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6:45 PM ET, April 19, 2012


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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 …
Norah O'Donnell / CBS News:
Source: Ousted Secret Service agent plans to sue  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) One of the Secret Service agents who has been forced out of his job is already planning a lawsuit, a congressional aide told CBS News after Mark Sullivan, the agency's director, briefed lawmakers Wednesday night.
Secret Service Pre-Planned Party at Colombian Hotel  —  ABC News' Reena Ninan, Christine Romo and Mary Bruce Report:  —  CARTAGENA, Colombia — Secret Service officials planning a wild night of fun in Colombia did some of their own advanced work last week, booking a party space at the Hotel Caribe …
LZ Granderson / CNN:
Ted Nugent should be in jail
Discussion: Mediaite, CANNONFIRE and Wizbang
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.
Marco Rubio Says He Would Turn Down VP Slot If Asked  —  Sen. Marco Rubio said today he would decline any offer from Mitt Romney to be a part of the GOP ticket this fall.  —  “I don't want to be the vice president,” the Florida Republican said during an interview with Major Garrett of the National Journal.
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: Hot Air and Fox News
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
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 …
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Bachmann's “Tar Baby”  —  Ah, Michelle Bachmann, we've missed you!  The fiery wingnut from Minnesota has not been much in the public spotlight since her presidential campaign crashed and burned, and she has given way to multiple members of the Class of 2010 as a symbol of extremism in the U.S. House.
Discussion: Shakesville
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
How Much “Violence Against Women” Do Republicans Support?  —  If you've been following the debate in the Senate over the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, you know that Republicans are complaining that they don't want the act to expire, but object to “poison pills” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
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: CNN
Rolling Stone:
Levon Helm, Drummer and Singer of the Band, Dead at 71
John Lichfield / The Independent:
François Hollande builds lead as Nicolas Sarkozy allies admit writing is on the wall  —  Poll saying socialist could win by 14 per cent leaves right wing in despair  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Sarkozy Re-election Bid in Trouble
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
What Newt Gingrich Lost by Running for President  —  His almost certainly failed campaign for the Republican nomination leaves his stature diminished — and his empire in shambles.  —  LANCASTER, Penn.  — Newt Gingrich has gotten noticeably fatter over the course of his campaign.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Tim Mak / Politico:
Leon Panetta: U.S. ‘within an inch of war’  —  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Wednesday that the United States was “within an inch of war almost every day” in the region around North Korea.  —  “We're within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world …
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Dogfight over Obama's dog-meat-eating childhood joined by White House  —  Proving that election fights can unleash the worst jokes, the White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that conservatives gleefully noting that President Barack Obama was fed dog meat as a child in Indonesia were just …
Liberty University Christian College Education:
Gov. Mitt Romney to deliver 2012 Commencement address  —  Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced today that Gov. Mitt Romney will address Liberty University graduates at the 2012 Commencement ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Arthur L. Williams Stadium.
Charles Mahtesian / Politico:
Raese: Smoking regs like Hitler's Jewish star  —  Lots of Senate candidates rail against onerous government regulations.  But West Virginia Republican John Raese , who's looking to knock off Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, took it to another level recently at the Putnam County Lincoln Day dinner.
Michael Patrick Leahy / The Daily Caller:
The coming conservative landslide  —  Wishful liberals and Chicken Little conservatives who watch the weekly fluctuations in the presidential polls have concluded that President Obama is a shoo-in for re-election.  They point out that Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee …
Discussion: The Agonist
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”.
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 …
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Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
If It's Sunday, It's Meet The Republican White Men
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
U.N. Chief Says Syria is Failing to Adhere to Peace Plan
Emmanuel Dunand / ABCNEWS:
Romney Rejects Obama's ‘Silver Spoon’ Comment
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
More Than $200,000 “Missing” From Huntsman PAC
Byron Tau / Politico:
‘Dinner with Barack’ now includes George Clooney
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: Romney's image improves but remains a net-negative
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and ABCNEWS
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ill. Rep. Walsh settles with his ex-wife over unpaid child support
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Goode / Politico:
Obama to renominate Svinicki to NRC
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Maddow Covers The Demise Of The Ex-Gay Movement
Discussion: Truthdig and Towleroad News #gay
Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
OWS Celebrates Holocaust Day w/ Antisemitic Cartoons
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama warns GOP not to move spending bills that break debt deal