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8:50 PM ET, April 16, 2012


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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Romney, Obama in Tight Race as Gallup Daily Tracking Begins  —  Romney voters slightly more certain they will vote  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mitt Romney is supported by 47% of national registered voters and Barack Obama by 45% in the inaugural Gallup Daily tracking results from April 11-15.
CNN Poll: Gender gap and likeability keep Obama over Romney  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll.
By Historic Standards, Obama Is In Trouble  —  Modern presidents who got re-elected were all leading in the polls at this point in their presidencies — as were some who lost anyway.  Obama is in a statistical tie with Romney in the first Gallup daily tracking poll of the general election, and that might not be enough.
Warren Buffett / CNN:
CNN Poll: 7 out of 10 support ‘Buffett Rule’
Romney woos Red Sox Nation
Discussion: The Hill and Israel Matzav
Romney Tells Obama to ‘Start Packing’ in ABC News Exclusive Interview  —  Acting very much like the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney sent a curt message to President Obama today: “Start packing.”  —  The message, delivered with a chuckle, came in an exclusive interview with “World News” …
Roseanne Barr / The Daily Beast:
Roseanne Barr on Ann and Mitt Romney and the Mommy Wars  —  Let us not be dragged back into the “working mom versus stay-at-home mom” dialogue.  By Roseanne Barr.  —  I almost got sick to my stomach when I heard Hilary Rosen's unfortunate words regarding Mrs. Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and PopWatch
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Specifies Deductions He'd Cut  —  PALM BEACH, Fla.—Mitt Romney, speaking at a private fundraising event on Sunday, offered the first details of deductions he would eliminate or limit in order to offset the income tax cut he has proposed for all taxpayers.
Transcript: Mitt and Ann Romney's Interview With Diane Sawyer
Discussion: Ballot Box
Why Ann Stayed Home
Discussion: and Religion Dispatches
First Read /
Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser
Katie Roiphe / The Daily Beast:
Spanking Goes Mainstream  —  From the steamy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to HBO's Girls, sexual domination is in vogue.  Katie Roiphe on why women's power at work may be fueling the craze.  Plus, Fifty Shades of Grey's naughtiest bits.  —  If every era gets the sadist it deserves …
Joe Hagan / Texas Monthly:
Truth or Consequences  —  Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on the Air National Guard service of President George W. Bush.  It was supposed to be the legendary newsman's finest hour.  Instead, it blew up in his face, tarnishing his career forever and casting a dark cloud …
David Weigel / Slate:
Herman Cain Rally at the Capitol Fails Spectacularly … - Vincent Kartheiser on What It's Like To Play Mad Men's Pete Campbell - Cocaine Is Unbelievably Cheap Now.  Why?  - Guys on Girls: What a Pack of Dudes Thought of the Premiere - Girls on Girls: What a Bunch of Ladies Thought …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
BuzzFeed:   Herman Cain's Rally At The Capitol Is A Bust
Memet Walker / The Daily Tar Heel:
Column: GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich cuts interview short with UNC student  —  As a reporter, I'm rarely at a loss for words when it comes to interviewing almost anyone.  By now, I've heard and seen a lot.  —  But there I was Saturday, standing alone with my recorder in a quiet stupor, as my subject, Newt Gingrich, rushed away.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton Loses the Scrunchie in Colombia  —  The secretary of state lets her hair down in Cartagena — leading to the inevitable Drunk Texts from Hillary meme.  —  Hillary Clinton is seriously having a moment.  Her approval ratings are sky-high.  Her name is constantly floated as a vice presidential or presidential candidate.
Discussion: Guardian and The Confluence
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Hillary Clinton parties in Colombia: Photos of dancing, beer-slugging secretary of state cause stir
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mediaite, neo-neocon and
Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
In Conversation: Barney Frank  —  On the eve of his departure from Washington, the candid, caustic Massachusetts congressman talks with Jason Zengerle about Jon Stewart, Newt Gingrich, Tip O'Neill, Hillary Clinton, Fannie and Freddie ...  Think back a little bit to 1981, when you ­arrived here in Washington.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Rep. Frank says he urged Obama to back off healthcare reform
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jonathan Gilbert / Telegraph:
Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives  —  Barack Obama made an uncharacteristic error, more akin to those of his predecessor George W Bush, by referring to the Falkland Islands as the Maldives.  —  Barack Obama made a gaffe more associated with predecessor George W Bush
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Zimmerman's lawyer: I want a new judge  —  George Zimmerman's attorney on Monday asked the judge in the case to step down because of a possible conflict of interest.  —  On Friday, O'Mara told Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler he was on the verge of asking her to step aside.
The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich Bitten By Penguin At St. Louis Zoo … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Elections 2012, Gingrich 2012, Gingrich 2012, Elections 2012, Newt Gingrich, Video, Election 2012, Gingrich, Gingrich Penguin, Gingrich St. Louis Zoo, Newt Gingrich Penguin, Newt Gingrich St. Louis Zoo …
Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - 1st Runner Up  —  Fred Hiatt.  —  As editorial page editor of the Washington Post, Fred Hiatt has presided over what is perhaps the world greatest gaggle of wankers.  Fred's a true wanker connoissuer, a collector of fine wankers.  Whenever a new wanker appears on the market …
Discussion: TalkLeft, US Politics and The Agonist
David Nir / Daily Kos:
WI-Gov: Scott Walker takes leads, but sits right at the 50% mark  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 4/13-15.  Likely voters.  MoE: ±2.9% (2/23-26 results): … These numbers show a drop for Democrats from PPP's last survey of the race, which of course makes you ask, why?  What's changed?
Henry Paul Monaghan / The New Republic:
A Conservative Law Professor on the Obvious Constitutionality of Obamacare  —  The Constitution of the United States creates a national government of enumerated and therefore limited powers.  Accordingly, troubled members of the Court should be applauded for their efforts to search for the limits …
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Maddow Blog and theGrio
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Here's how big the potential 2013 tax hikes would be  —  If you combine all the other tax increases from 1980-1993, they add up to 3.3% of GDP, according to the brilliant budget team at Strategas Research.  The coming “taxmageddon” of 2013 surpasses all those tax hikes combined!
Discussion: Doug Ross and Business Insider
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Less Than Half of Americans Consider Tax Bill Too High  —  Solid majority believe what they pay is fair, although low-income Americans are less satisfied  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As tax filing day looms, Americans fall into two closely matched camps: those who believe the amount they pay …
Ross Douthat:
The Palin Counterfactual  —  After Rick Santorum's exit from the race last week, Philip Klein and HotAir's Allahpundit considered what would have happened if Sarah Palin rather than Santorum had been Mitt Romney's right-wing foil.  I think that this point from Klein is interesting ...
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Cheers!  Photos Show Embattled GSA Official Enjoying Wine and Soak in Spa Tub at M Hotel During “Pre-Conference” Meeting  —  The government official on the frontlines of the scandal involving a wasteful government conference, U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely …
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Judd Gregg / The Hill:
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Two Federal Judges Suggest All Labor, Business or Wall Street Regulation Is Unconstitutional
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Jo McKenna / Telegraph:
Showgirls ‘performed nun striptease’ for Silvio Berlusconi
John Avlon / CNN:
Where's the outrage over Republican's ‘communist’ claim?
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years