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11:40 AM ET, April 10, 2012


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Washington Post:
Obama holds key leads on Romney, as economy malaise looms over reelection bid  —  With the general-election campaign beginning to take shape, President Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but remains vulnerable to discontent …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How Romney can solve his woman problem
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: George Zimmerman Launches Website, Features Vandalized Black Cultural Center  —  According to NBC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, George Zimmerman has launched a new website: … On the website — — Zimmerman solicits donations to support his “living expenses and legal defense.”
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Zimmerman family challenges Holder on New Black Panthers, says no arrests ‘based solely on your race’  —  In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, a family member of George Zimmerman asked the nation's top law enforcement officer …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Health-care law will add $340 billion to deficit, new study finds  —  President Obama's landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation's budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.
Josh Boak / Politico:
Buffett rule not solution to debt, W.H. says  —  The Obama administration is emphasizing “fairness” over deficit reduction in its renewed pitch for the “Buffett rule” ahead of next week's scheduled Senate vote.  —  Introducing a minimum 30 percent income tax on millionaires …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Make Case for Buffett Rule
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Report Disputes Christie's Basis for Halting Tunnel  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report …
Mark Judge / The Daily Caller:
The end of my white guilt  —  My white guilt died on Good Friday, April 6, 2012.  That was the day my bike got stolen.  —  I was at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the Stations of the Cross — the pre-Easter Catholic ritual of recounting the events …
Ashley Judd / The Daily Beast:
Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance  —  Ashley Judd's ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy.  But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.  —  The Conversation about women's bodies exists largely outside …
Steven Emerson / The Investigative Project …:
IPT Exclusive: State Department Barred Inspection of Muslim Brotherhood Delegation  —  The State Department broke with normal procedures last week when it ordered the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to conduct a secondary inspection on members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom …
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama faces pressure over same-sex marriage  —  As the Democratic Party considers adding support for the issue to its official platform, the president is urged to give his blessing.  —  Momentum is building to declare official support for same-sex marriage in the Democratic Party's platform.
Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Gates Foundation Will Withdraw Support for ALEC Nonprofit  —  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today became the latest backer to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council.  —  A foundation spokesman told Roll Call that it does not plan to make future grants …
Nick R. Martin /
TPMMuckraker  —  Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Legal Bulldog Faces Disbarment  —  If things went differently, Andrew Thomas might have had a bright career in Arizona politics.  —  In six years as the top prosecutor in Maricopa County, he stood side-by-side with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and earned …
Fred Lynch / Southeast Missourian:
1,500 Missouri veterans have been hired under state's Show-Me Heroes program  —  By Melissa Miller ~ Southeast Missourian  —  Justin Stuhr works as a welder Friday at Ole Hickory Pits in Cape Girardeau.  The veteran was hired through Missouri's Show-Me Heroes program.
Discussion: Associated Press and ThinkProgress
Darius Dixon / Politico:
George W. Bush: Wish tax cuts not in my name  —  George W. Bush said Tuesday that he wishes the tax cuts originally approved under his watch didn't carry the burden of his family name.  —  “I wish they weren't called the Bush tax cuts,” the former president said as he kicked off …
Discussion: CNN
The City Wire:
Pryor will not actively campaign for Obama  —  U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said he will not actively campaign in Arkansas for President Barack Obama during the 2012 general election cycle.  —  Pryor noted his unwillingness to support the Obama, the titular head of the Democratic Party …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Interviewing Herman Cain On The VP Slot, Improper Sexual Conduct Charges, & Whether Obama Will Cause America To Default On Its Debt  —  Late last week, I was pleased to get the opportunity to talk to former Presidential candidate, former Godfather's Pizza CEO, and former talk radio host Herman Cain.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Study suggests students grow less interested in promoting racial understanding  —  By  —  One stereotype about college is that the experience encourages students to be more interested in diversity and promoting racial understanding.  To some this is a great virtue of higher education …
Lauren Fox / US News:
Gas Prices Grow More Under Obama than Carter  —  Marking the similarities between President Barack Obama's time in office and former president Jimmy Carter's is nothing new.  But as of Monday, Obama has hit one more Carter benchmark - both saw gas prices double in their first term of office.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Two Economies  —  The creative dynamism of American business is astounding and a little terrifying.  Over the past five years, amid turmoil and uncertainty, American businesses have shed employees, becoming more efficient and more productive.  According to The Wall Street Journal on Monday …
Discussion: driftglass, and Ezra Klein
Pam Louwagie / Associated Press:
Obama weighs in against Minnesota's marriage ballot  —  One Republican called the statement “unfortunate.”  —  President Obama's Minnesota campaign waded into the state's marriage amendment fight on Monday with a statement saying the president opposes the proposal that would define marriage only as the union of a man and woman.
Discussion: NOM Blog and Daily Kos
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Maine Equality Opponents Distribute ‘Sodomy Based Marriage’ Truth Pledge  —  (Click on the image to read the pledge in its entirety.)  —  This November, Maine residents will have the first-ever opportunity to vote for marriage equality at the ballot, and though polling is strong and steady for the measure …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
False Nikki Haley Twitter Report Spreads Fast  —  It took only two minutes.  An unfounded report on a little-known blog claiming that Gov. Nikki R. Haley was about to be indicted rocketed from South Carolina political circles into national circulation, along the way becoming the latest lesson …
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
New York Times:
A Shift in Strategy in Pennsylvania for Romney  —  Mitt Romney's attempt to pull off a victory in Rick Santorum's home state of Pennsylvania was all set to go into overdrive Monday with attack ads highlighting how voters there soundly rejected him in his 2006 Senate race.
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Associated Press:
Group: Michigan emergency manager recall petitions flawed
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Eclectablog
Dylan Byers / Politico:
White House warns media on North Korea
Paul Krugman:
Socialsecuritymedicareandmedicaid Strikes Again
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Jared Bernstein and CEPR
Sevil Omer /
Racial slur on Mich. road sign targets Trayvon Martin
Discussion: Addicting Info
Brian Tamanaha / Balkinization:
The Law School Crunch Is Here—Finances and Quality to Suffer
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Suicide Bomber Kill Civilians and Officers in Western Afghanistan
Discussion: emptywheel and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Seeking Marriage Equality in Nevada
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ann Hornaday / Washington Post:
America loves a vigilante. Until we meet one.
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Atrios / Eschaton:
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Limbaugh to Leave AM Station in Philadelphia