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11:40 PM ET, April 13, 2012

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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Hilary Rosen on ‘Meet the Press’?  Seriously.  —  It is almost inexplicable to political insiders and likely infuriating to Democrats, but Hilary Rosen, who has done more to solidify the GOP base and chase the Democrats off the “war on women” hooey" than any single person, will be on “Meet the Press” this Sunday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Hilary Rosen / msnbc.com:
Statement from Hilary Rosen  —  Below is a statement from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen explaining her decision to cancel her scheduled appearance on Meet the Press this Sunday:  —  “I thank David and the folks at MTP for offering me the chance to participate in the Roundtable.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rosen cancels her appearance on NBC's ‘Meet the Press’
Discussion: Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama aides say Rosen shows president will take on friends
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.
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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 …
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Did Obama Pay a Lower Rate Than His Secretary?
NationalJournal.com:
Obama Releases Taxes, Does Not Qualify for Buffett Rule
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“I Despise These People”  —  Some of you may recall that two years ago Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah was unceremoniously dumped at a state GOP convention, not even qualifying for his party's primary.  This was in many respects the high point of Tea Party Fever in 2010 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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.
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
HARVARD LAWPROF EINER ELHAUGE EMAILS A LINK TO HIS PIECE IN THE NEW REPUBLIC: If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?  But I don't find it as convincing has he does.  He cites two “mandates” — the Militia Act of 1792 and a requirement that ship owners insure their seamen's health.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Washington Post:
U.S. Secret Service agents recalled from Colombia  —  The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama's trip to a summit that began there Friday.  —  Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman …
Ted Strickland / Politico:
Romney no straight shooter on NRA  —  When it comes to gun rights, Mitt Romney is anything but a straight shooter.  And when the presumptive Republican nominee speaks to the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, he's going to have a tough time explaining …
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Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Trayvon Martin shooting: Shame on the NRA and its newest poster child, George Zimmerman  —  Another guy in America who should never have been allowed to carry a gun  —  George Zimmerman appears for a bond hearing on Thursday in Sanford, Fla.  —  Officially the National Rifle Association convention …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Jammie Wearing Fools
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
John R. Lott Jr / National Review:
Where's the ‘Probable Cause’?  —  The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct.  The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the “affidavit of probable cause” is startlingly weak.  As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission …
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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Erika Johnsen / Townhall.com:
Pelosi: Thanks to Romney, “I Feel Better” about Retaking the House
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GSA official to take the Fifth  —  The General Services Administration official tasked with organizing a now-infamous $822,000 Las Vegas conference plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights ahead of a scheduled Monday grilling on the Hill.  —  On Thursday, House Oversight …
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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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 …
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.
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Mystery donor gives $10 million to Crossroads GPS group to run anti-Obama ads  —  An anonymous donor has given $10 million to run ads attacking President Obama and his policies, escalating the money race that is defining the 2012 presidential campaign.  And in the new, free-wheeling environment …
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney files extension for 2011 tax returns
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A former North Carolina Democratic Party staffer was sexually harassed …
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