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11:45 AM ET, April 18, 2012

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David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. troops posed with body parts of Afghan bombers  —  An American soldier says he released the photos to the Los Angeles Times to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline.  The Army has started a criminal investigation.
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New York Times:
U.S. Condemns Photos of Soldiers Posing With Body Parts
Discussion: National Review and Jihad Watch
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Ted Nugent Stands By Obama Remarks, Compares Himself To ‘Black Jew At A Nazi-Klan Rally’ (AUDIO) … FOLLOW:  —  Video, Ted Nugent, Ted Nugent Obama, Dana Loesch, Dana Loesch Ted Nugent, Nugent, Nugent Obama, Obama Nugent, Ted Nugent Dana Loesch, Ted Nugent Nancy Pelosi, Ted Nugent Obama Comments …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Potential VP pick Mitch Daniels endorses Mitt Romney  —  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, frequently mentioned as potential vice presidential candidate, is the latest Republican leader to formally endorse Mitt Romney.  —  “It must be a slow news day if this has made the air,” Daniels told Fox News on Wednesday.
Discussion: CNN
Amie Parnes / Ballot Box:
Obama flips, re-labels his probable foe  —  In a bid to win independents, President Obama's campaign is ramping up efforts to label Mitt Romney a hardcore conservative.  —  Out is the emphasis on Romney as a centrist flip-flopper with “no core,” a tag useful for Democrats as they attempted …
Discussion: CNN
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Phony Mommy Wars
Maggie Habermanand Emily Schultheis / Politico:
The year of the ‘surrogate’  —  Hilary Rosen.  Bill Maher.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
One for the Country  —  I had to catch a train in Washington last week.  The paved street in the traffic circle around Union Station was in such poor condition that I felt as though I was on a roller coaster.  I traveled on the Amtrak Acela, our sorry excuse for a fast train …
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Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
Romney and Obama Are in a Tight Contest, Poll Finds  —  Mitt Romney has solidified support within his party for the presidential nomination after Rick Santorum's exit from the race, but is locked in a tight race with President Obama as attention turns to the general election phase of the campaign …
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Alex Sundby / CBS News:
Obama, Romney in dead heat among registered voters, CBS News/New York Times poll finds  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Obama among registered voters …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Hey, if we're going to talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago, let's talk about how presidential candidates treated dogs decades ago.  —  Can you name the author of this quote? … Give up?  That's Barack Obama, writing about his childhood with his stepfather Lolo Soetoro …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for 3rd year  —  Committee chairman to revisit Bowles-Simpson plan of 2010  —  In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Catholic Priest Receives Standing Ovation For Shunning Anti-Marriage Equality Petition Drive  —  At least six Catholic parishes in Washington state have ignored the Seattle Archbishop's call to gather signatures for a referendum repealing the state's recently-enacted marriage equality law …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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Joel Connelly / Strange Bedfellows:   Catholic pastor applauded for shunning anti-gay marriage drive
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Kelly wins GOP primary in contest for former Rep. Giffords's seat  —  Jesse Kelly won a special primary election in Arizona on Tuesday, securing the Republican nomination to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  —  Kelly, an Iraq War veteran and project manager …
Discussion: Politico
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Rebekah L. Sanders / Arizona Republic:
Kelly to face Barber for Giffords' seat
Discussion: msnbc.com
Darrell Calhoun / CNN:
Police: Man strips naked at Oregon airport in TSA protest  —  (CNN) — A 50-year-old man who said he felt that airport screeners were “harassing” him stripped naked at Portland International Airport, police in Oregon said.  —  Police charged John E. Brennan with disorderly conduct …
Discussion: The Latest Word and Gawker
CNN:
Romney cites ‘vast left wing conspiracy’  —  (CNN) - Speaking to a right wing radio host Tuesday, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney repurposed a phrase from Hillary Clinton, citing a “vast left wing conspiracy” brewing in the media and liberal advocacy organizations to derail his campaign.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney says ‘vast left-wing conspiracy’ in media is attacking him
Discussion: CNN, Politico and americanthinker.com
Investor's Business Daily:
IRS Might Have Stalinist Powers Under New Law  —  Liberty: The Republican House of Representatives may soon follow the Democratic Senate and give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport on mere suspicion of owing taxes.  There's no place like home, comrade.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Michelle Obama: ‘This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light’  —  First lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail in Nashville on Tuesday and told a packed crowd in a downtown office building that the campaign has an “amazing story to tell.”
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Daily Mail:
BAR RAFAEL!  (A Ninja Turtle???)  LOL!!!!!!!  Give me a break.  How full of yourself can you get “BAR?”  So pretentious!  Anything for some press too!  Sick....  I think Bar is the least beautiful of the VS Models.  —  It amazes me that some of you idiots still think that these pat downs are about security.
Daily Mail:
Revealed; Official fears from U.S. and UK over President Obama's ‘anti-American’ and ‘anti-white’ father  —  In his three years as U.S. president, Barack Obama has been dogged by claims he is not patriotic enough.  —  Last year he even had to publish his birth certificate to silence doubters who suggested he was not born an American.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andy Baio / Wired:
Memeorandum Colors 2012: Visualizing Bias on Political Blogs  —  I don't watch sports, but every four years, I lose myself in the horse race of the U.S. presidential elections.  That competition kicked off in earnest Monday, as Gallup started its daily tracking polls for the general election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Tuesday that it was abandoning an agreement it made in February with the United States, in which it promised to suspend uranium enrichment, nuclear tests and long-range missile tests.
ABCNEWS:
The List of Top Republican VP Candidates  —  Mitt Romney's search for a vice presidential running mate has only just begun, but speculation among top Republicans and Romney's close allies is well under way.  Here is how the list of potential running mates looks today.  —  Top Tier
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Tennessean.com:
'Don't Say Gay' bill advances in the House  —  Tennessee's elementary and middle school teachers could face more pressure not to talk about homosexuality with their students next year after the so-called Don't Say Gay bill cleared a House education committee Tuesday.
David Ignatius / Real Clear Politics:
A Deal in the Works With Iran?  —  WASHINGTON — The nuclear talks with Iran have just begun, but already the smart money in Tehran is betting on a deal.  That piece of intelligence comes from the Tehran stock index, which on the day after the talks opened posted its largest daily rise in months and closed at a record high.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Swampland
 
 
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
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msnbc.com:
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
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Steve Coleman / Associated Press:
Baptist pastor backs Romney in spite of Mormonism
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White House threatens veto of highway bill over Keystone pipeline provision