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4:55 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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Here's who Democrat hitwoman Hilary Rosen visited at the White House, including at least 5 POTUS meetings
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Attacking Ann Romney — yeah, that's the ticket!
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Ann Romney discusses Hilary Rosen controversy
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Hilary Rosen Apologizes For Attacking Ann Romney As a Stay-At-Home Mom
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Team Romney To Obama: You Started The War Over Women
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ann Romney / CNN:
Democrat's comment about Ann Romney creates firestorm on Twitter
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.
First Read /
Gingrich says he wouldn't serve in Romney cabinet
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.
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: CNN, TalkLeft, and Gawker
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Semi-Props To Ms. Alvarez of the NY Times; Mockery For Their Editors
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
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 …
Erin Carlson / Hollywood Reporter:
Roger Ailes Slams Gawker as Fox News Mole Reveals Himself, is Fired (Video)
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
David Samuels / The Atlantic Online:
American Mozart  —  Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control, the hip-hop superstar Kanye West allowed his antics to turn him into a national joke and to earn him the criticism of two American presidents.  Would a massive concert tour with his friend and rival Jay-Z offer the troubled rapper a taste of redemption—or disaster?
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Swampland
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
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 …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Cut in E-Book Pricing by Amazon Is Set to Shake Rivals  —  The government's decision to pursue major publishers on antitrust charges has put the Internet retailer Amazon in a powerful position: the nation's largest bookseller may now get to decide how much an e-book will cost …
Syria truce takes shaky hold, Annan presses Syria  —  (Reuters) - Syrian troops held their fire on Thursday after a U.N.-backed ceasefire deadline passed, giving respite to rebellious towns that have suffered heavy bombardments, but international envoy Kofi Annan pressed Damascus to pull its forces back entirely.
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Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Robert Caro's Big Dig
Discussion: Politico
Erica Goode / New York Times:
N.R.A.'s Influence Seen in Expansion of Self-Defense Laws
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Georgian billionaire storms K Street
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Joe Eszterhas Explodes at Mel Gibson: ‘You Hate Jews’ (Exclusive)
Discussion: Harry's Place, Guardian and
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett Undermines Efforts to Undo Walker Reforms
Christian group books anti-gay ads to appear on buses
Paul Krugman:
Safety Second (Wonkish)
 Earlier Items: 
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Should the U.S. legalize hard drugs?
Richard Shears / Daily Mail:
Afghan refugee who said raping woman was part of ‘cultural differences’ is jailed for 14 years
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Dominic Holden / The Stranger …:
Father Ryan Refuses Anti-Gay Petitions, Calling Them “Hurtful and Seriously Divisive”
Discussion: Good As You and ThinkProgress
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Mica: GSA officials spent week in Hawaii for one-hour ribbon cutting
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Donors split with Mitt Romney on gay marriage
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Biden: Al Franken is a ‘leading legal scholar’
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rebuffing Obama's gimmicky ‘Buffett Rule’