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9:55 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
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’ claiming his bounty on terrorist suspect has ‘insulted all Muslims’  —  A Labour peer was suspended last night after allegedly claiming he would put up a £10million bounty for the capture of Barack Obama.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
British Lord Offers Bounty on Obama and Bush
Discussion: 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 …
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
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: New York Post
CNN:   Obama calls for ‘rigorous’ probe into Secret Service prostitution allegations
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama says he expects ‘thorough’ Secret Service scandal inquiry
Discussion: Politico
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Economic Suicide  —  On Saturday The Times reported on an apparently growing phenomenon in Europe: “suicide by economic crisis,” people taking their own lives in despair over unemployment and business failure.  It was a heartbreaking story.  But I'm sure I wasn't the only reader …
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
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
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 …
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