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4:55 PM ET, April 13, 2012

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David Weigel / Slate:
The “War on Women” Is Over  —  The life cycle of a political talking point, from birth to adolescence to death.  —  A moment of silence, please, for a talking point that was taken too soon.  The “war on women” began its life in a February 2011 House speech about abortion.
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Jonathan Martinand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
The Draperizing of Mitt Romney  —  The Draperizing of Mitt Romney is under way.  —  He may not drink or cheat, and he lacks the fictional ad-maker's charisma, but Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama aides say Rosen shows president will take on friends  —  Senior Obama aides say President Obama's criticism of Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comments show he's willing to stand up to his friends, unlike Mitt Romney.  —  The argument from the aides is an effort to find a bright spot …
BuzzFeed:
Obama Campaign Claims Romney Would “Outlaw Abortion”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rosen cancels her appearance on NBC's ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: msnbc.com, Politico and Mediaite
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The silly season
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Hilary Rosen flap a “win in every regard” for GOP, says Nicolle Wallace
Jay Carney / White House.gov Blog:
President Obama and Vice President Biden's 2011 Tax Returns  —  Today, the President released his 2011 federal income and gift tax returns.  He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $789,674.  About half of the first family's income …
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Brendan Smialowski / ABCNEWS:
President Obama's Secretary Paid Higher Tax Rate Than He Did  —  President Obama today released his 2011 federal income tax, with he and his wife reporting an adjusted gross income of $789,674.  The Obamas paid $162,074 in total tax - an effective federal income tax rate of 20.5%.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Favor “Buffett Rule” by 60% to 37%  —  Majorities of Democrats, independents in favor; Republicans opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Six in 10 Americans favor Congress' passing the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would mandate a minimum 30% tax rate for Americans with a household income of $1 million or more per year.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?
New Jersey Online:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire  —  NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital tonight for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house.
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CBS News:
Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Race into home fire was a “come to Jesus moment”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it his “come to Jesus moment” when he ran into a burning building to save a neighbor's life.  —  Booker arrived home last night to discover …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Troubled Reelection Strategy  —  Karl Rove had a spot-on column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.  He wrote, in part: … Exactly.  If I had to offer a brief summary of Obama's campaign strategy this year, it would be this:  —  Clearly, this is not an ideal strategy, for any candidate.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Elections Are a Choice of Candidates
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NC Dem official sexually harrassed staffer; Party fears credibility ‘doomed’  —  A former North Carolina Democratic Party staffer was sexually harassed by a party official, made a financial settlement with the party and signed a non-disclosure agreement to keep the incident quiet.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Robert Schlesinger / US News:
Nazis Get Their Own Lobbyist
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and Mediaite
Geneva Sands / The Hill:   Florida Dems release ‘Sh** Allen West Says’ video after ‘communist’ remarks
Melody Guyton Butts / Durham Herald-Sun:
Ailes lectures young journalists  —  CHAPEL HILL - Fox News chief Roger Ailes offered more than a few words of advice Thursday in a room filled mostly with young journalists, starting with a recommendation that elicited at least a few eye rolls: “I think you ought to change your major.”
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Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Roger Ailes: Soledad O'Brien Was ‘Named After A Prison’
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter and Hullabaloo
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Failed North Korean Launch a Setback for Kim Jong-un  —  SEOUL, South Korea — For the new North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, his government's failure to put a satellite into orbit on Friday was a $1 billion humiliation.  —  Mr. Kim wanted to mark his ascension to top political power …
Howard Berkes / NPR:
GOP-On-GOP Attacks Leave Orrin Hatch Fighting Mad  —  Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has spent 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including stints as chairman of the Judiciary and Labor committees.  He's in line to become chairman of the Finance Committee if Republicans gain control of the Senate in November.
The New Republic:
If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?  —  In making the legal case against Obamacare's individual mandate, challengers have argued that the framers of our Constitution would certainly have found such a measure to be unconstitutional.
Tyler Cowen / The Atlantic Online:
Six Rules for Dining Out  —  How a frugal economist finds the perfect lunch  —  A BAD OR MEDIOCRE meal is more than just an unpleasant taste, it is an unnecessary negation of one of life's pleasures—a wasted chance to refine our palates, learn about the world, and share a rewarding experience.
NOM Blog:
Human Rights Campaign Quietly Removes Illegally Obtained Tax Information from Website  —  Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)  —  “We demand that federal authorities immediately launch an investigation into this crime...This is reminiscent of Watergate.”  —Brian Brown, NOM president—
Thomas Cloud / CNSNews:
Shovel Ready in San Fran: $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of Stimulus Project  —  (CNSNews.com) — The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded …
James E. McWilliams / New York Times:
The Myth of Sustainable Meat  —  THE industrial production of animal products is nasty business.  From mad cow, E. coli and salmonella to soil erosion, manure runoff and pink slime, factory farming is the epitome of a broken food system.  —  There have been various responses to these horrors …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit ‘Irresponsible And Unethical’  —  Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared on MSNBC's Hardball where fill-in host Michel Smerconish asked him his opinions of the arrest warrant issued and carried out for alleged Trayvon Martin murderer, George Zimmerman.
 
 
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Ted Strickland / Politico:
Romney no straight shooter on NRA
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Tim Mak / Politico:
Catholic group criticizes Paul Ryan
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Establishment comes to Lugar's aid
Sadolphsen / The Maine Wire:
“Moderate Caucus” chair urges Cheney's execution
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Once Taboo, Germans' Anti-Israel Whispers Grow Louder
Dave Schuler / The Glittering Eye:
Does it really matter who is elected to the presidency in November?
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Large study shows little difference between human and robot essay graders
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CBS Miami:
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Rep. Matheson has a tough fight ahead in bid for re-election
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