elect the president.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and News Desk
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Not Enough Inflation  —  A few days ago, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, spoke out in defense of his successor.  Attacks on Ben Bernanke by Republicans, he told The Financial Times, are “wholly inappropriate and destructive.”  He's right about that …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Law of the Gun in Florida  —  Florida leads the pack in passing bills written by the gun lobby that block any sensible attempt to control the purchase and use of firearms.  The dangerous folly of these laws was on display in the Trayvon Martin shooting, and will again be on display …
Michael Collins / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Corker draws challengers from the left and right  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will face a challenge from Democrats on the left and the tea party on the right as he tries to persuade voters to give him a second six-year term.  —  Eight Democrats are seeking their party's nomination …
PR Newswire:
PG-13 Rating Granted for BULLY by MPAA Without Cutting Crucial Scene  —  NEXT STEP: FIGHT TO PASS SAFE SCHOOLS IMPROVEMENT ACT  —  The Weinstein Company (TWC), aided by the guidance and consultation from attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, announced today that the MPAA has lowered the R rating …
Rick Santorum for President:
The Media's Delegate Math is Wrong  —  A memo detailing flawed delegate counts from John Yob, delegate strategist, to Mike Biundo, campaign manager:  —  To: Mike Biundo From: John Yob Re: Delegate Math
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum fights speculation his race has been run  —  Speculation that Rick Santorum may drop out of the presidential race soon is growing, and confusion among some campaign staffers has done little to dampen that view.  —  Santorum met Thursday with top conservatives to discuss what the campaign …
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkette and GOP 12
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
That Other Obama  —  President Obama is an intelligent …
Governor Chris Christie / NorthJersey.com:
Christie ends Israel trip with visit to Syria, Lebanon borders
Discussion: GOP 12
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Fmr Biden Adviser: Green jobs oversold
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President at JOBS Act Bill Signing
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Energy Department prepares to approve more green loans
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
Mitt's new advisor lobbied for national mandate
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
GSA Again Under Fire, Now Over Video Spoof
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
Fox News Insider:
TEXT: Read Eric Holder's DOJ Response to 5th Circuit on Authority of the Supreme Court
Discussion: Power Line and NO QUARTER
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Keith Olbermann files suit against Current TV