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2:55 AM ET, April 12, 2012


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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, official says  —  Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Zimmerman Attorney Defends ‘Troubled’ Client: ‘It Must Be Frightening Not To Be Able To Go Into A 7/11’  —  On the rainy night he was gunned down by George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin was walking back to his father's house from a nearby 7/11 with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Associated Press:
Second-degree murder charge in Trayvon Martin case … JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.
Discussion: Associated Press and ABCNEWS
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman To Be Charged With Second Degree Murder, Is Now In Custody
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXPERTS: Hannity Could Be Required To Testify About His Conversation With George Zimmerman
Joe Muto / Gawker:
Hi Roger.  It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole  —  Hi.  My name is Joe Muto.  I was the Fox Mole.  —  Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely... with pay, oddly enough.  —  They nailed me.
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Fox News Spokesperson Tells Mediaite: We Found The Mole (UPDATE)  —  So, when we asked readers how long it would take for Fox News to find the mole that Gawker had in their midst, did anyone put money down on “24 hours”?  If so, it would appear that you just won the jackpot.
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Hostile Workplace  —  Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.  —  According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
RELATED: Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Mitt Romney: “Women account for 92.3 percent of the jobs lost under Obama.”  —  Romney campaign says women were hit hard by job losses under Obama  —  Mitt Romney's campaign wants you to know that the same president who argues for contraceptive coverage and suggests that a Congress …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Romney Campaign Demands Correction From PolitiFact On Women's Job Loss Claim … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Barack Obama , Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Unemployment, Video, Job Rate, Politifact, War On Women, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney's top policy adviser sent a letter …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Mitt Romney's campaign stumbles in effort to court female voters
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Won't Repeal The Lilly Ledbetter Act, Campaign Confirms
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Telegraphing Loss
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
‘Stupid reporter’ took ‘Communist’ allegation out of context, says Allen West's campaign  —  During a Tuesday town hall meeting with constituents, Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said that 80 or so Democratic congressmen are “members of the Communist Party.”
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Communist Party slams Allen West  —  A top official of the Communist Party USA on Wednesday ripped Rep. Allen West's “sad ploy” for claiming that as many as 80 Democratic members of the House are communists.  —  “I just think it's an absurd way to cast a shadow over his colleagues.
Jonathan Mattise / Palm Beach Post:
Allen West hears cheers, jeers at town-hall meetings in Palm City, Jensen Beach
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republican Rep. Allen West says many congressional Democrats are Communists
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Allen West: I've ‘Heard’ 80 House Democrats Are Communist Party Members
Ann Romney Fights Back: Debuts on Twitter to Counter DNC Advisor's Insult  —  Ann Romney's debut on Twitter couldn't have come at a more opportune time.  Ann's first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Campaign 2012
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney can't leave women voters to his wife
Discussion: Shakesville and Globe and Mail
Texts from Hillary:
TTYL  —  It's been an overwhelming—and hilarious—week for us here at Texts from Hillary (TFH).  What started as a joke at the bar between two friends turned into a national conversation about Secretary Clinton and went as far as talks about 2016.  —  After a week that included 32 posts …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
State of Cool  —  Hillary is not going to President Obama's …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Sarah Palin PAC pays for space in Tampa  —  Sarah Palin's political action committee raised $388,000 in the first three months of the year, but it spent $418,000 and didn't give a dime to any candidates — which is the purported purpose of the PAC.  —  Instead, Sarah PAC spent $255,000 …
Discussion: Wonkette and The Impolitic
David Catanese / Politico:
Indiana Senate: No sniping or KO in Lugar-Mourdock debate  —  INDIANAPOLIS — There was no sniping, no memorable moment and no knockout blow.  —  But Indiana voters who tuned in to watch the lone Republican Senate primary debate between Sen. Dick Lugar and Richard Mourdock saw stark stylistic …
Discussion: CNN
Katelyn Ferral / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Condoleezza Rice at Duke: 'I don't know when immigrants became the enemy'  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Turmoil in the Middle East underscores the importance of reform and has changed the way the United States thinks about backing authoritarian regimes, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill and INSTAPUTZ
Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - Runner Up #4  —  Mark Halperin.  —  I'm not even sure what Mark Halperin's job is anymore, aside from being a dick on Morning Joe, but once upon a time he oversaw production of The Note, ABC News's morning emailed news tip sheet, back before such things were commonplace.
Discussion: driftglass
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
White House Says No Federal Contractor Nondiscrimination Executive Order “At This Time”  —  President Obama does not plan to sign an executive order at this time banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a statement …
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Mark A. R. Kleiman / Washington Monthly:
Jail Break  —  How smarter parole and probation can cut the nation's incarceration rate.
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg on Florida: ‘License to murder’
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Obama promotes ‘Buffett Rule’ among wealthy endorsers
Sara Sorcher /
Clinton Overrules Republican Lawmaker's Hold on Palestinian Aid
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rachel Rose Hartman / ABCNEWS:
GSA spending scandal will be dissected by lawmakers during next week's hearings
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Billionaire Santorum supporter ready to move on
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Talk: Mika Brzezinski Refuses to Perk It Up
Discussion: TVNewser and New York Magazine
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
Net illegal immigration from Mexico: zero
Discussion: 24Ahead and The PJ Tatler
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: On taxes, George W. Bush has won
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Perkins Accuses Romney Of Supporting ‘Special Employment Rights Based Upon Sexual Behavior’