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2:05 PM ET, April 20, 2012

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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney's 'Obama Isn't Working' Banner Evokes Racial Stereotypes  —  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn't Working,” which is also the name …
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mitt Romney's challenge: Convincing GOP he can win  —  Poll after poll indicates the presidential campaign is a dead heat, but you wouldn't know it from talking to many Republican professionals.  If you gave them truth serum, they would tell you they think Mitt Romney will lose.
Mitch Daniels / CNN:
Daniels offers tough love for Romney
Discussion: Hot Air
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Campaign Memo: Campaign Memo: In Strategy Shift, Obama Team Attacks Romney From the Left
Discussion: Daily Kos and Conservatives4Palin
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Warning Graphic Photo: Possible New Evidence Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head  —  A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin …
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CNN:
Live blog: Zimmerman ‘sorry’ for loss of Martins' son; bond set at $150,000  —  After George Zimmerman took the stand during his bond hearing and told Trayvon Martin's parents that he was sorry for the loss of their son, a Florida judge Friday set Zimmerman's bond at $150,000.
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Prosecutor: Zimmerman Allegedly Slapped His Ex-Girlfriend And ‘Asked Her How It Felt’
Discussion: Jezebel and Colorlines
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
GMA Shows Exclusive Images Of George Zimmerman's Head Injuries From Night Of Trayvon's Death
Associated Press:   George Zimmerman: Judge sets bail at $150K
Associated Press:   Florida judge to decide if Zimmerman can leave jail, as experts say he has good chance of being granted bail
Washington Post:
Secret Service supervisors involved in Colombia scandal identified  —  One of the Secret Service supervisors who was forced out of the agency this week for his involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal made light of his official protective work on his Facebook page …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Palin To Secret Service Agent: “Check This Out, Bodyguard — You're Fired”  —  Sarah Palin joined FOX News tonight to discuss the Secret Service prostitution scandal as well as the GSA spending scandal.  Palin also reacted to news that broke this afternoon about another Secret Service scandal, this time involving her.
Edgar Sandoval / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: First photos of Colombia escort in explosive Secret Service hooker scandal
Dan Friedman / NationalJournal.com:
Manchin on the Fence About Obama Vote  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who has done more than any other Democrat up for reelection this year to distance himself from President Obama, said he does not know if he will vote for Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in November.
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Jesse Helfrich / Ballot Box:
Democrats expressing buyers' remorse on Obama's healthcare law  —  An increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama's healthcare law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it.  —  The public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of November's elections.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Pipeline
Washington Examiner:
York:Obama faces defeat on pipeline as Dems defect
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Brian Schweitzer: Mitt Romney's ‘Family Came From a Polygamy Commune in Mexico’  —  Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says Mitt Romney's roots in Mexico will hurt him with female voters.  —  The Daily Beast contacted the office of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today to talk about whether his state …
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Gateway Guest Blogger / The Gateway Pundit:
Oops!  Dem Governor Bashes Romney for Polygamist Roots - Forgets About Obama's Polygamist DAD  —  The Luo Tribe has a long history of polygamy...  In this Obama Family photo are: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor  —  WASHINGTON - A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.  —  Sponsored Links
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
LEGOs for girls has feminist group in a twist  —  The new “Lego Friends” line rolled out in December features LadyFigs, curvier takeoffs on the traditional boxy figurines that live in a place called Heartlake City.  Shown above is a set depicting “Stephanie's Outdoor Bakery.”  (LEGO.com)
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Fears Rise That Recovery May Falter in the Spring  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the same spoilers that interrupted the recovery in 2010 and 2011 have emerged again, raising fears that the winter's economic strength might dissipate in the spring.  —  In recent weeks, European bond yields have started climbing.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO estimates Obama 2013 budget will hit economic growth  —  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama's 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Romney Hires Out Gay Spokesman to Tackle Foreign Affairs and National Security Issues  —  Mitt Romney's campaign tonight announced that it has hired Richard Grenell, an out gay former George W. Bush administration official, to serve as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney hires national security spokesman
BuzzFeed:
A Ph.D In Beards  —  Everything you need to know about facial hair in one infographic.  —  by  —  ImWithKanye  · added an hour ago  · 31 responses
 
 
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Student Loan Interest Rates Loom as Political Battle
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Congressman Proposes Amendment to Strip Most Newspapers, Churches, Nonprofits, and Other Corporations …
Bloomberg:
Parsons Blames Glass-Steagall Repeal for Crisis
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Romney Says ‘No Time for Elaborate Vacations’
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Case Against Jury-Nullification Advocate Heicklen Dismissed
Discussion: Hit & Run, Law Blog, The BLT and City Room
Wall Street Journal:
Economic Reports Fan Fears
James Rosen / Fox News:
New federal agency OFR stirs ‘Orwellian’ fears
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Rubio, in Appeal to G.O.P.'s Conscience, Urges Compromise on Dream Act
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Nine U.S. Banks Said to be Examined on Overdraft Fees
Discussion: msnbc.com
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
From Hope to Hardball  —  How Barack Obama became Bill Clinton.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
Testing the Teachers  —  There's an atmosphere of grand fragility …
BuzzFeed:
Gary Johnson: Libertarian Spoiler?
Discussion: American Prospect and Hot Air
National Review:
The Questionable Prosecution of  —  John Edwards