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9:15 AM ET, April 16, 2012


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Romney offers policy details at closed-door fundraiser  —  PALM BEACH, FL — Mitt Romney went well beyond his standard stump speech at a closed-door fundraiser on Sunday evening, and offered some of the most specific details to date about the policies he would pursue if elected.
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ann Romney: Controversy over Hilary Rosen remark an ‘early birthday present’  —  Ann Romney, the wife of GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, told supporters at a private fundraising event on Sunday that last week's Hilary Rosen controversy was an “early birthday present.”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
British Lord Offers Bounty on Obama and Bush  —  It isn't surprising that a Muslim extremist has offered a $10 million bounty on the heads of George Bush and Barack Obama, but it is a little shocking that the extremist in question is a member of the House of Lords:
Discussion: National Review
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.
Daily Mail:   Labour peer suspended after he ‘offered £10m for capture of Barack Obama’ …
Telegraph:   British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘offering £10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush’
Greg Tepper / The Times of Israel:
Israeli TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near  —  'IAF expects losses, and knows it can't destroy entire Iranian program'  —  major Israel TV station on Sunday night broadcast a detailed report on how Israel will go about attacking Iran's nuclear facilities …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Romney secrecy  —  COMING ATTRACTIONS - David Axelrod tells us the Obama campaign will make a major umbrella issue of what he calls “Romney's penchant for secrecy”: “George Bush felt it was appropriate to release the names of his bundlers.  John McCain did.  But not Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Mediaite
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama says he expects ‘thorough’ Secret Service scandal inquiry
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Obama-DNC raise $53 million in March  —  The president's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee took in a combined $53 million in March through their various fundraising accounts, the Obama camp announced in a video Monday.  —  There were 190,000 first-time donors …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Obama re-election team increases fundraising haul  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign announced Monday that they raised $53 million in March, up about $8 million from the month before.  —  The campaign made their announcement in a web video …
Discussion: GOP 12, Politico and The Hill
Zombie / The PJ Tatler:
Download your “Buffett Rule” 1040 forms here  —  Time to call his bluff.  —  Obama is still harping on the so-called “Buffett Rule” as some sort of miraculous tax hike, despite the fact that it would only pay off 1% of the debt that Obama has added since he became president.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama: Buffett Rule not for equality
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
After Ohio loss, Kucinich weighs run for Congress from Washington  —  Kucinich had temporarily put talk of a Washington run to rest when he decided to face off in a primary at home in Ohio against a fellow Democrat whose district had merged with his.  After losing, Kucinich told reporters …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Kucinich supporters eye Washington state move to revive his political career
Alison Gendar / NY Daily News:
Congressman Ed Towns Bows Out  —  Incumbent Ed Towns was making calls Sunday night telling friends, supporters and some members of the New York delegation that he was dropping out of the race for the re-drawn 8th Congressional seat, two sources told the Daily News.  —  Calls to Towns and his staff were not immediately returned.
Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - 2nd Runner Up  —  Andrew Sullivan.  —  While the horrible events of 9/11 predated, somewhat, THE ESCHATON DECADE, among the numerous consequences was the rise of the warbloggers.  Sullivan had a longish media career, but was also one of the early bloggers.
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Agonist
Hilton Hotel / The White House:
Remarks by President Obama at CEO Summit of the Americas
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Roseanne Barr self-funds presidential run  —  Comedian Roseanne Barr, running for president as a Green Party candidate, isn't too keen on her early fundraising prospects.  —  “I admit I need help,” Barr told POLITICO via Twitter.  —  And with good reason: Since formally launching her bid …
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