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10:20 PM ET, April 19, 2012


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Edgar Sandoval / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: First photos of Colombia escort in explosive Secret Service hooker scandal  —  24-year-old single mom is known as Dania, she says agent offered $30 for $800 service  —  CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The Daily News can reveal the first photo of the 24-year-old Colombian call girl whose encounter …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama has small lead; Christie would help Romney  —  PPP's newest national poll finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 49-46.  A similar poll in February found Obama leading 49-42.  Obama's not losing support but Romney is consolidating it as it becomes more and more clear that he will be the Republican nominee for President.
Quinnipiac University:
Big Lead With Women Gives Obama An Edge On Romney, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Christie, Rubio, Ryan Top GOP Running Mate List  —  President Barack Obama holds a thin 46 - 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Romney ties Obama to factory closed under Bush  —  LORAIN, Ohio — Just a day after President Obama visited this crucial swing state, Mitt Romney spoke at a shuttered drywall company visited four years ago by then-candidate Obama to make the argument that Obama's record has yet to live up to his lofty rhetoric.
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Dogfight over Obama's dog-meat-eating childhood joined by White House
Michael Patrick Leahy / The Daily Caller:
The coming conservative landslide
Discussion: The Agonist
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Frames Rivals' Strengths
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment  —  ( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed a movement announced by other congressional Democrats on Wednesday to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow Congress to regulate political speech when it is engaged …
Aram Roston / The Daily Beast:
New Account: Zimmerman Told Cops Trayvon's Last Words Were ‘Okay, You Got It’  —  In exclusive reporting from Sanford, Fla., Aram Roston offers a new inside account of what Zimmerman told police after the shooting.  —  Last December, George Zimmerman hosted a small gathering at a clubhouse in Lake Mary, Florida.
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Allen West backs Ted Nugent  —  Ted Nugent doesn't bear “any ill will” toward President Barack Obama, Rep. Allen West said Thursday despite the rocker's appointment with the Secret Service over his controversial comments.  —  “I think he was just expressing maybe his opinion about something …
LZ Granderson / CNN:
Ted Nugent should be in jail  —  Editor's note: LZ Granderson, who writes a weekly column for, was named journalist of the year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and a 2011 Online Journalism Award finalist for commentary.  He is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and
The Catholic League:
CAMPAIGN AGAINST JON STEWART BEGINS  —  Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:  —  Jon Stewart refused to apologize last night for the unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities he launched on April 16.  In that episode, “The Daily Show” featured a naked woman …
Kris Maher / Washington Wire:
Romney's Cookie Comment Bites Back  —  In a campaign stop Tuesday outside Pittsburgh, Mitt Romney made what many locals considered a tasteless remark about cookies from a local landmark bakery. … Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, met with four couples …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Suggests Anti-Semitism Is A Problem Within The House GOP Caucus  —  A few weeks ago, the House GOP was up in arms over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) $25,000 donation to anti-incumbent candidate Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who ultimately defeated his opponent, incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL).
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Suggests Raising Taxes On The Poor: 'You've Got To Discuss That Issue'
Discussion: Daily Kos and Faith in Public Life
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor's small-business tax cut passes House in 235-173 vote
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Levon Helm, Drummer in the Band, Dies at 71  —  Levon Helm, who helped forge a deep-rooted American music as the drummer and singer for the Band, died on Thursday in Manhattan.  He was 71 and lived in Woodstock, N.Y.  —  His death was announced by a spokeswoman for Vanguard Records, for which he had recorded several albums.
Discussion: Esquire
Rolling Stone:
Levon Helm, Drummer and Singer of the Band, Dead at 71
Rubio's Vice Presidential Freudian Slip  —  The Florida senator says he will say no if anyone asks, but demonstrates the job's on his mind.  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that “I don't want to be the vice president right now, or maybe ever.  I really want to do a good job in the Senate.”
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and Fox News
Marco Rubio Says He Would Turn Down VP Slot If Asked
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Lorain officials question use of gypsum plant as Romney backdrop  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly four years after National Gypsum shuttered its drywall plant in Lorain, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will reuse the facility on Henderson Drive as a backdrop for his message …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, ABCNEWS and Yahoo! News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney speaks at shuttered Ohio plant, blasts Obama's economic record
Discussion: Politico, CNN and FreakOutNation
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Michele Bachmann- Obama “Waving a Tar Baby in the Air”  —  During our sit-down interview with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Bachmann skewered President Obama's energy policy and his farcical view of energy “independence.”  —  Bachmann said that Obama doesn't know “zilch about the economy …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Bachmann's “Tar Baby”
Discussion: Shakesville
Worker injured during sex gets compensation payout  —  A WOMAN who was injured while having sex in her hotel room during a work trip is entitled to compensation.  —  In the Federal Court today Justice John Nicholas ruled that the woman was injured during her “course of employment”.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Solyndra Building for Sale!  —  The 411,618 square foot Solyndra building in Fremont, California has been put on the market:  —  The office area of the grand compound are “LEED Gold Standards,” according to a website set up to sell the building.  It's “Expandable to 739,232 square feet.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Melissa Russo /
Pollster's Phone Call Saves NYC Woman's Life  —  Bobby Berlin was going into diabetic shock when she answered the call from Marist pollsters  —  When pollsters call, people usually don't want to answer — but for one Upper West Side woman, the call from Marist College pollsters helped save her life.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Gothamist
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
If It's Sunday, It's Meet The Republican White Men  —  An exhaustive new study by media watchdog Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting shows that the Sunday morning talk shows have been dominated over the last eight months by white, Republican men.  —  Between June 2011 and February of this year …
Ted Nugent:
THE NRA PARTY ROCKED  —  If all of America was just like the great families at the NRA 141st Annual Members meeting in St. Louis last weekend, our country would be flawless.  Surrounded by my family, friends, patriots, law enforcement and military heroes, veterans who have sacrificed dearly …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Wire
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Damian Paletta / Real Time Economics:
Food Stamp Rolls to Grow Through 2014, CBO Says
Emmanuel Dunand / ABCNEWS:
Romney Rejects Obama's ‘Silver Spoon’ Comment
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
More Than $200,000 “Missing” From Huntsman PAC
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
How Much “Violence Against Women” Do Republicans Support?
Byron Tau / Politico:
‘Dinner with Barack’ now includes George Clooney
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
John Lichfield / The Independent:
François Hollande builds lead as Nicolas Sarkozy allies admit writing is on the wall
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: Romney's image improves but remains a net-negative
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post, CNN and ABCNEWS
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
What Newt Gingrich Lost by Running for President
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Liberty University Christian College Education:
Gov. Mitt Romney to deliver 2012 Commencement address
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Raese: Smoking regs like Hitler's Jewish star
Tim Mak / Politico:
Leon Panetta: U.S. ‘within an inch of war’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Romney's Favorability Ratings Matter?
Discussion: Hot Air, GayPatriot and National Review