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6:35 PM ET, April 20, 2012

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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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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The George Zimmerman Bail Hearing  —  Wow - some days chicken salad and some days Florida state prosecutor.  —  George Zimmerman will be released on bail, set at $150,000.  The prosecution had asked for $1 million, the defense for $15,000.  —  CNN has 1, 2 transcripts.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Guardian and CNN
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Prosecutor: Zimmerman Allegedly Slapped His Ex-Girlfriend And ‘Asked Her How It Felt’
Discussion: Jezebel and Colorlines
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
George Zimmerman apologizes to Trayvon Martin family; bond is set
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
GMA Shows Exclusive Images Of George Zimmerman's Head Injuries From Night Of Trayvon's Death
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
Zimmerman's Bail Set at $150,000 in Martin Shooting
Discussion: The Week and Guardian
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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Ry Rivard / Charleston Daily Mail:
Raese blasted for Hitler comment
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Romney asks GOP delegates to sign pledge, but some refuse  —  Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and Online NewsHour
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Politico:
RNC at a Crossroads
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Mitch Daniels / CNN:
Daniels offers tough love for Romney
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Mediaite
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 …
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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Fox News:
Palin to Secret Service agent: 'Check this out - you're fired ... the buck stops with the president'  —  This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” April 19, 2012.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: First, talk about rotten luck!
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Heather Wilson Mocks Al Franken's Anti-Bullying Bill, Says It Would Criminalize Teasing … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Al Franken , Elections 2012, Video, Heather Wilson, New Mexico Senate Election, SB 555, Al Franken Bullying, Anti-Bullying, Election 2012, Gay Bullying, Heather Wilson Al Franken …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
BREAKING: White House Endorses Safe Schools Bill and Student Non-Discrimination Act
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
New Romney flack's old pastime: ridiculing the Gingriches  —  Mitt Romney's campaign put out word Thursday that Richard Grenell, the former Bush administration spokesman at the United Nations, was joining his team as a spokesman on foreign policy issues.  —  In between his gigs at the UN …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
New Romney Spokesman Used Twitter For Sexist Attacks
Discussion: Politico and Towleroad News #gay
NewsMax.com:
Jeb Warns Newsmax: Get Ready For ‘Most Negative Campaign’ Ever  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Americans are facing what will likely be the “most negative campaign in modern times” …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico, CNN, Guardian and Mediaite
J. Lester Feder / Politico:
HHS hires former Planned Parenthood spokesman  —  If the Obama administration was already on bad terms with abortion opponents, it's not going to improve relations by hiring Planned Parenthood's former spokesman for a job at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Erick Stakelbeck / CBN.com:
Media Matters' Anti-Christian Agenda Exposed  —  WASHINGTON — An influential organization with ties to the White House came under fire recently for attacking Christian news outlets.  —  Now, CBN News has obtained a document showing that the very foundation of the group known as Media Matters …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
4/20: How ‘Weed Day’ Got Its Name … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, 4 20, 4 20 Meaning, 4-20, 420, 420, 420 Day, 420 History, 420 Meaning, April 20 History, April 20, History Of 420, Photo Galleries, Why Is 420 Weed Day, San Francisco News … Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Hairpin
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Congressman Proposes Amendment to Strip Most Newspapers, Churches, Nonprofits, and Other Corporations of All Constitutional Rights  —  That's the People's Rights Amendment: … So just as Congress could therefore ban the speech of nonmedia business corporations, it could ban publications …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jobless rate falls in Ohio, Florida, where Obama is opening lead in polls  —  Unemployment rates in the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio have fallen sharply, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  —  Florida's unemployment rate fell by .4 percent …
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Daily Kos Announces: ‘The Fetus Is a Parasite’  —  There are times when you glance at the leftist Daily Kos blog and wonder if they're being sabotaged from the inside.  Case in point: a blog titled “The fetus is a parasite.”  —  “Sasharusha” blogs “back to the whole fetus= parasite thing.
Bloomberg:
Parsons Blames Glass-Steagall Repeal for Crisis  —  Richard Parsons, speaking two days after ending his 16-year tenure on the board of Citigroup Inc. (C) and a predecessor, said the financial crisis was partly caused by a regulatory change that permitted the company's creation.
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)
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.
 
 
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Rex W. Huppke / Chicago Tribune:
Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012  —  In memoriam: After years …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Obama raises $35M in March, has more than $100M stored away
Discussion: CNN
Andy Newman / City Room:
Guard at the Met Wounded When Gun Goes Off
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Alan S. Blinder / Wall Street Journal:
Alan Blinder: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Insurance
Discussion: EconLog
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Religious Belief Declining Very Slowly Around the World
Discussion: UChicago News
Ken Blackwell / The Huffington Post:
Appeals Court Gives Arizona Partial Victory on Voter ID Law
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Case Against Jury-Nullification Advocate Heicklen Dismissed
Discussion: Law Blog, Hit & Run, The BLT and City Room
James Rosen / Fox News:
New federal agency OFR stirs ‘Orwellian’ fears
Discussion: protein wisdom
BuzzFeed:
A Ph.D In Beards  —  Everything you need to know about facial hair in one infographic.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Democrats Joining G.O.P. on Pipeline
David Brooks / New York Times:
Testing the Teachers  —  There's an atmosphere of grand fragility …
 

 
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Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap

Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites

Megan Specia / New York Times:
The US assures the UK that Julian Assange could seek US First Amendment protections and wouldn't face the death penalty or be persecuted for his nationality

 
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