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6:05 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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” …
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Former Obama adviser Barnes: Bill Maher's comments on Ann Romney ‘problematic’  —  Former Obama adviser Melody Barnes said Sunday that talk show host Bill Maher's comments about the Hilary Rosen, Ann Romney controversy were “problematic” for the administration.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Playbook: Romney secrecy
Romney woos Red Sox Nation
Discussion: The Hill
Warren Buffett / CNN:
CNN Poll: 7 out of 10 support ‘Buffett Rule’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 and Weasel Zippers
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
Mitt Romney Kicks Off VP Search  —  BOSTON - Mitt Romney today revealed for the first time that he has put longtime adviser Beth Myers in charge of his vice presidential vetting process.  —  “I have selected someone who has been a counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers.
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 ...
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Two Federal Judges Suggest All Labor, Business or Wall Street Regulation Is Unconstitutional  —  Judges David Sentelle and Janice Rogers Brown  —  For more than two years, ThinkProgress has tracked “tentherism,” a radical misreading of the Constitution which claims that pretty much everything …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Rasmussen Reports:
73% Think Photo ID Requirement Before Voting Does Not Discriminate  —  Despite his insistence that voter fraud is not a serious problem, Attorney General Eric Holder was embarrassed last week when a video surfaced of someone illegally obtaining a ballot to vote under Holder's name …
Katie Pavlich /
Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal  —  Operation Fast and Furious is the deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history.  A scandal so big, it's worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong.  —  In the early days of the Obama Administration …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Miami-Dade Fire Captain Blames Trayvon Martin Killing On ‘S**tbag’ Parents Of ‘Urban Youths’  —  The Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department opened an investigation into a racist post on one of its captains' Facebook page.  According to The Grio, Brian Beckmann, a captain in the Miami-Dade fire department …
Healthy Lives:
Prison Time Considered for Teenagers Who Use the Morning After Pill  —  Ed note.  This post is from Healthy Lives editor Mark Leon Goldberg  —  There is terrible legislation being considered in Honduras which would send women to jail if they use the morning after pill.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Jezebel
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.
Pics Show Embattled GSA Official Enjoying Wine, Spa Tub  —  The government official on the frontlines of the scandal involving a wasteful government conference, U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely, will invoke his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination …
Jo McKenna / Telegraph:
Showgirls ‘performed nun striptease’ for Silvio Berlusconi  —  Showgirls dressed as nuns performed a pole-dancing striptease for former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi at a ‘bunga bunga’ party at his luxury villa at Arcore, a Milan court heard on Monday.  —  Giving evidence one of the guests …
Bill Frezza / RealClearMarkets:
Corzine Steals Billions Sans Charges, Errant Whale Watcher Faces Prison  —  Justice may be blind, but who works overtime to make it deaf, dumb, and stupid?  —  Which would you imagine might attract more aggressive enforcement from the Justice Department: the theft of $1.2 billion …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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David Rogers / Politico:
Republicans to slash food stamps
Henry Paul Monaghan / The New Republic:
A Conservative Law Professor on the Obvious Constitutionality of Obamacare
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and theGrio
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Let Bowles, Simpson finish their job
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Swing states: Obama still has electoral advantages despite a much-changed map
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Sweet Spot  —  THE other day Rick Santorum, with rigor …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
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Barbara Bradley Hagerty / NPR:
Christians Debate: Was Jesus For Small Government?
Discussion: American Prospect and Althouse
Saudi Arabia bans ‘gays, tom-boys’ from schools
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ThinkProgress
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years
Discussion: Don Surber and UrbanGrounds
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Romney Sells Inauguration Access, Nine Months Early