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10:55 AM ET, April 11, 2012


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Jonathan Mattise / Palm Beach Post:
Allen West hears cheers, jeers at town-hall meetings in Palm City, Jensen Beach  —  U.S. Rep. Allen West told about 90 largely supportive Palm City voters Tuesday that locally prioritized federal projects — such as the St. Lucie Inlet dredging — aren't going to matter if Washington officials don't address a mounting deficit.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Allen West: I've ‘Heard’ 80 House Democrats Are Communist Party Members … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Allen West, Allen West Barack Obama, Allen West Communist Party, Allen West Democrats Commies, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — As many as 80 House Democrats are communists, according to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.).
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Co-Founder Of NotMittRomney.Com's Reaction To Mitt Sewing Up The Nomination  —  Yesterday, Rick Santorum dropped out of the race.  Theoretically, that should help Newt Gingrich, but he has already been talking like his campaign is over and he's bouncing a $500 check to Utah …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
What Does Santorum's Future Hold?  —  Although Rick Santorum was exceptionally unlikely to win the Republican presidential nomination, his decision to suspend his campaign, which puts an effective end to the Republican nomination process, is obviously good news for Mitt Romney …
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Romney on Dems' ‘war on women’  —  Wilmington, Del. (CNN) - As the Republican field winnowed Tuesday, Mitt Romney made an appeal to a voting bloc key to any candidate's success in November: women.  —  Though the day's headlines revolved around a decision by former Sen. Rick Santorum to suspend his campaign …
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin: Attorneys say Zimmerman contacted prosecutor, Sean Hannity  —  The two men who have been George Zimmerman's most outspoken defenders, attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, said today that they're off the case.  —  “On Sunday, we lost track of George, in that he would not return our calls,” attorney Uhrig said.
Sean Higgins / Capital Hill:
Poll: Half Of Democrats Want To Get Rid of Individual Mandate  —  A key talking point of Democrats and liberal pundits regarding the Supreme Court's ObamaCare case is that if the justices overturn the law — or even just the individual mandate portion — it will damage the “legitimacy” of the court.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
National Organization for Marriage to back Romney  —  The National Organization for Marriage plans to throw its support to Mitt Romney today, giving the former Massachusetts governor a stamp of approval from the high-profile conservative group helping lead the fight over same-sex unions, POLITICO has learned
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NOM To Endorse Donor Mitt Romney
Discussion: Politico
Raleigh News & Observer:
Amendment goes too far  —  We are native Southerners and we oppose legalizing same-sex marriage.  —  One of us (David), reared in Mississippi, has for more than two decades directed a think tank, the Institute for American Values, that aims to strengthen marriage and reduce divorce and unwed childbearing.
The Fox Mole / Gawker:
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee  —  What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The Fox Mole—a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.
Paul Rolly / Salt Lake Tribune:
Newt Gingrich stiffs Utah  —  Five Republicans have filed the necessary papers and $500 fee to qualify for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election, but with Rick Santorum dropping out of the race Tuesday, only four will be on the ballot.  —  Or, make that possibly three.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich's $500 check for Utah primary filing fee bounces
Discussion: Politico
NOM Blog:
We vow to turn things around for the better  —  In the last couple of weeks you've heard some pretty bad things about this organization.  I must admit that we were angered when our in house documents were released but we've since had time to reflect on the strategies we've employed …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
G-A-Y / Good As You:
HOLY CRAP: NOM admits it used racial wedge strategies, has unfairly stifled free speech!  (*Or was hacked)  —  From the org's official Facebook wall: … Were they hacked?  Has another NOMmer flipped?  Or has this whole scandal simply driven the NOM set so cray cray that they are seriously …
Discussion: Washington Blade
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Hansen and Schmidt of NASA GISS under fire for climate stance: Engineers, scientists, astronauts ask NASA administration to look at empirical evidence rather than climate models  —  Looks like another GISS miss, more than a few people are getting fed up with Jim Hansen and Gavin Schmidt and their climate shenanigans.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Madam Secretary Meme Goes From Gay-Bar Banter to State Department Invite  —  [Photo: Stacy Lambe, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adam Smith, texting and loling, on April 10, 2012.  (Photos from Texts From Hillary.)]  —  Two gays walk into a bar ...
Texts from Hillary:
A submission from Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Mashable! and Feministing
David Brett / Reuters:
Banks lead FTSE bounce after positive broker comment  —  (Reuters) - Britain's top share index rose around midday on Friday with banks leading the gainers after being boosted by a positive broker comment.  —  HSBC raised its call on the sector to “overweight” for the first time in four years, citing valuation grounds.
Discussion: The Agonist
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Back NYPD In Garden State 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dems' Property Tax Cut More Popular Than Gov's Plan  —  New Jersey voters say 70 - 21 percent that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is “doing what is necessary to combat terrorism” by gathering information …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Elizabeth Wasserman / Reuters:
DOJ may sue Apple, publishers over e-book pricing  —  The Justice Department may sue Apple and possibly two publishers over alleged price-fixing of e-books for the iPad as soon as Wednesday while reaching settlements with other publishing houses, a knowledgeable source confirmed to POLITICO.
New York Times:
Lenders Returning to the Lucrative Subprime Market  —  Annette Alejandro just emerged from bankruptcy and doesn't have a job, and her car was repossessed last year.  Still, after spending her days job hunting, she returns to her apartment in Brooklyn where, in disbelief …
Discussion: The BLT
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Betting On The Barrel: Experts Warn Speculation Is Helping Drive Up Oil Prices  —  There are growing indications that Wall Street speculators are driving up the price of crude and Americans are paying for their profits at the pump.  —  “Americans overpaid $10 billion dollars for gas at the pump …
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
My So-Called Ex-Gay Life  —  Early in my freshman year of high school, I came home to find my mom sitting on her bed, crying.  She had snooped through my e-mail and discovered a message in which I confessed to having a crush on a male classmate.  —  “Are you gay?” she asked.  I blurted out that I was.
Discussion: Truth Wins Out and Gay Politics
Reza Munawir / Reuters:
Huge quakes strike off Indonesia; tsunami warning issued  —  (Reuters) - A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people as far away as southern India scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
George Zimmerman / Associated Press:
John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign repays taxpayers $2.1 million in public matching funds  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — John Edwards' campaign has repaid more than $2.1 million in public matching funds received after the Democrat dropped out of the 2008 presidential primary amid a sex scandal.
Discussion: Politico
Tom Philpott / Mother Jones:
The Worst Farm Bill Ever?  —  The farm bill—that vast, byzantine, twice-a-decade plan for federal food, ag, and hunger policy—expires on Sept. 30, just weeks before what promises to be an epically contested presidential election.  —  Under normal circumstances, getting Congress to agree …
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