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3:45 PM ET, April 12, 2012


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Hilary Rosen / The Huffington Post:
Ann Romney and Working Moms  —  My Twitter feed was on fire after an appearance last night on CNN's AC360, where I said that I thought it was wrong for Mitt Romney to be using his wife as his guide to women's economic struggles when she “had never worked a day in her life.”
Ann Romney Fights Back: Debuts on Twitter to Counter DNC Advisor's Insult  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. - 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 …
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 …
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Hilary Rosen, Frequent White House Visitor  —  A Democrat consultant with ties to the Obama administration sneering that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life” is an opportunity for the Romney campaign, but a small problem in the big picture.  In the big picture, women who are unable …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Hilary Rosen controversy is absurd  —  The Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee are attacking President Obama over the fact that Dem strategist and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen said that Ann Romney “hasn't worked a day in her life.”  —  Romney campaign officials …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Hilary Rosen apologizes to Ann Romney  —  Hilary Rosen apologizes to Ann Romney.  Her response, in full:
Ann Romney / CNN:
Democrat's comment about Ann Romney creates firestorm on Twitter  —  (CNN) - Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen generated instant bipartisan criticism Wednesday night for her statement that Ann Romney has “actually never worked a day in her life.”  —  The reaction on Twitter from high level politicos …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Ann Romney discusses Hilary Rosen controversy  —  I spoke to Ann Romney by phone as her son Josh was driving her to the airport from a Fox News spot.  —  What was her initial reaction when she heard the comment by Hilary Rosen?  —  “I was a little bit stunned,” she said.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Attacking Ann Romney — yeah, that's the ticket!
Michelle Malkin:
Here's who Democrat hitwoman Hilary Rosen visited at the White House, including at least 5 POTUS meetings
Discussion: National Review
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
My friend Hilary Rosen
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:   Rosen sorry for ‘poorly chosen’ comments about Ann Romney
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden calls Romney tax plan ‘out of step with American values’
Discussion: Politico
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Maggie Haberman / Politico:   Ann Romney: ‘We need to respect choices that women make’
Trayvon Martin:
George Zimmerman arraignment set for May 29; Trayvon Martin's mother says encounter ‘an accident’  —  George Zimmerman remains in jail while awaiting formal arraignment scheduled for May 29.  —  DCHANG@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  JACKSONVILLE — The neighborhood watchman who shot …
Discussion: TalkLeft, CNN, and Gawker
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.
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.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
White House Bombarded With Questions About Why Obama Punted On Issuing Anti-Discrimination Order  —  White House spokesperson Jay Carney sought to explain the administration's decision to punt on issuing an executive order that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation …
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.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Conservative Journalism Keeps Getting Better  —  A couple of months ago, Washington Free Beacon (and yes, that's “beacon,” not “bacon") launched with some reasonably experienced conservative journalists and a mandate to hold their political opponents accountable with rock-solid journalism.
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 …
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) …
Discussion: The Nation, ACLU and Hullabaloo
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
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Erica Goode / New York Times:
N.R.A.'s Influence Seen in Expansion of Self-Defense Laws
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
China's internet users temporarily blocked from foreign websites
Discussion: Truthdig
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Georgian billionaire storms K Street
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett Undermines Efforts to Undo Walker Reforms
Christian group books anti-gay ads to appear on buses
David Samuels / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Swampland
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Safety Second (Wonkish)
Richard Shears / Daily Mail:
Afghan refugee who said raping woman was part of ‘cultural differences’ is jailed for 14 years
Dominic Holden / The Stranger …:
Father Ryan Refuses Anti-Gay Petitions, Calling Them “Hurtful and Seriously Divisive”
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Mica: GSA officials spent week in Hawaii for one-hour ribbon cutting
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Donors split with Mitt Romney on gay marriage
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rebuffing Obama's gimmicky ‘Buffett Rule’