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12:55 PM 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  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he's heard that almost half of all the Democrats in Congress are secretly part of the Communist Party.  —  He offered no names or proof of his accusation.  —  West told almost 100 Floridians …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and 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 …
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
TRENDING: Obama campaign: Romney's greatest hits  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign marked the conclusion of the Republican primary - and the beginning of the general election campaign - with a nearly two-minute Web video splicing together clips of Mitt Romney's most conservative statements from the trail.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Telegraphing Loss
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney, a ‘private man in a public world,’ is silent on tales of altruism
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  —  Unbeknowst to us, occasional Phi Beta Cons contributor Robert Weissberg (whose book was published a few years ago by Transaction) participated in an American Renaissance conference where he delivered a noxious talk about the future of white nationalism.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich's $500 check for Utah primary filing fee bounces  —  GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich might fail to appear on the Utah primary ballot after a check for the required filing fee bounced, according to media reports.  —  The check for $500 bounced on March 27 …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The Co-Founder Of NotMittRomney.Com's Reaction To Mitt Sewing Up The Nomination
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Every Candidate Endorsed by God Has Now Lost to Mitt Romney
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sues Apple, Publishers Over E-Book Pricing  —  The U.S. hit Apple Inc. and five of the nation's largest publishers with an antitrust lawsuit, alleging they conspired to raise prices in the fast-growing e-book market.  —  Three of the publishers agreed to settle the suit …
Discussion: and FT Alphaville
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Examiner:
Astronauts condemn NASA's global warming endorsement
Discussion: National Review and GILL REPORT
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.
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 …
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
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
George Zimmerman's Legal Team Cites Zimmerman's Phone Call To Sean Hannity As They Withdraw From The Case  —  During a press conference today, George Zimmerman's attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig told the media that they will no longer be representing Zimmerman, who has admitted shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
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: Hot Air and The BLT
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Ottawa Citizen:
Gambia police arrest 15 men on ‘suspicion of homosexuality’
Gary Cohn / Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance:
Experts Forecast Global “Catastrophe of Death and Disease” From Asbestos Use
Discussion: Truthdig and The Peking Duck
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP warns against last-minute regulations if Obama loses election
Discussion: Politico
Tim Ghianni / Reuters:
Tennessee law allows creationism theory in classrooms
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Packers Can't Beat the Lions
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
John Edwards returns $2.1M to FEC
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Bruising Primary Has Put Romney In “Historically Weak” Position Polling gives Democrats a reason to be confident.
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: Politico, Hot Air and CNN
NOM Blog:
We vow to turn things around for the better
G-A-Y / Good As You:
HOLY CRAP: NOM admits it used racial wedge strategies, has unfairly stifled free speech!  (*Or was hacked)
Discussion: Washington Blade
The Fox Mole / Gawker:
Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee