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11:45 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.).
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress are Communists
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
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 …
Romney Starts Looking For A Veep  —  Gillespie will lead the hunt, a source says.  Nobody wants another Palin.  —  Source:  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — The Republican primary campaign effectively ended yesterday, and Mitt Romney's aides and supporters have already begun turning …
Discussion: GOP 12
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich's $500 check for Utah primary filing fee bounces
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Caucus
Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans expect Supreme Court's health-care decision to be political  —  More Americans think Supreme Court justices will be acting mainly on their partisan political views than on a neutral reading of the law when they decide the constitutionality of President Obama's health-care law …
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.
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Hachette  —  The U.S. sued Apple Inc. (AAPL), Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster in New York district court, claiming the publishers colluded to fix eBook prices.  —  CBS Corp. (CBS)'s Simon & Schuster …
Elizabeth Wasserman / Reuters:
DOJ may sue Apple, publishers over e-book pricing
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
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
NOM To Endorse Donor Mitt Romney
Discussion: Politico
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.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
National Review Fires Another Racist Writer  —  National Review Writer Robert Weissberg Speaks At White Nationalist Conference  —  Following the uproar over John Derbyshire's racist rant that led to his firing last week, National Review ended its relationship with another racist writer today.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Regarding Robert Weissberg
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Buffett rule could be ‘Reagan rule’  —  President Obama continued his push Wednesday to build support for the Buffett rule by suggesting that Ronald Reagan would've backed the plan to set a minimum 30 percent income tax for the wealthiest Americans.  —  “If it will help convince folks …
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
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.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
John Edwards returns $2.1M to FEC  —  John Edwards's presidential campaign has now repaid taxpayers the more than $2.1 million in federal public matching funds he received after leaving the 2008 race — writing a check just before the former Democratic candidate's criminal trial …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
George Zimmerman / Associated Press:   John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign repays taxpayers $2.1 million in public matching funds
Tsunami watch lifted after two big earthquakes  —  Are you there?  Send us your stories, video  —  Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami watch for the Indian Ocean, which was later canceled.
Reza Munawir / Reuters:   Huge quakes strike off Indonesia; tsunami warning issued
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.
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
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Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran says it captured Israel-backed ‘terrorist team’
Discussion: emptywheel and GILL REPORT
European stock markets rocked by panic selling
Discussion: Mother Jones
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Bruising Primary Has Put Romney In “Historically Weak” Position Polling gives Democrats a reason to be confident.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and BuzzFeed
Roanoke College:
Romney opens lead over Obama but faces enthusiasm gap; Kaine trails Allen in Senate race
Tom Philpott / Mother Jones:
The Worst Farm Bill Ever?
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Betting On The Barrel: Experts Warn Speculation Is Helping Drive Up Oil Prices
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Back NYPD In Garden State 3-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dems' Property …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
David Brett / Reuters:
Banks lead FTSE bounce after positive broker comment
Discussion: The Agonist
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New York Times:
Lenders Returning to the Lucrative Subprime Market
Discussion: Hot Air and The BLT
NOM Blog:
We vow to turn things around for the better
Larry Gordon / L.A. NOW:
UCLA sends mistaken congrats to 894 applicants and then apologizes
Hayley Rose Horzepa / The Huffington Post:
Painter of Light, Dead at 54
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
America's Debt Bomb: Worse Than Europe's
Discussion: National Review