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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Flashback: Poor Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside The Home Or Lose Welfare  —  In case it wasn't already clear that last week's controversy over stay at home moms was entirely manufactured, this should put the question to bed.  —  Romney and allies cried that Democrats had declared …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Geithner calls Romney statements on women, economy ‘ridiculous’  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ripped presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday, calling Romney's argument that women have been disproportionately hurt during the recession “a ridiculous argument.”
New York Post:
Secret Service hooker flap over $47 (or just 83,475 naughty lil' pesos)  —  By GEOFF EARLE in DC and DON KAPLAN in NY  —  A Secret Service agent shamed the United States after a wild night of babes and booze that ended in an argument with a Colombian hooker over as little as $47.
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Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Geithner: Romney's statements on women “misleading and ridiculous”  —  Bob Schieffer interviews Timothy Geithner for the Sunday, April 15th edition of “Face the Nation” (Photo for CBS News by: Mary Calvert)  —  (CBS News) Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pushed back on Mitt Romney's statements …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and Jezebel
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ABCNEWS:
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner: 'We Can't Tell Yet' If Growth Has Stalled
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Axelrod TKO-ed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday  —  David Axelrod was shredded this morning by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.  Wallace kept Axelrod on defense and off balance throughout.  The major bloodletting occurred here:  —  Like his boss, Axelrod seems almost at a loss to respond once the talking points are challenged.
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Bill Maher: Ann Romney Has “Never Gotten Her A** Out of the House to Work”  —  The conservative outrage machine is going to churn on all cylinders over this one, I think — and rightly so.  Not necessarily because Maher said something unusually contemptible here, but for reasons we'll discuss in a moment.
New York Times:
White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In  —  Last May, as a battle was heating up between Internet companies and Hollywood over how to stop online piracy, a top entertainment industry lobbyist landed a meeting at the White House with one of President Obama's technology advisers.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Former Dem. Congressman Kennedy Alleges ‘Quid Pro Quo’ for Access to White House
Robin Banerji / BBC:
Little boy lost finds his mother using Google Earth  —  An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania - using satellite images.  —  Saroo was only five years old when he got lost.  He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India's trains.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
New York Times:
Kabul Rocked by Gunfire and Explosions  —  By BY ALISSA J. RUBIN, GRAHAM BOWLEY and SANGAR RAHIMI  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban staged multiple and sustained attacks across Kabul and eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, hitting the heavily secured diplomatic neighborhood of the Afghan capital …
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AP Member Choice Complete / Associated Press:
Taliban attack Afghan capital, 3 other cities
Fox News:
Cheney calls Obama ‘unmitigated disaster’ in post-surgery speech  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Wyoming Republican state convention at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyo.  —  Dick Cheney, just weeks after undergoing heart transplant surgery …
The Express Tribune:
‘Sterling’ bounty offered for Obama, Bush  —  HARIPUR:  —  In an expression of solidarity with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, British parliamentarian of Kashmiri origin Lord Nazir Ahmed has announced a reward for the captor of US President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W Bush.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Abortion Bachmann Says Women Need To Make Their Own Decisions About Their Bodies  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) argued that women should be allowed to make choices over their own bodies, while blasting Obamacare on Meet The Press.  Without noting the irony of the GOP war …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
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N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Competition Is Healthy for Governments, Too  —  SHOULD governments — of nations, states and towns — compete like business rivals?  —  The question is simpler to ask than to answer.  But it reflects why conservatives and liberals disagree on many big issues facing the nation.
Maha / The Mahablog:
The Republican War Against Women  —  The Wall Street Journal wants us to know that Republicans can win the War Against Women.  Seriously.  I like this headline so much I screen captured it before some dweeb at WSJ wakes up and realizes what it says -  —  Anyway, WSJ thinks Romney …
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Winning the War Against Women
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