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12:15 AM ET, April 13, 2012


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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
This Is What A Twitter Firestorm Looks Like  —  The outrage over Hilary Rosen's criticism of Ann Romney peaked, and has begun to fall.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Politico
Rosen apologizes over comments against Ann Romney  —  (CNN) - Hilary Rosen offered an apology Thursday after her comments about Ann Romney sparked an uproar and a debate over women and the economy.  —  “I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen …
Obama Rejects Rosen's Comments on Ann Romney  —  President Obama strongly disagreed with Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's controversial comment about Ann Romney, saying today that “there's no tougher job than being a mom.”  —  “Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Conservatives Attack Hilary Rosen For Raising Children As A Lesbian  —  Hilary Rosen with her former partner Elizabeth Birch and kids Jacob and Anna.  —  No one is arguing that raising children isn't work.  Democratic strategist and CAP Action board member Hilary Rosen is a single mother …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
My friend Hilary Rosen  —  I am rushing to draft this — I have a flight to South Sudan in hours — but I wanted to briefly weigh in on this latest storm.  If I indelicately draft this, cut me some slack since I am rushing and have little time (none?) to spare which I would use to proof read …
Stay At Home Motherhood Isn't A Luxury, Census Data Shows  —  Some have suggested Americans won't identify with Ann Romney because stay-at-home motherhood is increasingly an upper-class luxury.  The numbers don't back up that anecdotal impression.  —  With the presidential election campaign turning today …
Discussion: The Caucus
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Joe Biden: ‘War on women is real’  —  Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he believes the right's “war on women is real” and could be particularly salient during the multiple Supreme Court appointments he expects to come during the next president's term.  —  “I think the war on women is real …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Ann Romney responds to claim she has ‘never worked a day in her life’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Yahoo! Politics!
Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon's mom says ‘shooting was accident,’ Zimmerman to face judge  —  George Zimmerman woke up in a Seminole County jail cell this morning as the mother of Trayvon Martin, the teen he killed, revealed on national television that she thinks the shooting was an accident.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit ‘Irresponsible And Unethical’  —  Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared on MSNBC's Hardball where fill-in host Michel Smerconish asked him his opinions of the arrest warrant issued and carried out for alleged Trayvon Martin murderer, George Zimmerman.
Allison Yarrow / The Daily Beast:
Governor Jan Brewer Signs Arizona's Extreme New Abortion Law  —  Life now starts earlier in Arizona: In practice, the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks.  —  Despite its name, critics derided the Women's Health and Safety Act that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law today as cruel …
Discussion: Jezebel
Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Brewer signs bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Romney Edges Obama as Approval of President Drops  —  April 11: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, waves before addressing an audience during a campaign event, in Warwick, R.I.AP  —  Republican Mitt Romney holds a slim edge over President Obama …
Tim Schwarz / CNN:
North Korea rocket appears to have broken up  —  Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) — Defying warnings from the international community, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Friday, but it appears to have broken apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere, officials said.
Associated Press:
North Korea fires long-range rocket
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
In Pivot to Messaging, Ron Johnson Looks to Purge Staff  —  Freshman GOP Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) is looking to purge nearly his entire Washington, D.C.-based legislative team, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the situation.  —  Johnson's frustration with his legislative staff …
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
The Sexual Sadism of the Michigan Department of Corrections  —  Screen shot from video produced by ACLU on the strip-search procedure (photo: ACLU)  —  A consortium of civil liberties, religious and health organizations, and experts including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich Unloads on FOX News in Private Meeting  —  DOVER, Del. — During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted FOX News Channel, accusing the cable network of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
VA Speaker And Ex-ALEC Chair Berates Woman — 'I'm Not Speaking In Little Enough Words For You To Understand'  —  Virginia House Speaker William Howell (R)  —  ProgressVA recently released a report on the legislative influence of the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The ‘Fox News Mole’ Only Cost Gawker $5,000  —  What's the going rate for inducing someone to commit career suicide?  Apparently you can do it for five grand, as long as that person has a sufficiently large ax to grind against his employer.  —  Gawker's John Cook tells …
Tom Scocca / Slate:
Death to Word  —  It's time to give up on Microsoft's word processor.  —  Nearly two decades and several text-handling paradigms ago, I was an editorial assistant at a weekly newspaper, where a few freelancers still submitted their work on typewritten pages.  Stories would come in over the fax machine.
Brian Tashman /
Religious Right Marks Anniversary of Titanic's Sinking by Exposing the ‘Iceberg’ of the ‘Radical Homosexual Agenda’  —  The anniversary of the Titanic's sinking and release of ‘Titanic 3D’ has apparently inspired Truth in Action Ministries, formerly Coral Ridge Ministries …
Ed Fischer / CBS Philly:
South Jersey Man Gives Up His Obama Flag But Not His Opinions  —  LUMBERTON, N.J. (CBS) — A South Jersey man has come up with what he hopes is a solution to a controversy over the American flag that he flew in his yard — a flag bearing the image of President Barack Obama in place of the field of stars.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Hammered for ‘Jetting Around,’ Taking Vacations While Americans Suffer  —  President Obama, during an interview with St. Louis's KMOV, was hammered for “jetting around, [taking] different vacations and so forth, sometimes ... under the color of state business.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Erin Tracy /
SWAT teams surround Modesto home after deputy, another man gunned down  —  UPDATE - 5:15 p.m. As the standoff entered its seventh hour, SWAT teams from Stanislaus County, Modesto, Ceres and Merced County had the home surrounded.  Two SWAT teams from San Joaquin County were on standby.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and L.A. NOW
Ryan J. Reilly / Livewire:
U.S. Indicts 1st Anti-Gay Hate Crime  —  For the first time in history, the United States has issued an indictment in hate crime case involving a crime against an individual based on their sexual orientation, the Justice Department said Thursday: … The two defendants allegedly kidnapped …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why American Food Used to Be So Bad and Other Lessons From Tyler Cowen  —  For the past four years, I've been ordering the most unappatizing sounding item on the menu when I eat at nice restaurants.  This counterintuitive advice from Tyler Cowen's 2007 book Discover Your Inner Economist has worked surprisingly well.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
ALEC Hunkers Down As Sponsors Run, But Untold Damage Has Already Been Done  —  Poor, poor ALEC.  They're being victimized, don't you know?  Wednesday they went into full damage control mode even as more corporate donors bailed out on them.  The list now includes Wendy's, Intuit, McDonalds …
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Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
The real Buffett Rule: Tax cuts for corporate jets
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Anti-gay adverts pulled from bus campaign by Boris Johnson
Discussion: and Joe. My. God.
Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Demolishing Paul Ryan
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Santorum: I left GOP race because money dried up
Discussion: Politico
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Evicted From Park, Occupy Protesters Take to the Sidewalks
Discussion: New York Magazine and Truthdig
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Robert Caro's Big Dig
Discussion: Politico
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N.R.A.'s Influence Seen in Expansion of Self-Defense Laws
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Georgian billionaire storms K Street
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett Undermines Efforts to Undo Walker Reforms
David Samuels / The Atlantic Online:
American Mozart  —  Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control …
Discussion: Swampland and Yahoo! News