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11:00 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.”
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Mahablog
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.
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Former Obama adviser Barnes: Bill Maher's comments on Ann Romney ‘problematic’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Rep. Issa: Secret Service misconduct allegations reveal ‘pattern of behavior’  —  “We clearly have lost confidence and we need to get that confidence back,” said Issa of the allegations.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Monday that the recent scandal involving Secret Service agents …
Discussion: Hot Air and
New York Post:
20 US agents could be involved in Colombian hooker woe  —  Prostitutes walk a street of Cartagena, Colombia, as heads of state meet in the city for the Americas Summit.  Headlines from this weekend's gathering have focused on an embarrassing scandal involving prostitutes and members of President Obama's security detail.
Secret Service Sex Scandal Upsets Obama Trip  —  President Barack Obama came to Colombia seeking to erase an image of the U.S. in Latin America as overassertive Yankees who exploit the region at will.  He left with the stereotype reinforced.  —  The sixth Summit of the Americas …
Discussion: The Reaction
Tim Mak / Politico:
Darrell Issa: Possibly ‘billions’ in GSA waste  —  Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who will hold a hearing Monday on the General Services Administration “culture of wasteful spending,” said the agency may be squandering “perhaps billions of dollars.”
British Peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘offering £10m bounty on Barack Obama and George Bush’  —  A controversial British peer has been suspended from the Labour Party amid reports that he offered a £10 million bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush.
Daily Mail:
Labour peer suspended after he ‘offered £10m for capture of Barack Obama’ …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
British Lord Offers Bounty on Obama and Bush
Discussion: MEMRI and National Review
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 …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks with reporters.  A Senate report review found that his chamber in 2011 was among the least productive in 20 years.  (Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)  —  For those who need proof …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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 …
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
Obama re-election team increases fundraising haul
Discussion: GOP 12, Politico and The Hill
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Obama Bid to End Too-Big-to Fail Undercut as Banks Grow  —  Two years after President Barack Obama vowed to eliminate the danger of financial institutions becoming “too big to fail,” the nation's largest banks are bigger than they were before the credit crisis.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Weak jobs numbers raise pressure on Federal Reserve to adopt new stimulus
Discussion: Truthdig
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Romney Sells Inauguration Access, Nine Months Early  —  A cool $50,000 reserves your seat at the “presidential inaugural retreat.”  Now all Mitt has to do is get elected!  —  Romney greeted supporters during a phone bank fundraiser last May in Las Vegas.  —  (AP / Julie Jacobson)
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
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Tea party support stable, but interest is waning  —  More than three years after its inception, the tea party continues to attract support from more than four in 10 Americans.  But a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds waning interest in the political movement and a drop in the number …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Charles Dharapak / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Loses Its Luster: Poll
Discussion: 24Ahead and Hot Air
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