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2:45 AM ET, April 16, 2012


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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:
Britain's Lord Nazir Ahmed Offers £10 Million Bounty for Obama, Bush  —  During a recent visit to Pakistan, Lord Nazir Ahmed, a member of the British House of Lords who originally hails from Pakistani Kashmir, announced he was putting up a bounty of £10 million for the capture …
First Read /
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.
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
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
Obama calls for ‘rigorous’ probe into Secret Service prostitution allegations  —  Cartagena, Colombia (CNN) — President Barack Obama called Sunday for a “thorough” and “rigorous” investigation into allegations involving prostitutes and Secret Service agents in Colombia.
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
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama in Colombia: ‘Part of My Job Is to Scout Out Where I May Want to Bring Michelle Back Later for Vacation’  —  ( - Just two days after President Barack Obama gave a sharply edged response to news anchor Larry Conners of KMOV in St. Louis after Conners had asked the president …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politicker and New York Magazine
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.
Charles Dharapak / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Loses Its Luster: Poll  —  Wither the Tea Party?  —  A major force in the 2010 midterm elections, the movement has stalled in public popularity, its support well below a majority and decidedly lukewarm.  And Americans by a broad 23-point margin say the more they hear about the Tea Party movement …
Discussion: 24Ahead and Hot Air
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
‘This Week’ Transcript: Timothy Geithner
Discussion: American Spectator
Wall Street Journal:
GOP House Candidates Have Edge in Finances  —  WASHINGTON—Republicans running for the U.S. House have built a financial advantage over their Democratic opponents in many of the races that will determine which party holds a majority after the election.  —  A review of first-quarter fundraising …
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Charlie Stross / Charlie's Diary:
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Ai Weiwei / Guardian:
China's censorship can never defeat the internet
Discussion: The Raw Story
Meg Jay / New York Times:
The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage
Jake Shermanand Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitt Romney and GOP in Congress embrace - but warily
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
New North Korean leader Kim speaks publicly for first time
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Kucinich supporters eye Washington state move to revive his political career
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Abortion Bachmann Says Women Need To Make Their Own Decisions About Their Bodies
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Gillespie says he's not running Romney's vice president search
Discussion: Politico and CNN
CBS Houston:
Suspected Anonymous Hacker Busted By FBI — Thanks To A Racy Photo
Discussion: The Jawa Report