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8:00 PM ET, April 12, 2012


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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 …
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 …
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.”
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 and Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hilary Rosen: No apology
Ann Romney Fights Back: Debuts on Twitter to Counter DNC Advisor's Insult
Liz Goodwin / Yahoo! News:
Ann Romney responds to claim she has ‘never worked a day in her life’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Yahoo! Politics!
Team Romney To Obama: You Started The War Over Women
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Attacking Ann Romney — yeah, that's the ticket!
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Hilary Rosen Apologizes For Attacking Ann Romney As a Stay-At-Home Mom
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Ann Romney discusses Hilary Rosen controversy
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.
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 …
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Semi-Props To Ms. Alvarez of the NY Times; Mockery For Their Editors
Discussion: New York Times
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) …
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 …
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: Demolishing Paul Ryan  —  The Left launches on warning against any challenge to its ideological fortress.  —  With the presidential battle begun, the Obama campaign has revived the Cold War nuclear strategy of launch on warning.  At any suggestion that a conservative idea might …
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
VA Speaker And Ex-ALEC Chair Berates Woman — 'I'm Not Speaking In Little Enough Words For You To Understand'
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Santorum: I left GOP race because money dried up
Discussion: Politico
Ryan J. Reilly / Livewire:
U.S. Indicts 1st Anti-Gay Hate Crime
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
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Discussion: New York Magazine and Truthdig
Charles McGrath / New York Times:
Robert Caro's Big Dig
Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett Undermines Efforts to Undo Walker Reforms
David Samuels / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: Yahoo! News and Swampland
Paul Krugman:
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Should the U.S. legalize hard drugs?