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9:45 AM 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 …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Campaign Memo: Campaign Memo: In Strategy Shift, Obama Team Attacks Romney From the Left
Discussion: Daily Kos and Conservatives4Palin
Indianapolis Star:
Matthew Tully: Gov. Mitch Daniels offers support to Sen. Richard Lugar, advice to Mitt Romney
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Romney ties Obama to factory closed under Bush
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is finding himself increasingly boxed in on the Keystone pipeline fight as more Congressional Democrats are joining Republicans in backing the project, which has strong labor support and could generate significant numbers of jobs in economically hard-hit states.
Washington Examiner:
York:Obama faces defeat on pipeline as Dems defect
Discussion: Power Line and Wall Street Journal
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pros, cons of Capitol veep picks
Discussion: Politico
Phil Pruitt / ABCNEWS:
Romney meets with RNC leaders, campaign finance reports due, plus more to watch for this weekend in politics  —  Mitt Romney speaks in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday at the Republican National Committee meeting of state party chairmen.  He also is meeting privately with RNC members before the speech.
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Ron Paul / CNN:
Paul campaign touts campaign cash
Discussion: Politico
Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Dogfight over Obama's dog-meat-eating childhood joined by White House
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Awl
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.
Dan Friedman /
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.
National Review:
The Questionable Prosecution of  —  John Edwards  —  John Edwards, the Dorian Gray of the Democratic party, is one of the most loathsome characters in American politics, corrupt himself and a source of corruption in others, a preening, moralizing fraud who went so far as to have a staffer claim paternity …
Ted Nugent booted from Fort Knox concert line up  —  Fort Knox  —  The artist lineup for the Fort Knox annual summer concert scheduled for June 23 no longer includes right-wing rocker Ted Nugent.  —  Co-headliners REO Speedwagon and Styx remain scheduled to perform.
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
Levon Helm, Drummer and Rough-Throated Singer for the Band, Dies at 71  —  Levon Helm, who helped to 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, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Gawker
Rolling Stone:
Levon Helm, Drummer and Singer of the Band, Dead at 71
James Forsyth / Spectator:
Cameron and the civil service coup  —  We thought CoffeeHousers might care to read James's political column from this week's magazine (on sale today), so here it is:  —  There is a split in the Cameron circle.  The divide is between those who think that the problems of the past few weeks have been a blip …
Discussion: Guardian and
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Crossroads groups raise $100M  —  American Crossroads, the pro-Republican super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS, will announce $100 million raised for both so far through the 2012 cycle, officials told POLITICO.  —  The cash haul runs through all of 2011 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Page
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
From Hope to Hardball  —  How Barack Obama became Bill Clinton.  —  Though it was obvious to almost no one at the time, Thursday, April 5, may have certified a momentous change in contemporary politics.  It was that day when Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
We Aren't As Bad As the Other Guys!
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Can Romney Win Back the Wealthy Suburbs?
Bill Barrow / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Anti-bullying bill for public schools is shelved
Emily Yoffe / Slate:
Identification, Please
Discussion: CNN
David Brooks / New York Times:
Testing the Teachers  —  There's an atmosphere of grand fragility …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney hires national security spokesman
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
Don't Strand the Holocaust in History
Gary Johnson: Libertarian Spoiler?
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
North Carolina a Front in Democrats' Battle for House
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Solyndra Building for Sale!
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Ted Nugent:
Melissa Russo /
Pollster's Phone Call Saves NYC Woman's Life
Discussion: Gothamist and Hotline On Call
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Lorain officials question use of gypsum plant as Romney backdrop
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ABCNEWS