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3:05 PM ET, April 17, 2012


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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 …
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
The Secret Service Says They Are Investigating Ted Nugent's Threatening Remarks Toward Obama  —  Ted Nugent's threatening remarks about President Obama at the annual National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis have earned him a follow-up conversation with the Secret Service.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Two To Wango Tango: Mitt Romney Sought Ted Nugent's Endorsement, Should Answer For It  —  It's one of the political games people play: trying to get political figures to own something that someone else said.  A particularly egregious example of this was last week's Hilary Rosen flap …
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
DNC chair: Romney should denounce Nugent
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Nugent Tells NRA Audience to Cut Democrats' Heads Off, Slams Supreme Court (Video)
Discussion: Speakeasy, Daily Kos and Guardian
CNN:   TRENDING: Nugent threatens death if Obama wins in November
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Christie Would Listen if Romney Asks Him to Be Running Mate  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said today he's “not looking to become vice president,” but left the door open to a conversation about being Mitt Romney's running mate if the presumptive GOP nominee comes calling.
Discussion: GOP 12
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
Rep. Pete King: GOP voters in his district not excited about Romney
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Alec Baldwin: Romney ‘has not made his case’ on economy
Discussion: CNN
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:   Mitt's chances in Michigan
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 …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Under fire over high gas prices, Obama calls for tighter curbs on oil market manipulation
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Proposal would increase oil market supervision
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
For Two Economists, the Buffett Rule Is Just a Start  —  WASHINGTON — High earners who are worried that this year's Tax Day will be the last one before their rates rise have more than just the White House and Washington to blame.  They can also look to two academically revered …
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
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 …
Dr. Melissa Clouthier:
War On Women Wisconsin Edition: Slut Shaming Is Okay When Feminists Do It  —  Governor Scott Walker's campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews finds herself on the receiving end of misogyny by feminists and leftist press.  —  Her crime?  She waited tables at Hooters while going to college.
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 …
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Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Edwards' ‘cut’ rate
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Daily Caller
Josh Barro / The Barrometer:
Lessons From the Decades Long Upward March of Government Spending
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Who Wants Taxes To Be More Complicated?
Discussion: The Barrometer and Blue Virginia
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Overseas Travel Turning Into Campaign Stops
Daniel Fisher / Telegraph:
Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik trial: day two live
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Convicted defendants left uninformed of forensic flaws found by Justice Dept.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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
Albert R. Hunt / New York Times:
Romney's Running Mate Is Anyone's Guess
Discussion: and The Hill
Bob Goldsborough / Chicago Tribune:
Axelrod buys $1.7 million Michigan Ave condo
CNN/ORC poll: Most Americans say tax system favors wealthy
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Reuters and The Hill