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1:45 PM ET, April 12, 2012


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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 …
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 / 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:
Attacking Ann Romney — yeah, that's the ticket!  —  Overnight President Obama's faux “war on women” attack on Mitt Romney blew up in his face.  It is fitting that a gimmick should boomerang this quickly and this severely, maybe giving Romney the first big break of the race.
Fox News:
Ann Romney defends husband on women, says Democratic attack ‘bothers’ her  —  Feb. 28, 2012: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, arrives with his wife Ann at his election watch party after winning the Michigan primary in Novi, Michigan.AP
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist, Criticizes Ann Romney For Having ‘Never Worked A Day In Her Life’ … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Elections 2012, Video, Women's Empowerment, Ann Romney, Hilary Rosen, Politics News, Hilary Rosen Ann Romney, Lily Ledbetter Act …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Democrats declare war on women?  Update: Frequent White House visitor?  —  By the time Allahpundit included this clip in his QOTD post, DNC adviser and Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney had already raised eyebrows.  By the time the clocks clicked past midnight …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Dem operative criticizes Ann Romney, ignites storm (Updated)
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Gov. Sununu: Obama still not ready to be president
Discussion: CNN
James Crugnale / Mediaite:   Hilary Rosen Defends Her Ann Romney Comment: ‘I Love Stay At Home Moms’ And ‘This Is Not About Ann Romney’
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Ann Romney, Democratic Operative in Twitter War
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Haley Barbour / CNN:
Barbour won't formally endorse Romney, but offers advice
Discussion: GOP 12
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama campaign needles Romney over anniversary of Massachusetts health law
Discussion: Politico and Guardian
Trayvon Martin:
George Zimmerman in court today; Trayvon Martin's mother says encounter ‘an accident’  —  Now in custody, George Zimmerman is scheduled for a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m.  —  JACKSONVILLE — Saying she believed the encounter that led to the shooting death of her 17-year-old son was “an accident …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Semi-Props To Ms. Alvarez of the NY Times; Mockery For Their Editors  —  Yesterday Lizette Alvarez triggered a bit of a reader revolt in the comments to her website story which included a brief summary of the Trayvon Martin shooting, and I joined in from this post.
Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mike Tyson on George Zimmerman: 'It's a disgrace he hasn't been shot yet'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Erin Carlson / Hollywood Reporter:
Roger Ailes Slams Gawker as Fox News Mole Reveals Himself, is Fired (Video)  —  UPDATED: The network found and suspended the rogue employee who had filed anonymous posts at Gawker that ripped the organization, while FNC chief Roger Ailes discredits the site in a conversation with THR.
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
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rebuffing Obama's gimmicky ‘Buffett Rule’  —  President Obama admits it: His proposed “Buffett Rule” tax on millionaires is a gimmick.  —  “There are others who are saying: 'Well, this is just a gimmick.  Just taxing millionaires and billionaires, just imposing the Buffett Rule …
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.
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg on Florida: ‘License to murder’  —  The so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense laws in Florida and some other states amount to “a license to murder” and an excuse for “vigilante justice,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg charged Wednesday.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Zimmerman Faces Second-Degree Murder Charge in Florida
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Donors split with Mitt Romney on gay marriage  —  Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage, which helped endear him to conservative activists during the dog days of the presidential primary, puts him at odds with three of his most prominent donors, all of whom helped fund a successful effort …
Dominic Holden / The Stranger …:
Father Ryan Refuses Anti-Gay Petitions, Calling Them “Hurtful and Seriously Divisive”  —  In an email to his flock, St. James Cathedral reverend Michael Ryan has announced that he won't circulate petitions inside his parish for the campaign to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law.  Here's his full email:
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Farrakhan wide-ranging speech touches on race, religion and encouraging students
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GILL REPORT
David Samuels / The Atlantic Online:
American Mozart  —  Intense, emotional, and frequently out of control …
Paul Krugman:
Safety Second (Wonkish)
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: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rep. Mica: GSA officials spent week in Hawaii for one-hour ribbon cutting
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Ruy Teixeira / The New Republic:
Why There Are Many More Swing Voters Than You Think
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Analysts: Gas prices may have peaked
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Biden: Al Franken is a ‘leading legal scholar’