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2:20 PM ET, April 17, 2012


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Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Rep. Pete King: GOP voters in his district not excited about Romney  —  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y) said Tuesday that voters in his district had shown little “excitement” for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, but that the former Massachusetts governor had a “good chance” to win the general election.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
DNC chair: Romney should denounce Nugent
Discussion: CNN and Campaign 2012
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:   Mitt's chances in Michigan
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Nugent Tells NRA Audience to Cut Democrats' Heads Off, Slams Supreme Court (Video)
Discussion: Speakeasy, Daily Kos and Guardian
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner endorses Mitt Romney
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
Chelsea Clinton, TV's Dork Diva, Struggles At NBC  —  Hillary and Bill have worked their way back into our hearts, and now it's Chelsea's turn.  The only problem: she's “terrible” on television, as network executives privately admit.  —  Amy Sly for BuzzFeed
Brian Tashman /
Tony Perkins blames Secret Service Prostitution Scandal on the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell  —  Yesterday Janet Mefferd hosted Family Research Council president Tony Perkins where they spent most of the time lamenting the inevitable nomination of Mitt Romney, as Mefferd was troubled by Romney's past …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Dog Seamus ‘Loved’ Trips Atop Family Car, Says Ann Romney  —  Seamus, Mitt Romney's Irish setter who traveled with his young family strapped to the roof of their station wagon, “loved” those trips, despite once getting ill, Ann Romney told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview.
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
‘Dogs Against Romney’ Unsatisfied With Mitt Romney's Latest Dog Comment
Discussion: Dogs Against Romney
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors  —  (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin: Reuters Finds Bandages On Zimmerman, But Why Now?
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Notes on Poll-Watching, as Shift Toward General Election Season Begins  —  In a couple of weeks, we'll be starting our FiveThirtyEight forecasts for the general election.  But there's still a fair amount of work to get those ready, and we seem to be seeing an increasing number of head …
Exclusive: Secret Service Bragged About Protecting Obama While Partying At Colombian Brothel  —  ABC News' Reena Ninan, Christine Romo and Mary Bruce Report:  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — ABC News has learned exclusively that the Secret Service officials accused of misconduct in Colombia revealed …
Fox News:
Secret Service revokes security clearance for agents in prostitution probe, Pentagon ‘embarrassed’
Associated Press:
Obama seeks to confront oil market manipulation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Barack Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Bob Beckel Screams ‘F**k’ Live On Hannity, Refuses To Believe He Was On Air  —  Bob Beckel didn't realize when the commercial break ended during tonight's final segment of Hannity, caught in a heated off-camera argument with fellow panelist Jennifer Stefano.
ALEC Sharpens Focus on Jobs, Free Markets and Growth — Announces the End of the Task Force that Dealt with Non-Economic Issues  —  ALEC Sharpens Focus on Jobs, Free Markets and Growth — Announces the End of the Task Force that Dealt with Non-Economic Issues
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Gaffes Are His Own  —  Yesterday Barack Obama addressed the Summit of the Americas in Colombia and spoke about the conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falklands.  Obama seemed to tilt toward Argentina by calling the islands the “Malvinas” rather than the Falklands …
Jonathan Gilbert / Telegraph:
Barack Obama makes Falklands gaffe by calling Malvinas the Maldives
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Senate, Republicans Block Debate on ‘Buffett Rule’  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a move to open debate on the so-called Buffett Rule, ensuring that a measure pressed for months by President Obama and Senate Democrats to ensure that the superrich pay a tax rate …
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Overseas Travel Turning Into Campaign Stops  —  Leadership: President Obama's defenders complain his overseas trips seem jinxed by distractions, as this weekend's Summit of the Americas was.  But as presidential travels become campaign stops, shenanigans happen.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Nile Gardiner /
Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?
Tom Cohen / CNN:
GSA whistle-blower testifies on scandal  —  Washington (CNN) — A General Services Administration official who first raised questions about overspending at a 2010 Las Vegas conference said Tuesday that she supported the findings of a government investigation and the steps taken in response to the controversy.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Harry Reid Pushed to Allow Government Conferences in Vegas
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Eleanor Barkhorn / The Atlantic Online:
Why ‘Blue Like Jazz’ Won't Save Christian Cinema  —  The Kickstarter sensation tries to show an authentic struggle with belief in God but can't commit.  —  Religious people rarely get a fair shake at the movies.  Mainstream films usually seem bent on portraying faithful people as joyless hypocrites …
Mohammad Hamid / Reuters:
Afghan schoolgirls poisoned in anti-education attack  —  (Reuters) - About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country's north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education.
U.S. Minimum Wage Lower Than in LBJ Era Needs A Raise  —  Here's an unhappy observation about the minimum wage: Congress last increased the rate in stages in 2006, topping it out at $7.25 an hour in 2009, or $15,080 a year.  —  That amount, when adjusted for inflation …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Corrente
Albert R. Hunt / New York Times:
Romney's Running Mate Is Anyone's Guess  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. news media are rife with speculation about Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Susana Martinez, Bob McDonnell or Rob Portman as possible running mates for Mitt Romney.  —  It's the time of the political season when conjecture runs wild, much of it ill-informed.
Discussion: and The Hill
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Romney's bright electoral landscape
Sean Higgins / Capital Hill:
Washington Post: We Tried To Bury That Story About ObamaCare Blowing Up The Deficit  —  Washington Post columnist Patrick Pexton made a rather startling admission in the paper's Sunday edition: The Post never meant for their recent story about how President Obama's health care law expands …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Convicted defendants left uninformed of forensic flaws found by Justice Dept.  —  Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people, but prosecutors failed to notify defendants or their attorneys even in many cases they knew were troubled.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Bob Goldsborough / Chicago Tribune:
Axelrod buys $1.7 million Michigan Ave condo  —  (Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Chicago Tribune / April 16, 2012)  —  Longtime political strategist David Axelrod, who helped advise President Obama's presidential run in 2008 and is serving as communications director for Obama's re-election campaign …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Who Wants Taxes To Be More Complicated?
Discussion: The Barrometer and Blue Virginia
Daniel Fisher / Telegraph:
Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik trial: day two live
 Earlier Items: 
Herman Cain Flops on Gingrich Endorsement, Says, 'Let's Get On With This'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Obama Delivers on Tax Cut Promises as Increases for Rich Blocked
Discussion: The Agonist and The Reaction
Keith Perine / Politico:
Supreme Court takes copyright case
Discussion: Paper Chase and SCOTUSblog
CNN/ORC poll: Most Americans say tax system favors wealthy
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Reuters and The Hill